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Low T Business Is Booming
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 02:03 PM

It is perhaps the biggest men's health craze since Rogaine or Viagra: so-called low testosterone clinics, which have rapidly grown in cities and suburbs all across the country. But these "low T" clinics have also drawn the ire of leading urologists and endocrinologists who question the clinics' safety. 

The clinics themselves say they're legitimate medical practices. Dr. Bill Reilly is the chief medical officer at Low T Center, one of the largest chains of low T clinics, based in Southlake, Texas. His company has 45 offices and some 35,000 patients.  Reilly says the growing criticism from others in the medical community is perhaps just ignorance and fear of the competition. After all, Low T Center expects to more than double its sites in the next year, reaching perhaps as many as 70,000 patients.

Opting Out of Medicare: Clarification for Doctors of Chiropractic
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 01:47 PM

THE AMERICAN CHIROPRACTIC ASSOCIATION (ACA) receives inquiries from members on a regular basis regarding the rules and regulations surrounding opting out of Medicare. So, can a doctor of chiropractic (DC) opt out of Medicare? The short answer is, no. DCs may not currently “opt out” or privately contract with Medicare patients for the delivery of services outside of Medicare fee limitations and filing requirements. According to the Medicare Benefit Policy Manual (Chapter 15, Section 40.4), “the opt out law does not define ‘physician’ to include chiropractors; therefore, they may not opt out of Medicare and provide services under private contract.”

Exercise Might Slow Cognitive Decline
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 01:44 PM

Vigorous exercise can help preserve some aspects of cognition in older people without dementia, a researcher said here.

In a randomized controlled trial, at least 15 minutes of aerobic exercise a day led to significant improvement compared with sedentary controls.  After 15 months, the exercisers had better cognitive status and psychomotor speed, but did no better in episodic memory.  There is mounting evidence -- although usually with small effect sizes -- that supports the idea that aerobic exercise is good for cognition.

EHR – Watch OUT!
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 01:39 PM

Physicians can expect criminals to increasingly target their electronic health records (EHRs) for patient information that they can sell on the black market for $50 per chart, warns the FBI. 

The agency's Cyber Division issued a memo earlier this month.  Criminals see a golden opportunity in healthcare information technology. It's an opportunity born of the mandatory shift to EHRs, laxer safeguards in healthcare compared with those in the retail and financial sectors, and "a higher financial pay-out for medical records in the black market," according to the FBI.

Health Insurance Plans Scramble To Figure 2015 Rates
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Wednesday, April 30, 2014 01:30 PM

With the results sure to affect politics as well as pocketbooks, health insurers are already preparing to raise rates next year for plans issued under the Affordable Care Act.

But their calculation about how much depends on their ability to predict how newly enrolled customers -- for whom little is known regarding health status and medical needs -- - will affect 2015 costs.

WellPoint, the biggest player in the online exchanges, is already talking about double-digit rate hikes for 2015.

"It is an actuarial nightmare to try to guess what you're going to get,"

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