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U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Implements New Referral and Payment Procedures
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Friday, August 22, 2014 10:46 PM

Recognizing the difficulty that veterans were encountering in receiving treatment through the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Fee Care Program, which had expanded by over 300 percent over 9 years, the VA has been implementing two new initiatives, the Non-VA Care Coordination (NVCC) Program and the Patient Centered Community Care (PCCC or PC3) Program. These two initiatives are meant to address the challenges of the Fee program and ensure veterans receive effective and efficient non-VA care in a seamless manner.

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Japan's muscle suit makes light work of heavy lifting
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Friday, August 22, 2014 04:45 PM
 

A new generation of "muscle suits" specially designed for Japan's rising number of elderly citizens, and their care workers " is to help people live independently and self-sufficiently," said Kobayashi, a professor at Tokyo University of Science who has been perfecting the prototype device for more than a decade.

"The joints are moved by artificial muscles, so the wearer is able to move about unencumbered. There is zero risk to the wearer, even if it malfunctions."

Kobayashi's 5kg muscle suit, which goes on sale next month, is expected to be adopted first by manual and agricultural workers, who are prone to lower back pain, as well as employees at daycare and retirement homes.

As the suits become more sophisticated and affordable, Kobayashi and his collaborators at the die maker Kikuchi Seisakusho predict they will be in common use among disabled and elderly people with mobility problems, possibly by the end of this decade.

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Billions for Health Care Ideas
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014 04:35 PM

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to mend what President Barack Obama called a broken healthcare system, but its best-known programs -- online insurance and expanded Medicaid for the poor -- affect a relatively small portion of Americans.

A federal office you've probably never heard of is supposed to fix healthcare for everybody else.  The law created the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to launch experiments in every state, changing the way doctors and hospitals are paid, building networks between caregivers and training them to intervene before chronic illness gets worse.   Its programs touch millions of patients. Hundreds of organizations have gotten money. More than $2 billion has been doled out or committed since 2011.

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Joint Commission Favors Non-Physician
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Thursday, August 07, 2014 03:19 PM

Just recently, the Joint Commission issued a restatement in favor of “non-physician” led patient-centered medical home (PCMH) healthcare teams.  Doctors of chiropractic (D.C.) fall into the category of non-physician, but have been documented as qualified professionals able to assume various roles within a PCMH to advance patient care: 

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Surgeons Offer Services on Internet Auction Sites
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Wednesday, August 06, 2014 06:35 PM

An unconventional and controversial option, an online medical auction site called Medibid largely operates outside the confines of traditional health insurance. The 4-year-old online service links patients seeking nonemergency care with doctors and facilities that offer it, much the way Priceline unites travelers and hotels. Vetting doctors is left to prospective patients: Medibid does not verify credentials but requires doctors to submit their medical license number for patients to check.

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