Diabetes costs soar; Home telemonitoring fails to save money;

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> Patients' out-of-pocket costs of managing diabetes have more than doubled over the past 20 years, Yahoo Health reported. Article

> Docs say patients' distraught family members are their biggest impediment to discussing patients' plans for care, Reuters reported. Article

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> President Barack Obama's 2016 budget, which was formally released Monday, details a number of proposals with implications for healthcare providers--chief among them recently announced initiatives to pursue precision medicine and combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria, but also proposed cuts to Medicare payments. Article

Health Insurance News

> UnitedHealth Group is offering more carrot and less stick in its new wellness program, which can save participants hundreds of dollars on their premiums, according to Forbes. Article

Health IT News

> Home telemonitoring failed to significantly save money over usual care among older adults with multiple chronic conditions, according to a study published in Telemedicine and e-Health. Article

And Finally… A biting winter. Article