A survey by eHealth Initiative and AHIMA reveals that many health groups remain unaware of the benefits of the ICD-10 codes required by Oct. 1, 2014, with 26% of respondents saying they don't have specific objectives for using the codes other than to process claims. The survey also notes that about 59% of provider practices believe the move to ICD-10 will lead to a substantial revenue decline, while 1 in 4 hospitals aren't sure of the project's costs.
An Affordable Care Act provision allows a three-month grace period for families who buy subsidized plans from health insurance exchanges but fail to make premium payments. Physicians may not be aware insurers only have to pay for care for the first month. Leah Newkirk of the California Academy of Family Physicians said rural physicians and those who see disadvantaged patients will especially be affected by the policy.
A study in the journal Health Affairs found that accepting the Medicaid expansion would help states save money. Fourteen states that opted not to extend coverage will spend an additional $1 billion on uncompensated care, and they will forgo $8.4 billion in federal money. "Our analysis shows it's in the best economic interests of states to expand Medicaid under the terms of the federal Affordable Care Act," said lead author Carter Price of the Rand Corp.
A Lucid Marketing and HeardItFromAMom.com survey suggests that most mothers seeking information about health are turning to technology that links friends, families and other moms. Some 84% of responding moms use e-mail to share and gain health insights, and 69% turn to Facebook for such purposes, according to the survey.
The percentage of teens who reported using marijuana in the previous year rose from 32% to 39% in the 2008 to 2010 period, while those who said they had used ecstasy within the past year increased from 6% to 10% during the same period, The Partnership at Drugfree.org reported. The survey of about 2,500 high school students found 68% had tried alcohol at least once, 45% didn't think heavy drinking every day poses a "great risk" and 31% strongly disapproved of their peers getting drunk.