Continuity of care may reduce cancer diagnosis delays; 'Tom Hanks effect' could increase diabetes awareness;

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> Continuity of care and a long-term patient-general practitioner relationship could decrease delays in cancer diagnoses, according to a study from the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. Study (subscription required)

> SSM Health Care has eliminated 206 positions in St. Louis, where it is the fifth largest employer, the St. Louis Business Journal reports. Article

> Academy Award-winner Tom Hanks' announcement that he has type 2 diabetes may lead to heightened awareness that the disease does not only affect people who are significantly overweight or unhealthy, similar to the "Angelina Jolie effect" resulting from the actress undergoing a preventive mastectomy, MedScape reports. Article

Health Payer News

> Doctors are pushing back against UnitedHealth for dropping about 19 percent of doctors from its Medicare Advantage network in Connecticut. Article

> The reform law is driving insurers to implement a more consumer-focused approach in their marketing and outreach campaigns, says a senior marketing executive for Aetna. Article

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