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UMHS Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) Call for Submissions

The UMHS Adolescent Health Initiative (AHI) has issued a Call for Breakout Sessions, Oral Research Sessions and Poster Presentations for the Annual Conference on Adolescent Health. The 2017 Conference will take place on April 24-25, 2017, and will feature skills-building workshops, plenary and breakout sessions, oral research sessions, and poster presentations on clinical care, innovative programming,…
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Open Enrollment for Health Insurance Starts November 1

The third-ever open enrollment period for the www.healthcare.gov Health Insurance Marketplace starts on November 1 – only a few short days away! The Healthy Michigan Plan is always open for enrollment to those who qualify. Contact a local nonprofit agency who will answer your questions and help you apply for health care coverage for you…
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Price for a New Hip? Many Hospitals Are Stumped – NYTimes.com

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] English: Hip replacement using cementless implants. 16 days post-surgery. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] Very interesting summer research project reveals massive variation in pricing across hospitals and many who can't figure out prices at all! Price for a New Hip? Many Hospitals Are Stumped - NYTimes.com. Related articles Univ. of Iowa Hospitals Study…
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Veggies Are Good for the Heart

[caption id="" align="alignleft" width="300"] Oxford University (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] Not super surprising that less (no) meat = less heart attacks - but useful nonetheless. From the MedPageToday post. "Vegetarians are less likely to develop ischemic heart disease than those who eat meat, British researchers found. In a prospective study, vegetarians in England and Scotland had…
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New strain of norovirus wreaks havoc : ACEP NEWS

[caption id="" align="alignright" width="300"] English: Norovirus particles (Photo credit: Wikipedia)[/caption] A very common problem in emergency, urgent and primary care.. "A new strain of norovirus, identified last March in Australia, has swept through the United States, causing more than half of the 2012 outbreaks."... The post continues... "The virus is highly transmissible; exposure to as…
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Concerning News From Washington State

The Washington state Medicaid program has enacted a concerning policy - limiting its beneficiaries to only 3 non emergency visits per year. A non-emergency under this policy would include a presentation for chest pain that is diagnosed as GERD.
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MSMS Health Information Technology

The MSMS has useful guidance on what is meaningful use. From the MSMS website "On January 3, the US Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) opened registration for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR incentive programs. Incentives are available under both programs for physicians who "meaningfully use" certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The Medicare incentives are…
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