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Thursday, January 2, 2014

1/2/14 Health News: Is Antibacterial Dangerous, Will Obamacare Cause Doctor Shortage

'Antibacterial' Products are Finally Getting Scrutiny
FDA says claims that popular products fight infection are unproven. A high-profile move this week by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration should have come as a shock to consumers who have long used “antibacterial” soaps, lotions and other products to ward off illness. Despite widespread use since the late 1970s, a top FDA official said bluntly on Monday that their added value in fighting infection is unproven as questions mount about potential risks. Continue reading

ObamaCare, Doctor Shortage to Spur $2 Billion Telehealth Market
The business of treating patients via telehealth in the U.S. will dramatically increase to nearly $2 billion in revenue within five years due to a confluence of events in the health care industry from doctor shortages to provider payment changes under the Affordable Care Act. The trend toward telehealth will be driven by employers, private insurers and the Affordable Care Act, which makes doctors and hospitals more accountable by moving medical care providers away from fee-for-service medicine where they are paid based on volume of services to reimbursement based on the value of care they provide. Continue Reading

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