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CMS Issues Annual Report On National Health Spending

Nominal health spending in the United States grew 4.4 percent in 2008, to $2.3 trillion or $7, 681 per person. This was the slowest rate of growth since the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services started officially tracking expenditures in 1960. Despite slower growth, however, health care spending continued to outpace overall nominal economic growth, which grew by 2.6 percent in 2008 as measured by the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The findings are included in a report by CMS' Office of the Actuary, released today in the health policy journal Health Affairs. "This report contains some welcome news and yet another warning sign, " said Jonathan Blum, director of CMS' Center for Medicare Management.

What is Urinary Tract Infection?

Urinary tract infection is a general term for an infection by bacteria, usually Escherichia coli. It affects the whole urinary tract which consist of the urethra (responsible for clearing urine), bladder (stores the urine), ureter (transport urine from kidney to the bladder) and lastly the kidneys. Medical researches have shown that women have a higher chance of getting UTI as compared to men, due to their shorter urethra. Although urine is a waste product produced by our body, it does not contain any bacteria. Although UTI causes discomfort, they can be easily treated with doctor's antibiotics prescription or with urinary tract infection home remedies.

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Simple Tips to Help Avoid Falls

Falls are a major cause of serious injury for seniors. Over one third of the US population over 65 years of age will suffer a fall. These types of accidents are the leading cause of emergency room visits among seniors. Unfortunately these injuries also result in long term recoveries, therapy or death. Happily there are many ways to lower the chances of a major fall, most of which are fairly simple and can be done in the comfort of the home with minimal expense. Leg Strengthening Regularly scheduled and preformed exercises are a very effective way of reducing the probability of falls. Try for 20 to 30 minutes of leg strengthening exercises 2 or 3 times weekly.

CMS And ONC Issue Regulations Proposing A Definition Of Meaningful Use And Setting Standards For Electronic Health Record

The Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) encourage public comment on two regulations issued today that lay a foundation for improving quality, efficiency and safety through meaningful use of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology. The regulations will help implement the EHR incentive programs enacted under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). A proposed rule issued by CMS outlines proposed provisions governing the EHR incentive programs, including defining the central concept of "meaningful use" of EHR technology.

Natural Hemorrhoid Relief - Is Witch Hazel the Secret to Eliminating Hemorrhoids? I Say Yes!

Who else would like to cure their hemorrhoids from the comfort of their own home without having to spend a ton of money? Whether you know it or not, there is a revolution going on in the health world. Instead of relying on doctor prescribed medications, masses of people are turning to natural treatments to get rid of whatever ails them. Whether it's depression, earaches, or even hemorrhoids, there is a natural remedy that can be used just as effectively as any prescription drug. What Is Witch Hazel? Witch Hazel is a natural substance that comes from the shrub of the same name. It is extracted from the bark of the shrub and has been used for hundreds of years to help soothe skin conditions like sores and swelling.

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New Study Shows That American Public Is Willing To Accept Major Reforms In Medicare Program

Although Americans see Medicare as a key part of the country's social contract and want to preserve it in some recognizable form, they are willing to consider significant changes in the program to hold down its costs as the U.S. population ages. In day-long "Choice-Dialogues" in which Americans from all walks of life considered the pros and cons of a range of choices for reforming Medicare, common ground was found in several key areas: -- Allow Medicare to negotiate prices for prescription drugs (94 percent support). -- Encourage hospice care instead of heroic end-of-life measures (85 percent support). -- Only cover treatments that are scientifically proven to be effective (68 percent support).

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