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In an effort to reduce costs, Blue Shield sent thousands of cancellation notices informing customers that the company will begin to offer newer, more limited plans at the beginning of the year.
Most studies say that braking function returns to normal four weeks after right knee arthroscopy, nine weeks after surgery for an ankle fracture, and six weeks after the patient can walk unencumbered after a fracture of a major lower-body bone.
Middle-income countries are doing better at saving premature infants, but blindness and cerebral palsy are on the rise among the babies saved.
Some obese people have normal cholesterol, glucose levels and blood pressure, but a new study suggests obesity by itself increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes and death.
Under pressure to be productive, how much health advice can a physician produce while still providing quality?
Dr. Christopher Austin and the Journal's Health reporter Amy Dockser Marcus took questions about treatments for rare disease during a Reddit AMA.
Michael French, who struggled with the brain disease frontotemporal dementia, diagnosed in 2007, died at a Manhattan nursing home.
Many people with HIV live below the poverty line and therefore won't qualify for Obamacare subsidies to buy private insurance, or for Medicaid since Texas officials opted against expanding that program under the law.
Evidence for the health benefits of nuts has been accumulating since the early 1990s, and frequent consumption has been linked to a reduced risk of chronic diseases.
A global survey by Intel finds that most patients are willing to embrace health care technology innovation as a means to obtain more effective and efficient care. Many respondents say they want health care technology to track their biological makeup and individual behaviors to help develop customized treatments. Forbes' "The Apothecary" et al.
A study by Vanderbilt University finds that using natural language processing technology to examine electronic health record data has helped identify patients with multiple sclerosis and track the disease's progression. Researchers used an algorithm that included ICD-9 codes and text keywords. Health Data Management, JAMIA study.
Following an announcement from federal officials that the timeline for the meaningful use program will be adjusted, the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives and the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society say some issues need to be addressed. Healthcare Informatics et al.
Moderation is advised while exercising for health and improved life expectancy.
A comforting risotto with a little crunch
Emails exchanged between CMS officials and federal contractor CGI Federal indicate that senior officials knew nearly two months ahead of time that the Affordable Care Act's federal Small Business Health Options Program website would not launch in its full capacity on Oct. 1. The Hill's "Healthwatch" et al.
A report by the Center for Studying Health System Change finds that a program to inform patients about the cost of knee and hip replacements has saved CalPERS $2.8 million over the course of two years. In addition, patients have decreased their cost sharing by $300,000 under the initiative. Kaiser Health News' "Capsules."
Nearly 25% of enrollment records submitted to insurers through the Affordable Care Act's health insurance exchange website in October and November might contain errors, but the current error rate has fallen to 10%. Meanwhile, the Obama administration has directed federal navigators to stop using paper applications for consumers because of concerns about whether they would be processed in time. New York Times et al.
Covered California officials have asked insurance agents to manually enter paper applications into the exchange's online enrollment system. The move comes as the exchange struggles to process a backlog of 25,000 paper applications before Dec. 23, the deadline for coverage effective Jan. 1, 2014. Orange County Register et al.
News outlets report that, as more details become available, some people may find that their health insurance in 2014 will cost more than they hoped.