Last Chance For Eligible Consumers To Enroll In Medicare

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 15 Mar 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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Consumers who are eligible for Medicare, but who have not yet enrolled in Medicare Part B, should do so before March 31, when the General Enrollment Period (GEP) ends. Part B of Medicare covers a range of services, including doctor visits and outpatient therapy. Consumers who enroll during the GEP will have coverage effective July 1, 2011.

Home Medical Equipment Group Supports Bipartisan Bill To Repeal The Controversial Medicare “Competitive” Bidding Program For Homecare

Main Category: Caregivers / Homecare
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 16 Mar 2011 – 2:00 PDT

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The American Association for Homecare strongly endorses bipartisan legislation to repeal the misguided and deeply flawed Medicare “competitive” bidding program for home medical equipment and services (durable medical equipment). The bill, H.R. 1041, was introduced by Congressmen Glenn Thompson (R-Pa.) and Jason Altmire (D-Pa.) on March 11, 2011 and is titled the “Fairness in Medicare Bidding Act.”

Creating Novel Injectable Biomaterials For Cartilage Tissue Engineering

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Stem Cell Research;  Medical Devices / Diagnostics;  Cancer / Oncology
Article Date: 18 Mar 2011 – 4:00 PDT

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Scientists at the forefront of stem cell biology are exploring new approaches to creating surgical implants that could offer prolonged benefits for sufferers of osteoarthritis and potentially even cancer.

At present, cartilage implants created using stem cells can only be constructed as a solid shape, acting as an interim measure before the almost inevitable need for total joint replacement.

Affordable Care Act Prevention Benefits Increasing Access, Lowering Costs For People With Medicare

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 17 Mar 2011 – 3:00 PDT

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AMA Opposes Medicare Locals, Australia

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 18 Mar 2011 – 4:00 PDT

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The AMA Federal Council, meeting in Canberra today, has voted to oppose the establishment of Medicare Locals and calls on the Government to defer the establishment of any primary health care governance organisations until there has been genuine consultation with the medical profession.

Knee Arthritis Symptoms In Older Adults Adversely Affected By Depression

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Depression;  Seniors / Aging;  Obesity / Weight Loss / Fitness
Article Date: 17 Mar 2011 – 4:00 PDT

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Clinical depression can exacerbate the symptoms of knee arthritis beyond what is evident on X-rays, according to a new study from the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (JBJS). Patients with mild to moderate knee arthritis are especially affected by depression, the study notes.

NICE Recommends Golimumab For The Treatment Of Psoriatic Arthritis

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Eczema / Psoriasis
Article Date: 18 Mar 2011 – 0:00 PDT

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The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has issued final draft guidance recommending golimumab (Simponi, Merck Sharpe Dohme) for the treatment of psoriatic arthritis.

Additional information from the manufacturer, considered by the independent Appraisal Committee following a consultation on its earlier draft recommendation, suggests that golimumab may be added to the list of treatment options already recommended by NICE for this condition.

Medicare Rights Center’s Webinar On Health Reform And Medicare Reaches Capacity

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Article Date: 18 Mar 2011 – 2:00 PDT

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The Medicare Rights Center is marking the first anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a free webinar, Health Reform and Medicare. Set for Tuesday, March 22 from 2:00 to 2:30 p.m., Eastern Time, the webinar has already reached capacity due to popular demand. Fortunately, a link to the recording will be available here shortly after the event ends.

Taking Diabetes Medication Helps Lower Medical Costs, Slightly

Main Category: Diabetes
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 18 Mar 2011 – 3:00 PDT

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A new study in the journal Health Services Research shows that diabetes patients who do a better job of taking their medication have slightly lower health care costs.

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Men Report Persistent Sexual Impairment After Use Of Common Hair Loss Drugs

Main Category: Erectile Dysfunction / Premature Ejaculation
Also Included In: Dermatology;  Men’s health
Article Date: 18 Mar 2011 – 3:00 PDT

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A new study by The George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, that will be published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, suggests men who take the drug finasteride, commonly marketed under the trademark names Propecia and Proscar, may report an on-going reduction in sex drive, and in some cases, prolonged periods of erectile dysfunction even after they stop using the medications.