• Underrepresentation of Pediatric Operations in the Relative Value Unit Updating Process

    9 days ago - By Journal of Pediatric Surgery

    Background: The Relative Value Unit system was designed and implemented by Medicare to standardize physician payments for a given service. Because Medicare primarily cares for older adults, RVU assignments and updates may not consider pediatric-specific procedures, despite the fact that private insurers and Medicaid often base their payments on these RVU valuations.Methods: The CPT codes of index pediatric operations were retrieved from the ACGME. We categorized these procedures into "Peds-specific" versus those that could be performed in both children and adults, or "Non-specific" .
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  • Meeting the challenge of caring for older adults living with diabetes

    9 days ago - By Healio

    In this issue, Susan Weiner, MS, RDN, CDN, CDCES, FADCES, talks with Kathy W. Warwick, RD, CDCES, about special considerations when working with older adults with diabetes.
    Warwick: Estimates are that 1 in 5 Americans will be older than 65 years by the year 2030, and diabetes currently affects more than 25% of those in this age group. Prediabetes is also present in about half of those over age 65 and is likely to progress to type 2 diabetes if no lifestyle changes are made. In addition, a substantial number of those diagnosed with type 1 diabetes early in life are surviving longer. The sheer
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