AHIP President Karen Ignagni also discussed the proposal in a Newsmaker session with USA TODAY. "This is a major step, and it changes everything about how the market works," she said. Read a live blog of the session.
A study of 80,000 Japanese adults found men who had four or more drinks a day had a 19% less chance of dying from coronary artery disease but had a 48% higher risk of death from stroke. Women who drank heavily quadrupled their heart disease risk but light drinkers -- about two drinks a day -- lowered their risk by 17%.
The Journal of the American Health Information Management Association has identified nine steps patients can take to protect their medical records and ward off identity theft. The report also provides a list of "recovery steps" to follow if such theft does occur.
A study that included about 1 million women shows hormone replacement therapy patches have a lower risk of gallbladder problems than pills. The researchers say one case of gallbladder surgery could be avoided for every 140 women who switch from pills to patches.