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Providers push back on Medicaid inquiries
The Texas Tribune via The New York Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Office of Inspector General is trying to reclaim hundreds of millions in misspent Medicaid money. But after months of investigations, more medical providers are saying publicly that they have been wrongly targeted. They say a controversial federal rule that allows the inspector general to stanch the flow of Medicaid payments as it pursues fraud investigations is crippling businesses, denying providers due process and harming patients by jeopardizing the state's limited network of Medicaid providers. More



Providers file the bulk of Medicare appeals
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Healthcare providers who appealed to Medicare judges won more often than patients did, according to a report by the inspector general at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services. More

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Wyoming lawmakers eye major Medicaid changes
Casper Star-Tribune    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A Wyoming state legislative committee recently voted to proceed with a series of reforms designed to address escalating costs in Wyoming's Medicaid program. Lawmakers also want to study paying private organizations to manage care for the entire Medicaid population. More

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FDA investigating after 13 caffeinated drink-related deaths
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Federal officials have received reports of 13 deaths over four years that cited the possible involvement of 5-Hour Energy, a highly caffeinated energy shot, according to Food and Drug Administration records and an interview with an agency official. More

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New FDA-approved COPD drug helping patients breathe easier
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VideoBriefDoctors have begun treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease using Combivent Respimat — a new, FDA-approved inhaler that uses a slow-moving mist, which opens the airways and allows patients to breathe easier. More

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Report: Black women more likely to die from breast cancer
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Doctors have made great strides in fighting breast cancer, but not everyone is benefiting equally: Black women, in particular, are 40 percent more likely to die from the disease than any other racial or ethnic group. More

New type of skin cancer drug shows promise
The Wall Street Journal    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Merck said an experimental cancer drug showed promise in an early-stage trial of skin-cancer patients, staking the company's ground in an emerging race to develop medicines that unleash the immune system's power to fight malignancies. More

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Diabetes cases hit record, and half go undiagnosed
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Diabetes is running at record levels worldwide, and half the people estimated to have the disease are, as yet, undiagnosed. The number of people living with diabetes is now put at 371 million, up from 366 million a year ago, with numbers expected to reach 552 million by 2030, the International Diabetes Federation said. The IDF estimates that, globally, 187 million people do not yet know they are suffering from the condition. More

Regular exercise may help seniors stave off heart failure
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
Older adults who exercise regularly, even at a moderate level, are less prone to key biological indicators of heart failure risk, a new study finds. More

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Genomic tests show promise for MRSA control
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An apparent outbreak of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in a special-care baby unit could have been identified and controlled much sooner with the use of whole-genome sequencing, which tracked carriage to the infants' mothers and persistence to a hospital employee, British investigators reported. More

Type 1 diabetes stem cell breakthrough moves toward cure
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In a breakthrough that signifies a move toward a cure for Type 1 diabetes, researchers in Australia have identified stem cells in the pancreas that can be turned into insulin-producing cells. The finding promises to bring closer the day when people with Type 1 diabetes will be able to produce their own insulin in their own regenerated insulin-producing pancreatic cells. More

 Behavioral Health
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Study reveals gender gap in spotting depression
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People are more likely to be able to identify symptoms of depression in women than men, according to a study that looked at how gender influences public perceptions of people with depression. More

Study: Schizophrenia patients who take antipsychotics live longer
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People with schizophrenia are likely to live longer if they take their antipsychotic drugs on schedule, avoid extremely high doses and have regular visits with a mental-health professional, according to a new study. It's long been known that adhering to a drug regimen reduces the number of the delusions and hallucinations experienced by schizophrenia patients, but there have been concerns that known physical side effects of the medications — such as diabetes and heart disease — might increase the risk of death. More

FAST FACTS
"People over the age of 45, those who are overweight and do not exercise regularly are at a higher risk of getting Type 2 diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association."


 
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