OIG issues fraud alert for diabetics to avoid phone scams; Docs follow trauma protocol regardless of family presence;

> If the healthcare law is overturned, access to care will erode, according to a study published in the May issue of Health Affairs, reported Reuters. Article

> The Office of Inspector General has issued a fraud alert for diabetics to avoid phone scams. Although the schemes vary, the OIG said scammers are pretending to be from the government, a diabetes association or Medicare. Announcement

> Physicians follow trauma protocol regardless of whether the family is in the room, according to a study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting in April. Researchers say the findings should ease concerns that having relatives in the trauma room interferes with the medical team's ability to provide care, American Medical News reported. Article

> The Rural Hospital Access Act bill would extend Medicare provisions, reported AHA News Now. According to the American Hospital Association, rural hospitals depend more on Medicare revenue because of the high number of beneficiaries living in rural areas. News brief

> The American Diabetes Association is emphasizing more patient-centered care in its guidelines for diabetics, according to American Medical News. The new guidelines instruct doctors to focus on patients' individual needs, preferences and tolerances. Article

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