'The implications of this are very broad'
In early June, pharmacy benefits manager giant Express Scripts announced that it was dropping coverage of more than 1,000 compound drug ingredients.

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More Research Links Alzheimer's and Depression

Scientists search for ways to help Alzheimer's caregivers combat stress
 
A new study suggests that depression is a risk factor for dementia, and another study found that a common antidepressant can reduce production of plaques found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients.
Meanwhile, new research is examining how to help caregivers for Alzheimer's patients reduce their own stress and depression.
 

By GRETA WEIDERMAN

When Medicine and Technology Intersect

AMA president will discuss how EHRs should center on patients, not technology, at SLMMS-hosted Hippocrates Lecture
True innovation concerning information technology (IT) in the practice of medicine lies in the manner it improves the care and quality of life of patients, emphasized Robert M. Wah, MD, president of the American Medical Association (AMA), who will speak to St. Louis physicians on Thursday, Oct. 16, at the St. Louis Metropolitan Medical Society’s (SLMMS) 12th annual Hippocrates Lecture at Ces & Judy’s Catering in Frontenac.

By LYNNE JETER

Cuts in Compound Prescription Coverage Cause Headaches

'The implications of this are very broad'

In early June, pharmacy benefits manager giant Express Scripts announced that it was dropping coverage of more than 1,000 compound drug ingredients.

By GRETA WEIDERMAN

MEDICAID/MEDICARE FOCUS

The Medicaid expansion haves … and mostly have nots … in the South
Which region of the country has the fewest states that opted to expand Medicaid, the highest rate of uninsured nonelderly adults, leads the nation in chronic conditions such as obesity and diabetes, and finds the majority of its states have poverty levels above the national average? No surprises here … it’s the South.

ONCOLOGY FOCUS

Deadly and defiant, pancreatic cancer was one of the major oncologic threats Congress hoped to address with passage of the “Recalcitrant Cancer Research Act,” which was signed into law at the beginning of 2013.

PHYSICIAN SPOTLIGHT: Henry Nasrallah, MD

When Saint Louis University approached Henry Nasrallah, MD, to lead its department of neurology and psychiatry, the mere name of the department held profound attraction for him.
 
“I believe all psychiatric disorders are brain disorders that have been artificially separated from neurology over the past 60 years,” Nasrallah said. “I strongly believe it’s time to bring them back together.”
 

By LUCY SCHULTZE

Recent Healthcare Changes Shift Physician Responsibilities

A staggering 90 percent of doctors believe that the public has not been adequately educated about how marketplace health plans will function under the Affordable Care Act according to a survey by physician-staffing firm LocumTenens.com. This confusion is understandable, as there have been multiple changes and delays in implementation since the ACA was signed into law by President Obama back in 2010. The true impact of the ACA on medical practices remains to be seen as 15 of the 16 key provisions only just went into effect earlier this year.
 

By: PAUL LARSON, CFP, CLU

Creating the Perfect Medical Mortgage

Unfortunately, today very few commercial banks or mortgage banks are willing to create loan programs for individual markets or individual industries. This can be attributed to a lack of motivation, or the skill sets necessary to analyze loan risk for specific industries – such as the medical industry.
 
So, what should be the motivation for lenders to target markets like St. Louis and industries such as medical? Common sense would be a good start.
 

By JOSEPH BAYER, SR.

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