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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
10 Kidney-Transplant Chains
It takes just one altruistic donor
to set off a chain that can change
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
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.
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For more information, to register for an upcoming
webinar or to view one previously recorded, go to: