Third Annual SINAInnovations Conference “Engineering and Medicine”

This year’s program will feature a number of exciting speakers, exhibitors, and demonstrations exploring the expanding interface between engineering and medicine—and how it is transforming all aspects of health care.

Topics include: breakthroughs in material science, nanotechnology, and imaging; genomics and personalized medicine; transformative technologies, including apps, software, and mobile technologies; and engineering to improve global health.

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Dubin Breast Center Hosts Luncheon and Symposium

More than 150 guests attended the Third Annual Fact vs. Fiction Luncheon and Symposium hosted by the Dubin Breast Center of The Tisch Cancer Institute, on Monday, September 29, at 320 Park, a New York City event space. The event raised more than $200,000 to support the Center, a state-of-the-art facility within the Mount Sinai Health System that has registered more than 75,000 patient visits since it opened in 2011.

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Renowned Robotic Surgeon Joins Mount Sinai

Ketan K. Badani, MD, a renowned expert in robotic surgery for kidney and prostate cancer, has joined the Mount Sinai Health System as Vice Chairman of Urology and Robotic Operations, and Director of the Comprehensive Kidney Cancer Program.

Having completed more than 4,000 robotic kidney and prostate surgeries during his career, Dr. Badani, Professor of Urology at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, is considered one of the most experienced specialists in the field. He has authored more than 150 peer-reviewed publications and co-wrote the book Robotic Prostatectomy for Prostate Cancer–Is It for You?

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Don’t Get Tricked By Too Many Treats!

Not only is Halloween candy lining drugstore aisles, but it seems to have taken residence at the workplace (those pesky candy dishes!), supermarket shelves and even the doctor’s office. The holiday of ghouls and goblins not only brings plenty of tricks and scary costumes, but it signifies the start to a holiday season filled with treats. Healthy habits you’ve worked so hard to instill can fall by the wayside as Halloween candy transitions to pecan pie, Christmas cookies and fruitcakes. The good news is that we’re here to help you navigate the holidays and help you maintain a healthy balance. First up: Halloween!

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Will Your Employer Switch to A “Private Exchange”?

We are getting familiar with “public exchanges” under Obamacare.

The Wall Street Journal article noted “Most U.S. employers will continue to sponsor health benefits for their employees over the next few years, but the way that benefits are provided may begin to shift for many workers, according to a report.”

“These private exchanges, modeled around the Affordable Care Act’s state exchanges, allow employees to ‘shop around’ for different plans and insurance companies, depending on how much their employer is willing to subsidize healthcare…”

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Can Corporations Shift Workers with High Medical Costs … to Online Insurance Exchanges?

The Kaiser Health News article noted “…Employers are inquiring about it and brokers and consultants are advocating for it.”

“Health spending is driven largely by patients with chronic illness such as diabetes or who undergo expensive procedures such as organ transplants. Since most big corporations are self-insured, shifting even one high-cost member out of the company plan could save the employer hundreds of thousands of dollars a year — while increasing the cost of claims absorbed by the marketplace policy by a similar amount.”

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The Cancer Related Benefits of Brussel Sprouts (Recipe Included!)

Brussel sprouts have a history of under appreciation, being boiled or steamed to an olive colored mush and strongly eliciting smells of sulfur. Over the past few years, however, they’ve taken a turn in the eyes of the public and have become a favorite of foodies, bloggers, and some of the best restaurants in NYC. This is good news for the health minded and flavor-seeking alike!

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Beware of Consumer Directed Health Plans!

The Health Affairs article reported on Consumer Directed Health Plans, noting:“Consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), which feature a high deductible and a personal health savings account, can reduce medical spending by employers and consumers.”

“Patients enrolled in CDHPs had fewer episodes of care over the same time period than patients enrolled in traditional plans. Furthermore, these patients were found to have fewer visits to specialists, fewer hospitalizations, and lower use of brand-name drugs — all of which lowered their costs.”

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“Fixed Indemnity Plans” – Not so Fast

The Wall Street Journal article noted “The federal government … announced … that it would require people who wanted to buy a particular type of insurance called ‘fixed indemnity plans’ to demonstrate first that they also had traditional health-insurance coverage.”

“Fixed indemnity plans typically pay a limited cash benefit, with no deductible, to people who are hospitalized or encounter other medical costs. But the federal government said it was concerned that people might confuse those plans with standard health-insurance plans, and that the fixed indemnity plans alone couldn’t be considered to be coverage under the law’s requirement for most people to have insurance or pay a penalty.”

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