Healthcare Updates

Cardiac Device Coverage Updated by Center For Medicare Services

Cardiac device (ICD) coverage was updated last week by The Center For Medicare Services (CMS) for the first time since 2005. This update expedites patient access and cuts regulations for providers using the products. The CMS is eliminating waiting periods for device implantation. It also dropped a policy that requires tracking and registering patients.    …

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Migraines and Higher Heart Trouble Risk: Is There A Link?

Migraine sufferers might have to worry about more than just dealing with debilitating headaches. Migraine patients could also face an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and blood clots.       The risk to heart health appears to be strongest in the first year after diagnosis of migraine, but persists for as long as two decades, said lead…

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Surgical Gloves Two In One With GAMMEX PI Glove-in-Glove System

Surgical gloves, two in one, are necessary for surgeons working with sharp instruments. Putting on two pairs of gloves is a common occurrence in medicine and frustrating. Now there are gloves that come already doubled, while being easy to snap on.     The GAMMEX PI Glove-in-Glove system from Ansell, a company with offices in Iselin,…

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Medicare Ready To Pay Primary Care Doctors Same As Specialists

Medicare’s 2018 fee schedule shows the program is increasingly willing to pay primary-care physicians to manage complex patients, a trend that may narrow the pay gap between those physicians and specialists. Over the years, the Content Management Codes (CMS) billing codes and pilot programs have boosted physicians’ earnings. Whereas treating a complex patient used to…

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Alzheimer’s Tracked Back To Higher Brain Sugar Levels

Alzheimer’s dementia sufferers, age 65 and older are currently 10% of the U.S. population, according to the Alzheimer Association. As researchers work to find better ways to treat Alzheimer’s disease and delay its onset, they’ve found a possible connection between glucose, a form of sugar, in people’s brain. Glucose metabolism provides the fuel for physiological brain function.…

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November Is Alzheimer’s Disease And Caregivers Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness and Caregivers Month. President Ronald Reagan designated this month as National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month in 1983.           November: Alzheimer’s Symptoms If a loved one displays one or more of the symptoms outlined below, contact your physician. (Checklist courtesy of the Alzheimer’s Association)    MEMORY LOSS THAT DISRUPTS…

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Medicare Part D Enrollees Spending Much More For Their Drugs

Medicare Part D: Drug Plan   One million Medicare beneficiaries had out-of-pocket prescription drug spending above the Part D catastrophic threshold in 2015. Indeed, the number with such high spending has risen sharply in recent years,  as reported today by the Kaiser Family Foundation.     Medicare Part D: Prescription Drug Costs Although the Part…

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Sleep Deprivation Ruins Your Physical Looks And Health

Sleep deprivation can ruin your physical looks and health. Lack of sleep will ruin your mood, body, memory,and ability to function at work or school. We list several changes that sleep deprivation induces.     Sleep: Acne If you’re not getting good sleep, your skin may soon show it. Some studies have found a link…

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Skin Problems: Adult Acne, Hives, Shingles And More

Skin problems such as changes in texture or color, and spots may result from infection, or contact with an allergen or irritant. If you think you have one of these common adult skin problems, have your doctor check it out. Most are minor, but others can indicate a serious issue.     Skin Problems: Shingles…

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