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Simple home DNA kit allows you to find out what your DNA says about you and your family. Find out what percent of your DNA comes from populations around the world, ranging from East Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, Europe, and more. Break European ancestry down into distinct regions such as the British Isles, Scandinavia and Italy. People with mixed ancestry, African Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans will also get a detailed breakdown.
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CHICAGO (AP) -- Cancer is much less common in elephants than in humans, even though the big beasts' bodies have many more cells. That's a paradox known among scientists, and now researchers think they may have an explanation - one they say might someday lead to new ways to protect people from cancer....
In case you forgot, allow a new OIG alert to remind you: Healthcare providers and EHR vendors who engage in information blocking might get in serious trouble with federal anti-kickback laws.
This week, HHS Office of Inspector General released a policy reminder for industry stakeholders that information blocking can violate anti-kickback statute and in some cases does not fall in the realm of safe harbor conditions.
When Creative Arts Therapist Melissa Walker presents her patients with blank, papier-mâché masks to decorate, she is most often met with a skeptical reaction. This isn’t surprising, considering that her patients are active-duty service members who suffer from mild traumatic brain … Continue reading →
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Plotting the ACO roadmap
Plotting the ACO roadmap
With the advent of value-driven models, healthcare organizations are shifting to more holistic patient care model in order to achieve consistent quality and reduce costs.
Despite all the buzz surrounding the phrase, the concept of patient engagement is not new. Rather, physicians have been engaging the people they treat for some time. What has changed, however, are the technologies available to take that relationship into a new phase.
Chip Kahn III, President and CEO of the Federation of American Hospitals, is not shy about giving his opinion. After all, he's been steeped in healthcare policy at the national level throughout his career.
He taught healthcare policy at Johns Hopkins University, George Washington University and Tulane University.
Policy and Legislation
If all goes according to plan, in a little less than four months I'll be having gastric bypass surgery. As of this writing I need to lose 149 pounds to be on the upper range of the "normal weight" for my height. That's my Everest, and in a year's time, I plan to conquer it.
One issue likely to be debated hotly in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election is privatization -- whether some agencies would better benefit the public being run as private entities or whether they should remain government-run.
Imagine the state of healthcare and healthcare information technology in five years. What will it look like? Will healthcare provide more – or less – value? Will care be better coordinated? Will patients be more engaged? What about interoperability?
TOKYO (AP) -- A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring....