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Obesity in Kids Costs Billions
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:00 AM

The overall rate of childhood obesity in the U.S. appears to be stabilizing, but the prevalence of extreme obesity among children and teens continues to rise, according to an analysis of national data.  From 1999 to 2012 in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) database, severe obesity increased from 3.8% to 5.9% in the 2- to 19-year-old age group and the prevalence of even more extreme obesity increased from 0.9% to 2.1%.

"Nationally representative data do not show any significant changes in obesity prevalence in the most recently available years ... unfortunately, there is an upward trend of more severe forms of obesity, and further investigations into the causes of and solutions to this problem are needed."

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CMS Releases Medicare Data
Written by Editor   
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 12:00 AM

Ending decades of secrecy, Medicare is showing what the giant healthcare program for seniors pays individual doctors, and the figures reveal that more than a dozen physicians received in excess of $10 million each in 2012.

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E-Cig Poisoning on the Rise
Written by Editor   
Saturday, April 05, 2014 12:00 AM

Poisonings from electronic cigarettes and their nicotine liquid have increased dramatically, the CDC reported.  Calls to poison control centers for e-cigarette exposures rose from one per month when monitoring started in September 2010 to 215 per month as of February 2014.

E-cigarettes now account for nearly 42% of all cigarette-related calls, the group reported in the April 4 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

More than half of the calls related to the nicotine-vaporizing devices reported negative health effects, a higher proportion than with calls related to conventional cigarettes.  The most common adverse health effects cited during those calls were vomiting, nausea, and eye irritation, but also included one suicide death from intravenous injection of nicotine liquid.

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6 Possible Uses of Medicare Doc Pay Info
Written by Editor   
Thursday, April 03, 2014 12:00 AM

The Medicare program will begin releasing to the general public information on what it pays individual doctors as soon as next week, federal health officials said Wednesday.  The data will provide for the first time more specific information on the nearly $77 billion Medicare pays annually to roughly 500,000 physicians and 350,000 other providers in Medicare Part B.

Organized medicine reacted harshly to the news. The data release "will mislead the public into making inappropriate and potentially harmful treatment decisions and will result in unwarranted bias against physicians that can destroy careers," American Medical Association (AMA) President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, said in a statement.

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A Vehicle for Greater Access to Chiropractic
Written by Michael Megehee, DC   
Tuesday, April 01, 2014 12:00 AM

You've already heard that the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) represents a great opportunity to help the effort to increase safety on our national highways.  You may also be aware that adding commercial driver medical exams, school bus physicals, and DOT drug and alcohol testing to your practice can be a significant source of revenue. And because that revenue comes from another source of potential chiropractic patients, the benefits are even greater. 

As great as that is – and it really is that great – I'm hoping that even more DCs will become certified in the NRCME once they've heard what it has done for them and for the chiropractic profession lately.

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