More than a week after Hurricane Michael swept through, hospitals in the Florida panhandle continue to struggle with the aftermath of the storm. Panama City's two major hospitals were still not admitting patients at the end of last week, although they were treating injuries and illness in Disaster Medical Assistance Team tents and stabilizing patients for transport to operational hospitals outside the area.
Researchers working with data from 3,650 postmenopausal women in the Netherlands found those with and without type 2 diabetes at baseline who experienced early menopause had higher mortality risk, compared with those who experienced normal and late menopause. The findings in Menopause showed that a "higher risk of diabetes in women with early age at natural menopause might reflect an earlier diagnosis of diabetes across the life span, and therefore a decreased life expectancy without [type 2 diabetes], although the difference in years lived overall and without [type 2 diabetes] did not differ significantly," researchers said.
An analysis from the Sherlock Company found that the administrative plan costs of managed care payers for staffing, customer service support and other items climbed by 5.7% last year driven mainly by a 7 million member increase in Medicaid enrollment. Roughly 7.1% of managed care plans' premium revenues went to administrative expenses in 2017 compared with 9.7% for commercial payers and 10.4% for Medicare plans.
The Corporate-Municipalities Wellness Coalition in Randolph County, N.C., is adding employers, schools and additional municipalities and has helped reduce health care costs for members. The savings are linked to wellness initiatives, such as weight management, tobacco cessation and health coaches.
Last year 33% of large employers had on-site, general medical clinics, compared with 24% in 2012, according to a survey from Mercer and National Association of Worksite Health Centers. The survey found 83% of employers offering an on-site clinic gave it high marks for employee satisfaction and almost two-thirds were happy with how the clinic increased engagement in wellness programs.
Cardiorespiratory fitness is associated with longevity and being unfit is as big a health risk factor as hypertension, diabetes and smoking, researchers reported in JAMA Network Open. "It should be treated almost as a disease that has a prescription, which is called exercise," said Cleveland Clinic cardiologist and study author Wael Jaber.
CDC researchers found that 49.3% of US adults ages 20 and older reported having tried to lose weight over the past year in 2015 to 2016, up from 43% in 2007 to 2008. The findings, based on a 2015-2016 national health survey and published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, showed 56.3% of women tried to lose weight, compared with 42.2% of men.
Billionaire John Arnold has donated millions of dollars over the past few years to organizations working to reduce drug prices, and he has taken aim at drugmakers' copay coupons, which he says encourages the use of expensive brand-name drugs.
The CMS notified the Office of Management and Budget of a proposed rule titled, "Medicare Program: Indexed Price Concession Model." The proposed rule might involve Medicare Part B drug reimbursements or Part D, industry observers say.
Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh asked the Supreme Court to reverse an appeals court ruling that blocked a state law allowing the AG to sue makers of generic or off-patent drugs over unjustified price increases.
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