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Obamacare repeal efforts, Medicare privatization support waning

Obamacare repeal efforts, Medicare privatization support waning

While a series of successive defeats may have tempered the resolve of many Republicans to repeal the Affordable Care Act, a small group of conservatives is pushing a new approach to fast track such efforts. And with a presidential election less than 18 months away, Republicans are reportedly losing their appetite to join Paul Ryan's (R-WI) call to privatize Medicare.

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CMS reminds providers about new survey appeals process

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently reminded state survey agency directors that it no longer will accept appeals through the U.S. mail from providers that disagree with actions imposed on their facilities.

Exercise for seniors can change their brains: report

Cardiorespiratory fitness can change the white matter in the brains of seniors, new research reveals.

Smart cards would do little to curtail Medicare fraud: GAO

Medicare beneficiary smart cards would have a limited impact on reducing fraud and could even introduce "new, more sophisticated fraud schemes," a new report by the Government Accountability Office concludes.

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The decision could be fatal for the healthcare program and at the least, could force President Obama's hand at compromising on other things.

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Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

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The elderly brain is more vulnerable to the adverse effects of surgery and anesthesia compared with the younger brain. Both anecdotally and in clinical investigation, the elderly surgical population has been found to exhibit a significantly higher prevalence of postoperative cognitive decline. The most common manifestations of this decline are postoperative delirium (POD) and postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD).

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