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Briefly Noted September 2015


Fewer than 50% of medical practices are prepared to handle ICD-10, according to a survey by the Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI). But nearly 90% of hospitals and 60% of health plans are good to go. The group wants HHS to further ease the transition from ICD-9 in part by divulging how far along every Medicaid agency in the country is on this effort.

The people who run wellness programs should not ask if a woman is pregnant, argues the National Women’s Law Center. Kaiser Health News reports that the center wants the federal government to ban the question from employee wellness questionnaires, saying that it may encourage discrimination and violates the Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978.

Adolescents with major depression or bipolar disease are also more likely to face early heart disease, according to a scientific statement from the American Heart Association. Pathophysiologic mechanisms (inflammation, oxidative stress) may be to blame as well as known cardiovascular risk factors (high blood pressure, for example). Nine percent of adolescents have major depressive disorder, while 2.6% have bipolar disorder.

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