Calif. company seeks approval for insulin inhaler | Podiatrist uses telemedicine to monitor diabetic foot wounds | ADA: Many patients unaware of increased diabetes risk
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December 10, 2013
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Calif. company seeks approval for insulin inhaler
California-based pharmaceutical company MannKind is seeking government approval for a new form of insulin powder that can be inhaled instead of injected to treat both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. The drug, called Afrezza, has completed Phase III trials and is now under FDA review. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (12/8)
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Podiatrist uses telemedicine to monitor diabetic foot wounds
Florida podiatrist Howard Umansky has founded Mobile Health, which makes home visits to diabetic podiatry patients who can't easily travel, and the Diabetes Rural Outreach Project, which uses smartphone applications and other technology to track foot conditions. Through the programs, medical personnel can review smartphone photos of foot wounds, while other apps can measure skin temperature around a wound. "The earlier we can detect it, the earlier we can treat it. If we treat it, we can prevent gangrene, and we can prevent amputation," Umansky said. The Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (12/10)
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ADA: Many patients unaware of increased diabetes risk
An American Diabetes Association survey says 40% of high-risk individuals thought they were not at risk of developing diabetes or prediabetes, while 30% of those with modifiable risk factors believed they had an increased risk of the condition. Health providers said 25% of at-risk patients were very well-informed about their higher diabetes and heart disease risk. U.S. News & World Report/HealthDay News (12/4)
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Study: Gastric banding boosts outcomes in overweight diabetes patients
Gastric banding was associated with greater weight loss and remission of diabetes compared with standard medical care in type 2 diabetes patients who were overweight but not obese, researchers reported at the World Diabetes Congress. Researchers also found that patients in the gastric-banding arm required less medication and showed better physical quality-of-life measures than did those in the medical-care group. The results suggest that a lower BMI threshold could be considered for the surgery. Family Practice News (12/3)
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CMS: ACA enrollment file errors down to 1 in 10 since Dec. 1
Errors may be found in approximately 1 in 4 electronic transactions sent from to insurance companies in October and November, the Obama administration said Friday. CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille said recent fixes lowered the error rate since the start of December to approximately 1 in 10. The errors with the 834 form generally involve mistaken data, lack of a file or duplicate files, Bataille said. The Hill/Healthwatch blog (12/6), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (12/6), The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/6), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/6)
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Camp provides support, new experiences for young amputees
The Ohio-based summer youth camp sponsored each year by the Amputee Coalition provides an opportunity for young people 10 to 17 to share their experiences and bond with others who are also missing limbs. "It's a safe environment where they can come, and the parents aren't there," said Laura Freeman, a prosthetic resident at Scheck and Siress in Oak Park, Ill. "So, they can try new things, and they can make new friends, and it's just amazing." WLS-TV (Chicago) (12/7)
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Business and Finance
Why maximizing short-term profits can backfire
A steady cash flow is a necessity in business, making it tempting to maximize profit at all times, writes Renee Butler, consulting manager at Littlefield, Siminski & Co. But at the same time, you'll need to pay attention to new opportunities in the market. In general, managing cash flow will require you to strike "a fine balance between making sure there is enough in the bank to cover daily operations while being able to afford to make reinvestments," Butler writes. SCORE Small Business Success Blog (12/6)
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Breaking news from AOPA
Tomorrow is the audio conference you can't afford to miss. Get the latest 2014 coding updates and policies in the popular AOPAversity December Audio Conference -- Register today! AOPA's Government Affairs Representatives are available to speak at your meetings -- If you have a state or regional meeting coming up soon, schedule now! The Medicare Open Enrollment has been extended, get the scoop! CMS announces a new date for PECOS Implementation. Don't miss the CMS ordering/referring list -- all of this and more in today's AOPA Breaking News.
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