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  • Poll: Most providers recommend OTC drugs to patients
    Ninety-eight percent of health care professionals recommend over-the-counter drugs to their patients, while nearly 75% of primary care physicians do so before suggesting prescription medicines, a survey by the Consumer Healthcare Products Association showed. Researchers also found 84% of patients trust their provider's OTC recommendations. BenefitsPro.com (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Study: Americans eat fewer calories, but obesity persists
    Although daily energy intake dropped by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010, the obesity rate in women remained at 35% from 1999 to 2010 and increased among men from 27% to 35% in the same period, according to the CDC. Experts offer several possible explanations, including that people may not be getting sufficient exercise. The research appears in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Experts: Peanuts, eggs can be introduced to infants early
    The American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology has said that parents can introduce potential allergens, including eggs and peanut butter, to children when they are as young as 4 months old. "There's been more studies that find that if you introduce them early, it may actually prevent food allergy," said David Fleischer, co-author of the article in The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice. The Wall Street Journal (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Insomnia is linked to heart failure risk in large study
    Researchers looked at data on more than 54,000 people in Norway and found that those with more than one insomnia symptom were three times as likely to develop heart failure as those with no symptoms. When anxiety and depression were accounted for, the risk was even greater. The findings were published online in the European Heart Journal. HealthDay News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study links processed meat to higher risk of early death
    A study that included almost 450,000 people found those who ate 160 grams or more per day of processed meats had an almost 44% higher risk of early death than those who ate 10 to 20 grams. Researchers recommended in BMC Medicine that people limit intake of processed meat to less than 1 ounce daily and said reduced consumption overall could lower the incidence of premature death about 3%. HealthDay News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • EHRs used as revenue tools more likely to see positive ROI in 5 years
    Doctors on average might lose $43,743 within five years after EHR implementation, according to a study in Health Affairs. The study also showed that only 27% of participating practices with EHRs could have a positive return on investment during the time frame. The study found that practices that used EHRs as a tool to increase revenue, whether by improving billing or seeing more patients, were more likely to see positive returns. BeckersHospitalReview.com (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AAFP asks CMS to improve its valuation of global surgical package
    CMS should adopt measures that are more accurate and fair in evaluating its global surgical package, especially concerning the number and level of postoperative services provided, according to an AAFP letter to the agency. The Academy also called for a review of codes with 10-day and 90-day global periods as part of improving the valuation of the global surgical package. AAFP News Now (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • HHS makes plans to publicize new health coverage options
    HHS in July plans to start advertising the availability of health insurance through public marketplaces and the expansion of Medicaid eligibility, though enrollment is not open until October and coverage would not begin until January. HHS plans to work with hospitals and community organizations to spread the word. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ICD-10 transition to move forward, CMS says
    CMS announced that the shift to ICD-10 codes will continue without additional delays, meaning providers must begin using the new codes Oct. 1, 2014. "Many in the health industry are under way with the necessary system changes to transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Halting this progress midstream would be costly, burdensome, and would eliminate the impending benefits of these investments," said acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. American Medical News (free content) (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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