Managed Care e-News
Jun. 17, 2014

Does social media have a place in healthcare?
By Joan Spitrey
Just like many of you, I have been on the Facebook bandwagon for quite some time. I have really enjoyed it as I have lived all over the country, and it has been a great way to keep up with old friends. But does it have a place in a healthcare career or profession? As I have extended my reach into the big, wide Web, I have come to realize there are a lot of outlets for sharing and getting information. However, just like anything in life, there are certainly pros and cons to these new-found resources. More

Thousands to be questioned on eligibility for health insurance subsidies
The New York Times
The Obama administration is contacting hundreds of thousands of people with subsidized health insurance to resolve questions about their eligibility, as consumer advocates express concern that many will be required to repay some or all of the subsidies. Of the 8 million people who signed up for private health plans through insurance exchanges under the new healthcare law, 2 million reported personal information that differed from data in government records, according to federal officials and Serco, the company hired to resolve such inconsistencies.More

US health system tops in spending, last in results
CNBC via Yahoo News
Bang for your buck? No such luck — not even close. The United States healthcare system has finished dead last — yet again — in a comparison of first-world countries, despite vastly outspending those nations on health services, according to a new study released.More

ICD-10: Everything you need to know
By Maria Frisch
The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is Oct. 1, 2015 — a change expected to impact all HIPAA-covered entities. While this rollout will entail both time and cost burdens throughout healthcare, the move from ICD-9 to ICD-10 reflects significant advances in medicine that have occurred during the last three decades. Implementation of ICD-10 is not optional, and rollouts will be complex. This article highlights some important facts and resources regarding the transition to ICD-10. More

ACOs, digital health companies petition new HHS secretary to derestrict telehealth
After efforts to remove restrictions from CMS coverage of telehealth through legislative channels have stalled, telehealth stakeholders have sent a barrage of open letters to incoming U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia Burwell, urging her to use her newfound executive powers to waive the offending restrictions.More

Alternatives to ACO strategies emerge
HealthLeaders Media
While joining an ACO can be the right decision for some physicians practices, the cost savings under this model are still being tested. Some doctors are banding together as independent physician associations, which improves their ability to practice independently, but still nets them better insurer reimbursement rates.More

3 ACO lessons from integrated systems
Integrated healthcare systems, with associated providers and health plans, have a leg up on implementing accountable care organizations to improve care and lower costs. Leaders from two Washington-based integrated systems shared some best practices and lessons learned for ACO success during a panel discussion at the AHIP Institute in Seattle.More

FDA delays decision on latest weight loss pill
USA Today
Consumers awaiting the latest weight loss pill will have to wait at least three more months. The Food and Drug Administration has delayed a decision that was expected on the prescription medication Contrave, drugmaker Orexigen Therapeutics Inc. announced.More

FDA approve Lymphoseek to evaluate head and neck cancer
Medical News Today
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration have given the OK for doctors to use Lymphoseek — a radioactive diagnostic imaging agent — to evaluate the spread of squamous cell carcinoma in the body's head and neck region.More

Kids with rare mutations in 2 genes are 4 times more likely to develop severe scoliosis
Children with rare mutations in two genes are about four times more likely to develop severe scoliosis than their peers with normal versions of the genes, scientists have found. The research at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis has identified genetic risk factors that predispose children to develop S-shaped curves in their spines that are dramatic enough to require surgery.More

'Good health' genes linked to increased risk of brain cancer
The same gene variants that are linked with having longer caps on chromosome tips and overall good health also may have a downside: They could increase the risk of brain cancer, a new study finds. These new findings may be the first to suggest that people with longer telomeres — the protective stretches of DNA found at the ends of chromosomes — have an increased risk of cancer.More

Chikungunya coming to the US? What you need to know about the virus
Fox News
A new disease has hit the Caribbean islands — and experts say it's only a matter of time before it makes its way to the United States. The virus is chikungunya, a mosquito-borne illness that causes high fevers and sometimes intense pain. First identified in Tanzania in 1952, chikungunya has mostly remained within Sub-Saharan Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and Southeast Asia for the past few decades — despite occasional cases appearing in the United States from a returning traveler.More

Caffeine affects teen boys, girls differently
HealthDay News via U.S. News & World Report
Kids appear to process caffeine — the stimulant in coffee, energy drinks and soda — differently after puberty. Males then experience greater heart-rate and blood-pressure changes than females, a new study suggests. Although the differences are small, "even what we might consider low doses of caffeine can have an effect on heart rate and blood pressure in kids," said study lead author Jennifer Temple, an associate professor at the University at Buffalo in New York.More

Does social media have a place in healthcare?
By Joan Spitrey
Just like many of you, I have been on the Facebook bandwagon for quite some time.More

Apple, joining other tech giants, introduces healthcare app
Modern Healthcare
Rumors became real as Apple introduced its own health app at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference in California. More

Are prescription monitoring programs merely a placebo?
By Jason Poquette
The network of states connecting their prescription monitoring programs is growing.More

Study of 'super responder' reveals new oncogene for lung cancer
Medical Xpress
Researchers have taken the next step in confirming the identity of previously unknown gene mutation that drives lung cancer development. Scientists at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center — Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute originally identified the mutation in one patient out of nine with advanced lung cancer who responded well to the drug sorafenib. More

Mole check: Surprising new sign of breast cancer risk
NBC News
There's another reason to keep an eye on your moles. Two new studies suggest that women with more moles may have a higher risk of breast cancer. Moles are already linked with a higher risk of melanoma — the deadliest form of skin cancer. The two new studies cannot explain how moles might be related to breast cancer, but there's a lot of research showing that moles, like breast cancer, can be influenced by hormone levels.More

Understanding the wrath of emotional abuse
By Jessica Taylor
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to control someone's thoughts? Unfortunately, there are some people who can do this very tactic: emotional abusers. When we hear about abusive relationships, the first type we often think of is physical. But another largely unknown type is emotional abuse. Emotional abuse is like brainwashing in that it continuously wears away at the victim's self-confidence, sense of self-worth, trust in his/her own perceptions and self-concept. It can include anything from verbal abuse and constant criticism to more subtle tactics, such as intimidation, manipulation and refusal to ever be pleased. More

Cyberchondria: How the Internet can afflict your mental health
U.S. News & World Report
We've all done it: You have a symptom, say a persistent cough, and instead of reaching for the Merck Manual — which might have been the case 20 years ago — you turn to your computer or iPhone and rely on the powers of Google to self-diagnose. More