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Senate Panel Approves Bill to Further Integrate DCs in the VA
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Wednesday, August 05, 2015 08:11 AM

U.S. military veterans are one step closer to having increased access to the essential services provided by doctors of chiropractic (DCs).

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CMS Clarifies "Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities"
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Wednesday, August 05, 2015 07:28 AM

 The CMS recently released a Q&A statement that addressed several questions regarding guidance for the implementation of the ICD-10 coding system.  Read important points in this report.

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New VA Crisis
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Thursday, July 30, 2015 10:40 AM

The Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs asked Congress to allow the agency more discretion in how it spends its money saying the agency otherwise will be forced to shut down a number of hospitals and clinics around the country and delay new authorizations for care by months.  "What we're asking you to do is to use money that's already been appropriated to be spent for care in the community."

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FDA Strengthens Warning on NSAID Cardiovascular Risk
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Thursday, July 16, 2015 02:17 PM
Quick Brief: The FDA is strengthening warnings about NSAIDs, both prescription and non-prescription.  Warnings now include:  risk of heart attack can occur within weeks of starting an NSAID, and that risk may increase with longer use. The risk seems to be higher at higher doses. The drugs can raise the risk of heart attack or stroke in both patients with a risk of heart disease and patients without.  Patients with heart disease or risk factors for it are at a greater risk of heart attack or stroke following the use of NSAIDs, there is also an increased risk of heart failure for patients using NSAIDs.

 

The FDA is strengthening an earlier warning about the cardiovascular safety of non-aspirin nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), both prescription and nonprescription, the agency said.

After a comprehensive review of new safety information, the FDA is requiring updates to the labels of all prescription NSAIDs to reflect recent information on risk of heart attack and stroke. Over-the-counter non-aspirin NSAIDs already contain some safety information, but the labels on these drugs will also require an update, said the FDA in its announcement posted online.

The new labels for prescription NSAIDs should contain the following information, according to the FDA:

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Patients’ Payment Burden Climbs After Health Reform
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Thursday, July 16, 2015 02:15 PM
Quick Brief:  Out of pocket expenses have risen for patients since the implementation of health reform.  Copayments, coinsurance and deductibles have increased by 3.5% for established patients and 2.7% for new patients, mostly in the increase in deductibles.

 

Patients' out-of-pocket costs have risen for most office-based visits following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a nationwide study of physician practices, and the trend may lead patients to cut back on needed care.

"Across all specialties, between 2013 and 2014 the mean patient obligation" -- the sum of all copayments, coinsurance and deductibles -- "increased by 3.5% for established patients and 2.7% for new patients."

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