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Vital Signs FALL 2013 | VOLUME 60 UCLA Health Selected for Medicare Savings Program In This Issue 2 What’s New at UCLA 3 Flu Vaccine Prevention is the best defense against the flu. 4 Ménière’s Disease Options available to address debilitating inner-ear disorder. 6 Ovarian Cancer Genetic testing urged to assess risk. UCLA Health physicians are participating in a new care-coordination program called the Medicare Shared Savings Plan (MSSP), designed specifically for Medicare Fee-for-Service patients. The MSSP is sponsored by Medicare. This MSSP program is a type of Accountable Care Organization (ACO), which are groups of doctors, hospitals and other healthcare providers who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated, high-quality care to their Medicare Fee-for-Service patients. Coordinated care helps ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, with the goal of avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. To learn more about the program, go to: uclahealth.org/ACO 7 Aortic-Valve Replacement New device makes life-saving procedure available to many who are not good candidates for surgery. 8 Q&A: Revisiting Autism DSM-5 alters diagnostic criteria for autism. 10 Kidney-Transplant Chains It takes just one altruistic donor to set off a chain that can change many lives. 11 Heart Defects in Newborns A simple screening test can save lives. did it again Best in the West and No. 5 in the Nation Once again, UCLA’s hospitals in Westwood and Santa Monica have earned a place on the Honor Roll of U.S.News & World Report’s “Best Hospitals 2013-14.” UCLA Health is ranked No. 5 in the country and No. 1 in both California and the Los Angeles metropolitan area, and is among only 18 hospitals out of 5,000 nationwide named to the Honor Roll. To find a UCLA doctor near you, call us at 1-800-UCLA-MD1 or visit uclahealth.org. 12 Community Calendar Health and wellness for the community. Join MDChat UCLA MDChat Webinars offer the latest information on advances and treatments from expert physicians at UCLA. Our live-streaming webinars give you the opportunity to learn and ask questions. Join the conversation on Twitter: @uclahealth #uclamdchat For more information, to register for an upcoming webinar or to view one previously recorded, go to: uclahealth.org/uclamdchat UCLAHEALTH.ORG 1-800-UCLA-MD1 (1-800-825-2631)