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Health Care Week in Review: Medical Groups Suggest Changes to CMS Value-Based Care Program, The State of Florida and Military Health System Partner to Share Prescription Drug Use Data, Reducing Exposure to Air Pollution, Developments in World's First Blood Test to Diagnose Celiac Disease


Here's The Latest in Health Care:


•  Medical groups are weighing in on CMS’ rules and regulations for value-based care. The organizations are urging CMS to reevaluate its documentation and reporting requirements, which they argue currently add more administrative burden and cost for physicians rather than improving patient care. Specifically, the Medical Group Management Association wrote a letter to CMS asking that changes be made to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). MGMA’s suggestions included decreasing the number of MIPS measures, providing clear and actionable feedback based on MIPS performance, and releasing critical program information and updates prior to the start of the performance period.  Read More

•  The state of Florida is partnering with the Military Health System, using data from the MHS prescription drug monitoring program (PDMP) to combat the potential risk of prescription drug misuse and addiction among the state’s military population. A new law, effective July 1, authorizes the Florida Department of Health to share PDMP data with MHS. It’s critically important for military and non-military health care providers to access and share patient data concerning prescription drugs in order for them to prevent and treat substance use disorders among serviceman and women.  Read More

•  It’s been scientifically proven that dirty air can cause a number of health issues, and there’s no simple solution since everyone needs air to breathe. Although it seems like an impossible problem to solve, there are some preventative things individuals can do to protect themselves. Choosing a less busy route to work can cut exposure to pollution in half. Traveling at less polluted times of the day, purchasing an air purifier, and avoiding wood fires are a few other ways to mitigation pollution exposure.  Read More

•  Scientists are developing the world’s first blood test to diagnose celiac disease. A recent study found that injecting gluten peptides into people with celiac disease led to identifiable symptoms linked to an increase in inflammatory molecules in the bloodstream. The current method for diagnosing celiac disease can take weeks or months, but using a blood test to diagnose the disease could shrink that time down to hours.  Read More

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