Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Hump Day Headlines

Good morning! Let's get right to the news:

Think your medical records are safe, private? Read this harrowing tale.

Under health reform, starting now, there's a $1 annual fee on all private insurance to fund comparative effectiveness research -- research that shows whether one treatment really works better than another. The GOP are complaining. They think this will lead to rationing. However, as we know, private insurers already "ration" to the extent of paying only for things they believe will work.

The American College of Physicians is taking the position that doctors should consider cost effectiveness when ordering services.

Adult day care centers keep seniors out of nursing homes -- but struggle for funding.

The Hartford has come up with a new life insurance product, a rider that allows the insured to draw down on their policy to cover the cost of chronic illness -- an alternative to long-term care insurance.

HHS has chosen 73 "innovation advisors" who will work with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services to foster innovation in medicine.

Research shows chiropractic and exercise are better than pain meds for neck pain. I've also read over the years that chiropractic can cause strokes. I don't know for sure, but I'd be careful and make sure you're seeing a reputable chiropractor.

And that's it for today -- a light news day. Have a great one! Jennifer

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