CMS rule gives Medicare Advantage plans an edge over traditional Medicare

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services today finalized payment updates to Medicare Advantage and Part D plans for 2020. MA rates increase 2.53 percent. This includes the phasing-in of a risk adjustment model that takes into account the number of chronic conditions a person has, according to CMS Administrator Seema Verma. CMS originally had… Read More »

Study: C-Section Does Carry Added Risks

MONDAY, April 1, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For pregnant women, a C-section carries a higher risk of severe complications than a vaginal delivery, particularly after age 35, a new study finds. The researchers said that cesarean deliveries appear to cause an overall 80% increased risk of severe maternal complications when compared with vaginal delivery. For… Read More »

Five-minute ‘needle’ nose job?

A speedy ‘non-surgical’ nose job that takes just minutes may be possible using tiny needles and an electric current, US researchers believe. Bendy cartilage structures – like ears and the tip of the nose – can be remodelled with electromechanical reshaping (EMR), they claim. It would be done under local anaesthetic, saving patients cuts, stitches… Read More »

Medical News Today: Can blocking a single protein tackle depression, obesity, and pain?

Depression, obesity, and chronic pain are some of the most pressing global health concerns. New research may have found a drug that could one day tackle all of these three conditions. Scientists may have identified a protein inhibitor that could tackle three conditions at once. Almost 40 percent of adults in the United States were… Read More »