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Patient-centered medical home program decreased hospital use, lowered care costs

August 22, 2014

In the 3 years since its introduction, CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield’s Patient-Centered Medical Home model has resulted in reduced hospital utilization, lower health care costs to members and increased reimbursements for participating panels, Blue Cross Blue Shield announced in a press release.

The company provided 3-year results from their Patient-Centered Medical Home program, which was implemented in 2011. Over 80% of all primary care providers located in the CareFirst service area, which includes parts of Northern Virginia, the District of Columbia and Maryland, are participants.

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Higher thyroxine dose needed in patients with hyperthyroidism and lactose intolerance

August 22, 2014
Lactose intolerance may increase the likelihood that patients with hypothyroidism will need oral thyroxine, according to research published in The Journal for Clinical
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IGF-I levels, low and high, linked with CV disease in older men

August 22, 2014
Serum insulin-like growth factor-I levels measuring either low or high could increase the risk for cardiovascular disease in older men, according to research published…
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Weight loss lowered health care costs for people with type 2 diabetes

August 22, 2014
Dieting and increasing physical activity can reduce health care costs among overweight people with diabetes, according to study findings published in Diabetes
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Treatment of Acromegaly: Current Options - Part 3 of 5

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.

4/25/2014
The goals of treatment for patients with acromegaly include controlling growth hormone excess, and relieving signs and…
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Video: Ardis Hoven, MD, explains which changes to the ACA will help physicians most

August 8, 2014
After speaking in an expert panel at the American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Meeting, Ardis Hoven
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Acromegaly: Challenges in Diagnosis - Part 2 of 5

This activity is supported by an educational grant from Genentech.

4/25/2014
The diagnosis of acromegaly is often not made until 7 to 10 years after symptom onset. Contributing factors include low…
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