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Kaiser Health News

Putting Teeth In Health Reform

2 September 2014, 9:30 amMany North Carolina dentists refuse to treat Medicaid patients because of the low reimbursements, while the federal health law defines children’s dental insurance as an essential benefit" but doesn'...

State Highlights: Mass. Health Care Costs Grow By Only 2.3 Percent; New Rules In Calif. For Some Inmates

2 September 2014, 6:43 amA selection of health policy stories from Massachusetts, California, Oregon, Indiana, Washington state, Colorado and North Carolina.

More Big Firms Shifting To High-Deductible Health Plans

2 September 2014, 6:33 amThe New York Times examines the movement among large employers towards high-deductible plans that shift more health care costs to workers. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal looks at how the ACA may a...

Viewpoints: Medicaid Expansion Spreading; 'GOP's Woman Problem'

2 September 2014, 6:26 amA selection of opinions and editorials around the country.

Exchange Roundup: MNSure Bogs Down; Md. Consumers Drop Coverage

2 September 2014, 6:24 amMarketplace developments across the country, including in Minnesota, Maryland, Georgia and California.

Bypassing Politics, Insurers Pay For End-Of-Life Talks

2 September 2014, 6:24 amThese doctor-patient conversations had been labeled "death panels" by opponents of the Affordable Care Act. Meanwhile, in a bid to reduce backlogs, Medicare offers a deal to hospitals to pay 68 percen...

Doctors, Retail Clinics Adopt New Business Models

2 September 2014, 6:22 amThe financial ground is changing for doctors in private practice and for patients seeking care.

Nomination Signals New Approach To Drug Abuse Policy

2 September 2014, 6:21 amThe nomination of Michael Botticelli to head the Office of National Drug Control Policy symbolizes the shift toward dealing with drug use as a public health issue rather than as a criminal justice one...

GovHealthIT.com

CHIME: New meaningful use rule 'all but ensures industry struggles will continue'

2 September 2014, 6:57 amReporting. Providers have to do it for meaningful use and a new final rule that Health and Human Services published late Friday eases the matter for 2014 only to mandate that come 2015, participants m...

Does Apple's HealthKit prove FDA guidance is working?

2 September 2014, 5:08 amSkepticism remains over the Food & Drug Administration’s regulation of mobile health. The approach will just slow innovation, as Scott Gottlieb, MD, an American Enterprise Institute analyst...

10 things DoD wants in its next EHR

2 September 2014, 5:05 amEnding months of anticipation, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) released its official request for proposals to modernize its Electronic Health Records (EHR) system and enable the DoD to share heal...

Top 5 Government Health IT stories of the summer

29 August 2014, 8:08 amCall it the season of interoperability. That was the biggest topic of the summer among Government Health IT readers. Popular nuances of interoperability included avoiding pitfalls, sustainable HIE, th...

Payers, providers testing counseling for the lifestyle conundrum

29 August 2014, 7:51 amThe U.S. Preventive Services Task Force is now recommending coverage of behavioral counseling interventions for overweight and obese individuals with at least one other cardiovascular disease risk fac...

Q&A: The philosophical shift true security requires

28 August 2014, 5:05 amIf you knew that assailants or robbers had continuous access to your house, how would that change the way you manage home security? And if the door and window locks, fences, even the big-ticket alarm...

DoD opens bidding for massive EHR and IT modernization

27 August 2014, 10:09 amIn what is certainly among the most coveted health IT contracts in history, the U.S. Department of Defense is officially accepting proposals for its colossal technology modernization initiative.

Want to protect your EHR from hackers? Secure those mobile devices

27 August 2014, 8:28 am...

Health.Mil

Army Amputee Keeps Innate Optimism

28 August 2014, 9:00 pmStaff Sgt. Michael Smith, who will compete in next month’s Warrior Games in Colorado.For more information about Army amputee Staff Sgt. Michael Smith see the article from Defense.gov.

DoD, NCAA Join Forces to Better Understand TBI

27 August 2014, 9:00 pmArmy Maj. Gen. Joseph Caravalho, commander of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command, and Dr. Mark Emmert, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, sign the Cooperative...

Preventing Type 2 Diabetes Is In Your Power

27 August 2014, 9:00 pmThe percentage of people with Type 2 diabetes is growing at an alarming rate in the United States. Officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta predict that about 40 percent...

Health Officials Scrutinize Use of E-Cigarettes

26 August 2014, 9:00 pmAir Force photo by Airman 1st Class Erica Crossen.For more information about the rise in popularity of e-cigarettes, see the article on the Air Force Medical Service website.

One Year Can Make a Big Difference

26 August 2014, 9:00 pmMaster Sgt. Jennifer Loredo. DOD photo by Daniel Henry.This is the eleventh in an occasional series of blogs by Master Sgt. Jennifer Loredo for Operation Live Well. Loredo is the senior enlisted advis...

Military Doctors Close to Eradicating TB Infections

25 August 2014, 9:00 pm The top cause of disability among World War I veterans wasn’t a missing limb: it was tuberculosis. Fast forward nearly 100 years, and the military is on the verge of eradicating TB, a lung...

Military Med Students Get Combat Training

25 August 2014, 9:00 pm For more information on military medical students and combat training see the article from dcmilitary.com.

New Teen Trend Puts Lives at Risk

24 August 2014, 9:00 pm Service members consume caffeine in various forms, such as in beverages or chewing gum, to help them stay alert and enhance their performance.Moderate caffeine consumption, like a daily cup of c...

Army Health News

Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team to perform, educate Fort Riley community about resiliency

26 August 2014, 9:00 pmThe Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team will visit Fort Riley, Kansas, for a series of free events, with some open to DOD personnel and some for the public, Sept. 5-8, 2014.

Army uses holistic approach to weight loss

26 August 2014, 9:00 pmThe staff at the Soldier Family Fit Facility at Fort Hood, Texas, utilizes a multi-tiered approach to weight loss. The staff provides guidance for Soldiers and family members, seeking to not only help...

Army doctor: Soldiers should avoid overtraining to prevent injury

24 August 2014, 9:00 pmModifying workouts to reduce running mileage and incorporating other exercises to build strength and endurance can help reduce injury.

Joint Task Force-Bravo helps provide 1,400 Hondurans with medical care

24 August 2014, 9:00 pmJoint Task Force-Bravo helped provide medical care to more than 1,400 Hondurans, and performed 11 surgeries, during a Medical Readiness Training Exercise and Mobile Surgical Team engagement, Aug. 11-1...

Ansbach members learn resilience techniques by 'hunting for good stuff'

21 August 2014, 9:00 pmSoldiers, civilians and spouses of U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach, Germany, took part in the Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness program's Executive Resilience and Performance Course at the Von Steub...

International scientists discuss Soldier physical performance

20 August 2014, 9:00 pmIn an era of downsizing and budget cuts, placing the right Soldiers in the right jobs, keeping them healthy and optimizing their physical performance have never been more important.

Eisenhower Army Medical Center leads Army, region in endoscopic suturing

19 August 2014, 9:00 pmThe Eisenhower Army Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Georgia, is the first U.S. Army medical treatment facility to offer endoscopic procedures using the Apollo OverStitch Endoscopic Suturing System.

MPs, aviators train together to protect, serve, MedEvac

19 August 2014, 9:00 pmSoldiers from Company C, 2nd General Support Aviation Battalion, 4th Aviation Regiment, 4th Combat Aviation Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, taught MedEvac training to Soldiers during their 759th MP Ba...

HHS.Gov

HHS awards $65 million in Healthy Start grants to reduce infant mortality

1 September 2014, 10:01 pmHHS awards $65 million in Healthy Start grants to reduce infant mortality...

The Affordable Care Act supports patient-centered medical homes in health centers

25 August 2014, 10:01 pmThe Affordable Care Act supports patient-centered medical homes in health centers...

HHS and CMS announce new members of the management team ahead of 2015 Open Enrollment

25 August 2014, 10:01 pmHHS and CMS announce new members of the management teamahead of 2015 Open Enrollment...

Administration takes steps to ensure women’s continued access to contraception coverage, while respecting religious-based objections

21 August 2014, 10:01 pmAdministration takes steps to ensure women’s continued access to contraception coverage, while respecting religious-based objections...

HHS Secretary Burwell and Education Secretary Duncan Announce New Grant Competition to Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool

12 August 2014, 10:01 pmHHS Secretary Burwell and Education Secretary Duncan Announce New Grant Competition to Increase Access to High-Quality Preschool...

Secretary Burwell further strengthens HHS management team

12 August 2014, 10:01 pmSecretary Burwell further strengthens HHS management team...

More physicians and hospitals are using EHRs than before

6 August 2014, 10:01 pmSignificant increases in the use of electronic health records (EHRs) among the nation’s physicians and hospitals are detailed in two new studies published today by the HHS Office of the National Coo...

Secretary Burwell announces Region II Director of HHS

4 August 2014, 10:01 pmSecretary Burwell announces Region II Director of HHS ​​...

Health.Com

Melatonin Doesn’t Curb Delirium After Surgery

2 September 2014, 10:37 amTUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Melatonin supplements did not reduce delirium in seniors who had surgery for hip fractures, a new study found. Many older hospital patients experience t...

9 Cool Pizza Hacks You Need to Try

2 September 2014, 10:17 amAny way you slice it, these clever shortcuts will change the way you look at America’s favorite food.

‘Pot Addiction’ May Be Real, Study Suggests

2 September 2014, 8:37 amTUESDAY, Sept. 2 (HealthDay News) — Many people believe that marijuana is not addictive, but a new study challenges that theory. “As more people are able to obtain and consume cannabis leg...

The Weird Reason People Snack More While Watching Action Movies

2 September 2014, 6:37 amWatching action shows on TV may be bad for your waistline, a new study contends.

More Evidence Breast-Feeding Lowers Child’s Risk of Infections, Allergies

2 September 2014, 5:37 amTUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Two new studies further confirm the health benefits of breast-feeding. One suggests that 6-year-olds who were breast-fed have a lower risk of ear, throa...

ADHD Medications Won’t Stunt Kids’ Growth, Study Finds

2 September 2014, 5:37 amBy Steven ReinbergHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — Stimulant medications — such as Adderall, Ritalin and Concerta — used to treat attention-deficit/hypera...

Obesity Fueling Rise in Diabetes Rates, Study Finds

2 September 2014, 5:37 amBy Kathleen DohenyHealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — The U.S. obesity epidemic is a driving force behind the rising rates of type 2 diabetes, according to a new study.

‘Spare Tire’ May Be Especially Bad for Your Blood Pressure

2 September 2014, 5:37 amTUESDAY, Sept. 2, 2014 (HealthDay News) — When it comes to excess pounds and blood pressure, all fat may not be created equal, a new study finds. The research found that belly fat — the pr...