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Medical News

9-Year-old's Leg Magnetically Lengthened As She Grows
Nine-year-old Morgan LaRue is the first cancer patient in Texas to benefit from a groundbreaking procedure that will magnetically lengthen her leg, sparing her the possibility of up to 10 future surgeries as her body grows.
Source: Medical News Today

AF Ablation May Help Heart and Brain
Atrial fibrillation ablation may reduce the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease, a retrospective study suggested.
Source: MedPage Today

Oxygen levels induce X chromosome inactivation in female cells: Study
Oxygen levels in the lab can permanently alter human embryonic stem (ES) cells, specifically inducing X chromosome inactivation in female cells, according to Whitehead Institute researchers. Human ES cells have been routinely created and maintained at atmospheric levels of oxygen, which is about 20%. Cells in the body are usually exposed to only 1-9% oxygen.
Source: The Medical News

Patient Resources

Safe alternative to surgery
An Alberta Health Services doctor is playing a key role in a North American study looking at an alternative treatment option for the leading cause of stroke.
Dr. Michael Hill is heading the research in Calgary – one of three Canadian centres participating in the clinical trial which looks at the use of a non-invasive treatment for patients suffering from carotid artery disease.
Source: Alberta Health Services

Supplement may prevent alcohol-related brain, skull defects
The dietary supplement CDP-choline, sold as a brain-boosting agent and under study for stroke and traumatic brain injury, may block skull and brain damage that can result from alcohol consumption early in pregnancy, Medical College of Georgia researchers report.
Source: EurekAlert

Antibiotic Resistance Can Last a Year, Review Finds
Some patients who take antibiotics may become resistant to them and stay that way for as long as a year, a new review finds.
Source: Health Scout

PediaCare Voluntary Recall: Cold and Cough Children's Products

This recall was released May 28, 2010. Blacksmith Brands, Inc., in consultation with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, is voluntarily recalling all lots of four children's products in the PediaCare line. These products are sold exclusively in the United States. These products were manufactured for Blacksmith Brands by McNeil Consumer Healthcare, a Division of McNeil-PPC, Inc., (a Johnson & Johnson Company) at McNeil's Fort Washington, PA plant.


Excerpt:
"A recent FDA inspection at that facility found serious problems in meeting the FDA's current good manufacturing practice requirements. The recall was not initiated as a result of any consumer reports of adverse events and no consumer complaints have been received about the safety or purity of the products."
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Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Practice Management Tips

Logging Insurance Coordination of Benefits (COB) Information in Fields of Code EMR-s

When using coordination of benefits between spouses, it is important to submit claims to the person insured first. Dependant coverage through a spouse’s plan is submitted second. Coordination of benefits helps maximize coverage for your patients. When processing claims for children, the “birthday rule” is frequently used to determine the order of submission to plans for each parent, i.e. submit first through the parent’s plan whose birthday month and day (not year) occurs earlier in the calendar year. This rule is regardless of the parent’s age. However, this may be different if parents are divorced, in this case the order is based on the type custody in effect. Additionally, insurance rules may differ from company to company. The following is a non-exhaustive, random list of insurance companies that support coordination and have information about coordination of benefits on their websites, which you can use as examples: Manulife¹, Blue Cross ², Sun Life³.

Fields of Code EMR-s provide a structured container for the logging of insurance information, which can be found on the Insurance page of Patient documents. The system ensures that there is no data duplication, and insurance records are linked with ease between spouses and dependants to facilitate coordination. When coordinating insurance records that originate from other Patient documents, these become locked to prevent accidental changes. Editing insurance properties is permitted only in the file of the person insured. To see this feature in action, watch the “Collecting Personal Information, Part 2 - The Insurance Page” video tutorial, found at our online free resource library. To access it, log on to the Fields of Code Library, then scroll to the Patient Files section. Press Ctrl+F on that page to look for the following video ID: R3G0.
Source: Fields of Code Library

References:

1. Manulife Financial
   Coordination of Benefits

2. Blue Cross
    Coordination of Benefits Brochure

3. Sun Life
    Revised Coordination of Benefits Guideline

 

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