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Fall Managed Care Forum 2014

The Fall Forum will feature the first Annual Innovation Awards for the NAMCP Medical Directors Institute, AAMCN and AAIHDS. If you are interested in applying for this award, please contact Katie Eads at keads@namcp.org or 804-527-1905 and we will send you an application.

The Fall Forum will be held Nov., 12-13, 2014 at the Bellagio Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada for medical directors, nurses and administrators.

The Forum features up-to-date, useful information on the ACA and healthcare changes, trends and how to improve patient outcomes.

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Estimated enrollees for 2015 healthcare decrease
The Wall Street Journal
The Obama administration said it expects up to 9.9 million people to have coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s insurance exchanges in 2015, millions fewer than outside experts predicted. The exchanges, which reopen for the law’s second year of insurance enrollment, previously were expected to enroll 13 million people for 2015, according to a projection by the Congressional Budget Office.
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Should you roll the dice on a high-deductible health plan?
U.S. News & World Report
A growing number of Americans are paying lower health insurance premiums in exchange for high deductibles, taking a gamble that saving money now won’t put them in a tough financial situation if they’re hit with high medical bills. As we enter open enrollment season, it’s important to at least consider these low-premium plans to determine if the increasingly popular risk is right for you.
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ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS


What's a practice to do about an ACO?
MedPage Today
"Accountable care organizations have been described as unicorns because none have been seen but everyone knows how to describe one," said Owen Dahl, an independent consultant for the Medical Group Management Association. So, because we haven't seen this animal, does it mean that you can put off thinking about ACOs? Of course not — understanding and awareness of market changes just makes good business sense.
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Two-midnight, pioneer ACO rules targeted by OIG
HealthLeaders Media
The Office of Inspector General's list of work projects for 2015 includes investigations based on risk assessments and reports indicating areas that "have been identified as significant management and performance challenges." The impact of Medicare's two-midnight rule on both hospital billing practices and on beneficiaries, is among 26 new probe targets in the Office of Inspector General's 2015 Work Plan.
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Ranbaxy drops as FDA withdraws tentative approval for 2 drugs
Bloomberg
Ranbaxy Laboratories Inc. fell the most in almost two months in Mumbai trading after U.S. regulators withdrew their tentative approval for its generic versions of the heartburn tablet Nexium and antiviral medicine Valcyte. Ranbaxy dropped as much as 5.5 percent, the largest intraday decline since Sept. 11, and traded 4 percent lower at 629 rupees as of 9:19 a.m. Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., which this year agreed to buy Ranbaxy, lost as much as 4.1 percent.
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How the FDA can help smokers quit
Forbes
In 2009, when Congress gave the Food and Drug Administration the authority to regulate the marketing of tobacco products, it gave the agency a great opportunity to expand the options for smokers trying to quit. How? By being able to claim certain products are safer than cigarettes.
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FDA officials defend use of placebos during Ebola drug trials
Los Angeles Times
FDA officials speaking at a tropical medicine conference said experimental Ebola drugs should be tested in randomized controlled trials — a "gold standard" form of drug assessment that involves giving some ill patients a sham treatment, or placebo. Addressing reporters at a session of the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene in New Orleans, U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials said randomized controlled trials were the only way to truly determine whether any of a number of experimental Ebola treatments were effective.
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GENOMICS & BIOTECH
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Study suggests a unified model for how DNA is read, offering insight into how genes evolve
Medical Xpress
There are roughly 20,000 genes and thousands of other regulatory "elements" stored within the 3 billion letters of the human genome. Genes encode information that is used to create proteins, while other genomic elements help regulate the activation of genes, among other tasks. Somehow all of this coded information within our DNA needs to be read by complex molecular machinery and transcribed into messages that can be used by our cells.
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Genes contribute to behavior differences between fierce and friendly rats
Phys.org
After many generations, rats bred for their bad attitude behave differently from those selected for a calm demeanor around humans. Research published in the journal Genetics identifies gene regions that contribute to differences between nasty and nice rats in their behavior and the activity of genes in the brain. These results may provide important clues as to which genes make tame animals like dogs behave so differently from their wild ancestors.
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Study: Gene for HDL cholesterol linked to longer life
The Washington Post
A new study lends additional evidence to the likelihood that genes associated with high levels of the so-called good cholesterol appear to contribute to exceptionally long life expectancy and resistance to age-related disease. Sofiya Milman , an assistant professor of medicine in geriatrics and endocrinology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, said her team’s findings could open the way to finding drugs that target the gene and mimic its functions, thereby extending life.
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PREVENTION & WELLNESS
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Who makes a healthier lunch: Mom or school cafeteria?
HealthDay News via CBS News
Lunches packed at home are generally not as nutritious as school lunches, a new study shows. Researchers compared more than 750 school meals with more than 560 packed meals given to pre-K and kindergarten students in three schools, analyzing them for nutritional value over five days.
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When the flu wiped out millions
CNN
Before Ebola, there was the flu — the Spanish flu of 1918, which burned rapidly through army barracks, refugee camps, troop ships, all the crowded high-risk zones that World War I created. Some people think it came out of Kansas. The first American cases developed there.
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ONCOLOGY
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Costs for skin cancer increasing faster than for other cancers
Medscape
The costs associated with skin cancer are "substantial," and in fact have increased five times as fast as treatments for other cancers from 2002 to 2011, say the authors of a new study. They found that the average annual cost for treating skin cancer jumped from $3.6 billion during the period 2002-2006 to $8.1 billion for 2007-2011.
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'Dishing' out a new test to improve breast cancer treatment
By Dorothy L. Tengler
Early detection of breast cancer by mammography leads to a range of treatment options, including less-extensive surgery and the use of chemotherapy with fewer serious side effects — or even, in some cases, the option to forgo chemotherapy. But often, chemotherapy is the best option. But, in more than 100,000 cases each year, the breast cancers never respond to the standard drugs, either initially or after repeated doses. New on the horizon is "tumor in a dish," a new technology that may change the harsh reality of chemotherapy treatment.
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
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Worst habits for your mental health
Health.com via ABC News
Depression is usually brought on by factors beyond our control — the death of a loved one, a job loss or financial troubles. But the small choices you make every day may also affect your mood more than you may realize. Your social media habits, exercise routine, and even the way you walk may be sucking the happiness out of your day, and you may not even know it. Luckily, these behaviors can be changed. Read on for 12 ways you're sabotaging your good moods, and what you can do to turn it around.
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Do depression drugs still need suicide warnings?
TIME
It's been 10 years since the FDA put a black box warning on antidepressants, saying they can cause suicidal thoughts and behavior. But the psychiatry community never fully agreed. What now? The so-called “black box” is the most severe warning label issued by the Food and Drug Administration, and for the past decade, antidepressants have been among the drugs that bear them.
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FAST FACTS
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