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MANAGED HEALTHCARE NEWS
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New EHR vendors and technology needed for continued innovation
By Scott E. Rupp
In the span of the last five years, use and implementation of electronic health records in the U.S. has dramatically accelerated because of federal mandates and financial incentives directly related the meaningful use program. Because of these efforts, as well as time and resources invested by healthcare providers, electronic health records are more popular than at any point in the past and are now "the heart of health IT," according to research firm Frost & Sullivan.
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Questions and confusion as Obamacare approaches 2nd year
MSNBC
Obamacare has made a big difference for Raghu Raju and his wife. The couple is paying 30 percent less and receiving more coverage and benefits than before. That’s cut down one of the biggest expenses for their small business in Atlanta, which they quit their jobs to start a few years ago.
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How early retirees can get cheap health insurance through Obamacare
Forbes
Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act begins Nov. 15. If you are an early retiree, especially between the ages of 55 to 64, you have the opportunity to get large tax credits to help pay for your health insurance coverage if you buy it through the healthcare exchange. And if you play it right, you can even get subsidies to help reduce your out of pocket expenses.
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ACCOUNTABLE CARE ORGANIZATIONS


Implementing the tools to support accountable care and population health at Bon Secours
Healthcare Informatics
The Richmond, Virginia-based Bon Secours Health System is a $3.4 billion not-for-profit Catholic health system sponsored by Bon Secours Ministries, with 19 hospitals and numerous other facilities in Virginia, Florida, Kentucky, Maryland, New York and South Carolina.
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Pioneer ACOs can recruit seniors under new CMS test
Modern Healthcare
Since Medicare began its test of accountable care three years ago, participating accountable care organization haven’t asked beneficiaries who aren’t assigned to an ACO if they want to voluntarily enroll. That will change next year when some Pioneer ACOs will give beneficiaries that option. The CMS Innovation Center is testing whether seniors will elect to enroll in an ACO, a term that means little or nothing to many patients despite an aggressive push to promote accountable care among hospitals and doctors.
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FDA: NEW TREATMENTS & TECHNOLOGY


The sham drug idea of the year: 'pink Viagra'
Los Angeles Times
Many women report losing their desire for sex, some temporarily, some permanently. Is this a relationship problem, a normal aspect of life changes or, as the pharmaceutical industry maintains, an "unmet medical need?" That was the question under consideration for two days of meetings in late October, during which the Food and Drug Administration heard from sexual medicine experts and women with sexual complaints.
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Panel considers lifting FDA ban on blood donations by gay men
Los Angeles Times
A U.S. Department of Health and Human Services panel has begun to consider whether to overturn a long-standing ban against accepting blood donations from gay men. The HHS Advisory Committee on Blood and Tissue Safety and Availability heard testimony from advocates who say that the lifetime ban is discriminatory and that technological advances have made it obsolete.
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There may be no such thing as a 'longevity gene'
Reuters via The Huffington Post
How do some people live past 110 years old? Is it superior genes, clean living, good luck or some combination of those? Scientists studying these "supercentenarians" said they sequenced the genomes of 17 people ages 110 to 116 to try to determine whether they possess genetic traits that may account for their membership in this exclusive club that worldwide includes only about 75 individuals, nearly all women.
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Sex, genes, the Y chromosome and the future of men
Phys.org
The Y chromosome, that little chain of genes that determines the sex of humans, is not as tough as you might think. In fact, if we look at the Y chromosome over the course of our evolution we've seen it shrink at an alarming rate.
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PREVENTION & WELLNESS
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Why do women gain weight when they work out?
HNGN
The theory of losing weight seems like a no-brainer: eat right and exercise to burn more calories than you put in your body, but a new study shows that a lot of people who start to exercise end up gaining weight — and no, it isn't all muscle!
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In an effort to enhance the overall content of Managed Care eNews, we'd like to include peer-written articles in future editions. As a member of NAMCP, your knowledge of the industry lends itself to unprecedented expertise. And we're hoping you'll share this expertise with your peers through well-written commentary. Because of the digital format, there's no word or graphical limit. Our group of talented editors can help with final edits. If you're interested in participating, please contact Ronnie Richard to discuss logistics.
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ONCOLOGY
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The cancer breakthrough with big implications
TIME
Screening tumors could lead to smarter decisions about which cancer treatments will work best for individual patients Once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, you’re sent for a dizzying array of tests — but most of them are focused on you, as the living host of the tumors, and not on the malignant growths themselves.
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Study extols anti-prostate cancer effects of walnuts
Medical News Today
Prostate cancer is one of the most common cancers among men in the U.S. The relationship between diet and prostate cancer has been well studied, and dietary fat intake is of particular interest in this area. Now, a new mouse study from researchers at the University of California-Davis suggests diets rich in walnuts or walnut oil could slow prostate cancer growth.
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BEHAVIORAL HEALTH
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How bullying may physically alter our developing brains
By Dorothy L. Tengler
It's no mystery that the brain develops before birth and continues throughout adulthood. But we may not have considered that brain development is analogous to building a house: laying the foundation, framing the rooms and installing electrical wiring. Obviously, laying a solid foundation builds a strong brain structure, while a weak foundation creates a faulty structure. At birth, we are born with billions of neurons, the same number as adults. These specialized cells have to be connected or "wired" to form circuits to control different functions from basic to biological ones.
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