On October 1st, 2015 the new ICD-10 was rolled out with 140,000 new codes for medical provides to begin using for insurance coverage and disease tracking. This Forbes article discusses the potential problems with this new system, including delays or inappropriate rejects of coverage, as well as the benefits, including aiding in the shift "from fee-for-service medicine to a healthcare system that pays providers based on outcomes and quality."
A bipartisan revision was passed to the Affordable Care Act on October 1, 2015 that will ease the coverage strain on small businesses. Business with 51-100 employees could have faced high premiums (up to 18% higher next year), but with the revision they can now be considered small businesses and are not subject to the same health care expectations as larger companies.
Exercise Pills May Be in Your Future
Scientists are beginning to develop “exercise pills”, that supposedly contain compounds that mimic the effects of exercise. For example, one effect is forming new mitochondria in cells. There were two papers that developed researched showing the potential for the pill.
In 2002, the FDA approved of a small birth control implant called Essure. Women who have this implant have complained of debilitating side effects such as rash, pelvic pain, and even a metal taste in the mouth. The FDA is planning on have another meeting on Thursday to discuss the best course of action for the device.
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