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In brief: MACs miss standards, health spending stays low


BALTIMORE – Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) failed to meet one-quarter of CMS’s performance standards, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General (OIG).

Implantable device makes gains on CPAP therapy


CLEVELAND – A new device that stimulates a nerve at the back of the tongue to open a person’s airway effectively treats obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), making it a viable alternative to CPAP therapy, researchers say in a study published in the Jan. 9 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine.