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4/24/2017

Eight medical groups in Indiana and Kentucky will join Humana's Total Joint Replacement Episode-Based Model for Medicare Advantage members. Health care providers participating in Humana's value-based care program in 2015 had higher Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set than those in standard Medicare Advantage programs, and their patients had fewer emergency department visits, according to the insurer.

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4/24/2017

According to a recent CDC report, campylobacter was the most common cause of food poisoning in 2016, passing salmonella, which held the number one position for two decades. Campylobacter is commonly found in unpasteurized dairy products but may also occur in chicken, water and produce.

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4/24/2017

Vice President Mike Pence and presidential advisers Stephen Miller, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are scheduled to meet May 8 with NIH Director Francis Collins, Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin and pharmaceutical industry executives. A memo says the meeting is an opportunity for "private sector and thought leaders to describe their institution and its connection to federal funding."

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Bloomberg
4/24/2017

HHS has indicated support for state initiatives linking Medicaid benefits to work requirements, but almost 60% of beneficiaries are already employed at least part-time. Many of those who are unemployed report that illness, school or the need to care for a family member prevents them from working, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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4/24/2017

Negotiations on health care continue, but Congress' priority will be voting for a spending bill before Friday's deadline to avoid a government shutdown, House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said. Freedom Caucus member Rep Dave Brat, R-Va., predicted a health care vote early next month.

4/24/2017

Some health care providers say they believe concern over possible deportation is leading immigrant patients to avoid making medical appointments or skip follow-up care. Providers express concern that patient health and quality of life could suffer, particularly for those with high-risk pregnancies or chronic conditions. Under Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy, agents "avoid conducting enforcement activities at sensitive locations unless they have prior approval from an appropriate supervisory official or in the event of exigent circumstances," said spokeswoman Dani Bennett.

4/24/2017

Colorado's wellness coordinator, Nate Sassano, found that technology was a key to increasing state employee participation in wellness programs, potentially lowering health costs. He implemented IBM's CafeWell Concierge application, which provides workers with personalized health and benefit recommendations.

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Employee Benefit News
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4/24/2017

Limeade CEO Henry Albrecht writes that companies should track employee well-being return on investment alongside other business metrics, such as sales or market share. Wellness metrics to track will depend on the business, but the best well-being programs align with a company's goals and strategy, he writes.

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The Huffington Post
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CEO Henry Albrecht
4/24/2017

Students who had lunch before recess ate more vegetables but those who had recess first wasted less food, according to research presented at the American Society for Nutrition's annual meeting. Researchers said students who had longer lunch and recess periods and ate lunch before recess were more active, while children with less time for both periods were more active if they had recess first.

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HealthDay News
4/24/2017

Child abuse mortality rates in US counties with the highest poverty concentration were 3.03 times higher, compared with rates in counties with the lowest poverty concentration, according to a study in Pediatrics. The findings, based on 1999 to 2014 CDC data involving 11,149 youths ages 4 and younger, also showed higher death rates among blacks and those younger than 1.

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