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Morning Read: Scientists see potential for Type 1 diabetes breakthrough, CMS awards SafeGuard Services $300M to prevent Medicare fraud

Joslin Diabetes Center scientists have identified a way to predict and possibly prevent complications from Type 1 diabetes, CMS gives SafeGuard Services $300 million for Medicare fraud prevention.

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Joslin Diabetes Center scientists believe they are within reach of a breakthrough in identifying who is more likely to develop complications from Type 1 diabetes.  — Boston Business Journal

The CMS has awarded SafeGuard Services, a subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard Enterprise Services, a contract worth up to $300 million to help prevent and identify Medicare fraud.

The contract enlists the company as a Zone Program Integrity Contractor. Those contracts were established under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 requiring the CMS to implement measures for program integrity.

Modern Healthcare

LIFE SCIENCES

Chiltern, a leading global contract research organization (CRO), announced it has signed a purchase agreement to acquire Theorem Clinical Research, another leading global CRO.

“Chiltern and Theorem have carved out complementary niches, even across key geographies,” said Dr. John Potthoff, Theorem president and CEO. “In key areas, our capabilities will dovetail into current Chiltern operations — this is a mutually beneficial deal.”

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The marketer of the Lap-Band, the most successful medical device marketed in the U.S. to aid weight loss, has gained an FDA approval for what it hopes will lead the next wave of obesity devices–the Orbera Intragastric Balloon.

Fierce Medical Devices

PAYERS-PROVIDERS

Dual chemotherapy treatments could be the most effective for women with ovarian cancer, but sadly not everyone who could benefit is actually being offered the treatment.

The treatment, geared specifically at women with advanced cases of ovarian cancer, involves giving patients one dose of chemo through an IV, followed immediately by a dose given directly into the abdomen. It’s increased survival rates by 10 percent.  Yet, a new study looked at six of the largest academic medical centers in the country and found that only 41 percent of women eligible for this treatment are getting it.

The James, Ohio State University

TECH

Telemedicine implementation could reach up to $34 billion by 2020.

mHealth Intelligence

POLITICS

A New Jersey Assembly member has introduced a bill that would reduce the amount providers can charge patients for paper and digital copies of their health records. Health IT Analytics

New federal data reveals that the U.S. infant mortality rate, with the most leading cause of death in 2013 being congenital malformations, deformations and chromosomal abnormalities, has now dropped very slightly. Time

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So most of us probably won’t put in the time and energy to do this, but it’s very cool. Using a plastic CD cover, a glass cutter, graph paper, tape and a pen, you can turn your smartphone into your very own hologram projector.