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Kaiser Health News

King County's Wellness Plan Beats the Odds

23 July 2014, 4:03 pmMost employee wellness plans have few participants and little effect on health care costs. A program in King County, Washington, is an exception.

Questions Abound As Two Appeals Courts Split On Legality Of Health Law Subsidies

23 July 2014, 2:17 pmTwo U.S. courts of appeals reached different decisions regarding the issue of whether the health law's subsidies can be used by consumers shopping for health coverage on the federal exchange, because...

How Will The Latest Health Law Decisions Affect You?

23 July 2014, 2:16 pmNews outlets offer consumer impact insight over Tuesday's rulings on the health law's subsidies to buy health insurance on the federal and state marketplaces.

Dueling Rulings On Health Law Subsidies Leave States In Lurch

23 July 2014, 1:50 pmStates are pondering their places in the health law's federal- or state-based health insurance exchanges after a pair of contradictory appeals court rulings Tuesday threw up in the air if states that...

CNN Poll: Half Of Americans Say Obamacare Has Helped Their Families Or Others

23 July 2014, 1:47 pmA CNN poll finds that more than half the public says the health law helped their families or others, but fewer than one in five say they have personally benefited. Meanwhile, election-year politics in...

Undercover Agents Get Health Insurance Subsidies With Fake IDs

23 July 2014, 1:44 pmFederal investigators, working undercover for the Government Accountability Office, said they had been able to obtain subsidized insurance under the health law using fictitious identities and false do...

Marketplace Confronts Confusion In Face Of Conflicting Rulings

23 July 2014, 1:43 pmNews outlets report that providers and insurers worry the two appellate court decisions could undermine the stability of the newly expanded health insurance markets. Meanwhile, governors in those stat...

Obama VA Nominee Gets Warm Reception From Lawmakers

23 July 2014, 1:42 pmMembers of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs indicated Tuesday they would likely endorse Robert McDonald, President Barack Obama's nominee to take over the Department of Veterans Affairs. A fu...

GovHealthIT.com

Agencies hampered by network complexity

23 July 2014, 1:41 pmFederal government agencies, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense, and the Veterans Administration, are being hindered in carrying out their missions d...

A new wrench in the ACA

22 July 2014, 7:22 pmIn the latest battle of the health reform wars, four words could bring down the Affordable Care Act's main insurance expansion policy, depending on which court interpretations gain traction.

iEHR redefined: DOD's top 3 tactics in VA turf war detente

21 July 2014, 4:02 pmWhile turf wars between the DOD and VA have effectively blunted efforts for a unified electronic health record system, both agencies are at least moving toward improving interoperability. On the DOD s...

Mother of patient engagement movement leaves a growing foundation

21 July 2014, 12:12 pmPatient advocate and researcher Jessie Gruman passed away July 14 at the age of 60, after living with cancer for the better part of her life and turning her struggle into frameworks for progress. In 1...

Steps to prep for phase 2 OCR audits

21 July 2014, 12:03 pmSummer vacation will have to wait: That’s because it’s audit season for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office for Civil Rights (OCR). Primary Topic: ...

HIT venture capital hits $1B for first time

17 July 2014, 2:41 pmVenture capital funding for health information technology surpassed $1 billion for the first time in Q2 2014 – far surpassed, in fact, with $1.8 billion raised in 161 deals, more than doubling t...

Top 5 benefits states miss by opting against Medicaid expansion

16 July 2014, 2:07 pmThe Council of Economic Advisors, the agency that advises President Obama on economic policy, this month released a study saying the 24 states that have not expanded Medicaid coverage under the Afford...

Feds aim to help states with Medicaid reform gaps

16 July 2014, 12:12 pmMedicaid is covering more Americans than ever, while challenging the state budgets like never before, in many places reaching a quarter of annual expenditures. Now, the federal government is working t...

Health.Mil

The 2014 TeamSTEPPS® Conference – A Summary

1 August 2014, 4:00 amThe 2014 TeamSTEPPS® Conference took place in Minneapolis 11-12 June. The conference included educational programming beginning 10 June with pre-conference sessions followed by keynote presentatio...

Focused Review: Laboratory Events in the Military Health System – Identifying and Mitigating the Gaps in Laboratory Processes

1 August 2014, 4:00 amThis newly-released focused review highlights Laboratory events related to patient safety based on MHS Sentinel Events and Patient Safety Reports submitted. The focused review further analyzes each la...

Protect Yourself from Tick-Borne Diseases

22 July 2014, 4:00 amPhoto by James Gathany.Tick-borne disease is an occupational health risk for military personnel, especially in summertime, when people can come into contact with ticks in the great outdoors in search...

Encephalitis Vaccine a Must for Those in Asia

22 July 2014, 4:00 amAir Force photo by Staff Sgt. Krystie Martinez.Mosquitoes all over the globe carry and spread some of the most debilitating diseases known to man, and do so in a manner that’s often difficult to...

Military Dentist Puts New Face on Dental Medicine

21 July 2014, 4:00 amLt. Col. Cynthia Aita-Holmes works at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Photo by Thomas Balfour.Cancer, congenital disease, gunshot wounds and other trauma can transform fa...

Military Medical Center ‘VolunTeen’ Program Offers Unique Opportunity

21 July 2014, 4:00 amNigel Smith, 17, poses for a picture, while volunteering as part of the American Red Cross VolunTeen summer youth program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.“I&rsquo...

DoD Hosts Tri-Service Military Health System Research Symposium

18 July 2014, 4:00 amFALLS CHURCH, Va. – The Department of Defense (DoD) will host its annual Military Health System Research Symposium (MHSRS) Aug. 18-21, 2014 at the Harbor Beach Marriott in Fort Lauderdale, Flori...

Gluten-free Diet Won’t Make You Thin

17 July 2014, 4:00 am What runs through your mind when you see the words “gluten-free” plastered on your favorite bag of chips in the store? Do you wonder if something inside the bag has changed?“Gl...

Army Health News

Increased SHARP training furthers efforts to combat sexual abuse

21 July 2014, 4:00 amThe Army is "breaking new ground" in efforts to combat sexual harassment and sexual assault in the ranks, according to a top Army official.

Belvoir pro believes adapting key to military golf future

17 July 2014, 4:00 amPGA professional Steve Greiner credits the Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation Wounded Warrior Golf Program for helping keep golf on the map at Fort Belvoir Golf Club, in Virginia.

Army doctor, 75, looks back at half-century of service

14 July 2014, 4:00 am"It's like yesterday," Col. Arthur Wittich said about his military career that began in 1956, as a Navy hospital corpsman. "I consider myself blessed. I've enjoyed my career."...

'Game-changing' device gets veteran back on his feet

10 July 2014, 4:00 amAfter a decade of excruciating pain, Frank Larraza figured he'd never be able to walk pain-free again. But in a month's time, this 24-year Army veteran has gone from crawling to walking to running.

Surgeon General hosts virtual town hall meeting

10 July 2014, 4:00 amLt. Gen. Patricia Horoho, Army surgeon general and commanding general of the U.S. Army Medical Command, hosted the first Army Medicine Virtual Town Hall on Facebook, July 9, 2014.

Performance Triad app now available

10 July 2014, 4:00 amArmy Medicine is committed to reaching beneficiaries where they live. The Performance Triad application (v1.0) is now available to do just that.

Tripler unveils new patient lift system

8 July 2014, 4:00 amTripler Army Medical Center in Honolulu, has completed the installation of 41 patient lift systems into private and semi-private patient rooms to enhance staff and patient safety, while enhancing the...

Army invests in 3-D bioprinting to treat injured Soldiers

8 July 2014, 4:00 amA team of scientists scans the surface of severely burned skin, creates a three-dimensional map of the wound with a laser, and then prints skin cells onto the patient using a 3-D bioprinter.

HHS.Gov

Secretary Burwell announces steps to further strengthen HHS management team

23 July 2014, 5:01 amSecretary Burwell announces steps to further strengthen HHS management team...

HHS announces availability of $11 million to better integrate HIV services into community health centers

15 July 2014, 5:01 amHHS announces availability of $11 million to better integrate HIV services into community health centers...

New resources improve states’ abilities to advance Medicaid payment and delivery system reform

14 July 2014, 5:01 amNew resources improve states’ abilities to advance Medicaid payment and delivery system reform...

Health Care Innovation Awards to provide better health care and lower costs

9 July 2014, 5:01 amHealth Care Innovation Awards to provide better health care and lower costs...

HHS announces the availability of $100 million in Affordable Care Act funding to expand access to primary care through new community health centers

8 July 2014, 5:01 amHHS announces the availability of $100 million in Affordable Care Act funding to expand access to primary care through new community health centers...

DOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans

8 July 2014, 5:01 amDOJ and HHS call for action to address abuse of older Americans...

HHS awards $83.4 million to train new primary care providers

7 July 2014, 5:01 amHHS awards $83.4 million to train new primary care providers...

HHS launches challenge to improve hypertension through health IT

7 July 2014, 5:01 amHHS launches challenge to improve hypertension through health IT...

Health.Com

Dangerous Use of Growth Hormone Surges Among U.S. Teens

23 July 2014, 3:37 pmWEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A growing number of U.S. teens are using synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) to boost their muscles and athletic ability, a new study finds. The per...

Parent’s Death May Raise Risk of Early Death for Grown Children, Study Suggests

23 July 2014, 3:37 pmWEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Children and teens who lose a parent might face an increased risk of an early death in adulthood, a new study suggests. People who were children or te...

Many Obese U.S. Kids Think They’re Thinner Than They Are

23 July 2014, 12:37 pmBy Steven Reinberg HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many obese and overweight American children and teens look in the mirror and tell themselves their weight is fin...

Weight Loss Surgery May Help Ease Urinary Incontinence

23 July 2014, 12:37 pmBy Kathleen Doheny HealthDay Reporter WEDNESDAY, July 23, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Weight-loss surgery appears to have an additional side benefit — it may improve urinary incontinence sympt...

5 Things You Need to Know About Vitamin D Deficiency

22 July 2014, 9:10 pmVitamin D protects your bones, brain and heart, and may even help you live longer. But most Americans aren’t getting enough of it. Here’s what you need to know about the “sunshine vi...

The Right Way to Talk to Your Partner About Your Sex Life

22 July 2014, 9:04 pmHint: Emailing your spouse a spreadsheet detailing your disappointment isn’t it...

Keep Your Teens Safe on the Road This Summer

22 July 2014, 8:37 pmTUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Car crashes are the leading cause of accidental death among American teens, and parents need to take steps to keep their teens safe when they’re o...

Tips for Beating BBQ Burns

22 July 2014, 8:37 pmTUESDAY, July 22, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Summer’s the season for grilling outside, but mishaps can happen even to the most experienced grillmaster. Before lighting up your grill, get up t...