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TDI-DWC Accepting Comments
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 06:52 AM

The Division of Workers’ Compensation (Division) is now accepting formal comment on proposed amendments to §§134.802 – 134.805, 134.807, and 134.808 regarding Definitions, Reporting Standards, Reporting Requirements, Records Required to be Reported, State Specific Requirements, and Insurance Carrier EDI Compliance Coordinator and Trading Partners.  The purpose of the proposed amendments is to reiterate the existing technical requirements associated with workers’ compensation insurance carriers’ reporting medical charge and payment data to the Division, with minimal change to the technical infrastructure. The Division previously requested comments on the informal rule proposal this summer, this request is relating to the formal rule proposal on the same set of rules.  

The public formal comment period closes December 1, 2014, at 5:00 p.m., Central time.

Drinking Soda Each Day Has Accelerating Effect On Cellular Aging
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Monday, October 27, 2014 04:13 PM

While consuming sugary soft drinks is often associated with a higher risk of obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes, cardiovascular death, and certain types of cancer, new research suggests that it can also shorten our lifespan.  A recent study conducted at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) has revealed that drinking soda frequently can shorten the length of telomeres within white blood cells, which can be used as a predictor for human lifespan.

“Regular consumption of sugar-sweetened sodas might influence disease development, not only by straining the body’s metabolic control of sugars, but also through accelerated cellular aging of tissues.”  

More Plans Capping Spending on Some Services
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Monday, October 27, 2014 03:50 PM

Aiming to contain healthcare costs, a growing number of employers and insurers are adopting a strategy that limits how much they'll pay for certain medical services.  A recent study found that savings from such moves may be modest, however, and some experts question whether "reference pricing," as it's called, is good for consumers.  

For example an insurer may set $30,000 as the reference price for those a surgery in its preferred provider organization plan. Members who get surgery at one of the hospitals that charge $30,000 or less pay only their plan's regular cost-sharing. If a member chooses to use an in-network hospital that charges more than the reference price, however, they're on the hook for the entire amount over $30,000, and the extra spending doesn't count toward their annual maximum out-of-pocket limit.

90% of Americans don't get enough choline. So why isn't it higher up the food policy agenda?
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Monday, October 27, 2014 03:23 PM

As the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are developed, there has been a lot of heated debate about saturated fat and protein. But what about choline?

In 1998, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) recognized choline - found naturally in beef and chicken liver, egg yolk, salmon, milk, and soybeans among other things - as an essential nutrient and set an adequate intake at 550 mg/day for men and 425 mg/day for women (rising to 450 mg for pregnant women and 550 mg for breastfeeding women). Yet according to National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) data, while American infants are doing OK, a whopping 90% of children, adults and pregnant women are not getting enough.

Effects of Chiropractic Care on Dizziness, Neck Pain, and Balance
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Monday, October 27, 2014 03:19 PM

A feasibility study was conducted to further the development of a line of investigation into the potential effects of spinal manipulation/manual therapy on cervicogenic dizziness, balance, and neck pain in adults.

Most patients demonstrated improved balance, and some showed reduced dizziness and neck pain. Involving interns in care proved feasible. Further studies with comparison groups and larger samples are needed to explore the promising results of this study before any cause and effect relationship can be determined.

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