Healthcare News May 7, 2013

  • OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Medicare payments in the spotlight

    The House Ways and Means Committee’s Health panel takes a fresh look
    Tuesday at replacing Medicare’s payment system for doctors.

  • FDA orders warning labels on tanning beds

    Individuals using tanning beds may now face some sticker shock, as federal regulators will include stronger warnings of the potential health effects.

  • Unified Medicare benefit would save billions, study says

    Combining Medicare coverage under a unified benefit could save $180 billion over 10 years while lowering out-of-pocket costs for beneficiaries, according to a new study.

    Researchers with the Commonwealth Fund, a non-profit research foundation, proposed a simplified Medicare program in which beneficiaries receive hospital, physician, drug and supplemental coverage in a single package.

    “Medicare Essential” would lowers costs and create rewards for beneficiaries who choose efficient and high-quality medical providers, researchers said. 

  • FDA warns pregnant women against migraine drugs

    Some migraine medications can cause pregnant mothers to give birth to children with lower intelligence, the federal government is warning.

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Monday issued a warning that mothers who take some migraine drugs while pregnant can have children with lower IQ scores.

    Pregnant mothers should avoid medications containing and similar to the drug valproate sodium, the agency warns, including name brands Depakote and Depacon.

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