Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients Treated With Cimzia(R) (Certolizumab Pegol) report Positive Results

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 26 Apr 2011 – 9:00 PDT

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UCB today announced data which showed that Cimzia®, the only approved PEGylated anti-TNF for the treatment of moderate-to-severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA), plus methotrexate (MTX), versus placebo plus MTX provided a significant improvement in patient physical function, fatigue and pain. A clear association between clinically meaningful improvements in these outcomes and increased work productivity were observed both within and outside the home1.

Gender Differences In Immune Responses To PTSD

Main Category: Anxiety / Stress
Also Included In: Immune System / Vaccines;  Heart Disease;  Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 27 Apr 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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Men and women had starkly different immune system responses to chronic post-traumatic stress disorder, with men showing no response and women showing a strong response, in two studies by researchers at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and the University of California, San Francisco.

Medicaid Block Grants Mean Low-Income Older Adults Could Lose Benefits

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 27 Apr 2011 – 4:00 PDT

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Based on of its long experience ensuring that states do not limit eligibility
and benefits, the National Senior Citizens Law Center says that the result of block
granting Medicaid would mean taking health care coverage away from millions of low-income
older adults and people with disabilities.

AAMC Statement On 2012 Hospital Inpatient PPS Proposed Rule

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 26 Apr 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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AAMC (Association of American Medical Colleges) President and CEO Darrell G. Kirch, M.D., issued the following statement on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2012 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule:

CMS Proposes Payment, Policy Changes For Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 26 Apr 2011 – 3:00 PDT

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The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) in Fiscal Year (FY) 2012. The rule proposes to increase payment rates under the IRF Prospective Payment System (PPS) by a projected 1.8 percent -an estimated $120 million nationwide. The projected update reflects a rebased and revised market basket specific to IRFs, inpatient psychiatric facilities, and long-term care hospitals (the RPL market basket) – currently estimated at 2.8 percent for FY 2012 – less a 1.3 percentage point reduction mandated by the Affordable Care Act, plus 0.3 percentage points due to a proposed adjustment to the outlier threshold.

New Hope For MS Lies In Blocking Key Inflammation Molecule

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Main Category: Multiple Sclerosis
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Neurology / Neuroscience;  Immune System / Vaccines
Article Date: 25 Apr 2011 – 2:00 PDT

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Blocking a key inflammation molecule in the immune system’s T helper cells could be a first step to developing new
treatments to eradicate multiple sclerosis (MS) and other autoimmune diseases, said researchers who wrote about their discovery
in Nature Immunology this week.

Professor Lichtenberg Honored With Outstanding Author Contribution For Article In Advances In Health Economics And Health Services Research

Main Category: Public Health
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Article Date: 24 Apr 2011 – 8:00 PDT

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Columbia Business School is proud to announce that Frank R. Lichtenberg, Courtney C. Brown Professor of Business of Finance and Economics and the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Management Program, was awarded a 2011 Outstanding Author Contribution Award by the Emerald Literati Network. The award recognizes an author who was nominated by the editors of a book series published by Emerald Group Publishing, a leading scholarly publisher of journals and books in business and management and related disciplines. Each editor nominated a contributing writer that submitted the most impressive piece of work submitted to the outlet throughout 2010.

Michigan Tech Engineer Seeks To Prevent Knee Osteoarthritis

Main Category: Bones / Orthopedics
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Article Date: 23 Apr 2011 – 0:00 PDT

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Aging often means bad knees, and bad knees often mean osteoarthritis, a common and painful disability that affects more than 20 million Americans.

Tammy Haut Donahue, associate professor in mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, is a researcher with an ambitious goal: to prevent osteoarthritis.

House Republican Budget Cuts Would Have A Devastating Impact On Connecticut’s Seniors And Children

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Health Insurance / Medical Insurance;  Seniors / Aging;  Pediatrics / Children’s Health
Article Date: 11 Apr 2011 – 0:00 PDT

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The budget introduced this week by Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives slashes $23.4 billion in federal funding for Medicaid, Medicare, and other health coverage programs in Connecticut over the next 10 years, with $16.1 billion cut from Medicaid alone, according to an analysis released by the consumer health group Families USA.

CMS Data Show Gains In Key Quality Indicators Through Physician Quality Reporting System And Eprescribing Incentive Program

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 20 Apr 2011 – 2:00 PDT

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The Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) today issued a report that highlights significant trends in the growth of two important “pay-for-reporting” programs. The report also articulates key areas in which physician-level quality measures appear to show positive results in quality of care delivered to Medicare beneficiaries.