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July 30, 2015 In This Issue
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has provided clarification concerning its joint announcement with the American Medical Association (AMA) on flexibility following the October 1 ICD-10 compliance deadline.
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Editor’s note: don’t miss APMA’s upcoming ICD-10 webinar and ICD-10 InSight seminar in Arlington, Virginia.

 
Several U.S. health care organizations recently have disclosed data breaches, potentially affecting thousands of individuals.
 
Older Americans on Medicare are spending less time in the hospital; they're living longer; and the cost of a typical hospital stay has actually come down over the past 15 years according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
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Editor’s note: Take advantage of APMA's Medicare resources at APMA.org.

 
A $57 million experiment to provide better, more efficient care at federally funded health centers struggled to meet its goals and is unlikely to save money, says a government report on the project.
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Editor's note: Visit APMA's healthcare reform page for more resources and information on how the ACA affects the profession.

 
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Here's how to maximize the value of this health insurance program for retirees.
 
Robert Fischell has authored more than 200 patents, including a gizmo that zaps migraines before they start. The question is: Could the same principles that govern the migraine invention do the same for chronic pain, such as for the 10 million Americans who suffer from severe foot pain?
 
The number of deaths, hospital stays and health care costs decreased among older Americans on Medicare over the past 15 years, according to a new study.
 
One thing taxpayers had to deal with this year was calculating the amount of penalties they owed under Obamacare's individual mandate, and they didn't always navigate the intricacies of the penalty provisions correctly.
 
As the number of elderly Americans soars, Medicare is testing improved benefits for seriously ill seniors.
 
In the state with the second highest incidence of diabetes in the country, the cost of diabetes-related medication is the same from the Tennessee line to the Gulf Coast. And it's true across the country.
 
There's nothing quite as exciting as breaking out new shoes — that is, until you discover the shoes are breaking you instead. There are many reasons why you may end up with blisters from those heeled sandals or even from your functional flats, but there are also many ways to avoid trouble before it starts.
 
The molecule might become a pill ingredient for treating obesity and diabetes-related weight problems.
 
Two more of the nation’s biggest health insurers are moving to merge, raising the possibility of a potential fight with antitrust regulators. Anthem said on Friday that it had agreed to buy Cigna for $48.3 billion, finally striking a deal after a nearly year long pursuit.
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Editor’s note: APMA is monitoring the Anthem–Cigna merger and will keep members informed.

 
Two new research studies presented at the 2015 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting and Lab Expo, show promise for quicker and less-expensive ways to detect diabetes.
 
Imagine knowing years in advance whether or not you'll get cancer and treating it now instead of when the disease appears. What if a doctor could call you hours before suffering a heart attack to tell you to get to the hospital? This may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but in the not-too-distant future doctors will be able to treat illnesses before they happen.
 
Medicare's 50th anniversary is giving rise not only to celebration, but also to well-founded concern about the program's sustainability.
 
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