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Feb. 10, 2015

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Are you exempt from the Obamacare insurance penalty?
When you sit down to file your 2014 tax return on Form 1040, for the very first time you will be required to pay a penalty to the IRS if you failed to carry “minimum essential heath insurance coverage” throughout the tax year. Last month, the Treasury Department estimated that some three to six million people will be subject to the penalty. But will you be one of them?More

You have a week left to get health insurance this year
The Obamacare deadline to sign up for a policy is Feb. 15. Here's what you need to do to make sure you're covered. Time is running out. The open enrollment period for buying individual health insurance for 2015 ends Feb. 15. Miss this important deadline, and you could remain uninsured all year — and face a steep tax penalty.More

CMS plans to shorten meaningful use Stage 2 to 90 days
By Scott Rupp
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services buckled, or so it seems. After much conjecture, gesturing and soapbox shouting from healthcare leaders, it looks like the reporting period for sending data collected in the electronic health record as part of meaningful use Stage 2 will be shortened from 365 days to 90. According to SearchHealthIT, "The time and money required to attest for a 365-day reporting period gave heartburn to many hospitals and physicians." More

Accountable care takes new forms as fee-for-service fades
Health IT Analytics
Accountable care agreements are proliferating in shape and structure as healthcare providers begin to leave behind fee-for-service reimbursement in earnest. While hundreds of new organizations are engaging in the standard risk-sharing arrangement every year, some are taking collaborative care and population health management to new heights with innovative structures to improve care quality and reduce costs.More

Groups weigh in on health IT provisions of CMS' ACO program
Healthcare organizations are urging CMS to provide more real-time data to accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Health Data Management reports. The letters came in response to a proposed rule released by CMS in December 2014 that includes provisions designed to increase health IT use among MSSP participants. More

Anticoagulant Savaysa now available for prescribing
Daiichi Sankyo announced that Savaysa tablets are now available to reduce the risk of stroke and systemic embolism in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation, and for the treatment of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism following 5–10 days of initial therapy with a parenteral anticoagulant.More

FDA clears 1st neck-access neuroprotection for carotid stenting
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has cleared the Enroute Transcarotid Neuroprotection System to reduce the risk for stroke during carotid angioplasty and stenting, the first such device to use neck rather than groin access.More

Gene changes make humans' sense of taste unique
Our relationship with food is part of being human. Meals are time for ritual and a chance to strengthen social bonds over the work of cooking and eating. But what and how we eat also helped make us human, to begin with: Changes in our eating habits also shaped our genes. More

Light-activated genes might be precisely controlled and targeted
Duke University researchers have devised a method to activate genes in any specific location or pattern in a lab dish with the flip of a light switch by crossing a bacterium's viral defense system with a flower's response to sunlight. More

23andMe finds genes for motion sickness
The personal genomics company 23andMe has identified 35 genetic factors tied to motion sickness, according to a new study published in the journal Human Molecular Genetics. In what the company says is the first ever genome-wide study looking at motion sickness, 23andMe was able to determine several genes that may be tied to the nausea associated with movement in a car or on a boat.More

US measles cases for 2015 rise 18.6 percent over past week
The Wall Street Journal
The number of measles cases in the U.S. this year rose 18.6 percent over the past week, to 121 people in 17 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Monday. About 85 percent of the cases reported between Jan. 1 and Feb. 6 are part of a multistate outbreak that began at Southern California’s Disneyland Resort in December, the CDC said.More

Study: HPV vaccine does not increase likelihood of unsafe sex for girls
ABC News
The vaccine used to guard against the human papillomavirus does not lead young people and teens to engage in more unsafe sex, according to a study released. The HPV vaccine has been on the market since 2006, but is not as widely used as other recommended vaccines, according to the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention.More

Clinical signs for impending death in cancer patients identified
Medical News Today
While many would rather not think about when someone might die, knowing how much longer a seriously ill person has left to live can be very useful for managing how they spend their final days. Researchers have now revealed eight signs in patients with advanced cancer associated with death within 3 days.More

Breath of fresh air: Medicare to cover lung cancer screening
NBC News
Medicare said it will pay for lung cancer screening for people at the highest risk — a decision advocates say will save tens of thousands of lives. It's been a controversial issue and some doctors question how many people will benefit from pricey, computed tomography scans to look for early evidence of lung cancer — by far the No. 1 cancer killer in the United States. More

How highly successful people deal with depression
In the last piece, a handful of psychologists weighed in on whether the super-successful C-suite crowd may suffer from depression disproportionately. And they seem to, for reasons that are counterintuitive, but pretty logical once you think about them. More

8 ways to use your phone to benefit your mental health
The Huffington Post
We should all make time to disconnect from our devices, but sometimes technology can be a beautiful tool. Most of us use our smartphones to chat with loved ones, check our email or as a crutch when we're bored — but there's a better way to harness the power of our screens.More