Do Herbal Meds Help Osteoarthritis? Probably Not

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Bones / Orthopedics;  Pain / Anesthetics
Article Date: 16 Jan 2012 – 10:00 PST

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A comprehensive review of herbal medicine products in the latest issue of the Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB) shows that there is little conclusive evidence to justify the widespread use of herbal medicines to relieve the symptoms of the painful joint condition osteoarthritis.

Medicare Plans Recruit Healthy Seniors By Offering Gym Benefits

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Seniors / Aging;  Sports Medicine / Fitness
Article Date: 13 Jan 2012 – 0:00 PST

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Because healthy enrollees cost them less, Medicare Advantage plans would profit from selecting seniors based on their health, but Medicare strictly forbids practices such as denying coverage based on existing conditions. Another way to build a more profitable membership is to design insurance benefits that attract the healthiest patients. In a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Brown University researchers report that plans have managed to do just that by offering fitness club memberships as a covered benefit.

Dilated Eye Exams For Medicare Beneficiaries Cost Effective, USA

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Main Category: Eye Health / Blindness
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 11 Jan 2012 – 8:00 PST

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A study published Online First in the Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, suggests that it “would be highly cost-effective” to replace visual acuity screenings for new Medicare enrollees with coverage of a dilated eye exam for healthy patients who enter the government insurance program for the elderly.

ED Eye Care In Florida

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Main Category: Eye Health / Blindness
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Article Date: 11 Jan 2012 – 8:00 PST

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A major part of Florida’s emergency department eye care is reimbursed through Medicaid or paid for directly by the patients. According to a study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, one of the JAMA/Archives journals, these findings may be beneficial in strategic planning as the debate over how best to implement the nation’s new health care reform law progresses.

Annual Bleeding Events And Frequency Of Infusions Reduced By Preventive Hemophilia A Treatment

Main Category: Blood / Hematology
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Pediatrics / Children’s Health;  Preventive Medicine
Article Date: 11 Jan 2012 – 1:00 PST

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A Rush University Medical Center led international research team has announced that a treatment to prevent bleeding episodes in children with hemophilia A also is effective for adolescents and adults.

Kaiser Permanente Study Finds Continuous Health Coverage Essential For Patients Managing Diabetes

Main Category: Health Insurance / Medical Insurance
Also Included In: Diabetes;  Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 06 Jan 2012 – 0:00 PST

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When patients with diabetes experience interruptions in health – insurance coverage, they are less likely to receive the screening tests and vaccines they need to protect their health. A new study finds that this is true even when patients receive free or reduced-cost medical care at federally funded safety net clinics.

Study Of Medicare Patients With PAD Helps Consumers Navigate Medical Provider And Treatment Choice

Main Category: Vascular
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP;  Seniors / Aging
Article Date: 04 Jan 2012 – 0:00 PST

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Although minimally invasive (endovascular) treatments for patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) result in shorter hospital stays and the potential to save Medicare millions of dollars each year, a new study reveals that the quality of care and cost depend on who’s providing the treatment. The study, which appears in this month’s Journal of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, is the first and largest study of its kind on these treatments for Medicare patients age 65 and older.

“It’s The Economy”

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Article Date: 03 Jan 2012 – 8:00 PST

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According to a survey, 45% of 337 retirees on Medicare consider the economy the most vital issue the United States faces in 2012, followed by health care (15%), national debt (21%), and jobs (19%). 43% of survey respondents anticipate that the economy will remain “about the same” next year. 24% believed the economy will be “somewhat” or “much” worse next year, while 37% said it will be “somewhat” or “much” better.

Rheumatoid Joint Disease

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 26 Dec 2011 – 0:00 PST

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A small study published online in the Annals of Rheumatic Diseases reveals that “Mindfulness” exercises, irrespective of how difficult they are, that focus on experiencing the present moment can help to limit the stress and fatigue linked to painful rheumatoid joint disease.

High-Risk Pregnancies

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Article Date: 26 Dec 2011 – 0:00 PST

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A new legislative proposal by The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) aims to expand the use of telemedicine for Medicaid enrollees with high-risk pregnancies and neonatal care needs. If the plan should be adopted, it would mean an improvement in providing care for people who are at-risk, whilst creating substantial long-term savings for the government as well as taxpayers.