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Medicare errs in crackdown on hospital quality
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Medicare has an embarrassing admission about readmissions: It goofed. A computer programming error led the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to miscalculate financial penalties against hospitals that have high rates of patients returning within 30 days. More



Insurers begin using standardized consumer guides
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Health plans now are providing more consumer-friendly summaries of the insurance coverage they offer patients. The 2010 health system reform law required insurers to detail coverage using uniform documents and standardized definitions to explain patient benefits and cost-sharing responsibilities. More

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The VA Locum Tenens Program seeks physicians and psychologists to perform disability examinations for general medicine and mental health conditions. Physicians will provide compensation and pension examinations for Veterans who file for disability claims. This position requires extensive travel around the country. Compensation package includes salary and full travel. Send your CV to locumtenens@va.gov or contact us at 1-866-664-1030.


Survey: Dual-eligibles are happy with Medicare Part D
McKnight's Long-Term Care News & Assisted Living    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
About 90 percent of seniors, including dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, are happy with Medicare's prescription drug program, a new survey reveals. Ninety-five percent of those eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid report being satisfied with the program, according to the survey, which is conducted annually by Medicare Today, an initiative of the Healthcare Leadership Council, and KRC Research. More

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FDA expands recall list of tainted injectables tied to meningitis outbreak
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Federal health officials have expanded the recall list of potentially contaminated injectable medications suspected in a multistate meningitis outbreak and the death of five people. So far 47 people have contracted meningitis in seven states, and many of those patients have suffered strokes. More

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FDA asks for voluntary recall of popular generic antidepressant
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The FDA's reversal recent approval of a generic equivalent of the popular antidepressant Wellbutrin XL 300 ends a five-year saga that began with consumer complaints and a crusade by Joe Graedon, the cofounder of the consumer advocacy group the People's Pharmacy. More


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For colon cancer treatment, living in city a plus
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New research shows that patents with colon cancer, one of the leading causes of death in the United States, may have worse outcomes if they live in a rural area. The new study showed that patients living in rural areas are more likely to be diagnosed late and receive inferior treatment compared with those patients living in urban areas. Overall, rural colon cancer patients are more likely to die from their colon cancer as well. More

Grief is unique for young adults with cancer
Oncology Nurse Advisor    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Grief is a unique burden for young adults with advanced cancer, and it is a burden over and above performance status, according to a recent study. Grief is characterized by yearning for what was lost, and its symptoms include disbelief, anger, emotional numbness and lost sense of self. Cancer can interfere with the developmental tasks of young adulthood, such as pursuing advanced education, initiating careers and developing romantic relationships and families. More

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Methadone cuts HIV risk
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Injection drug users on opiate substitution treatment with methadone cut their risk of HIV infection by more than half, researchers reported. In a systematic review and meta-analysis, people on methadone treatment had a 54 percent reduction in the risk of HIV compared with the usual incidence of the infection seen among injection drug users, according to researchers. More

Poor sleep, sleep habits in adolescence may raise health risks
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Lack of quality sleep for adults may negatively impact heart health. Evidence now suggests that sleep problems during adolescence may increase health risks as well. The research appeared in the Canadian Medical Association Journal. More

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Faster DNA testing helps diagnose disease in NICU babies
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In a paper published in the journal Science Translational Medicine, researchers describe a new genetic test that can rapidly screen the DNA of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit for about 3,500 diseases known to be linked to single-gene mutations. Of these, doctors can treat about 500. More

Stem cell transplants come back to haunt
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Long-term survivors of blood-related cancers who had stem cell transplants are at risk of developing risk factors that can lead to heart disease, researchers found. Overall, the presence of hypertension, diabetes and dyslipidemia was significantly higher among hematopoietic cell transplant recipients compared with the general population, according to researchers. More

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Loneliness leads to functional decline and death in seniors
Advance for Nurse Practitioners & Physician Assistants    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
In a recent study, researches administered a survey that measured loneliness to 1,604 seniors, with a mean age of 71 years of age. Of the lonely older adults, 24.8 percent experienced a decline in their ability to perform activities of daily living while 12.5 percent of the nonlonely seniors experienced a decline. More

Internet addiction is the new mental health disorder
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There's been a lot of controversy about some of the maladies included in the freshly revised Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Health Disorders. Internet addiction, or formally, Internet Use Disorder, may soon be included as an actual mental health disorder, although the authors do say it still needs a lot of additional study. So what are the symptoms of IUD, and maybe more importantly for those of us flirting with it, what's the treatment? More

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"Methadone, a man-made opioid, reduces both the perception of and emotional response to pain, according to the American Cancer Society."
 
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