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Now is the Time to Take Kidney Care in America to the Next Level
The time to make critical changes in kidney care is now: A new study shows that 59 percent of all Americans are at risk for developing kidney disease in their lifetime. Another 135.8 million have, or are expected to develop chronic kidney disease during their lifetime. Fewer than 50 percent of people with Chronic Kidney Disease have even been properly diagnosed, making them extremely vulnerable to kidney failure.
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Study: Cohesin Cutations Are Common in Melanoma and Bladder Cancer
Massive sequencing of cancer genomes brings to light new genes every day that could be involved in the process of tumor formation. A good example of this is cohesin, a ring-shaped protein complex that embraces DNA to control cell division. Just a few months ago, and after several studies in the same direction, the sequencing of thousands of tumour samples identified the STAG2 gene Mdash;whose product forms part of cohesin — as one of the most frequently mutated genes in several types of cancer such as bladder cancer and melanoma.
Active Surveillance Underused for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer
HealthDay News via DoctorsLounge
Although most prostate cancer specialists believe active surveillance to be effective and underused, fewer endorse active surveillance than other therapies for low-risk prostate cancer, according to a study published in the July issue of Medical Care.
Incontinence is Surprisingly Common Among People Living Outside Nursing Homes
The Washington Post
More than half the people aged 65 or more who live outside institutions report episodes of bladder or bowel incontinence, with women plagued considerably more than men, according to a large government report released that highlights the surprising prevalence of the debilitating condition.
TENS Effective for Poststroke Urinary Incontinence
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation is effective for improving symptoms and enhancing quality of life in people who develop incontinence following a stroke, research suggests. Urinary incontinence is a common complication of stroke and is a known predictor of poststroke prognosis. In this study, researchers led by Yun-fei Xu (Shanghai Tenth People’s Hospital, China) evaluated the utility of TENS for poststroke urinary symptoms.
Citrus Fruit May Lower Bladder Cancer Risk
Renal & Urology News
Increased intake of citrus fruit is associated with a decreased risk of bladder cancer, according to a new meta-analysis published online ahead of print in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. The meta-analysis, by Sudong Liang, M.D., of Soochow University in Yangzhou Jiangsu, China, and colleagues, included eight case-control studies and six cohort studies totaling 7,372 cases and 935,800 subjects.
California Expands Medi-Cal While Continuing Cuts
California has been praised by health advocates for its early embrace of the federal healthcare expansion, but the new state budget has raised questions about its commitment to getting the poorest residents into doctors' offices and dentists' chairs.
Bill to Boost Medi-Cal Access to Medical Interpreters Advances
The Assembly has advanced a measure (AB 2325) aimed at improving Medi-Cal beneficiaries' access to interpreters at physician offices and hospitals across the state, New America Media reports. Medi-Cal is the state's Medicaid program. The measure now heads to the state Senate Appropriations Committee.
California to Launch Healthcare Pricing, Quality Database
The California Department of Insurance recently announced an agreement with the University of California-San Francisco to create a price and quality database that will provide consumers with information about common health care services, Payers & Providers reports.
The healthcare prices and quality transparency project is funded by a $5.2 million grant from HHS. It was awarded to DOI as part of an initiative under the Affordable Care Act.
HFMA ANI: Tackling Healthcare's Ever-Growing Complexity
Even though reimbursements remain heavily tilted to fee-for-service, healthcare organizations are making big mistakes if they aren't marrying clinical and financial metrics and engaging in data analytics, says HFMA's president.
House Panel Discusses Putting Patients in Control of Health Information
Putting healthcare information in the hands of patients and giving them a voice in their own care was the theme that threaded its way through the 21st Century Cures panel discussion on June 24. The House Energy and Commerce Committee headed the panel, with Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., moderating, which covered what steps Congress can take to bridge the gap between advances in healthcare technology and the regulatory policies that govern them.
Researchers Map Your Route from Illness to Illness
Researchers from the University of Copenhagen and the Technical University of Denmark have followed six million Danes for 15 years through patient and disease registers. Studies in the complex data landscape now enable researchers to pinpoint very busy routes for widespread diseases such as cancer, arthritis and diabetes. The findings have been published in Nature Communications and pave the way for more personalized medical treatment.
The Medicaid Black Hole that Costs Taxpayers Billions
Here's some cheerful news: States and the federal government are doing little to stop a costly form of Medicaid fraud, according to a government report released last week.Medicaid, the federal-state health insurance program for poor Americans, now covers more than half its members through what’s known as Medicaid managed care.
Protection When Firing Medical Practice Employees
Steps can be taken to protect employers in the case of termination of an employee, according to an article published online in Medical Economics. Lauren Rieders, J.D., and Marianne Monroy, J.D., note that employees are increasingly filing discrimination, harassment, and retaliation claims in response to being fired. In the case of employee misconduct, the legitimacy of the termination decision is clear.
Beware the Reimbursement Gap
A little-known provision in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could leave physicians holding the bag when patients don't pay their insurance premiums, yet doctors are obligated to provide care during a grace period. If the patient doesn't pay up, the insurer doesn't have to pay the doctor for care provided in the grace period. That means that up to two months of your services are not reimbursed.
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