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October 23, 2012
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  Health Care News 
  • Obstetrics group revises cervical cancer screening guidelines
    The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology issued new guidelines on cervical cancer screening that encourage women ages 30 and older to get a Pap test, along with a test for human papillomavirus, every five years, instead of every year. Women ages 21 to 29 should be screened every three years, rather than every two years, the group said. The guidelines were published in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. HealthDay News (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Metabolic factors may raise odds of dying from prostate cancer
    Metabolic risk factors such as high body mass index, blood pressure and cholesterol increased the risk of dying from prostate cancer by an additional 13% to 62%, a study in the journal Cancer found. However, researchers said, metabolic factors were not linked to a greater likelihood of developing prostate cancer. MedPage Today (free registration) (10/22) 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. News (10/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Pharmaceutical News 
  • Greater antibiotic use raises incidence of C. diff infections
    Mayo Clinic researchers assessed data on about 13.7 million children and 1.3 million adults in hospitals and found that greater use of antibiotics was the reason behind an increase in the incidence and severity of Clostridium difficile infections. They noted that the risk of dying was highest among children and adults over age 65 with C. difficile infections. The findings will be presented at the American College of Gastroenterology's annual meeting. HealthDay News (10/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Ustekinumab helps some Crohn's disease patients
    Patients with moderate to severe Crohn's disease resistant to tumor necrosis factor antagonists who received ustekinumab therapy had better response and remission rates than patients who got a placebo, according to research from the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla. Whether the results can be replicated in other Crohn's disease patients is not known, researchers said. News (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Emerging Trends, Products and Technologies 
  • 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. (10/19), AHA News Now (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Health Policy and Legislative News 
  • More ACA rules will be in effect in 2013
    Next year, health insurers must provide easy-to-read summaries with no fine print for plans offered, annual plan limits will rise to $2 million and the amount employees can save tax-free in flexible spending accounts will be capped at $2,500 under the Affordable Care Act. Health insurance premiums are expected to rise, but the average increase will be lower than in prior years, experts say. The Wall Street Journal (10/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  AANP News 
  • Quality Reporting Communication Support Page
    Beginning Nov. 1, the CMS will reopen the Quality Reporting Communication Support Page to allow individual eligible professionals and CMS-selected group practices the opportunity to request a significant hardship exemption for the 2013 eRx payment adjustment. Significant hardship request should be submitted via the Quality Reporting Communication Support Page on or between Nov. 1 and Jan. 31. Please remember that CMS will review these requests on a case-by-case basis. All decisions on significant hardship exemption requests will be final. Important -- please note that this is for the 2013 eRx payment adjustment only. Hardship exemption requests for the 2014 payment adjustment will be accepted during a separate timeframe later in calendar year 2013. Eligible professionals are encouraged to review the MLN Matters Article SE1206: 2012 eRx Incentive Program: Future Payment Adjustments for more information, including who may be subject to the eRx payment adjustment and how to avoid the eRx payment adjustment. For additional information and resources, please visit If you have questions regarding the eRx Incentive Program, eRx payment adjustments, or need assistance submitting a hardship exemption request, please contact the QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) or via They are available Monday through Friday 7 a.m.-7 p.m. CST. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Time Out for Genetics webinar
    The next Time Out for Genetics webinar, "Top 10 Genetics Resources for Pediatric Primary Care Providers," will take place noon-12:30 p.m. Central Time on Thursday. Hosted by the Genetics in Primary Care Institute, this webinar series aims to educate participants about the value of incorporating genetic medicine into primary care practice. Register here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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