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March 7, 2013
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  Diabetes in Focus 
  • Diabetes cost U.S. $245 billion in 2012, report finds
    According to a report from the American Diabetes Association, the U.S. cost of diabetes grew to $245 billion in 2012 from $174 billion in 2007. Direct medical costs in 2012 were $176 billion, and medical spending for diabetes patients was more than twice as high as for those without the condition. The findings appear in Diabetes Care. HealthDay News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Nutrition & Wellness 
  • 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 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Experts offer several possible explanations, including the possibility that people are not getting sufficient exercise. The research appears in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Reuters (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • After-school program puts focus on fitness, nutrition
    The after-school "Catch Health Habits" program in nine U.S. cities brings together older adults and children for games, exercise and lessons on good nutrition. The goal is to get students to think critically about nutrition and health, but the program also is aimed at helping the older volunteers stay active and meet new people. CTMirror.org (Connecticut) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Practice Update 
  • 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
  • Sequestration to cut Medicare EHR payments
    Sequestration will reduce by 2% the EHR incentive payments going to Medicare providers for services offered, starting April 1. On average, the cuts would cost Medicare-only hospitals, which are averaging $1.87 million in incentive payments, about $37,500, and physicians receiving Medicare EHR incentives would lose a few hundred dollars on average. Medicaid EHR incentives will not be affected. Modern Healthcare (subscription required) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 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
  Trends & Technology 
  • Few docs may see positive ROI for EHRs within 5 years, study finds
    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
  ADA News 
  • Biologic Responses to Weight Loss and Weight Regain Research Symposium
    The American Diabetes Association will convene national and global research expertise on April 26-28 in Washington, D.C. The activity, co-chaired by Dr. Rudolph Leibel and Dr. Randy Seeley, will focus on the regulation of energy balance and the physiology of weight regain following weight loss. ABSTRACTS deadline is extended to March 15. View the abstract form and submission guidelines. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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