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Centene reports strong financial results for Q2 2015

Centene reports strong financial results for Q2 2015

Centene Corporation today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The following discussions, with the exception of cash flow information, are in the context of continuing operations. [More]

Healthfirst notifies data privacy incident

Healthfirst, 100 Church Street, New York, New York 10007, is notifying approximately 5300 affected members and past members that their personal information may have been compromised in the course of a criminal fraud scheme perpetrated against Healthfirst. Social Security numbers and credit card information were not affected. [More]
Availability of primary care appointments improves for people with Medicaid in Michigan

Availability of primary care appointments improves for people with Medicaid in Michigan

Getting access to health insurance, and getting access to a doctor, are two very different things. But a new University of Michigan study suggests that the two have gone hand-in-hand in the state of Michigan, despite a rapid influx of hundreds of thousands of newly insured people under the state's expansion of Medicaid. [More]
State healthcare regulations linked to late-stage cancer diagnoses

State healthcare regulations linked to late-stage cancer diagnoses

States' regulations of health insurance and practitioners significantly influence when patients receive colorectal or breast cancer diagnoses, especially among people younger than the Medicare-eligible age of 65, according to a new study by researchers at Georgia State University's School of Public Health and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. [More]

Limelight Health secures $3 million in Series A funding from MassMutual Ventures

Limelight Health, provider of mobile enterprise technology for the health insurance industry, announced today it has received $3 million in Series A funding from MassMutual Ventures, the corporate venture capital arm of Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, and AXA Strategic Ventures. [More]
NAM report calls for strengthening psychosocial interventions for mental health, substance use disorders

NAM report calls for strengthening psychosocial interventions for mental health, substance use disorders

A plan to ensure that evidence-based psychosocial interventions are routinely used in clinical practice and made a part of clinical training for mental health professionals was released today by the National Academy of Medicine. [More]
U-M Medical School researchers compare reality and rhetoric of two health plans

U-M Medical School researchers compare reality and rhetoric of two health plans

Few people today would dare call President Richard Nixon a radical liberal. But 44 years ago, he proposed a health plan that went far beyond what today's Affordable Care Act includes. After the first plan failed, he did it again three years later. [More]
Out-of-pocket expenses for oral contraceptive pills, IUD decrease since the ACA took effect: Study

Out-of-pocket expenses for oral contraceptive pills, IUD decrease since the ACA took effect: Study

Average out-of-pocket spending for oral contraceptive pills and the intrauterine device (IUD), the two most common forms of contraception for women, has decreased significantly since the Affordable Care Act (ACA) took effect. [More]
Centene to acquire Health Net shares for approximately $6.8 billion

Centene to acquire Health Net shares for approximately $6.8 billion

Centene Corporation and Health Net, Inc. announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Centene will acquire all of the shares of Health Net in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $6.8 billion, including the assumption of approximately $500 million of debt. [More]
Rice University study reveals that gays, lesbians and heterosexuals have better health than bisexuals

Rice University study reveals that gays, lesbians and heterosexuals have better health than bisexuals

Bisexual males and females report poorer health than gays, lesbians and heterosexuals, according to a new study from sociologists at Rice University. [More]

Flex reveals employers' current usage and future impact of ACA

Today, Flexible Benefit Service Corporation, a leading benefits administrator publicly released its first FSA, HSA & HRA Report: Trends & Predictions. The report, which was based on a nationwide survey on these Consumer-Driven Accounts, reveals employers' current usage and future impacts as the Affordable Care Act continues to be implemented and market conditions change. [More]

Study identifies effective market research approaches for understanding payer decision-making

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling this week in support of the Affordable Care Act was good news for the health insurance industry. If the court had ruled against the government, insurers were at risk of losing millions of customers. [More]
ASTRO appreciates Supreme Court's decision to uphold consumer tax credits under the ACA

ASTRO appreciates Supreme Court's decision to uphold consumer tax credits under the ACA

The American Society for Radiation Oncology appreciates yesterday's ruling by the United States Supreme Court affirming the Affordable Care Act in its decision on King v. Burwell. [More]
ProfNet network experts available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area

ProfNet network experts available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area

Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it's easy and free! [More]
AMGA appreciates Supreme Court's decision on King v. Burwell case

AMGA appreciates Supreme Court's decision on King v. Burwell case

Today, in a 6-3 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Government's ability to offer health insurance premiums on the Federal health insurance marketplace. [More]
ACEP: Supreme Court verdict may not stem the rising tide of visits to emergency departments

ACEP: Supreme Court verdict may not stem the rising tide of visits to emergency departments

The decision today by the Supreme Court will prevent millions of people from losing their health insurance, but does not stem the rising tide of visits to the nation's emergency departments or solve other problems emerging in the post-Affordable Care Act health care system, according to a statement from Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). [More]

Tissue Regenix secures Medicare approval for DermaPure reimbursement

Tissue Regenix Group plc, the regenerative medical devices company, today announces it has secured approval from the Noridian Healthcare Solutions and Palmetto GBA Medicare administrators for DermaPure reimbursement. [More]
Chronic disease, mental health issues affect low-income African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics

Chronic disease, mental health issues affect low-income African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics

Chronic disease and mental health issues disproportionately affect low-income African-Americans, Latinos and Hispanics, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Two new studies by the UCLA Center for Culture, Trauma and Mental Health Disparities shed light on the causes and impacts of this disparity. [More]
Study shows cystic fibrosis is more deadly for Hispanic than non-Hispanic patients

Study shows cystic fibrosis is more deadly for Hispanic than non-Hispanic patients

Cystic fibrosis is more deadly for Hispanic than non-Hispanic patients, a disparity that is not explained by differences in their access to health care, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
Study: Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more than they utilize in Medicare Trust Fund

Study: Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more than they utilize in Medicare Trust Fund

Unauthorized immigrants pay billions more into Medicare's Hospital Insurance Trust Fund each year than they withdraw in health benefits, according to research from Harvard Medical School, the Institute for Community Health and the City University of New York School of Public Health at Hunter College. [More]
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