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With our nations increase in prescription drug use Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released a new tool that breaks down Medicare spending on these drugs. "Many people may not realize that Medicare is one of the largest purchasers of prescription drugs in the country, so the program has rich data on how much money we’re spending on these drugs... The tool includes information on a total of 80 drugs: 40 that are covered under the Medicare Prescription Drug Program (Part D) and 40 that are administered by physicians and other professionals." [ Read more here ]
It's well known that your diet has a huge impact on your health, and immune system, but there are some "miracle" foods which can help prevent disease and major health problems. By boosting your immune system, these foods can drastically improve your health and your chances of preventing disease.
The trend of going to the emergency room as opposed to other healthcare facilities continues to grow. When its necessary, an emergency room should not be avoided, but many are seeking care from the ER for minor problems, and are paying for it big. Not only are the costs of visiting an ER extremely high, but you will often wait longer for the care you need. "According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, ER visits increased by 20 percent in the first decade of the new millennium. That translates to about 136 million visits per year. One in 5 Americans will visit the ER at least once annually..." [ Read more here ]
A Tennessee Man, Danny Pigg, is aiding his community through collection and distribution of much needed medical equipment for those who can't afford it on their own. "Maybe they need a wheelchair for their family member," says Pigg. "Or a bedside commode, or a hospital bed, or anything of that nature. We're there to help them with that." [ Read the story here ] WAFF-TV: News, Weather and Sports for Huntsville, AL
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Medical equipment will typically live a long life of helping and healing humans, but when does the age of a device make it a vulnerability? Hackers and security threats are a growing threat in our technology connected world, and medical devices aren't safe from the intrusions. "...security control considerations were "not really part of some of these early medical devices," said Kevin Fu, associate professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of Michigan" [ Read the story here ]
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With The United States just having adopted the International Classification of Diseases Revision 10 (ICD-10), the World Health Organization is now reporting its stepping up its work on ICD-11. "With so much of the American healthcare industry having just gone through a very long and complex transition just to get to ICD-10, the concept of a new set of codes is sure to elicit some groans. But the good news is the next iteration won't be coming for awhile, and the change should be significantly less complex..." [ Read the story here ] The WHO suggests ICD-11 should be ready by 2018.