Americans worried about medical expenses in old age; vaccines may stop bird flu;

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> More than a quarter of Americans say their biggest retirement fear is high medical expenses in old age, according to a new study from Bankrate.com. Article

> Doctors are looking for ways to quantify patient suffering caused by medical care in order to reduce it, the New York Times reported. Article

> Research shows seasonal flu vaccines may help protect against bird flu, according to WebMD. Article

Payer News

> The current open enrollment period will be the last one that starts in the fall and runs into the next year, as well as the last one to experience the current re-enrollment method. Article

> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to implement new specialty payment and delivery models designed to improve oncology care at a lower cost for Medicare beneficiaries. Article

And finally… Here comes the fun police. Article

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