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A new study shows that exposing mice to cold temperatures increases their body’s production of calorie-burning "brown fat" (Molecular Cell, published online Jan. 8, 2015). You have two types of fat in your body:
* white fat that your body stores when you eat too much or exercise too little, and
* brown fat cells, little furnaces that burn white fat for heat and energy.
Excess white fat increases your risk for heart attacks, cancers and premature death. However, brown fat is good for you. By burning extra calories, it helps you to lose weight, get rid of excess fat in your body, and lower high blood sugar levels to help treat and prevent diabetes. Unfortunately, the percentage of brown fat in your body is very small. If you are overweight, the percentage is even lower.
New Requirements for Prescribers of Medicare Part D Drugs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized CMS-4159-F, “Medicare Program; Contract Year 2015 Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Programs” on May 23, 2014. This rule requires physicians and, when applicable, other eligible professionals who write prescriptions for Part D drugs to:
The final regulation stated that the effective date for this requirement would be June 1, 2015. However, CMS is announcing that it will delay enforcement until December 1, 2015 of the requirements in 42 CFR § 423.120(c)(6).
You have been identified as a physician or eligible professional who writes prescriptions for Part D drugs but is not currently enrolled in Medicare in an approved status or does not have a valid opt-out affidavit on file. You must submit a Medicare enrollment application or opt-out affidavit by June 1, 2015, or earlier, to ensure sufficient processing times and avoid your patients’ prescription drug claims from being denied by their Part D plans beginning December 1, 2015.