Week in Review: May 31

The Week in Review provides an overview of the past week’s top health care content, including industry news and trends, Mayo Clinic and Mayo Clinic Laboratories news, and upcoming events.


Industry News

Health Paradox: New US Diabetes Cases Fall As Obesity Rises

The number of new diabetes cases among U.S. adults keeps falling, even as obesity rates climb, and health officials aren’t sure why. New federal data released Tuesday found the number of new diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009. Earlier research had spotted a decline, and the new report shows it’s been going on for close to a decade. But health officials are not celebrating. Via AP.

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Hospitals Have A Month To Fix Medicare Addresses Or Go Unpaid

Most people don't put much thought into whether to spell out "Street" or use the abbreviated "St." in an address. Come July, though, hospitals that choose the wrong one won't get paid by Medicare, at least temporarily, for certain outpatient services. That's when the CMS will start enforcing its exact match program. It requires that the addresses hospitals use on their claims for services provided at off-campus, outpatient departments exactly match those entered for its Medicare enrollment of those locations. Via Modern Healthcare.

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10,000 Steps A Day? How Many You Really Need To Boost Longevity

There's nothing magical about the number 10,000. In fact, the idea of walking at least 10,000 steps a day for health goes back decades to a marketing campaign launched in Japan to promote a pedometer. And, in subsequent years, it was adopted in the U.S. as a goal to promote good health. It's often the default setting on fitness trackers, but what's it really based on? "The original basis of the number was not scientifically determined," says researcher I-Min Lee of Brigham and Women's Hospital. She was curious to know how many steps you need to take a day to maintain good health and live a long life, so she and her colleagues designed a study that included about 17,000 older women. Their average age was 72. The women all agreed to clip on wearable devices to track their steps as they went about their day-to-day activities. It turns out that women who took about 4,000 steps per day got a boost in longevity, compared with women who took fewer steps. "It was sort of surprising," Lee says. Via NPR.

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Mayo Clinic News

Doctor Burnout Costly for Patients, Health Care

Exhausted, stressed-out doctors are responsible for poorer care, patient dissatisfaction and malpractice lawsuits that carry a huge cost for U.S. health care, researchers report. In fact, it's calculated that physician burnout adds nearly $5 billion a year to health care spending in the United States…For the study, Goh and a team of researchers from Stanford University, the Mayo Clinic, and the American Medical Association created a mathematical model to estimate the cost of doctor turnover and the shorter hours that result from burnout. Via HealthDay.

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ADHD Medications Can Cause These Side Effects

While medication is beneficial for many people with ADHD, up to 30% of those who take prescription drugs for the condition experience side effects, says Dr. Jyoti Bhagia, a childhood and adolescent psychiatrist and director of the ADHD Clinic at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The severity of the side effects vary from person to person, she says. Some individuals might have more than one side effect at a time. Side effects are mild, transient and manageable most of the time. Via US News & World Report.

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Suzanne R. Ferguson

Suzanne Ferguson is a Marketing Channel Manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories and has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2014. Outside of work, Suzanne can be found traveling, reading and spending time with her family.