Men Less Likely to Get Osteoporosis Screenings
A new study has revealed that men are less likely than women to undergo screenings for osteoporosis, leaving millions of American men at-risk and untested. Of the more than 10 million Americans who have osteoporosis, up to 2 million of those are men. Moreover, men make up 8 to 13 million of the 43 million Americans who have low bone density, which often is a precursor to osteoporosis. During the study, most women participants said they would accept a free screening. Yet, despite the chilling statistics, only 25% of men agreed—even though men with this disease usually suffer more severe health consequences (including higher mortality rates) than women afflicted with the same condition. To find out more about this study—and learn why everyone needs to be screened for osteoporosis—go here.
AMA Official Supports Bill to Block ICD-10 Implementation
The American Medical Association (AMA) recently announced its support of HR 2126, a bill that would prohibit the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from proceeding with the October 1, 2015, transition to ICD-10. While medical professionals have had ample tools and time to prep for the transition, the AMA's executive vice president and CEO James Madara strongly supports the bill, stating that “timing of the ICD-10 transition could not be worse.” Madara says the healthcare industry should wait for ICD-11 in order to “get it done properly." Read more about this new bill and how it could impact the ICD-10 switch here.