Rural health clinics can bill Medicare for screening pelvic exams; Low obesity risk can still lead to health issues in young people;

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> Rural health clinics can now bill Medicare for screening pelvic exams as a stand-alone visit when the patient had no other preventive services from the clinic on the same day, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced. Statement

> Even young adults who scored only slightly higher in obesity risk assessments had significantly worse eating habits than those who scored at lower risk, researchers said at the American Association of Diabetes Educators annual meeting, MedPage Today reported. Article

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> Spending on healthcare services in the United States grew at a 4.8 percent annual pace in June, about the same as May, but significantly higher than at the same periods in 2013 and 2012, according to data from the Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending. Article

> Many not-for-profit clinics now reassess their business strategies as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid, Kaiser Health News reported. Article

> Hospital mergers and acquisitions are on the rise in New York state and vicinity, causing concern that prices for services could soon increase as well, the Wall Street Journal reported. Article

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