Research showed talking on a cell phone or texting while exercising reduced workout intensity and balance. Researchers reported in the journals Computers in Human Behavior and in Performance Enhancement & Health that listening to music on a cell phone while working out did not affect postural stability.
Bariatric surgery reduced the number of incident cases of diabetic retinopathy among obese individuals with type 2 diabetes, compared with those who received medical treatment, according to a study in Obesity Reviews. Italian researchers conducted a systematic literature review and meta-analysis of seven studies and found no difference in the change of retinopathy score between the treatments in three studies.
Researchers found a correlation between serum levels of seven modified metabolites and renal function decline and time to end-stage renal disease among type 1 diabetes patients. The findings in Diabetes Care were based on 158 diabetes patients with proteinuria and chronic kidney disease stage 3.
A study in ACS Nano showed that a new smart patch developed by US and Chinese researchers can monitor blood glucose and deliver insulin automatically to type 1 diabetes patients, and it may also benefit patients with advanced type 2 diabetes. The mice with diabetes were able to maintain consistent insulin concentrations in their blood after being given the smart patch, researchers found.
Health care providers have until March 13 to attest to the 2016 electronic Medicare or Medicaid health records meaningful use program requirements in order to receive MU payments; failure to do so would lead to payment reductions in 2018, the CMS announced. The agency is also considering a change in the number of required electronic clinical quality measures to be reported for this year and possibly shortening the period for eCQM reporting, said Kate Goodrich, director of the CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality.
A Toluna survey of 500 health care professionals revealed that 69% and 87% of those who made resolutions for 2017 ranked "staying current with technology" and "achieving work-life balance" as their most or second most-important resolution, respectively. Researchers also found many physicians have concerns about the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System, their ability to deliver a high level of care and how to adapt to Affordable Care Act changes and any other decisions by President-elect Donald Trump.
A study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that some medical specialists charge uninsured and out-of-network patients as much as six times what Medicare pays them for care. The analysis of more than 400,000 doctors and 54 specialties found that half of the physicians overall charge 2.5 times more than Medicare pays, while the markups were substantially greater among anesthesiologists, interventional radiologists and emergency medicine physicians.
President-elect Donald Trump says allowing insurers to sell health plans across state lines will boost competition and lower the cost of coverage, and supporters of the idea say any challenges with implementing it can be overcome. Five states already allow insurers licensed out-of-state to sell policies within their borders, but no insurers have done so, and experts say the move would diminish the role of states in oversight of health insurance.
Rep. Tom Price, R-Ga., said Wednesday during a Senate panel hearing that he would work if confirmed as HHS secretary to protect the vulnerable and ensure people who have health insurance now will continue to have access to coverage under any Affordable Care Act replacement.
The Joint Commission launched a "Comprehensive Cardiac Center Advanced Certification" program that encompasses consensus-based standards, evidence-based guidelines, and performance measurements and improvement. Centers will be required to offer a set list of services, including prevention of in-hospital cardiac arrest, cardiac rehabilitation, cardiovascular risk factor identification and cardiac disease prevention.
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