Monthly Archives: December 2011

ShowNotes for December 23, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Health Care Reform Law Will Let States Tailor Their Benefits
  • US House Moves to Delay Medicare Physician Payment Cuts
  • And Finally, a Story about the Effects of dynamic loading on the intervertebral disc


For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #337, recorded December 23, 2011.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

You can download this week’s Podcast here – http://www.chiropracticradio.com/healthbeat/healthbeat0337.mp3

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

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Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

And Now for some news ….

 

 

 

Health Care Reform Law Will Late States Tailor Benefits

In a major surprise on the politically charged new health care law, the Obama administration said Friday that it would not define a single uniform set of “essential health benefits” that must be provided by insurers for tens of millions of Americans. Instead, it will allow each state to specify the benefits within broad categories.

The move would allow significant variations in benefits from state to state, much like the current differences in state Medicaid programs and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

By giving states the discretion to specify essential benefits, the Obama administration sought to deflect one of the most powerful arguments made by Republican critics of President Obama’s health care overhaul — that it was imposing a rigid, bureaucrat-controlled health system on Americans and threatening the quality of care. Opponents say that the federal government is forcing a one-size-fits-all standard for health insurance and usurping state authority to regulate the industry.

This criticism has inspired legal challenges to the new law — with the Supreme Court set to decide next year whether the government can require Americans to buy health insurance — and helps explain why public opinion of the law remains deeply divided.

Kathleen Sebelius, the secretary of health and human services, had been expected to provide details of what services and benefits must be provided in each category. Instead, in an insurance bulletin issued Friday, Ms. Sebelius said the federal government would respect the states’ role, giving them “the flexibility to design coverage options that meet their unique needs.”

Under this approach, each state would designate an existing health insurance plan as a benchmark. The benefits provided by that plan would be deemed essential, and all insurers would have to provide benefits of the same or greater value. Plans could modify coverage within a benefit category so long as they did not reduce the value of coverage.

Surf to our Show Notes for more details – http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/17/health/policy/health-care-law-to-allow-states-to-pick-benefits.html?hp

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/12/20111216c.html

http://cciio.cms.gov/resources/files/Files2/12162011/essential_health_benefits_bulletin.pdf

 

 

 

US House Moves to Delay Medicare Physician Payment Cuts

The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed a bill that forestalls for 2 years a 27.4% physician payment decrease scheduled to take effect Jan. 1.

The bill passed by a vote of 234-193. According to the House website, 224 Republicans and 10 Democrats voted in favor of the bill. The measure will now proceed to the Democratic-controlled Senate for consideration. It is not expected to pass.

The physician payment cut stems in part from the sustainable growth rate (SGR), a key factor in annual Medicare payment updates. Numerous medical societies have called for the SGR to be changed or eliminated.

“It is our expectation that in the eleventh hour Congressional Republicans and Democrats will come to an agreement to protect the middle class and finish their budget work for the year,” White House officials stated in a news release.

According to Dr. Douglas W. Jackson, Chief Medical Editor of Orthopedics Today, ““This action just represents another of the many attempted and previously successful congressional postponement efforts in lieu of actually dealing with the underlying sustained growth rate in a meaningful way.

This approach continues to generate concerns and future decisions by physicians on their fiscal ability to continue to see Medicare patients. In addition, it contributes to fears and uncertainties for the Medicare patients that will be affected.”

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.orthosupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=90485

 

 

 

Effects of dynamic loading on the intervertebral disc

Loading is important to maintain the balance of matrix turnover in the intervertebral disc (IVD).

Daily cyclic diurnal assists in the transport of large soluble factors across the IVD and its surrounding circulation and applies direct and indirect stimulus to disc cells.

Acute mechanical injury and accumulated overloading, however, could induce disc degeneration. Recently, there is more information available on how cyclic loading, especially axial compression and hydrostatic pressure, affects IVD cell biology.

A recent review in the Euro Spine Journal summarizes recent studies on the response of the IVD and stem cells to applied cyclic compression and hydrostatic pressure. These studies investigate the possible role of loading in the initiation and progression of disc degeneration as well as quantifying a physiological loading condition for the study of disc degeneration biological therapy.

Subsequently, a possible physiological/beneficial loading range is proposed. This physiological/beneficial loading could provide insight into how to design loading regimes in specific system for the testing of various biological therapies such as cell therapy, chemical therapy or tissue engineering constructs to achieve a better final outcome.

In addition, the parameter space of ‘physiological’ loading may also be an important factor for the differentiation of stem cells towards most ideally ‘discogenic’ cells for tissue engineering purpose.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.springerlink.com/content/uj69w10565126825/

 

 

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“Men’s courses will foreshadow certain ends, to which, if persevered in, they must lead,” said Scrooge. “But if the courses be departed from, the ends will change. Say it is thus with what you show me!”
– Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.

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Show Notes for December 16, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • HHS Extends Meaningful Use Deadline
  • Rewiring the Brain to Ease Pain
  • And Finally, a Story About the CMS Office of Civil Rights to Test New Compliance Audits in 2012


For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #336, recorded December 16, 2011.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

You can download this week’s Podcast here – http://www.chiropracticradio.com/healthbeat/healthbeat0336.mp3

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

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And Now for some news ….

 

 

HHS Extends Meaningful Use Deadline

According to the OrthoSupersite web site, in an effort to speed adoption of electronic health records, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has extended the deadline to meet meaningful use criteria, according to a news release.

Currently, practices and hospitals that begin participating in Medicare EHR incentive programs this year would have to meet the new standards in 2013. Those who do not participate in the program until next year would be allowed to wait until 2014 to meet the standards.

Under the policy change, HHS will allow physicians and hospitals to adopt EHRs this year without meeting the new standards until 2014, the release said.

According to the HHS web site – “Under the current rules, providers who adopt health IT this year, and register through the end of February, must meet new standards for using health IT in 2013. If they do not adopt health IT until 2012, they don’t have to meet the new standards until 2014, and are still eligible for the same amount of incentive payment. 

The HHS release also reported that physicians’ adoption of EHRs has doubled in 2 years and that more than 50,000 health information technology jobs have been created since the federal HITECH Act was passed in 2010. The number of health IT jobs is expected to increase by 20% nationally between 2008 and 2018, outpacing job growth in all other occupations, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://www.orthosupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=90005

http://goo.gl/NssQ3

http://www.hhs.gov/news/press/2011pres/11/20111130a.html

 

 

Rewiring the Brain to Ease Pain

How you think about pain can have a major impact on how it feels.

That’s the intriguing conclusion neuroscientists are reaching as scanning technologies let them see how the brain processes pain.

That’s also the principle behind many mind-body approaches to chronic pain that are proving surprisingly effective in clinical trials.

Some are as old as meditation, hypnosis and tai chi, while others are far more high tech. In studies at Stanford University’s Neuroscience and Pain Lab, subjects can watch their own brains react to pain in real-time and learn to control their response—much like building up a muscle.

When subjects focused on something distracting instead of the pain, they had more activity in the higher-thinking parts of their brains.

Already, neuroscientists know that how people perceive pain is highly individual, involving heredity, stress, anxiety, fear, depression, previous experience and general health. Motivation also plays a huge role—and helps explain why a gravely wounded soldier can ignore his own pain to save his buddies while someone who is depressed may feel incapacitated by a minor sprain.

Surf to our show notes for further information and the full article – http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204323904577038041207168300.html

http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2011/11/20/research-on-applied-neuroplasciticy-rewiring-the-brain-to-ease-pain/

 

 

CMS Office of Civil Rights to Test New Compliance Audits in 2012

The HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is launching a pilot program to audit providers for compliance in privacy and security. Auditors will visit covered entities, and will examine processes and operations.

Audits conducted in this pilot phase will begin this month and will wrap up in December, 2012. Lessons learned from the first 20 or so audits will be analyzed, then approximately 130 more will be launched. Data from the whole 150 audits will be used to guide compliance audits in the future.

OCR is responsible for selection of the entities that will be audited. OCR will audit as wide a range of types and sizes of covered entities as possible. Every covered entity and business associate is eligible for an audit.

Entities selected for an audit will be informed by OCR of their selection and asked to provide documentation of their privacy and security compliance efforts.  The audit is to remind covered entities of their cooperation obligations under the HIPAA Enforcement Rule.”

Surf to our Show Notes for more information – http://www.chirocode.com/OCR_HIPAA_Audit_Program

http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/hipaa/enforcement/audit/index.html

 

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Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

A wise man makes his own decisions, an ignorant man follows the public opinion.”
– Chinese Proverb

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.


Show Notes for December 9, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Sugary drinks hurt even skinny women’s hearts
  • Diabetes Risk to Sky Rocket by 2030
  • And Finally, a Story About Disc Disease and Heredity


For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #335, recorded December 9, 2011.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

You can download this week’s Podcast here – http://www.chiropracticradio.com/healthbeat/healthbeat0335.mp3

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

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Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

And Now for some news ….

 

 

Sugary drinks hurt even skinny women’s hearts

Women who drink sugary beverages every day may raising their risk for heart disease, even if their habit is not packing on the pounds.

Whatever the form — sweet tea, soda, or coffee drinks that look like desserts — women who drank two or more sweet beverages a day were at an increased risk for heart disease, even if they did not gain weight over the five-year study, according to the findings presented recently at the American Heart Association’s meeting in Orlando, Fla.

Large studies in the past — including the ongoing Framingham Heart Study, now in its 63rd year — have linked drinking sugar-sweetened beverages to heart disease.

“There are some calories that come like a nuclear attack,” said Dr. Stephanie Coulter, director for center for women’s heart and vascular health Texas Heart Institute. Eating complex carbohydrates such as oatmeal cause glucose (sugar) to be released slowly into the blood.

“But have a sugar drink, and all the sugar comes rushing into your system,” Coulter said. And if the body has lost the ability to use the hormone insulin to regulate blood sugar (a condition called insulin resistance), the extra sugar remains circulating in the blood.

Daily blasts of too-high blood sugar can disrupt metabolism in several ways. High sugar levels increase triglycerides, lower good cholesterol and prompt the body to make an especially damaging, smaller molecule of bad cholesterol. Too much sugar also raises levels of inflammation, another risk factor heart disease.

Remember to discuss all Nutritional questions with your Qualified Health Care Professional.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://goo.gl/A60vf

 

 

Diabetes Risk to Sky Rocket by 2030

The International Diabetes Federation predicts that at least one in 10 adults could have diabetes by 2030, according to its latest statistics.

In a report issued recently, the advocacy group estimated that 552 million people could have diabetes in two decades’ time based on factors like aging and demographic changes. Currently, the group says that about one adult in 13 has diabetes.

The figure includes both types of diabetes as well as cases that are undiagnosed. The group expects the number of cases to jump by 90 percent even in Africa, where infectious diseases have previously been the top killer. Without including the impact of increasing obesity, the International Diabetes Federation said its figures were conservative.

According to the World Health Organization, there are about 346 million people worldwide with diabetes, with more than 80 percent of deaths occurring in developing countries. The agency projects diabetes deaths will double by 2030 and said the International Diabetes Federation’s prediction was possible.

The projected future rise in diabetes cases was because of aging rather than the obesity epidemic. Most cases of diabetes are Type 2, the kind that mainly hits people in middle age, and is linked to weight gain and a sedentary lifestyle.

Remember to discuss all Exercise and Nutritional questions with your Qualified Health Care Professional.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.foxnews.com/health/2011/11/14/552-million-people-could-have-diabetes-by-2030-study-says/

 

 

 

Disc Disease and Heredity

The traditional view that the etiology of lumbar disc herniation is primarily due to age, gender, occupation, smoking and exposure to vehicular vibration dominated much of the last century. Recent research indicates that heredity factors may be largely responsible for the degeneration as well as herniation of intervertebral discs.

Since 1998, genetic influences have been confirmed by the identification of several genes forms associated with disc degeneration. These researches are paving the way for a better understanding of the biologic mechanisms.

Now, many researchers unanimously agree that lumbar disc herniation appears to be similar to other complex diseases, whose etiology has both environmental and hereditary influence, each with a part of contribution and relative risk. Then addressing the etiological of lumbar disc herniation, it is important to integrate heredity with the environment factors.

Surf to our Show Notes for the full study – http://www.biolsci.org/v04p0283.htm

 

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As always, please surf to our Podcast Show Notes at ChiropracticRadio.com for a full listing of web references mentioned in today’s show.

And remember – COT’s Healthbeat always recommends discussing any nutritional or exercise lifestyle modifications with a qualified healthcare professional.  

 

Thank you for listening…. As always, We Want to hear from you.  Please send us emails…. Simply surf to our Web Site at ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the Email link.

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While at our Web Site, please remember to consider making a donation to help keep these Podcasts airing.  Listener support such as yours, via our PayPal link, does help in allowing us to bring these Podcasts to you weekly.

And please remember to support our sponsors by clicking their links located at ChiropracticRadio.com

Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed. “
– Albert Einstein

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.


Show Notes for December 2, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Preoperative Vitamin D Deficiency and Spinal Fusion
  • Risks in Delaying Herniated Lumbar Disc Treatment
  • And Finally, a Story about Slow Eating and Food Intake


For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #334, recorded December 2, 2011.

HealthBeat is Chiropractic OnLine Today’s radio program, providing current news and commentary about Chiropractic and Health.

You can download this week’s Podcast here – http://www.chiropracticradio.com/healthbeat/healthbeat0334.mp3

This week’s Episode is sponsored by DaVinci Laboratories.  Please surf to our web site at www.ChiropracticRadio.com and click on the DaVinci link for your Health and Nutritional needs.

We also would appreciate your passing the word of our Podcasts to your friends and colleagues.  Please let everyone know how easy it is to subscribe via the Apple iTunes directory.

If you are interested in creating personalized Healthbeat podcasts for your office or website, to help attract new patients, please surf to our web site and send us an Email ….

…. or Skype us by typing in “healthbeat”, all in small letters.

 

Twitter – We are always looking to expand our interactivity with you, our loyal Health Community.  If you would like to be kept up-to-date with current events about Health, Technology and ME, feel free to surf to – http://www.twitter.com/teglow and click on the Follow link.

Next, we would like to send out a big Thank You to those of you who are linking our Podcast to your home pages…. We do request that you also include a link to our main Podcast Page at www.ChiropracticRadio.com

And as always, a big thank you to our COT HealthBeat Listener community.  This podcast is made available thru the generous donations we receive and greatly appreciate.  If you could remember to surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link to make a monthly donation, even $5-$10, this would be very much welcomed.

Finally, Chiropractic OnLine Today has always provided our news and education content for free and plan on continuing this policy.  However, we do request that if you are enjoying these podcasts, that you surf to ChiropracticRadio.com and consider clicking on our PayPal link to make a donation to keep these Podcasts airing.  We thank everyone for their continued support.

And Now for some news ….

 

 

Preoperative vitamin D deficiency common in patients undergoing spinal fusion

Researchers from St. Louis found an “alarmingly high” vitamin D abnormality rate in adults undergoing spinal fusion, according to a study presented here at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the North American Spine Society.

“The objectives of this study were to characterize the prevalence of preoperative hypovitaminosis D on adults undergoing spinal fusion — and to ascertain whether previously identified risk factors for deficiency could be applied to the spine population,” according to study author Jacob M. Buchowski, MD.

“Looking at the risk factors, patients who had vitamin D deficiency tended to be obese, they tended to be light-skinned and a large percentage of them were smokers,” Buckowski said. “Interestingly, patients with a history of revision surgery … or those with a history of fractures were not found to be statistically different from those who were not vitamin D deficient.”

Among those patients who had inadequate levels of vitamin D, the patients had higher VAS pain scores, lower bone mineral density and a higher prevalence of neurologic deficits.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.orthosupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=89228

 

 

Delay before herniated lumbar disc treatment yields poorer results

Patients who undergo treatment for a herniated lumbar disc are less likely to experience improvement in pain, function and satisfaction if they wait more than 6 months before seeking treatment, according to a study from researchers in Philadelphia.

The findings, published in the Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, observed 1,192 patients older than 18 years and enrolled in the Spine Patient Outcomes Research Trial, conducted at 13 multidisciplinary spinal practices in 11 states.

The patients in the cohort received treatment for intervertebral lumbar disc herniation. Rihn and his colleagues compared patients who had symptoms for 6 months or less (927 patients) to those who had symptoms for more than 6 months (265 patients).

Whether treatment was operative or non-operative, Rihn’s team found patients had significantly worse primary outcome measures if they experienced symptoms for more than 6 months before treatment, as determined through an analysis of multiple pain, function and disability indexes.

“Patients who have had symptoms for longer than 6 months can find relief with either non-operative treatment or surgery, but they may not reap as much benefit as those who have had symptoms for 6 month or less,”

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.jbjs.org/article.aspx?articleid=179649

http://www.orthosupersite.com/view.aspx?rid=88889

 

 

Researcher provides further evidence that slow eating reduces food intake

Two new studies by researchers at the University of Rhode Island are providing additional insights into the role that eating rate plays in the amount of food one consumes. The studies found that men eat significantly faster than women, heavier people eat faster than slimmer people, and refined grains are consumed faster than whole grains, among other findings.

In one laboratory study, which validated that self-reported eating rates reflect an individual’s actual eating rate, researchers found that fast eaters consumed about 3.1 ounces of food per minute, medium-speed eaters consumed 2.5 ounces per minute, and slow eaters consumed 2 ounces per minute. This work is the first to validate self-reported eating rates that have been used in large population studies, which have shown relationships between eating rate and body weight.

The researchers also found what researchers described as “very strong gender differences” in eating rates. At lunch, the men consumed about 80 calories per minute while the women consumed 52 calories per minute.

The second study, which examined the characteristics associated with eating rates, found a close association between eating rate and body mass index (BMI), with those individuals with a high BMI typically eating considerably faster than those with a low BMI.

While the link between eating rate and obesity is still being studied, the study’s author said that her research has demonstrated that eating slowly results in significantly fewer average calories being consumed.

“It takes time for your body to process fullness signals, so slower eating may allow time for fullness to register in the brain before you’ve eaten too much.”

An earlier study by this author found that women who were told to eat quickly consumed 646 calories in nine minutes, but the same women consumed just 579 calories in 29 minutes when encouraged to pause between bites and chew each mouthful 15 to 20 times before swallowing.

Remember to discuss all Nutritional questions with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2011-11/uori-rpf110811.php

 

 

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Show Notes for November 25, 2011

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of HealthBeat, Chiropractic OnLine Today’s Health, News and Informational Podcast, and Proud to be the #1 Search Result for Chiropractic Podcasts in the iTunes Podcast Directory.

In this week’s news:  We’ll Be Looking At –

  • Adjacent segment degenerative disease
  • Medicare Update on PQRS from the ACA
  • And Finally, a Story about Diet and Exercise Reducing Pain in Osteoarthritis


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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #333, recorded November 25, 2011.

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Adjacent segment degenerative disease

The purpose of a recent study presented in the Euro Spine Journal, was to determine whether fusion causes adjacent segment degeneration or whether degeneration is due to disease progression.

Eighty-seven patients that had undergone single level anterior cervical decompression and fusions with at least 5 years of follow-up were enrolled in this retrospective study.

The study concluded that although, fusion per se can accelerate the severity of adjacent level degeneration, no significant difference was observed between adjacent and non-adjacent segments in terms of the incidence of symptomatic disease. The authors conclude that adjacent segment disease is more a result of the natural history of cervical spondylosis than the presence of fusion.

http://www.springerlink.com/content/d75870075872l82q/fulltext.pdf

http://www.springerlink.com/content/w6520195165w4467/fulltext.pdf

http://www.springerlink.com/content/428070021582g410/fulltext.pdf

http://www.springerlink.com/content/428070021582g410/fulltext.pdf

 

 

 

Medicare Update on PQRS from the ACA

The American Chiropractic Association’s Medicare Committee wanted to make you aware of a recent issue.  Those doctors of chiropractic who participate in Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) should be aware that an effort has been initiated to evaluate the PQRS measures used by doctors of chiropractic. It is important to note that this is not a financial audit.

PQRI began as a voluntary reporting program that provided an incentive payment to identified eligible professionals (EPs) who satisfactorily reported data on specific quality measures for covered professional services furnished to Medicare Part B fee-for-service beneficiaries and paid under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS). The program was first implemented in 2007.

The review is being conducted by quality measures development organizations such as Quality Insights of Pennsylvania.  Providers should understand that this review and request for records will not result in a recoupment of funds. 

This review is strictly for information gathering purposes.  Ultimately, this review will be helpful to providers to ensure that they are appropriately participating in PQRS. 

Successful participation in PQRS makes providers eligible for the PQRS incentive bonuses while they are available until 2014 and ensures providers will not have their Medicare payments reduced when the 1.5% disincentive is introduced in 2015.   

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – https://www.cms.gov/PQRS/

http://www.acponline.org/running_practice/practice_management/payment_coding/pqrs.htm

 

 

Diet and Exercise Reduce Pain in Osteoarthritis

A November 7th article on the Medscape web site, looked at how intensive diet and exercise can slash the amount of pain in older adults with osteoarthritis of the knees and improve function and walking speed, according to a study from researchers at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

The 18-month Intensive Diet and Exercise for Arthritis (IDEA) trial was designed to evaluate the impact of intensive weight loss with or without exercise on disease progression.

At the end of the study, participants in the diet-only group lost an average of 9.5% of their baseline weight, and those in the exercise-only group lost an average of 2.2%. The combined diet/exercise group, however, lost an average of 11.4%. None of the participants regressed to baseline levels, even after 18 months.

In addition, participants in the diet/exercise group improved their functional status by 47%, compared with 30% in the diet-only group and 26% in the exercise-only group. The combination group also increased walking speed by 12%, compared with 10% and 6% in the diet-only and exercise-only groups, respectively.

The take-home message, according to the lead author of the study, is that “clinicians can tell their patients that they will see marked improvement [in pain and function] in 6 months or less.”

The fact that significant differences did not appear between the groups until 18 months, however, “underscores the need for long-term studies to detect clinically and statistically meaningful results.”

Remember to discuss all Exercise and Nutrition related issues with your Qualified Health Care Professional.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/753014?src=nl_topic

 

 

 

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Age is not a particularly interesting subject. Anyone can get old. All you have to do is live long enough.”
– Don Marquis

For Chiropractic OnLine Today’s HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow.