Healthcare Reform Changes Kick In
Key September 23 provisions include:
- No co-pay or deductible for preventive care under new insurance plans;
- No lifetime limits on coverage and greater restriction on insurers' use of annual limits;
- No dropping insurance coverage when patients get sick;
- Extended dependent coverage for young people up to age 26; and
- No coverage denial for children with pre-existing conditions.
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Diabetes and Cognitive Problems
A new study finds that older diabetics who have high blood pressure, gait and balance problems or think their health is poor may be at higher risk for cognitive problems. Read more at LA Times
NPI: What does it mean?
The NPI is a ten digit intelligence free (does not carry health care provider information) number assigned to health care providers. "A covered health care provider, under HIPAA, is any health care provider who transmits health information in electronic form in connection with a transaction for which the Secretary of Health and Human Services has adopted a standard, even if the health care provider uses a business associate to do so” (CMS, 2010, p. 1).
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Smoke-Free Laws May Help Kids Breathe Easier
A new Scottish study showed 18 percent annual decline in childhood asthma hospitalizations
Laws that ban smoking in workplaces and public settings seem to show a fringe benefit: Scottish researchers report that such legislation is linked with a decline in hospital admissions for childhood asthma.
Researchers have long known that exposure to tobacco smoke increases the incidence and severity of asthma, and that children are especially vulnerable.
While other studies have looked at the effects of smoking bans on all ages, and have taken into account on-the-job exposure, "ours is the first study to have looked at a subgroup of the population [children], who do not have occupational exposure," said lead researcher Dr. Jill Pell, the Henry Mechan Professor of Public Health at the University of Glasgow.
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