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October 26, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • ADA, AGS issue statement on diabetes care for older patients
    A consensus statement from the American Diabetes Association and the American Geriatrics Society stressed that life expectancy and comorbidities should be considered in treatment goals for older type 2 diabetes patients. "Older patients are extremely heterogeneous in terms of duration of diabetes, comorbidities, and life expectancy. Individualization and consideration of patient preferences and goals, which are important for all patients with diabetes, are especially so in this age group," said lead author and ADA Senior Vice President Dr. M. Sue Kirkman. The statement appears in Diabetes Care and the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Medscape (free registration) (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Higher diabetes risk seen in pancreatic cancer patients
    Patients with pancreatic cancer had an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes compared with controls, with a higher risk seen in women with pancreatic cancer than their male counterparts, according to a study in Experimental Diabetes Research. Data on 317 participants showed 35.2% of pancreatic cancer patients were diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, compared with 20% in the control group. Researchers found diabetes prevalence was 44% in female cancer patients, compared with 25% among male cancer patients. FoodConsumer.org (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Signs indicate childhood obesity dropping in some areas
    Cities and states that have implemented changes to school nutrition and other programs to fight obesity are seeing results, which could indicate a reversal of childhood obesity trends, experts say. Dr. James Marks of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation said gains may be small, but as a whole, they could signal a "turning point" in the obesity epidemic. USA Today (10/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Longer obesity duration makes weight loss more difficult
    Having excess pounds for a longer period replaces the body's "normal" weight with a higher one, increasing the risk of irreversible obesity, an animal study in the Journal of Clinical Investigation indicated. Data showed young obesity-programmed mice that were able to retain a normal weight through dieting were able to prevent excess weight gain in adulthood, while young mice that had early obesity were not able to lose weight in adulthood despite lower food intake and more exercise. Medical News Today (10/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Survey: Looming Medicare pay cut affects practice decisions
    A Medical Group Management Association survey showed that worry over a 27% cut in Medicare payments set for Jan. 1 has prevented 54% of physician practices from participating in demonstration projects for models to replace fee-for-service payments, such as accountable care organizations, medical homes and global payments. The survey showed 45% of physicians would reduce new Medicare appointments and 31% would stop taking new Medicare patients if the payment cut is allowed to take effect. Medscape (free registration) (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Better quality may not equal ROI in new pay models, study says
    Meeting minimum quality targets will not be enough if hospitals and physicians want big returns on investment from new shared savings reimbursement models, according to a study in Health Affairs. A simulation model created by San Francisco-based Archimedes found achieving better quality actually could increase costs in some areas. The report authors said savings needed to generate ROI "will have to come from activities other than improvements in the clinical quality measures." American Medical News (free content) (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ICD-10 poses challenges to health sector, MGMA official says
    The transition to ICD-10 will give the health care industry one of the biggest challenges it has ever faced, said Robert Tennant, the Medical Group Management Association's senior policy adviser. Speaking at the recent MGMA conference, Tennant said the effort will be costly, payers may not be prepared for the October 2014 deadline and CMS has not issued a payment schedule for the new codes. Health Data Management (10/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Advanced Clinical Management of Diabetes & Its Complications Webcasts
    Earn up to 10.50 credits by viewing 16 webcasts. This comprehensive CME program is committed to enhancing professional skills in the management of patients with type 2 diabetes. Join diabetes experts as they discuss a range of issues from solving the oldest problems to maximizing the newest solutions for patients with diabetes. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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