August 27, 2011

Paperwork Mounts

1 US Docs’ Time Dilemma: Patients or Insurers?

US docs spend more time dealing with insurers - which takes away from time with patients - than doctors in Canada, says a study in the journal Health Affairs. While both spend a lot of time dealing with payers, US docs spend $80,000 per year or 4 times as much as their Canadian counterparts. Their offices spend as many as 21 hours/week, or 10 times as much as Canadian offices, with insurers. While large practices can afford to outsource the job to firms that specialize in insurance, most primary care providers have to fend for themselves. Paperwork is cumbersome; health care plans change frequently with new information dispensed to doctors weekly. Study authors recommend simplifying and standardizing insurance forms and procedures to cut down on costs and time spent on paperwork.

More at Www.well.blogs.nytimes.com | Posted 6 years ago by Melody Lesser

Previously: Blue Shield Raises Health Insurance Rates

Tags: Health Affairs, Health Insurance, US Doctors, Insurers, Single Payer System, US Doctors and Health Insurance

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11 Million More in UK

2 Forecast: 65 Million More Obese in US by 2030

A projected 65 million more obese adults will live in the U.S. and 11 million more in the U.K. by 2030. Researchers from Columbia University and Oxford University say the additional numbers of obese people will lead to millions more cases of diabetes, stroke, cancer and heart disease. The findings, published in Lancet, suggest that the medical costs associated with treating those diseases in the U.S. will increase by $48 to 66 billion a year. "Taking no action would have the catastrophic consequences described in our study, but a population level decrease in BMI by 1% would avoid as many as 2.4 million cases of diabetes, 1.7 million cases of heart disease and stroke, and up to 127 000 cases of cancer in the U.S. alone," says lead researcher Y. Claire Wang, MD, ScD.

More at Eurekalert | Posted 6 years ago by Peggy Rowland

Tags: Health Effects Obesity, Health Dangers Obesity, Health Risks Fat, Forecast Obese Adults, How Many Obese People 2030, Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health

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Links One Variant to Condition

3 Variant Gene Linked to Rheumatoid Arthritis

Research conducted at the University of Toronto has discovered a gene variant that increases the risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and other autoimmune disorders. The variant PTPN22 gene changed the immune cells of mice and blood samples taken from RA patients and healthy controls found similar changes in those with the disorder. This mutation leads to not being able to produce sufficient amounts of a protein called Lyp/Pep which blocks the immune system from attacking normal tissues which is the hallmark of any autoimmune disorder. This study clearly demonstrates the role genetics plays in an autoimmune condition. Researchers hope this finding will provide more information about the development of these conditions and lead to better diagnostic testing and treatment.

More at Science Daily | Posted 6 years ago by Kristie Hayes

Previously: Alcohol May Fight Rheumatoid Arthritis

Tags: Rheumatoid Arthritis, PTPN22 Gene and Rheumatoid Arthritis, PTPN22, Autoimmune Disorders, Genetics of Autoimmune Disorders, Lyp/Pep Protein

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