Monthly Archives: November 2012

Show Notes for November 30, 2012

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 –

  • Exercise and Immune System Benefits
  • Exercise and Memory
  • And Finally, a Story about Spinal Fusion and Chronic Low Back Pain


For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #386, recorded November 30, 2012.

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/healthbeat0386.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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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 ….

 

 

Exercise and Immune System Benefits

Researchers may soon be able to add yet another item to the list of exercise’s well-documented health benefits: A preliminary study suggests that when cancer survivors exercise for several weeks after they finish chemotherapy, their immune systems remodel themselves to become more effective, potentially fending off future incidences of cancer.

The finding may help explain why exercise can significantly reduce the chances of secondary cancers in survivors or reduce the chances of cancer altogether in people who have never had the disease.

Researchers analyzed T cells in the blood of cancer survivors before and after a 12-week exercise program. They found that a significant portion of these immune cells converted from a senescent form, which isn’t as effective at combating disease, to a naïve form, ready to fight cancer and infections.

Their poster presentation entitled, “Effect of Exercise on T Cells in Cancer Survivors,” was recently discussed at The Integrative Biology of Exercise VI meeting – http://bit.ly/OrMFtN

Study leader Laura Bilek explains that previous research had turned up a variety of positive associations between exercise and cancer—notably, that exercise can reduce the risk of getting initial incidences of several different types of cancers, can often improve prognosis in cancer patients, and can reduce the risk of recurrence and secondary cancers survivors of some types of cancers. However, the mechanism behind these phenomena has been unknown.

She adds that this finding highlights the importance of exercise for all, including those with cancer and cancer survivors.

Remember to discuss all Exercise modifications with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/10/121010161843.htm

 

 

Exercise and Memory

A short burst of moderate exercise enhances the consolidation of memories in both healthy older adults and those with mild cognitive impairment, scientists with UC Irvine’s Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory have discovered.

Most research has focused on the benefits of a long-term exercise program on overall health and cognitive function with age. But the UCI work is the first to examine the immediate effects of a brief bout of exercise on memory.

“The current findings offer a natural and relatively safe alternative to pharmacological interventions for memory enhancement in healthy older individuals as well as those who suffer from cognitive deficits,” Segal noted.

“With a growing population of the aged, the need for improvement of quality of life and prevention of mental decline is more important than ever before.”

Study results appear in the November issue (Volume 32, Number 4) of the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

As always, discuss all Exercise recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.j-alz.com/issues/32/vol32-4.html

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121127094315.htm

 

 

Spinal Fusion and Chronic Low Back Pain

Spinal fusion is a common but controversial treatment for chronic low back pain (LBP) with outcomes similar to those of programmed conservative care. To improve the results of fusion, tests for patient selection are used in clinical practice.

A recent article in The Spine Journal, was published to determine the prognostic accuracy of tests for patient selection that are currently used in clinical practice to identify those patients with chronic LBP who will benefit from spinal fusion.

The Systematic review of the literature. included studies that compared the results of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), provocative discography, facet joint blocks, orthosis immobilization, and temporary external fixation with the clinical outcome of patients who underwent spinal fusion for chronic LBP.

The study’s outcome measures were to determine the prognostic accuracy of tests to predict the clinical outcome of spinal fusion in terms of sensitivity, specificity, and likelihood ratios (LRs).

The study concluded that no subset of patients with chronic LBP could be identified for whom spinal fusion is a predictable and effective treatment. Best evidence does not support the use of current tests for patient selection in clinical practice.

Discuss all Spinal Treatment options with your Doctor of Chiropractic.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.thespinejournalonline.com/article/S1529-9430(12)01276-4/abstract

 

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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.

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Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

Abuse a man unjustly, and you will make friends for him.”
– Edgar Watson Howe

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

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Show Notes for November 23, 2012

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 –

  • Spinal Curves and Heredity
  • Wild Blueberries and DNA Oxidization
  • And Finally, a Story about Soft Drinks and Strokes


For HealthBeat, Wishing our American listeners a Happy Holiday weekend, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #385, recorded November 23, 2012.

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/healthbeat0385.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 ….

 

 

Spinal Curves and Heredity

Research using information from the TwinsUK adult twin registry in the United Kingdom finds that spine curvature is inherited and associated with lumbar disc degeneration.

The curve highly correlated with adjacent curves, but not with more distant curves and all the curves were heritable… “Bone mineral density and lumbar disc degeneration influenced thoracic and lumbar curves, respectively.”

The authors discovered lumbar lordosis and thoracic kyphosis increased with age and spine curvature was heritable at a rate of 59% for lumbar lordosis and 61% for thoracic kyphosis. Spinal curves were correlated with adjacent curves, but not more distant curves.

The data supported the commonly held clinical view, which is that thoracic kyphosis is most commonly influenced by bone mineral density and that lumbar lordosis was significantly associated with a number of features of disc degeneration including disc signal intensity and osteophyte formation.

The authors plan to identify genes associated with lumbar disc degeneration to gain a better understanding of the degenerative process.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.healio.com/orthopedics/spine/news/print/orthopedics-today/%7BC34BC384-DDD5-43B7-A7E2-00D9B31D5BFE%7D/Twin-spine-study-indicates-that-spine-curvature-is-heritable

 

 

 

Wild Blueberries and DNA Oxidization

Wild blueberries (WB) (Vaccinium angustifolium) are rich sources of polyphenols, such as flavonols and phenolic acids, reported to decrease the risk of cardiovascular and degenerative diseases.

A recent study in the Euro Journal of Nutrition investigated the effect of regular consumption of a WB or a placebo (PL) drink on markers of oxidative stress, inflammation and endothelial function in subjects with risk factors for cardiovascular disease.

The study concluded the consumption of the Wild blueberries drink for 6 weeks significantly reduced the levels of oxidized DNA bases and increased the resistance to oxidatively induced DNA damage.

Future studies should address in greater detail the role of Wild blueberries in endothelial function.

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

Surf to our Show Notes for Links –

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?db=pubmed&cmd=search&term=Effect+of+a+wild+blueberry+%28Vaccinium+angustifolium%29+drink+intervention+on+markers+of+oxidative+stress,+inflammation+and+endothelial+function+in+humans+with+cardiovascular+risk+factors

 

 

 

Soft Drinks and Stroke

Soft drink intake has been associated with obesity and diabetes, but its relation with risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is limited.

A recent study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition examined the association between soft drink intake and risk of CVD in a Japanese population.

This was a prospective study in 39,786 Japanese men and women aged 40–59 y in which soft drink intake was determined by using a self-administered food-frequency questionnaire. Follow-up was from 1990 to 2008.

Results of the study found that soft drink intake was positively associated with risk of total stroke and more specifically ischemic stroke for women …

A non-significant inverse trend for risks of total and ischemic strokes was shown for men, and it was weakened after the exclusion of early incident cases or after the exclusion of participants with baseline comorbidities.

The study concluded that soft drink intake is associated with higher risk of ischemic stroke for women.

Remember to discuss all Nutritional recommendations with your Qualified Health Care provider.

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/early/2012/10/17/ajcn.112.037903.short

 

 

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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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Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
– Albert Einstein

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


Show Notes for November 16, 2012

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 –

  • Timing of Eating Meals
  • Health, Exercise and Pedometers
  • And Finally, a Story about Leisure Time Physical Activity and Life Expectancy


For HealthBeat, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #384, recorded November 16, 2012.

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/healthbeat0384.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 ….

Timing of Eating Meals

Fat cells store excess energy and signal these levels to the brain.

In a new study in Nature Medicine, researchers show that deletion of the clock gene Arntl, also known as Bmal1, in fat cells, causes mice to become obese, with a shift in the timing of when this nocturnal species normally eats. These findings shed light on the complex causes of obesity.

The Penn studies are surprising in two respects. “The first is that a relatively modest shift in food consumption into what is normally the rest period for mice can favor energy storage.”

“The mice in the study became obese without consuming more calories.”

Indeed, the Penn researchers could also cause obesity in normal mice by replicating the altered pattern of food consumption observed in mice with a broken clock in their fat cells.

This behavioral change in the mice is somewhat akin to night-eating syndrome in humans, also associated with obesity and originally described by Penn’s Albert Stunkard in 1955.

The second surprising observation relates to the molecular clock itself. Traditionally, clocks in peripheral tissues are thought to follow the lead of the “master clock” in the SCN of the brain, a bit like members of an orchestra following a conductor.

In this study we see that the orchestrated behavior of the percussionist can, itself, influence the conductor.”

Surf to our Show Notes for links – http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121111152934.htm

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nm.2979.html

 

 

Health and Pedometers

Without detailed evidence of their effectiveness, pedometers have recently become popular as a tool for motivating physical activity.

A recent study published in JAMA has the Objective to evaluate the association of pedometer use with physical activity and health outcomes among outpatient adults.

Study Selection Studies were eligible for inclusion if they reported an assessment of pedometer use among adult outpatients, reported a change in steps per day, and included more than 5 participants.

The results of the study suggest that the use of a pedometer is associated with significant increases in physical activity and significant decreases in body mass index and blood pressure. Whether these changes are durable over the long term is undetermined.

Surf to our Show Notes for links –

http://www.jhsph.edu/research/centers-and-institutes/welch-center-for-prevention-epidemiology-and-clinical-research/_pdf/pdfs_07/11-27-07_JC.pdf

 

 

 

Leisure Time Physical Activity and Life Expectancy

Leisure-time physical activity is associated with longer life expectancy, even at relatively low levels of activity and regardless of body weight, according to a study by a team of researchers led by the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health. The study, which found that people who engaged in leisure-time physical activity had life expectancy gains of as much as 4.5 years, appeared Nov. 6, 2012, in PLoS Medicine.

In order to determine the number of years of life gained from leisure-time physical activity in adulthood, which translates directly to an increase in life expectancy, researchers examined data on more than 650,000 adults.

After accounting for other factors that could affect life expectancy, the researchers found that life expectancy was 3.4 years longer for people who reported they got the recommend level of physical activity. People who reported leisure-time physical activity at twice the recommended level gained 4.2 years of life. In general, more physical activity corresponded to longer life expectancy.

Physical activity has been shown to help maintain a healthy body weight, maintain healthy bones, muscles and joints, promote psychological well-being, and reduce the risk of certain diseases, including some cancers.

As always, discuss all health and exercise recommendations with your Qualified Health Care Professional.

Surf to our Show Notes for links –

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/11/121106191907.htm

 

This podcast is made available through the generous donations from our great Listeners, such as You!  If you are enjoying these HealthBeat Podcasts, Please surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link.

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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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We also would appreciate your votes both at Podcastalley.com.  If you are enjoying these podcasts, please surf to our HealthBeat homepage and click on the Podcast Alley link and Yahoo links.

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Finally, I leave you with the following quote:

Action is the foundational key to all success.”
– Pablo Picasso

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


Show Notes for November 9, 2012

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 –

  • Neuromuscular Exercise and Low Back Pain
  • Inactivity and Mortality
  • And Finally, a Story about Medicare Coverage for Chronic Illnesses


For HealthBeat, Podcasting from Hurricane Savaged New York City, This is Dr. Todd Eglow!

Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #382, recorded November 2, 2012.

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/healthbeat0382.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

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And Now for some news ….

 

Neuromuscular Exercise and Low Back Pain

A study published in the September 2012 issue of the journal Spine was presented to investigate the effectiveness of a 6-month neuromuscular exercise (NME) and counseling program for reducing the incidence of low back pain (LBP) and disability in young conscripts with a healthy back at the beginning of their compulsory military service.

Basic military training is physically demanding on the back and requires adequate physical fitness. LBP causes significant morbidity and absence from military service.

The intervention program aimed to improve conscripts’ control of their lumbar neutral zone (NZ), and specifically to avoid full lumbar flexion in all daily tasks.

The study concluded that these findings provide evidence that exercise and education to improve control of the lumbar neutral zone have a prophylactic effect on LPB-related off-duty service days in the military environment when implemented as part of military service among young healthy men.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/publishahead/Neuromuscular_Exercise_and_Counseling_Decrease.98112.aspx

 

 

 

Inactivity and Mortality

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine looked at inactivity and life expectancy.

Prolonged television (TV) viewing time is unfavorably associated with mortality outcomes, particularly for cardiovascular disease, but the impact on life expectancy has not been quantified. The authors estimate the extent to which TV viewing time reduces life expectancy in Australia, 2008.

The authors constructed a life table model that incorporates a previously reported mortality risk associated with TV time. Data were from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, a national population-based observational survey that started in 1999–2000.

The authors modeled impacts of changes in population average TV viewing time on life expectancy at birth.

This study is limited by the low precision with which the relationship between TV viewing time and mortality is currently known.

The study concluded that TV viewing time may be associated with a loss of life that is comparable to other major chronic disease risk factors such as physical inactivity and obesity.

Surf to our Show Notes for details – http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/46/13/927.abstract

 

 

Medicare Coverage for Chronic Illnesses

Tens of thousands of people with chronic conditions and disabilities may find it easier to qualify for Medicare coverage of potentially costly home health care, skilled nursing home stays and outpatient therapy under policy changes planned by the Obama administration.

In a proposed settlement of a nationwide class-action lawsuit, the administration has agreed to scrap a decades-old practice that required many beneficiaries to show a likelihood of medical or functional improvement before Medicare would pay for skilled nursing and therapy services.

Under the agreement, which amounts to a significant change in Medicare coverage rules, Medicare will pay for such services if they are needed to “maintain the patient’s current condition or prevent or slow further deterioration,” regardless of whether the patient’s condition is expected to improve.

Federal officials agreed to rewrite the Medicare manual to make clear that Medicare coverage of nursing and therapy services “does not turn on the presence or absence of an individual’s potential for improvement,” but is based on the beneficiary’s need for skilled care.

Dr. Lynn Gerber, director of the Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability at George Mason University in Virginia, called the settlement “a landmark decision for Medicare recipients with chronic illness and especially those with disability.”

While the settlement is likely to generate additional costs for the government, it might save money too. For example, physical therapy and home health care might allow some people to avoid more expensive care in hospitals and nursing homes.

The settlement does not guarantee coverage for any particular individual. Beneficiaries will still have to meet other criteria. For example, they must be homebound to receive coverage of home health services, and they generally need a three-day hospital stay before Medicare will pay for skilled nursing home care.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/us/politics/settlement-eases-rules-for-some-medicare-patients.html?hp&_r=0

 

 

This podcast is made available through the generous donations from our great Listeners, such as You!  If you are enjoying these HealthBeat Podcasts, Please surf to our Web Site and click on the PayPal link.

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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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Show Notes for November 2, 2012

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 –

  • Neuromuscular Exercise and Low Back Pain
  • Inactivity and Mortality
  • And Finally, a Story about Medicare Coverage for Chronic Illnesses


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Welcome to HealthBeat Podcast #382, recorded November 2, 2012.

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Neuromuscular Exercise and Low Back Pain

A study published in the September 2012 issue of the journal Spine was presented to investigate the effectiveness of a 6-month neuromuscular exercise (NME) and counseling program for reducing the incidence of low back pain (LBP) and disability in young conscripts with a healthy back at the beginning of their compulsory military service.

Basic military training is physically demanding on the back and requires adequate physical fitness. LBP causes significant morbidity and absence from military service.

The intervention program aimed to improve conscripts’ control of their lumbar neutral zone (NZ), and specifically to avoid full lumbar flexion in all daily tasks.

The study concluded that these findings provide evidence that exercise and education to improve control of the lumbar neutral zone have a prophylactic effect on LPB-related off-duty service days in the military environment when implemented as part of military service among young healthy men.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/publishahead/Neuromuscular_Exercise_and_Counseling_Decrease.98112.aspx

 

 

 

Inactivity and Mortality

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine looked at inactivity and life expectancy.

Prolonged television (TV) viewing time is unfavorably associated with mortality outcomes, particularly for cardiovascular disease, but the impact on life expectancy has not been quantified. The authors estimate the extent to which TV viewing time reduces life expectancy in Australia, 2008.

The authors constructed a life table model that incorporates a previously reported mortality risk associated with TV time. Data were from the Australian Bureau of Statistics and the Australian Diabetes, Obesity and Lifestyle Study, a national population-based observational survey that started in 1999–2000.

The authors modeled impacts of changes in population average TV viewing time on life expectancy at birth.

This study is limited by the low precision with which the relationship between TV viewing time and mortality is currently known.

The study concluded that TV viewing time may be associated with a loss of life that is comparable to other major chronic disease risk factors such as physical inactivity and obesity.

Surf to our Show Notes for details – http://bjsm.bmj.com/content/46/13/927.abstract

 

 

Medicare Coverage for Chronic Illnesses

Tens of thousands of people with chronic conditions and disabilities may find it easier to qualify for Medicare coverage of potentially costly home health care, skilled nursing home stays and outpatient therapy under policy changes planned by the Obama administration.

In a proposed settlement of a nationwide class-action lawsuit, the administration has agreed to scrap a decades-old practice that required many beneficiaries to show a likelihood of medical or functional improvement before Medicare would pay for skilled nursing and therapy services.

Under the agreement, which amounts to a significant change in Medicare coverage rules, Medicare will pay for such services if they are needed to “maintain the patient’s current condition or prevent or slow further deterioration,” regardless of whether the patient’s condition is expected to improve.

Federal officials agreed to rewrite the Medicare manual to make clear that Medicare coverage of nursing and therapy services “does not turn on the presence or absence of an individual’s potential for improvement,” but is based on the beneficiary’s need for skilled care.

Dr. Lynn Gerber, director of the Center for Study of Chronic Illness and Disability at George Mason University in Virginia, called the settlement “a landmark decision for Medicare recipients with chronic illness and especially those with disability.”

While the settlement is likely to generate additional costs for the government, it might save money too. For example, physical therapy and home health care might allow some people to avoid more expensive care in hospitals and nursing homes.

The settlement does not guarantee coverage for any particular individual. Beneficiaries will still have to meet other criteria. For example, they must be homebound to receive coverage of home health services, and they generally need a three-day hospital stay before Medicare will pay for skilled nursing home care.

Surf to our Show Notes for Links – http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/23/us/politics/settlement-eases-rules-for-some-medicare-patients.html?hp&_r=0

 

 

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