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U-M Health System CEO applauds Senate vote on Medicaid expansion
Ora H. Pescovitz, M.D., CEO of the U-M Health System and executive vice president for Medical Affairs, commended Michigan leaders after the Michigan Senate approved legislation to expand Medicaid coverage. The Senate approved a version of House Bill 4714 that will expand Medicaid coverage to as many as 450,000 Michigan... 
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Beaumont’s Cancer Genetics Program hosting community BRCA conference
Genetic testing can help determine a person’s risk for developing certain cancers. Identifying cancer genes, the presence of BRCA 1 and 2 mutations, is the first step. This testing allows the implementation of risk-reducing interventions: more frequent screening, surgical prevention and chemoprevention. For patients... 
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Oakwood ACO physician practices earn Patient-Centered Medical Home designation
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has designated 16 Oakwood Accountable Care Organization (ACO)-affiliated physician offices as patient-centered medical homes for the second consecutive year. The designation period runs through June 30, 2014. The PCMH designation means these Oakwood ACO practices, with a total of... 
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Beaumont offers new treatment to remove uterine fibroids
Surgeons at the Center for Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak are using a new, Food and Drug Administration-approved device to treat patients with uterine fibroids. Beaumont gynecologists, Jay Fisher, M.D.,  Steven Dean, M.D. and David Brinton, M.D. are among nine surgeons in Michigan... 
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$50,000 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation grant to Lansing Community College will help military medics transition to civilian workforce
Under its Community Health Matching Initiative, the Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation provided Lansing Community College with a $50,000 grant to support the development, implementation and evaluation of a program designed to transition military medics to civilian jobs and advanced education. The Work Force... 
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U-M expert highlights implications of new study on young-onset dementia in JAMA article
A University of Michigan expert says a new study by Swedish researchers opens the door to better understanding early predictors of developing dementia before age 65 while raising new questions about risks tied to the devastating memory disorder. Commentary “Young-Onset Dementia, Unanswered Questions and Unmet Needs”... 
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St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Recognized For Quality In Cardiac Care
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan has recognized St. Joseph Mercy  Oakland as one of the first hospitals in the nation to receive a Blue Distinction  Center+SM designation in the area of cardiac care, as part of  the Blue Distinction Centers for  Specialty Care® program. Blue Distinction Centers are hospitals... 
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Few Doctors Have Adequate Training to Effectively Treat Chronic Pain
Pain is the most common reason a patient sees a physician but few physicians have received adequate training to help their patients, according to a Henry Ford Hospital article published in the Journal of American Osteopathic Association. An estimated 100 million people in the United States are living with chronic pain,... 
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CHRT Projects Regional Impact of ACA, Medicaid Expansion Across Michigan
The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT), based at the University of Michigan, issued projections on the likely coverage effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in Michigan – both with and without an expansion of the Medicaid program. The projections focus on the adult population, aged 19-64,... 
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DMC Surgery Hospital Earns Second ACR Accreditation
DMC Surgery Hospital, one of nine hospitals and institutes operated by the Detroit Medical Center (DMC), has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in ultrasound as the result of an extensive review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). Ultrasound imaging, also known as sonography, uses high-frequency... 
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How do physicians view proposed policies to cut costs in health care?
Most U.S. physicians feel a responsibility to help make healthcare leaner by containing health costs but many are less enthusiastic about cost-reducing strategies that involve changes in payment models, according to a new study from the Mayo Clinic and University of Michigan. Researchers surveyed nearly 2,500 U. S.... 
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