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December 24, 2012
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • ADA releases new guidelines for diabetes care
    People with diabetes should have their blood pressure assessed during every primary care visit, and a treatment goal of up to 140 mm Hg may be appropriate for some patients, according to the American Diabetes Association's annual "Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes" guidelines. The standards also suggest a patient-specific schedule for blood glucose monitoring in diabetes patients on multiple-dose insulin or insulin pump therapy. The guidelines appear in the January issue of Diabetes Care. Healio/Endocrine Today (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hypertension, diabetes linked to risk of cancer recurrence
    Colon cancer patients and survivors who had diabetes or hypertension had an 8% greater risk of cancer recurrence in five years compared with those who did not have either condition, according to a study reported in the journal Cancer. Researchers also noted lower survival in cancer patients with either condition. (12/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Diabetes diagnosis, insulin tied to increased fracture risk
    U.S. researchers found that patients with diabetes had a greater risk of fractures than those without the condition. The risk was higher among patients treated with insulin, and no association was found between fractures and undiagnosed diabetes. The study, which involved 15,140 patients, appeared in the journal Diabetes Care. (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • Menus that link calories and miles prompt lower-cal choices
    Participants in a study tended to choose lower-calorie meals when menus indicated foods' calorie content as well as how many miles of walking it would take to burn off those calories, compared with showing calorie content alone or no nutritional information. The study was published in the journal Appetite. Medical News Today (12/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • GAO finds overlaps in CMS payment and delivery testing
    A Government Accountability Office report identified three areas of overlap -- reflecting similar goals, activities or target populations -- between 17 health care delivery and payment models being tested by CMS and other CMS initiatives, suggesting duplication of efforts at the agency. "GAO is recommending that the Administrator of CMS direct the Innovation Center to expeditiously complete its process to review and eliminate any areas of unnecessary duplication in contracts that have been awarded in one of its models," the agency said. Medscape (free registration) (12/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Deadline approaches to report EHR meaningful use
    The deadline for Medicare EHR meaningful use reporting and attestation this year is Dec. 31. The CMS website describes the process for reporting and attesting to EHR meaningful use and lists state attestation deadlines for doctors and other eligible professionals participating in the Medicaid MU program. AHA News Now (12/19), (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Trends & Technology 
  • More hospitals, providers receive EHR incentive payments
    Three-quarters of eligible hospitals and one-third of doctors and other eligible professionals have received incentive payments for EHR system adoption, data from CMS reveal. A total of $9.3 billion has been released since the incentive program launched, with $6.1 billion going to eligible hospitals and $3.1 billion directed to doctors and other eligible professionals, the agency's November report shows. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (12/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Editor's Note 
  • SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday
    In observance of Christmas, SmartBrief will not publish Tuesday. Publication will resume Wednesday. Enjoy the holiday! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy."
--William Blake,
British poet and painter

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