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Some Injured Kidneys Suitable for Transplant
HealthDay News via Renal and Urology News
Kidneys from deceased donors that have acute injuries are frequently discarded, but some injured kidneys might still be suitable for transplant, according to research findings published online in the American Journal of Transplantation. Chirag Parikh, M.D., director of the Program of Applied Translational Research at Yale University in New Haven, Conneticut, and colleagues tracked kidneys from 1,632 deceased donors and, as expected, found an association between acute kidney injury and kidneys being discarded. The researchers also found a link between injured kidneys and delayed graft function (DGF).
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More than 50 percent of older Americans struggle with incontinence, a government report released by the U.S government states. "We found that half the population experienced urinary leakage or accidental bowel leakage, and about 25 percent had moderate, severe or very severe urinary leakage. And about 8 percent had moderate, severe or very severe bowel leakage," said lead researcher Yelena Gorina, a statistician at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.
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Study Finds No Link Between Viewing Porn and Erectile Dysfunction
Los Angeles Times
Viewing sexual stimuli online will never make society's list of highly effective habits, but new research suggests that porn may be getting a (slightly) worse rap than it deserves. Specifically, researchers at UCLA and Montreal's Concordia University contend that an oft-repeated claim among activists and clinicians that a man's habitual porn viewing can lead to erectile dysfunction and other problems in the bedroom is simply lore and not fact.
NIH Works to Improve Kidney Health for All
National Institutes of Health
More than 20 million Americans aged 20 or older may have chronic kidney disease (CKD) and millions more are at risk of developing the disease. Despite its public health burden, awareness and treatment of CKD remain low — especially in communities most affected by the disease. Many with CKD who need treatment do not receive it. And many with key risk factors like diabetes and high blood pressure don’t know they are at risk.
Physicians' ICD-10 Fears Unfounded, Says AHIMA
The call by 100 physicians' societies across the nation for a backup plan if snafus snarl the scheduled ICD-10 rollout in eight months suggests that doctors are reconciled to the Oct. 1 start for the diagnostic coding set, the leader of one health information technology trade group says. The American Medical Association and 99 state and specialty societies, in a March 4 letter to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt, express concerns that no contingency plans are in place to avoid failures that could result "in a significant, multi-billion dollar disruption for physicians and serious access-to-care issues for Medicare patients."
CBO: Obama's Budget to Add $6 Trillion to Deficit
President Barack Obama's fiscal 2016 budget would add close to $6 trillion to the deficit over the next decade, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday, March 12. The figure is slightly above the $5.7 trillion cumulative deficit projected in Obama's budget through 2025, The Hill reported. But the CBO estimate is less than the $6.6 trillion it said that the Obama budget submitted one year ago would add to the deficit over 10 years.
Congress Explores Longer-Term Solution for Medicare Physician Payments
The Wall Street Journal
Congressional leaders are discussing ways permanently to end the recurring scramble to avoid cuts in Medicare payments to physicians, lawmakers and aides said on Wednesday, March 11. House Speaker John Boehner, R., Ohio, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D., Calif., and the leaders of several House committees are looking for ways to solve the perennial problem known as "doc fix" before the latest short-term patch expires at month's end, aides said.
CMS Puts the Squeeze on Medicare Advantage Plans
Proposed Medicare Advantage payment rates and rules for 2016 released Friday feature an average proposed revenue impact on health plans pegged at -0.95 percent. When risk-adjusted to reflect costs associated with treating elderly populations, such as chronically ill patients, MA health plans should post modest 1.05 percent revenue growth in 2016, federal officials say.
Telemedicine Making Sense for More Doctors, Patients
Arizona Daily Sun
Increasingly, healthcare providers are turning to telehealth — physician services provided over a video or telephone connection — to save dollars and deliver care to remote areas or to patients who may have difficulty getting to medical facilities. The American Medical Association endorsed the use of remote monitoring and delivery of services at its annual meeting in June 2014. At the same time, the organization noted that the market for telemedicine is expected to grow from approximately $1 billion in 2016 to $6 billion by 2020.
Physician Compensation in the Value-Based Era
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The Bitter Truth: Brill's 'Bitter Pill' Changed Nothing
Brill is back, with a brand-new, book-length version of "Bitter Pill" that he promises will offer "much more" detail about the failings of American healthcare by focusing on the Affordable Care Act. The recent national media is treating Brill like a conquering hero, offering him media attention. But is the attention deserved? For all its words — for all its acclaim — did the original "Bitter Pill" actually change anything? "I am not sure it did," Princeton economist Uwe Reinhardt says now. "Nothing shocks anyone anymore about U.S. health care, even the shocking stories that Brill told in his inimitable style."
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