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The Truth Behind Obamacare 6 Million Figure
Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a blog post Monday that "More than 6 million Americans have now either signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Marketplace or for Medicaid coverage."
But the numbers are somewhat misleading.
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Should Medical School be Shortened to 3 Years? Some Programs Try Fast Tracking
The chance to finish medical school early is attracting increased attention from students burdened with six-figure education loans: The median debt for medical school graduates in 2013 was $175,000, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. This year, the combined cost of tuition and fees for a first-year medical student ranges from just over $12,000 to more than $82,000. Some medical school administrators and policymakers see three-year programs as a way to produce physicians, particularly primary-care doctors, faster as the new healthcare law funnels millions of previously uninsured patients into the medical system
Congress is Poised to Change Medicare Payment Policy. What Does That Mean for Patients and Doctors?
Kaiser Health News
After years of legislative wrangling and last-minute patches, expectations are high among physician groups, lawmakers and Medicare beneficiaries that Congress could act this year to permanently replace the current Medicare physician payment formula. While committees in both chambers have approved their own "doc fix" proposals, the approaches have yet to be reconciled, and none have identified how they would pay for a repeal.
Will Physicians be Dropped From Managed Care Networks?
Insurers are dropping thousands of physicians from their managed care networks in response to growing pressures from the Affordable Care Act (ACA), leaving many doctors to wonder what plans they will still participate in for 2014 and beyond. But that's not all. If the insurer lets you stay, reimbursement rates may be cut so much that you will wonder whether being dropped was the better outcome.
UnitedHealth Group confirmed recently that it sent discontinuation letters to thousands of physicians in 10 states that cited "significant changes and pressures in the healthcare environment" as the cause.
High-Protein Diet Increases Chance of Developing Kidney Stones and Other Renal Diseases
An experiment by scientists at the University of Granada, Spain, shows a high-protein diet increases the chance of developing kidney stones and other renal diseases
High-protein diets, like the popular Dr. Dukan diet, increase the long-term risk of developing kidney disease and have a negative effect on renal urinary and morphological markers.
The Trouble with EHRs
The move away from paper medical records to EHRs has many benefits, but the flip side is that providers need to carefully manage the usability, accuracy, and audit trails of EHRs across the entire care team.
Providers say the day of the doctor carefully controlling and supervising every aspect of a medical record is giving way to an age where the entire medical team and even patients will scrutinize and update a record's accuracy, all while legal and regulatory requirements for maintaining those records are met.
New Mission Pharmacal App Provides Digital Support for Kidney Stone Treatment
San Antonio Business Journal
Mission Pharmacal Co. has sponsored the development of a new digital application that could improve the diagnosis and treatment of nephrolithiasis, or kidney stones.
Over the last 10-plus years, physicians have had access to a highly-regarded medical booklet, 'ABCs of Medical Management of Stones,' which has provided a step-by-step approach to the diagnosis and treatment of kidney stones.
Why Aren't Doctors More Tech-Savvy?
Olga Khazan writes, "Whenever I feel like taking a trip back in time, I save myself the trouble of building a time machine and instead just head over to a doctor's office. For a Millennial, or really anyone who lives a modern lifestyle, getting medical care is a rare departure from an otherwise technology-fueled existence."
The History of Integrated Practice
Raoul S. Concepcion writes, "I hope that many of you were able to attend the most recent annual meeting of LUGPA, held traditionally the first week of November in Chicago. We enjoyed record attendance this year by both physicians and administrators, and despite the pressures of groups being purchased by integrated hospital systems, the organization continues to grow."
Kidney Cancer Before Age 47 Implies Hereditary Cause
The Oncology Report
The diagnosis of renal cell cancer in a patient aged 46 or younger should prompt a referral for germline mutation testing and genetic counseling, according to a report published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
"Early" onset is a known clinical factor for hereditary renal cell cancer (RCC), but this study establishes a proposed age threshold for genetic testing.
Doctors Slate Prostate Leaflet
New Ministry of Health prostate cancer leaflets "superficially gloss over" the risks of PSA testing and could lead to the needless mutilation of thousands of Kiwi men, the American scientist who discovered the test says.
The brochures, which encourage men to talk to their GPs about prostate cancer, have been attacked in prominent international medical journals and New Zealand experts claim they are "taking a gamble with men's health".
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