U-M Saves Medicare More Than $22 Million By Improving Preventive Care, Chronic Illness Care

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Article Date: 09 Aug 2011 – 0:00 PDT

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Medicare patients received better care at the University of Michigan Health System, and U-M staff have saved more than $22 million on the cost of that care during a five-year demonstration project.

U-M’s savings resulted from five years of participation in the Medicare Physician Group Practice Demonstration Project. It is Medicare’s first Pay-for-Performance Demonstration Project to work directly with physician groups like the U-M Faculty Group Practice.

Man With Breast Cancer Denied Government Medical Insurance

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Article Date: 09 Aug 2011 – 2:00 PDT

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An American man with breast cancer has been denied government funded insurance coverage because he is not a woman.
Raymond Johnson, a 26-year-old construction worker from Charleston, South Carolina, says he cannot afford private health
insurance; he earns $9 an hour, and his medical bills are likely to run to hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Erectile Function And Libido Improve In Obese Diabetic Men Who Lose Weight

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Article Date: 08 Aug 2011 – 7:00 PDT

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The Journal of Sexual Medicine published a new study which explains that improved erectile function, sexual desire and lower urinary tract symptoms are enhanced by weight loss in obese men with type 2 diabetes.

Gender Difference In Autoimmune Disease Explained By Newly Discovered B Cells

Main Category: Lupus
Also Included In: Multiple Sclerosis;  Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Women’s Health / Gynecology
Article Date: 08 Aug 2011 – 0:00 PDT

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Researchers at National Jewish Health have discovered a type of cell that may contribute to autoimmune disease. The findings also suggest why diseases such as lupus, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis strike women more frequently than men.

Diabetic? Erectile Dysfunction? Lose Weight And Win, Study Reports

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Article Date: 07 Aug 2011 – 0:00 PDT

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New studies support the fact that men with type 2 diabetes suffering from erectile function problems tend to be obese, but by losing a few pounds, patients can recover and be winning again in the bedroom.

Gary Wittert, MBBch, MD, FRACP, FRCP, of the University of Adelaide in Australia explains:

Diabetic? Erectile Dysfunction? Lose Weight And Win Study Reports

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Article Date: 06 Aug 2011 – 3:00 PDT

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New studies support the fact that men with type 2 diabetes suffering from erectile function problems tend to be obese, but by losing a few pounds, patients can recover and be winning again in the bedroom.

Gary Wittert, MBBch, MD, FRACP, FRCP, of the University of Adelaide in Australia explains:

California Medicaid Could Save $2 Billion, Avoid Drugstore Litigation By Modernizing Medicaid Pharmacy

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Article Date: 06 Aug 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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Pharmaceutical Care Management Association (PCMA) President and CEO Mark Merritt released the following statement today on a new lawsuit by several drugstore lobbying groups to prevent the California Medicaid program from reducing pharmacy payments:

New Tools And Initiatives Announced By The Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services

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Article Date: 05 Aug 2011 – 13:00 PDT

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CMS (Center for Medicare Medicaid Services) says there is a new tool aimed at patients and caregivers, as well as some other initiatives which will help consumers make informed choices regarding their health care. CMS adds that it should help improve care quality in US doctors’ offices, nursing homes and hospitals.

Dr. Don Berwick, the CMS Administrator, said:

It’s hard for me to move around the house in my wheelchair, and I want to widen some of my doors. Will Medicare pay for this?

It’s hard for me to move around the house in my wheelchair, and I want to widen some of my doors. Will Medicare pay for this?

Dear Marci,
It’s hard for me to move around the house in my wheelchair, and I want to widen some of my doors. Will Medicare pay for this?
—John.

Dear John,
No. Medicare will not pay for modifications to your home, such as those improving wheelchair access, like installing ramps or widening doors. Also, Medicare will not cover items such as stairway elevators, grab bars, and bathtub and toilet seats. These items improve your ability to function in the home, but Medicare does not view them as meeting a medical need…

Medicare Prescription Drug Premiums Won’t Rise In 2012

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Article Date: 04 Aug 2011 – 15:00 PDT

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HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Medicare prescription drug premiums will remain the same next year. 17 million Medicare beneficiaries have received free prescription services, while 900,000 who hit the prescription drug donut hole have had 50% discounts on their prescription medications.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said: