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May 2017 In The Loop: Cardiac Bundling Delay, Exercise for Parkinson’s, Tele-Health Friendly Bill and More!

Recent health newsTop Health Updates:

#1Cardiac Bundling Program, CJR Expansion, Won’t Happen Until January 2018

The introduction of a mandatory Medicare bundling program for cardiac care that had been delayed until October has now been pushed back further to January 2018, according to a final rule by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). That delay also applies to plans to expand the comprehensive joint replacement model (CJR) already in place. – Read more

#2 First-Try Antibiotics Now Fail in 1 in 4 Adult Pneumonia Cases

The first prescription of an antibiotic that the average U.S. adult with pneumonia receives is now ineffective in about a quarter of cases, a new study finds.
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#3New Bill Could Make Medicare More Telehealth-Friendly

Medicare could become much more open to telehealth if legislation introduced in the Senate recently makes its way into law. The proposal would expand where telehealth can take place, as well as which patients and providers can participate—including physical therapist (PTs) participating in some bundled payment models, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and Medicare Advantage plans.- Read More

#4The Water’s Not Fine: U.S. Pool-Linked Infection Doubles in 2 Years

Families seeking to cool off don’t expect to pick up a nasty infection. Yet, outbreaks of a diarrhea-causing parasitic infection have doubled in recent years at swimming pools and water playgrounds in the United States, health officials warn.- Read More

More News & Recent Health Articles:

Parkinson’s: 2.5 Hours of Weekly Exercise Benefits Mobility, Quality of Life

Exercising for at least 2.5 hours every week may help maintain physical health and quality of life for patients with Parkinson’s disease, a new study suggests.- Read More.

Diabetes Drug Gets FDA Warning Due to Amputation Risk

A type 2 diabetes prescription drug appears to increase the risk of leg and foot amputations, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration says.- Read More

No Fruit Juice Before Age 1, Pediatricians Say

Several new recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics may just send toddlers into tantrums. One recommendation is that fruit juice be limited for toddlers and older children, and babies shouldn’t have any at all before their first birthday. Another recommendation is that parents should forgo the beloved sippy cup for their children altogether.- Read More

Older Adults May Not Benefit from Taking Statins

The benefits of statins for people older than 75 remain unclear, a new analysis finds. Statins did not reduce heart attacks or coronary heart disease deaths, nor did they reduce deaths from any cause, compared with people not taking statins, researchers report online May 22 in JAMA Internal Medicine. –Read More

1 in 3 Americans May Have Had Warning Stroke without Knowing It

A third of U.S. adults have had symptoms consistent with a mini-stroke, but nearly no one – only 3 percent – called 911 for help, according to a survey funded by the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association. –Read More

FDA Approves 1st New Drug for ALS in Decades

The first new drug to treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) in more than 20 years has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. –Read More

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