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Kidney Failure Due to ADPKD Linked to Better Outcomes
Renal & Urology News
Patients with end-stage renal disease due to autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease are more likely than patients with ESRD from other causes to be wait-listed for and to undergo renal transplantation, according to a new study. They also are less likely to die. Investigators with the U.S. Renal Data System, Minneapolis Medical Research Foundation, led by Robert N. Foley, MB, retrospectively analyzed USRDS data from 1,069,343 patients who initiated renal replacement therapy from 2001 through 2010.
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Prostate Cancer Screening Still Common in Older Men
Urology Times
A significant number of older men with limited life expectancy continue to undergo routine prostate cancer screening, researchers say. Study authors, who examined screening rates for prostate, breast, cervical and colorectal cancer, found that prostate cancer screening was the most common type of screening in patients with very high mortality risk. More than half of men (55 percent) with less than a 9-year life expectancy were screened for prostate cancer.
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NEWS IN CALIFORNIA


Voter Approval of Healthcare Law Climbing, Poll Shows
SFGate
Most California voters gave the state's rollout of the federal health law high marks and overall support of the Affordable Care Act is on the rise, according to a Field Poll released on Aug. 19. The survey of more than 1,500 registered voters between June 26 and July 19 found that by a 2 to 1 margin — 60 percent to 30 percent — respondents thought the state was successful in implementing the law, results that contrasted with the federal effort. Less than half described the federal rollout, which was plagued with high-profile technical glitches, as successful.
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California Lawmakers Expected To Consider 3 Healthcare Bills
California Healthline
On Aug. 21, the California Legislature is expected to consider three healthcare-related measures that aim to increase fines against assisted living facilities, limit the state's seizure of Medi-Cal beneficiaries' assets and impose stricter rules over medical marijuana prescribing. The three healthcare bills include: Assisted living facility bill, Medi-Cal bill and the medical marijuana bill.
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HEALTHCARE NEWS


Hack of Community Health Systems Affects 4.5 Million Patients (Subscription Required)
The New York Times
Community Health Systems, a publicly traded hospital operator based in Franklin, Tennessee, said that personal data, including names, Social Security numbers and addresses, for 4.5 million patients had been compromised in a Chinese cyberattack on its systems from April to June. The company, which operates 206 hospitals in 29 states, said in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that that the attackers had bypassed its security systems and stolen data that also included birth dates and telephone numbers for the patients, who had been referred to or treated by doctors affiliated with the company over the last five years.
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CMS is Sticking to its Deadline for Posting Pharma Payments to Docs
The Wall Street Journal
Despite a recent disruptive tech glitch, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is sticking with its Sept. 30 date for publishing detailed information about how much money drug and device makers pay physicians and teaching hospitals. CMS it would extend to Sept. 8 from Aug. 27 a review period for doctors and teaching hospitals to get an online preview the payment data before it goes public, in order to compensate for the 11 days the system was offline while CMS investigated a data mix-up.
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HHS Pressed on Insurance Discrimination Claims
The Hill
Patient advocacy groups say health insurers are violating Obamacare by discriminating against those with chronic diseases, and the groups are forcing the administration to respond. A Health and Human Services spokesperson cited by The Associated Press says a response is nearly prepped for advocacy organizations fighting AIDS, leukemia, epilepsy and other diseases.
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PRACTICE MANAGEMENT


Doctor, Patient Communication Needs to be Examined
The Courier-Journal
A hot topic nowadays is the sorry state of doctor-patient communication. Doctors complain that patients don't listen, don't comply and won't follow instructions. Worse, they often lie about it, telling their doctors what they think they want to hear. This leaves the doctor in a lurch. Should the prescribed blood pressure medication be changed, or strengthened, if it's not working? Or is it that the patient is not taking the medication as prescribed, or not taking it at all?
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