ACA stands, but fate remains uncertain | Report predicts growth for global sports medicine market | Research examines use of diabetes drugs for diabetic nephropathy in the US
March 28, 2017
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ACA stands, but fate remains uncertain
The Affordable Care Act remains in place after the proposed American Health Care Act was pulled from the House without a vote, but its fate is heavily dependent on support from Congress and the Trump administration, which already has taken steps to scale back enforcement of the individual insurance mandate and cut spending on enrollment marketing.
Bloomberg (3/24),  Reuters (3/25) 
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Report predicts growth for global sports medicine market
A Grand View Research report predicts the worldwide sports medicine market will hit $12.5 billion by 2025 with a 7.7% compound annual growth rate because of the increasing number of minimally invasive surgical products being introduced to the market and the growing incidence of sports-related injuries. Among the key market players are Ossur, DJO Global, Otto Bock HealthCare and Zimmer Biomet. (3/23) 
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Medical News
Research examines use of diabetes drugs for diabetic nephropathy in the US
Researchers found an increase in the use of medications for diabetic nephropathy in the US from 2010 to 2014, with dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors and sulfonylureas among the most frequently used. The findings in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics revealed that angiotensin receptor blockers and angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors were prescribed in most treatment visits, with medication use reaching 90% during certain periods.
Physician's Briefing/HealthDay News (3/27) 
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Legislative and Regulatory
National RAC launches carefully in first months
Performant Recovery, a new national RAC, became fully operational on March 8, despite posting no reviews since February. "They may be taking a slow and steadier approach," said reimbursement consultant Andrea Stark, who also noted that Performant has hosted two webinars with the DME MACs CGS and Noridian, signaling an open line of communication that "can't be undervalued."
HME News (3/24) 
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ONC issues revised EHR guidelines
A revised version of the ONC's Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience, or SAFER, includes instructions for reporting abnormal test results and planning for electronic systems interruptions. The National Quality Forum, American Medical Informatics Association and health care providers were among the stakeholders who provided feedback for the update. (3/23) 
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Trend Watch
Ex-Marine becomes first double amputee in N.Y. county's police department
Matias Ferreira, a former US Marine, became the first double amputee to join New York's Suffolk County Police Department. The 28-year-old lost both of his legs below the knee after he stepped on an improvised explosive device on duty in Afghanistan in 2011.
CNN (3/24) 
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Boston terrier gifted prosthetic paws for National Puppy Day
Teddy, a Boston terrier puppy living in North Carolina, received prosthetic front paws for National Puppy Day after being rescued with damage to all four paws last year. Teddy was fitted with the front-paw prostheses by Bio-Tech Prosthetics & Orthotics and may be a candidate for back-paw prostheses as well.
United Press International/The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (3/23) 
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Business and Finance
Small biz split on ACA but united on high cost of care
Owners of small businesses are split in their opinions about whether to repeal the Affordable Care Act. But they find common ground as they lament the high cost of health care and call on Washington to find an affordable solution.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (3/26) 
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