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The American Geriatrics Society says medical evidence is scant for five common treatments in the elderly.
Readers solve the case of a 25-year-old man who can’t stop vomiting until he takes a hot shower.
Can you solve a medical mystery involving a 25-year-old man who becomes sweaty and nauseated and starts vomiting uncontrollably every few weeks?
Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are proposing to remove some drugs from Medicare’s prescription drug plans and limit how many plans insurers can offer. KHN’s Mary Agnes Carey and CQ Roll Call’s Emily Ethridge discuss.
A new Government Accountability Office report finds that the meaningful use incentive program lacks a comprehensive strategy, which hinders HHS' ability to reliably use the clinical quality data collected through certified electronic health records to measure performance. Health Data Management, Healthcare IT News.
The Recipes for Health columnist Martha Rose Shulman offers new ways to roast vegetables.
Research published in Health Affairs finds that electronic health record systems increasingly are helping jails provide more comprehensive care to individuals in custody. According to the article, the meaningful use incentive program helped to facilitate EHR adoption at jails. FierceEMR.
This week, lawmakers sent four separate letters to federal officials regarding the meaningful use program. Two letters asked for information about preventing fraud in the meaningful use program, one letter asked for more details on the "hardship exemptions" CMS plans to offer, and the last letter called for using Stage 3 to reduce health disparities. EHR Intelligence et al.
North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple and the state Health Information Technology Advisory Committee this week announced the launch of a statewide health information exchange network. An official said 650 participants already are using an email function on the network to share patient records. Healthcare IT News et al.
But some signals point to a pattern that may be emerging that suggests more uninsured people have been looking for information about plan options or seeking to buy insurance through the online marketplaces in these final weeks of open enrollment.
Media outlets look at the impact of the two-year extension of nonconforming plans, as well as of other regulatory changes that will affect unions and insurers.
Regional data released this week show that as of the end of January nearly 200,000 Los Angeles County residents had enrolled in health plans through Covered California, surpassing enrollment in more than 40 states. The data also show that more than 160,000 consumers in the San Francisco Bay Area had enrolled in plans through the exchange. Los Angeles Times' "Money & Co." et al.
Two recent surveys conducted by the Urban Institute and McKinsey find that a significant portion of uninsured U.S. residents are unaware of the health insurance exchanges but that the overall number of uninsured people who have enrolled in coverage through the exchanges is increasing. Washington Post et al.
A plan by President Obama to extend an administrative fix allowing individuals to keep health plans that do not meet the Affordable Care Act's minimum coverage standards is unlikely to have a significant effect on California residents. San Jose Mercury News.
House Republicans want to vote on legislation that would delay the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and use those savings to permanently repeal Medicare's sustainable growth rate formula. The vote could be difficult for Democrats, who would have to choose between supporting a popular SGR repeal and opposing a delay to the ACA's individual mandate. The Hill's "Floor Action" et al.
Gary Cohen says he will return to California, where he was once an insurance executive, regulator and head of an advocacy group.
Seven Republicans joined Democrats to pass the bill, which now goes to the Democratic-controlled House. Meanwhile, tensions are rising in Virginia on the issue as Republicans in the House hold out against the governor's offensive, and in Pennsylvania, the Republican governor amends his requirements for an expansion.
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The bill could put House Democrats in an awkward spot, but would be a nonstarter in the Democrat-controlled Senate and could kill prospects this year to get rid of the sustainable growth rate formula. Meanwhile, a right-leaning advocacy group unveils a $1 million ad campaign against congressional Democrats over the administration's proposed reductions in funding to private Medicare Advantage plans.
Other news includes a report that could mean better inspections of nursing homes and a study that examines the burden many poor women face in caring for an aging parent.