High Deductible Insurance Plans Lead to Reduced Health Care in Diabetes Patients

A new study completed at Harvard University examined the effects of high deductible health plans on health care use. Approximately 23,500 high deductible health plan members with diabetes were followed from 2003 to 2012, each of whom was enrolled in a low deductible plan for a year and then switched to a high deductible plan for a year. Researchers found that after transitioning to the

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Type 2 Diabetes: All is Well With the Toenails

We all know that diabetes wreaks havoc on our bodies from our head to toe. Yet it is often our toes, the toenails in particular, that show the tale-tale sign of being a diabetic. Symptoms can include brittle, cracked, thickened, or discolored toenails. I am sure that doctors and diabetic counselors would be quick to tell you not to go barefoot and to take care

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Diabetes Health: Prediction: Health Care Cyber Attacks on The Increase

A new report published by TrapX has warned against the potential for health care cyber-attacks in the coming year. This report found that there were two big health care cyber security trends in 2016: an increase in attacks and an evolution on MEDJACK –the medical device hijack ransomware. Unfortunately, the health care industry is likely to face an increasing number of ransomware attacks in 2017.

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Diabetes Health in The News Podcast: Diabetes and Heart Disease Top U.S. Health Care Spending

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/DH-Jan-20_-2017_-7_50_26-PM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadClick here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! A new study examining health care costs found that 20 conditions make up over half of all U.S. health care spending costs. This study covered over 150 conditions, and it showed that the most expensive was diabetes. Total diabetes spending – from diagnosis to treatment costs –

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Living with Type 1 Diabetes: How Do You Feel About All Those “Cure” Articles?

I read a lot of diabetes articles. I can’t get enough of them. While surfing the diabetes websites, I come across lots of articles that mention cures that are in the works for diabetes, especially Type 1. While some articles are completely false and promising to cure us by some odd food or medication, there are many that revolve around research and actual medical breakthroughs.

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Diabetes Health In the News Podcast: Uninsured Rate at an All-Time Low

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/Jan-12_-2017_-1_22_26-AM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadClick here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! The CDC has recently released information that the number of people in the U.S. without health insurance has reached a record low. For the first quarter of 2016, the uninsured rate decreased by 1.3 million down to only 8.6%. Despite this trend and the fact that more

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Diabetes Health In the News Podcast: Providers May Be Challenged by Stage 3 Meaningful Use Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized Stage 3 Meaningful Use requirements, which are slated to begin in 2018. While the program has over a year until it starts, stakeholders are arguing that it is too burdensome and demanding for providers to meet meaningful use success goals. Some of the greatest challenges are expected to be submittal of clinical quality measure reports

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Diabetes Health in The News: Medical Costs Jumps 6.3% in The Last Year

  Click here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! New government data shows that surging prescription drug and medical costs are affecting the wallets of American consumers. In August 2016, the cost of medical care in the U.S. rose by 1% – the quickest rate since 1984. The cost of prescription drugs also rose 1.3%, bringing the total price increase over

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Diabetes Health in The News Podcast: Healthcare Adopts Programs to Prevent Physician Burnout

https://media.blubrry.com/diabeteshealthpodcast/p/www.diabeteshealth.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/DH-Oct-28_-2016_-Podcast-5_18_08-PM.m4aPodcast: Play in new window | DownloadClick here to listen to today’s Diabetes Health in the News Podcast! Despite years of training in how to properly care for other people, doctors often forget to take care of themselves. Self-neglect is not just bad for the doctor – it can also have negative consequences on patients. To deal with physician burnout, Colorado hospitals are implementing a

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