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6/22/2017

The Senate's health care proposal would eliminate the tax penalties for individuals without insurance and employers that don't offer workers coverage under the Affordable Care Act, according to lobbyists and congressional aides. The Senate's bill would also create annual federal Medicaid funding limits for each state.

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6/22/2017

Senate Republican leaders released a "discussion draft" of the bill to replace the Affordable Care Act online today, revealing only modest adjustments from the House-passed American Health Care Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate may vote on the bill as early as next week.

6/22/2017

The median age in the US jumped more than two years since 2000 to 37.9 years old, with 49.2 million Americans over age 65 compared to 35 million in 2000, according to data from the Census Bureau. And while whites are still the largest racial group, their population is growing more slowly than the Asian-American, African-American or Hispanic populations.

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6/22/2017

Type 2 diabetes patients with cardiovascular disease who were given sodium glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors had a 53% lower risk of all-cause mortality at eight months, compared with patients on another glucose-lowering drug, according to a new analysis of data from the CVD REAL study presented at a meeting of the American Diabetes Association. Among patients without CVD, being on an SGLT2 inhibitor was linked to a 46% lower risk of all-cause mortality, researchers said.

6/22/2017

A study in Diabetes Care found that fetal demise occurred in 15.6% of cases among 62 women who had at least one diabetic ketoacidosis event during pregnancy. Higher pre-DKA A1C levels and smoking were associated with an increased risk of preterm birth, while higher NICU admission rates correlated with higher anion gap during DKA event, preterm birth, preeclampsia and smoking.

6/22/2017

Diabetes patients should not use unused secondhand test strips to save money because they can provide inaccurate blood glucose readings and may be unsafe to use with glucose meters, according to the FDA. The agency recommends purchasing new and unopened test strip vials that are specifically designed for the patient's glucose meter and talking to a health care provider about any concerns over which strips to buy or affording the strips.

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6/22/2017

Researchers said 33% of the women participating in an internet-based postpartum weight-loss program returned to their pre-pregnancy weight, compared with 18.6% of women who received standard care. The study in the Journal of the American Medical Association included 371 women seen at 12 Women, Infants, and Children clinics in California from 2011 to 2015.

6/22/2017

Patients whose personal information may have been compromised in a phishing attack against California-based Torrance Memorial Medical Center in April were notified by hospital officials on Monday. The incident involved an unauthorized access of two of the medical center's email accounts that contained patient names, medical record numbers, health insurance data and other diagnostic information, addresses, dates of birth, phone numbers and Social Security numbers.

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Healthcare IT News
6/22/2017

The years can take the toll on your passion, and taking a break is one way to regain some of that enthusiasm and drive, writes Dan Black. After that, consider focusing on the positive differences you make in your employees' lives and what your purpose is in leadership.

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6/22/2017

A study published in the journal Obesity found children were 33% less likely to be obese at ages 2 to 4 if their fathers frequently helped them with tasks such as brushing their teeth or getting dressed. Researchers said the risk of childhood obesity dropped by 30% for each one-category increase in the frequency that dads took their children out for walks or for play.

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