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Kaiser Health News

Progress, Challenges As Medicaid Rolls Swell in Wash.

18 April 2014, 4:21 pmOne of the most successful initiatives in the Affordable Care Act has been the effort to sign up patients to be covered by Medicaid under an expanded program. Now comes the hard part: facing up to cha...

At 8 Million Sign-Ups, Health Law Enrollment Surpasses Target

18 April 2014, 2:49 pmPresident Barack Obama hailed the latest tally of people who gained insurance as a result of the health law. News outlets also look inside this latest round of data to find out what information the ad...

Sign-Up Figures Trigger New Round Of Health Law Political Spin

18 April 2014, 2:48 pmPresident Barack Obama uses the new enrollment numbers to urge Democrats to be proud of the health law and calls on Republicans to back off in their push to repeal the measure. GOP leaders, though, do...

Physician Groups Deciding How To Spend Health Care Dollars

18 April 2014, 1:52 pmSome doctors, influenced by their professional societies, are considering how much procedures and medicines may cost the patient and the health care system.

Are Exchanges More Appealing To Insurers Now?

18 April 2014, 1:52 pmElsewhere, in Colorado, new fees on consumers and insurance plans would raise $13 million to help run that state's exchange next year.

California Officials Announce Enrollee Tally, Note Last-Minute Surge

18 April 2014, 1:52 pmCovered California, the state's online health insurance marketplace, signed up 200,000 people for coverage during the two-week deadline extension -- bringing the state's total to 1.4 million. The stat...

Sebelius Says No To Kansas Senate Run

18 April 2014, 1:50 pmDespite recent appeals from Democrats for outgoing Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to run against Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., she has declined. Meanwhile, The New York Times report...

Obama Presses Scrutiny Of 2015 Health Insurance Rates

18 April 2014, 1:50 pmThe president made his appeal to state insurance commissioners at a meeting Thursday. Elsewhere, consumer spending related to the health law jumps, the GOP again demands to know the White House's invo...

GovHealthIT.com

HIX enrollment closed, now on to risk assessment

18 April 2014, 4:44 pmAside from collecting premiums — it’s still not known how many of the eight million new enrollees in the public health insurance exchanges have paid for the first month — many exchan...

4 ways to ensure HIPAA compliance

18 April 2014, 12:27 pmThe HIPAA/HITECH Omnibus Rule became effective just over one year ago. The compliance date was just over six months ago. Within about another six months (plus or minus), Federal regulators – at...

MU not linked to quality care, Harvard study says

17 April 2014, 1:15 pmFor the most part, a new study says that the meaningful use of electronic health records as prescribed under the HER incentive program has no connected to improved care.   Researchers at Harvard...

AHIMA calls for 2015 start for ICD-10

17 April 2014, 1:00 pmThe American Health Information Management Association has called for the Department of Health and Human Services to announce Oct. 1, 2015, as the new implementation date for ICD-10 as soon as possibl...

The future of health IT security

16 April 2014, 2:59 pmIt's not merely onerous government requirements for medical data, or the popularity of security-adverse mobile devices that make security so difficult. It's the need to give tiny medical offic...

So, there's an ICD-10 delay: Now what?

16 April 2014, 2:44 pmNow that medical practices have been legislated a reprieve from ICD-10 implementation, what should you do now? Here are some ideas: Stretch out the timeline A 12-month delay in the deadline does not m...

Top 25 Medicare MU doctors made $171M total in 2012

15 April 2014, 12:09 pmTogether the top 25 highest- Medicare-reimbursed meaningful users under the EHR incentive program took in $171 million in Medicare payments in calendar year 2012.   Primary Topic: ...

Is US on the verge of a new health economy?

14 April 2014, 6:03 pmWith consumers entranced by fast-evolving technologies and accustomed to price competition, healthcare is set to be transformed by innovations from other sectors of the economy such as retail and tele...

Health.Mil

Army Couple Embraces New Normal in Fight Against Cancer

18 April 2014, 4:00 am Col. Lenny Kness, and his wife, Lt. Col. Heather Kness, run their first Marine Corps Marathon Oct. 25, 2009, in Washington D.C. FORT BRAGG, N.C.-- Fort Bragg Army Col. Lenny Kness, chief of...

Military Medicine Also Benefits Civilians

18 April 2014, 4:00 amThis article originally appeared in the publication, U.S. Medicine. Throughout every war, the Military Health System has made significant medical advancements to help protect our troops. Our...

Alaska Medical Group Guardsmen Provide Free Dental Care

17 April 2014, 4:00 amStaff Sgt. Vanessa Campbell and Senior Airman Kayla Kerstetter, dental technicians with the 168th Air Refueling Wing Medical Group, pose for the camera at Eielson Air Force Base in Alaska. Air Na...

April is Alcohol Awareness Month

17 April 2014, 4:00 amPhoto by Ziko van Dijk. When it comes to alcohol consumption, there definitely can be too much of a good thing. While some studies have shown that small amounts of wine may be beneficial to your...

Military Kids Learn Valuable Life Lessons

16 April 2014, 4:00 amCol. Douglas Nikolai and his wife Katie Nikolai pose for a recent Christmas photo with their children. Photo courtesy of Katie Nikolai.Katie Nikolai’s kids are growing up in places all over the...

Navy Medics Saving Lives through Blood Donation

16 April 2014, 4:00 amPictured from left to right: Navy medics Aaron Bouchard, Benjamin Chadderdon, Brian Fink and Seth Biermann take time away from their busy training schedule to donate blood with the Armed Services Bloo...

Wounded Warriors Display True Grit

15 April 2014, 4:00 amCpl. Benjamin Latham, a Marine from Wounded Warrior Battalion East, swims at the Marine Corps Trials recently at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton in California. Wounded Warriors from around the world...

TRICARE Offers Help for Military Kids

15 April 2014, 4:00 am  Each April, the military community pauses to focus on its youngest members, those who don’t deploy or travel to war, but are affected by those events just the same - the military chi...

Army Health News

Army lab teams up with Boston Marathon to prevent heat injury

16 April 2014, 4:00 amSince 2012, the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine has been an official course weather monitoring authority for the Boston Athletic Association and the Boston Marathon.

Stressors in life can result in greater resilience

15 April 2014, 4:00 amRepeated deployments into harm's way can accumulate unresolved tensions and stress, resulting in post-traumatic stress. On the other hand, Soldiers can learn adaptive techniques that inoculate them ag...

Surgeon general: Advances in brain health to help Soldiers, nation

15 April 2014, 4:00 amThe medical community is on the "precipice" of great advances in regards to brain health, said the Army's surgeon general.

Sleep deprivation not uncommon for Soldiers

14 April 2014, 4:00 amSleep deprivation isn't just from insomnia or all-night partying. In the Army, lack of sleep often results from operational requirements or high-operations tempo training, said a brigade combat team c...

Army first-aid kits include new eye shield

14 April 2014, 4:00 amThe new rigid eye shield is now part of the revised individual first-aid kit that was distributed to troops in the fall. When properly worn, the shields can protect the eye from further damage after a...

Fort Hood medical teams spring into action, save lives amid tragedy

10 April 2014, 4:00 amEvil reared its ugly head on Fort Hood, Texas, again April 2, 2014, and once again the everyday heroes of the "Great Place" rose up to meet it head-on. At the tip of that spear, as always, were the em...

Army resilience shifting from 'bystander' to 'intervention' model

10 April 2014, 4:00 amThe Army's Ready and Resilient Campaign is now focusing on "intervention," not on "bystander" behaviors, said the director of the Army's R2C program.

Surgeon general says brain health 'new frontier'

10 April 2014, 4:00 amOptimizing brain health can have immense benefits for readiness, resiliency and the health of Soldiers, said the Army's surgeon general as she opened two-day consortium on the topic.

HHS.Gov

New National Biodefense Science Board members to advise HHS

16 April 2014, 5:01 amNew National Biodefense Science Board members to advise HHS...

Take action to be ready and resilient

11 April 2014, 5:01 amTake action to be ready and resilient, A statement by Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response Nicole Lurie, M.D.

Historic release of data gives consumers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid

9 April 2014, 5:01 amHistoric release of data gives consumers unprecedented transparency on the medical services physicians provide and how much they are paid...

HHS announces progress in disease prevention and health promotion

7 April 2014, 5:01 amHHS announces progress in disease prevention and health promotion...

National Public Health Week

7 April 2014, 5:01 amHHS Assistant Secretary for Health Howard Koh statement on National Public Health Week...

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on National Minority Health Month

4 April 2014, 5:01 amHHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Statement on National Minority Health Month...

National Autism Awareness Month

3 April 2014, 5:01 amNational Autism Awareness Month...

HHS announces important Medicare information for people in same-sex marriages

3 April 2014, 5:01 amHHS announces important Medicare information for people in same-sex marriages...

Health.Com

Extroverts Happier Regardless of Culture, Study Finds

18 April 2014, 8:37 pmFRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Being outgoing makes you happier no matter where you live, a new international study says. Researchers looked at mood and behavior among college student...

Restaurants in Poor Areas Push Unhealthy Foods, Study Finds

18 April 2014, 7:37 pmFRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Restaurants near public housing developments tend to offer unhealthy meals, a new study finds. Researchers analyzed menus from 61 fast-food and 72 table...

How to Make ‘Low-Cal’ Menu Options More Palatable

18 April 2014, 5:37 pmFRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Many people ignore restaurant foods labeled “low-calorie” because they think they’ll be unsatisfying, a new study shows. “People...

Nurses’ Experience Key to Better Patient Care, Study Says

18 April 2014, 5:37 pmFRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Patients may get the best care when treated in hospital units staffed by highly experienced nurses, a new study shows. Researchers analyzed data from mo...

Stress Tied to Worse Allergy Symptoms

18 April 2014, 5:37 pmFRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stress may trigger symptom flare-ups in people with seasonal allergies, a new study suggests. Researchers followed 179 people with hay fever for 12 week...

Most Medical Devices for Kids Only Tested on Adults

18 April 2014, 5:00 pmMost medical devices approved for use in children are not tested on pediatric patients before they are marketed, a new Harvard study finds.

Low Birth Weight, Lack of Breast-Feeding Tied to Inflammation Later On

18 April 2014, 4:00 pmYears later, people who were underweight at birth, and those who were breast-fed only a short time or not at all, could be at increased risk for chronic inflammation and related health problems, a new...

Certain Sedatives Tied to Breathing Problems in Older COPD Patients

18 April 2014, 3:37 pmFRIDAY, April 18, 2014 (HealthDay News) — A group of widely used sedatives increases the risk of serious breathing problems in older people with the lung condition called chronic obstructive pul...