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October 22, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Study: Weight loss does not guarantee lower heart risk in diabetes
    Overweight and obese type 2 diabetes patients who participated in an intensive lifestyle intervention lost more weight at one and four years compared with those who had a standard diabetes support and education program, data from the Look AHEAD study revealed. However, those in the lifestyle-intervention group did not show lower rates of myocardial infarction, stroke, hospitalizations for angina or cardiovascular death, researchers said. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • More sedentary time tied to increased diabetes risk
    An analysis in Diabetologia found that participants who had the highest amount of sedentary time faced an increased risk of diabetes and heart disease compared with those who had the least sedentary time. A higher risk of cardiac death and all-cause mortality were also associated with greater sedentary time, researchers noted. PhysiciansBriefing.com/HealthDay News (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Higher BMI raises hospitalization risk in study
    Data on nearly 250,000 Australian participants showed that every additional BMI point was tied to up to a 4% higher risk of being hospitalized for a variety of conditions within a two-year period. The study was published in the International Journal of Obesity. Reuters (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fitness device maker unveils free app to promote healthy behavior
    Striiv, a portable fitness device maker in California, has unveiled a free iPhone application called Striiv Smart Pedometer. The app, which has a large food database and calorie counting features, has the same functions as the firm's portable fitness device that offers virtual rewards and incentives to users. "We call it the first 'smart' pedometer because it learns from your activity, learns your behavior and motivates you to walk a lot more throughout the day," said Striiv's head of design Lexy Franklin. MobiHealthNews.com (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • Applications for eRx Hardship Exemption to begin Nov. 1
    Health care providers who want to apply for a hardship exemption under the 2013 Medicare Electronic Prescribing Incentive Program may file their applications online beginning Nov. 1, through Jan. 31. The exemption includes a category for physicians and other health care professionals who will take part in the Medicare or Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Program and adopt certified electronic health record technology. BeckersHospitalReview.com (10/19), AHA News Now (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Agency to conduct provider call on ICD-10 transition
    CMS will conduct a Medicare Fee-for-Service National Provider Call on Thursday to help health care practitioners and staff prepare for ICD-10 implementation. The call will educate medical professionals on transition points, implantation requirements, local and national coverage determination, and national implementation issues. BeckersASC.com (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • Exercise data in EHRs could boost care quality
    The electronic Exercise Vital Sign program of Kaiser Permanente has shown promise in boosting care quality and patient treatment, according to a study in Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise. The initiative, which integrates a patient's physical activity data into their electronic health record, has collected important and accurate data that clinicians can use to better counsel and treat patients regarding their lifestyles. Healthcare IT News (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • GOP senators request EHR program meeting with CMS, ONC
    Four Republican senators have submitted a letter to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius requesting a meeting with CMS and ONC members regarding EHR attestation and meaningful use. Included in the letter were several questions they would like to have answered by the agencies, including whether taxpayer-subsidized EHRs increase the use of diagnostic tests and whether EHR use has increased the amounts providers are billing to Medicare. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ADA News 
  • Free CME/CE activity: Self Assessment Program on Lipoprotein Management in Patients with CMR -- Ends Oct. 31st
    The American Diabetes Association Self-Assessment Programs (ADA-SAP™): Lipoprotein Management in Patients with Cardiometabolic Risk is designed to objectively assess and strengthen your knowledge of diabetes and provide you with a better understanding of the options available for managing lipoproteins in patients with cardiometabolic risk. Participate today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free CME/CE activity: Self Assessment Program on the Pathophysiology and Management of Type 2 Diabetes -- Ends Oct. 31st
    The American Diabetes Association Self-Assessment Programs (ADA-SAP™): Pathophysiology and Management of Type 2 Diabetes is designed to objectively assess and strengthen your knowledge of diabetes and provide you with a better understanding of the options available for management. Participate today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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