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Daily Rounds: ADHD Nears 10%; Being A ‘Best Doc'; Medicaid Managed Care; WHO on BPA; FSA’s Get Less Flexible

Medical News: ADHD Rates Are Increasing – in Pediatrics, ADHD/ADD from MedPage Today “The percentage of children and teens ages 4 to 17 with a parent-reported ADHD diagnosis increased from 7.8% in 2003 to 9.5% in 2007, researchers from the agency’s National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities and from the National Center for Health Statistics reported in the Nov. 12 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.” (medpagetoday.com)

Best Doc in a magazine, the inside story” It’s hard to judge doctors. Even good doctors get sued, and have medical board complaints against them. I have a lot of patients who love me. And some who hate me and think I’m incompetent. You can’t predict the vagaries of human chemistry.” (Kevin, M.D.)

Medicaid managed care programs grow; so do issues – USATODAY.com “Medicaid health plans without exception are seeing reform as a tremendous business opportunity, and they are preparing for the expansion as a chance to grow and expand,” says Vernon Smith, a principal at consulting firm Health Management Associates. But the coming boom is sparking debate about whether Medicaid managed care is best for patients. In traditional fee-for-service Medicaid, enrollees can go to any doctor willing to participate, although finding a specialist can be a challenge in some areas. In managed care, enrollees must see providers in their plans’ networks.” (USA Today)

bisphenol A restrictions premature, said WHO – latimes.com “An expert panel convened last week by the World Health Organization recommended that public health officials hold off on regulations limiting or banning the use of bisphenol A.” (Los Angeles Times)

Flexible Spending Accounts Get Less Flexible : NPR“If you’re one of the 20 million or so Americans with a flexible spending account for health care, get ready for some changes. Paul Sakuma/AP Tylenol drugs on display at Costco in Mountain View, Calif. To get reimbursed for these over-the-counter drugs by flexible spending accounts, consumers will need a prescription. Starting Jan. 1, you’ll no longer be able to set aside pretax dollars in that account to use for medicines bought without a doctor’s prescription.” (npr.org)