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Time for Policymakers to Choose: 'Prompt Pay' Mandate or Postpone AMP Reimbursement Cuts

Accelerated Payment Cycle Would Create a 'Stampede' of Other Medicare Providers Demanding the Same Treatment Next Year WASHINGTON, June 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As policymakers consider what to include in the final Medicare package, they face the decision of either supporting costly Medi...

Camp Promise Rallies To Provide Massachusetts Children With Alternative To MDA Canceled Summer Camp

Camp Promise to Provide Second Chance at Summer Recreation for Children with Muscular Dystrophy Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 25, 2009 -- In immediate response to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's decision to cancel the remainder of its annual summer camp program due to th...

Vaxine Wins Line Honours With World's First Human Swine Flu Vaccine

...y Prof. David Gordon at Flinders Medical Centre, Adelaide, Australia and are targeting 300 healthy subjects aged 18-70 years. Vaxine last week won the amp Innovation Award of the 2009 Telstra Business Awards. Vaxine's preclinical vaccine research is supported by grants from the US National Institute of H...

NACDS Urges Clarifications, Enhancements in Two Pharmacy Reimbursement Provisions in House Healthcare Reform Legislation

...gislation also proposes using the weighted average amp rather than the lowest amp to set federal upper limits (FULs), a much needed ...e strongly urge improvements in two key areas: the amp definition, and the...

How to De-Stress a Recession-Riddled Life

...who've been laid off or fear losing their jobs to sit around and complain. But that only adds to the stress and drama, she said. "Drama is when we amp up anger, anxiety or fear," she said. So if you find yourself in the midst of a woe-is-me conversation, she said, don't add to it by complaining more....

Another Genetic Link to Testicular Cancer Is Found

...ted in a key biochemical pathway in testicular germ-cell cancer, the cyclic amp pathway, which regulates how cells respond to such signals as hormones. Drugs that affect the amp pathway are widely available and, in theory, may help slow progression of t...

Second gene linked to familial testicular cancer

..." The key pathway in this disease is the cyclic amp pathway, which regulates how cells respond to such...signals as hormones. Drugs that affect the cyclic amp pathway are widely available, and, in theory, coul...lace to look is among other proteins in the cyclic amp pathway. "This research is a perfect example of...

Association for Molecular Pathology comments to the SACGHS

... genetic and genomic tests, and gene patents. amp first summarized the organization's recent extensi...g Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research: amp encourages the development of a comprehensive infr...eholders with molecular diagnostics experience. amp urges that funding for large, carefully designed c...

AMP urges inclusion of molecular diagnostic tests in comparative effectiveness research

... Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) in which amp sets forth its recommendations for priority areas ...ate to coverage and reimbursement decisions" wrote amp President Jan A. Nowak, MD, Ph.D. "Diagnostic te...individual patients," wrote Dr. Nowak. "Therefore, amp encourages the Coordinating Council to invest in t...

New biomarker may predict leukemia aggressiveness

...iesterases, one of the phosphodiesterases, PDE7B, was 10 times higher in CLL patients than in healthy individuals. PDE7B controls the levels of cyclic amp (cAMP), a molecule that can promote programmed cell death, a process that is defective in CLL. Whereas most cancers have out-of-control cell growth, C...

NeuroFocus Launches NGame; New Suite of Neuromarketing Products and Services for the Videogame Industry Elite

... to: shortcut investment risks shrink margins of error reduce revision times accelerate time-to-market amp player enjoyment create franchises NeuroFocus researched the videogame industry for several years and conducted extensive te...

Impac Software Introduces PowerPath(R) Version 9.3 AT USCAP

...erence systems. Advanced Materials Processing (AMP) version 3 The amp materials tracking solution drives the workflow of a histology lab by track...bi-directional and keyed from the bar coded slides generated by PowerPath's amp module. Upon completion of the slide imaging event, slide thumbnails and re...

UCSD researchers identify potential new drug target for chronic leukemia

...s 10 times higher in CLL patients than in normal individuals. The specific type of enzyme, phosphodiesterase 7B (PDE7B), controls the levels of cyclic amp (cAMP), a molecule that can promote programmed cell death, a process that is defective in CLL. The team reports its findings this week in the Proceed...

Pathwork Tissue of Origin Test Shows Potential to Aid in the Diagnosis of Cancer of Unknown Primary

... Data Presented at amp Indicates Potential New Application of Tissue of O...to help determine the tumor's origin. Additional amp Presentations Two additional research studies on...e Pathwork Tissue of Origin Test were presented at amp by Catherine Dumur, Ph.D., Director of Molecular M...

Pill Could Boost Sports Performance

...similar to the one seen in the earlier, genetically engineered mice. Adding another compound, AICAR, which affects the activity of an enzyme called amp kinase (AMPK) not only replenished energy in the cells, but also helped PPAR-delta activate its genetic targets. The findings, released on the eve ...

French Agency Receives 10 Million Dollar Grant From the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to Support the Establishment of National Vaccine Advisory Committees in Africa and Asia

...pted to their needs and to introduce new vaccines. amp will develop this project in partnership with the ...n be critical. The seven-year grant allocated to amp to "support the establishment of national processe...ent of National Vaccine Advisory Committees. The amp will oversee the entire grant and have main respon...

PCMA Statement on Passage of Medicare Bill: E-Prescribing Requirement a Major Victory for Seniors

...tion technology. "We are also pleased that both the effective date of the amp payment cut as well as the date for publication of amp data have been delayed until September 2009. "However, PCMA continues to ...

NACDS Praises House Legislation to Delay Medicaid Cuts, Aid Pharmacies in Treating Patients

...illions in Medicaid payment cuts to retail pharmacies – the so-called amp cuts – your bill will prevent pharmacies from facing the untenable si...ients,” the letter stated. “If allowed to go forward, these amp cuts could result in the closure of 11,000 pharmacies, the loss of 300,000 ...

Cardiologist Praises Latest Resveratrol/Red Wine Research

...esveratrol appears to be at the genetic chromosome (chromatin) level. Other mechanisms of action of low-dose resveratrol may be through stimulation of amp kinase and nitric oxide synthase activity. Resveratrol and Dietary Supplements for Anti-Aging "This study confirms that dietary resveratrol can im...

Metformin increases pathologic complete response rates in breast cancer patients with diabetes

... "Metformin has a novel mechanism of action. There have been a number of papers published recently that describe its action through activation of the amp kinase pathway, which is a cellular energy sensor of the cells and potentially important pathway for the development of cancer," said Jiralerspong. ...

NCPA Statement in Response to President Bush's FY 2009 Budget Proposal

...e their communities and patients. The Government Accountability Office has already calculated that a FUL reimbursement set at a maximum 250 percent of amp will lead to reimbursements falling 36 percent below acquisition costs. Using a reduced 150 percent figure will likely cause reimbursement to fall mor...

Protein in human hair shows promise for regenerating nerves

...ss it. By using keratin to activate these cells, were trying to tap into the natural healing cascade, said Van Dyke. We believe that keratin helps amp up Schwann cell activity and give the nerve regeneration process a head start. The laboratory studies showed that keratin activated Schwann cells a...

Kenneth A. Sylvia Named as New Publisher of Current Psychiatry

...Year Award now known as the Nexus Award. He also has served as president of amp (now the Association of Medical Media) in 1999 and on the amp board from 1994 to 2002. Current Psychiatry, founded in 2002, has quickly...

Study Indicates Strong Consumer Preference to Fix Medicare Part D and Medicaid Flaws Threatening Access to Prescription Drugs

...o drive generic drug utilization that increase taxpayer savings. While S.1951, the Fair Medicaid Drug Payment Act of 2007, is focused on improving the amp formula criteria for determining the averages and raises the maximum amount of potential reimbursement. "We have reached critical mass in our effo...

Enstar Group Limited Announces Acquisition

...today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Enstar Australia Holdings Pty Limited, had entered into a definitive agreement for the purchase from amp Limited ("AMP") of AMP's Australian-based closed reinsurance and general insurance operations, for a purchase price of AUS$585 million (approximately ...

Kentucky Pharmacists Urge Senator McConnell to Put Patients First

...mmunity pharmacies and unfairly lowers the overall amp formula. -- Requiring Medicaid payment to be c...ing Medicaid reimbursement from 250 percent of the amp to 300 percent in order to ensure pharmacies are n...ngress doesn't act to change or at least delay the amp rule. "After five years of working to build up my ...

Kentucky Pharmacists Event Urging Senate Minority Leader McConnell to Fix Flawed Medicaid Drug Reimbursement Rule

...unavailable to community pharmacies and unfairly lower than the overall amp formula -- Requiring Medicaid payment be calculated using the weighted ave...; increases the maximum allowable reimbursement from 250 percent of the amp to 300 percent -- Encouraging more inexpensive generic drug usage by requi...

Xceed Molecular Launches Ziplex(R) Automated Gene-Expression System at the Association for Molecular Pathology, Booth 84/85

...hip consumable that contains assay-specific content can cost as little as $120 USD per TipChip. (The price will vary based on content.) As part of the amp launch, Xceed is offering special promotional pricing for early adopters. Technical Topics Workshop Xceed is also sponsoring a Technical Topics Work...

Pharmacists Press Conference Urging Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to Fix Flawed Medicaid Drug Reimbursement Rule

...unavailable to community pharmacies and unfairly lower the overall amp formula; requires Medicaid payment be calculated using the weighte...reases the maximum allowable reimbursement from 250 percent of the amp to 300 percent; and encourages more inexpensive generic drug usage...

Increasing genetic diversity of HIV in the US

... on accurate measurement of viral levels. However, if variant subtypes are present and undetected, drug therapy could be ineffective. During the amp meeting, a special symposium will focus on the changing epidemiology of HIV and how it influences the accuracy of HIV diagnostic tests. Speakers will...

PCMA Statement on New Average Manufacturer Price (AMP) Legislation

...emove PBM retail business rebates and discounts from inclusion in the final amp rule. However, we remain concerned that mail-service and specialty pharmacy...tion is an inaccurate reflection of the retail class of trade price. Fixing amp is important so that pharmacists can receive adequate reimbursements in Med...

PCMA Statement on the Independent Drugstore Lobby Agenda

...ready hire PSAOs to collectively bargain on their behalf for better terms with public and private payers. "On another note, we agree that the current amp (Average Manufacturer Price) calculation is unfair, inaccurate and should be changed." PCMA is the national association representing America's pharma...

UCSD study reveals the regulatory mechanism of key enzyme

...ynamic regulatory subunit of PKA. PKA belongs to a large superfamily of proteins whose activity is regulated by an important small molecule, cyclic amp (cAMP), in the cell. Protein kinases transmit chemical signals within the cell to regulate a host of functions, such as cell growth or metabolism. Ce...

UCSD study reveals the regulatory mechanism of key enzyme

...ynamic regulatory subunit of PKA. PKA belongs to a large superfamily of proteins whose activity is regulated by an important small molecule, cyclic amp (cAMP), in the cell. Protein kinases transmit chemical signals within the cell to regulate a host of functions, such as cell growth or metabolism. Ce...

Natural Antibiotics Yield Secrets to Atom-level Imaging Technique

...mbs," Ramamoorthy said. "We'd like to exploit their properties to design super-smart bombs, but before we can do that, we need to understand how these amp smart bombs interact with membranes to destroy bacteria. We need to know how they're shaped before, during and after the process of attaching to bacte...

Sticky Proteins Provide New Insight Into Drug Action

... less electrically excitable and decreasing the heart rate. However, it has been known for some time that while epinephrine does increase cyclic amp in heart cells, it does not activate ion channels. While this situation makes sense because the cell isn’t asked to respond in two completely opposite...

Genetic Link to Adrenal Tumor Revealed

...ese function as 'second messengers,' often stimulating the cell to begin an activity. In the case of adrenal cells, cyclic nucleotides, such as cyclic amp and cyclic GMP, may stimulate cell growth or other activities. Once the activity has ended, phosphodiesterases degrade the cyclic nucleotides, thereby...

'Oncomodulin'- Path To Nerve Regeneration

...xons and release an unidentified protein which causes nerve regeneration. But for oncomdulin to work it requires an agent which should increase cyclic amp which initiates various cellular reactions and helps make the oncomodulin receptor available on the cell surface. There is also a two pronged ap...

A Protein May Help In Weight Loss Treatment

...lth Research, and the Canadian Diabetes Association are funding the research. They believe that the protein activates an enzyme, skeletal muscle amp kinase, which increases the ability of the body to metabolise fat and sugar. This study they hope may lead to new strategies to reduce the risk of met...

Researchers Discover New Clues To Identify Tooth Decay

...t bacteria, targeting and killing invading microbes. Results found that children with no tooth decay had higher levels of one particular type of amp (alpha-defensin) than children with tooth decay. Therefore, low levels of alpha defensin might be a biological factor that contributes to making some ...
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