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ICYMI: women in medicine, meal plans paid by insurance, vaccination education

Three top stories from around the web.

There’s a lot happening in medicine and health care. Catch up on some of the top stories you might have missed. Interested in more news about the osteopathic profession? Check out our Newsbriefs.

1. More women than ever attending med school

According to numbers from the Association of American Medical Colleges, 50.7% of students who enrolled in medical school in 2017 were women. Female enrollees increased 3.2% while male matriculants decreased slightly by 0.3%. The increased rate in women choosing a career in medicine may point to an environment that is more inclusive than ever before.

Find out what a health care landscape with more female physicians could mean for medicine. —Medical Economics

2. This meal plan is paid for by medical insurance

Earlier this year, PlateJoy launched a nutrition plan intended to prevent diabetes that is covered by five Blue Cross Blue Shield health insurance plans as well as employers Kroger, Dignity Health and Express Scripts. Participants receive customized recipes for their dietary needs, lifestyle goals, available meal cook time and appliances. Those who qualify for insurance coverage don’t pay anything out of pocket for the plans.

Paying for prevention instead of treatment can help both patients and insurance companies save money, the article notes. —Quartz

3. People can’t be educated into vaccinations, but behavioral nudges help, study finds

A study found that the using indirect behavioral nudges were more effective than education campaigns or directly trying to convince people to get vaccines.

To increase vaccination rates, health officials and physicians should instead focus on automatically scheduled vaccination appointments, phone and text reminders from doctor’s offices and financial incentives from employers. Vaccine rates went up when physicians stuck to short assertive statements that normalized the process of getting them.

Find out more about what motivates patients to get vaccinated. —Washington Post

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