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Insurance coverage expansion in Massachusetts increases knee, hip replacement procedures by 4.7%

Insurance coverage expansion in Massachusetts increases knee, hip replacement procedures by 4.7%

Researchers at Boston Medical Center have found that the expansion of insurance coverage in Massachusetts increased the number of elective knee and hip replacement procedures by 4.7 percent, with greater increases among black and Hispanic patients. [More]
UTHealth study explores use of app to help improve health of minority stroke patients

UTHealth study explores use of app to help improve health of minority stroke patients

A clinical trial investigating the use of a physician-monitored app to help first-time minority stroke patients become healthier has begun at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. [More]
Bayer expands patient assistance program for intrauterine devices

Bayer expands patient assistance program for intrauterine devices

Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals Inc. today announced the expansion of its patient assistance program for intrauterine devices (IUD). The ARCH (Access and Resources for Contraceptive Health) program will provide Skyla (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 13.5 mg and Mirena (levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine system) 52 mg to low-income women who meet eligibility criteria. [More]

Carpathia introduces beta program for Healthcare Community Cloud Service

Carpathia, a trusted cloud operator and leading provider of hybrid cloud services and managed hosting, today launched the beta program for Healthcare Community Cloud Service, an Infrastructure-as-a-Service solution that offers healthcare providers and affiliated service companies access to a compliant and scalable cloud infrastructure, purpose-built to help customers manage risk and ensure compliance with the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health regulations. [More]
Postmenopausal women susceptible to bone fractures may be at increased risk for gum disease

Postmenopausal women susceptible to bone fractures may be at increased risk for gum disease

Postmenopausal women susceptible to bone fractures may also be a higher risk for gum disease, according to researchers at Case Western Reserve University School of Dental Medicine and Case/Cleveland Clinic Postmenopausal Health Collaboration. [More]
Door-to-door campaing encourages people to get tested for hepatitis C and to get linked to care

Door-to-door campaing encourages people to get tested for hepatitis C and to get linked to care

In Philadelphia, as in many cities, neighborhoods with high rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) often also have limited access to screening and treatment. A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that when expert advocates made a focused effort in a medically underserved area, they were able to help vulnerable patients leap each of the many hurdles that often keep people out of care. [More]

S. Mark Taper Foundation grants funds to support Care Harbor's fifth annual free clinic

Care Harbor, a Los Angeles based nonprofit organization founded to bring health and wellness care to in-need populations, announced receipt of a grant from the S. Mark Taper Foundation to help produce a large-scale free clinic for the community's uninsured and underinsured individuals and families. [More]
Treadmill Desks Offer Limited Benefits, Pose Challenges In The Workplace, Study Shows

Treadmill Desks Offer Limited Benefits, Pose Challenges In The Workplace, Study Shows

Treadmill desks can help overweight or obese office workers get out of their chairs and get moving, but a 12-week study by an Oregon State University researcher found that the increase in physical activity was small and did not help workers meet public health guidelines for daily exercise. [More]
Only 65% of breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy receive postmastectomy radiation therapy

Only 65% of breast cancer patients who undergo mastectomy receive postmastectomy radiation therapy

Breast cancer patients who undergo a mastectomy should receive subsequent radiation treatment if their cancer has spread to four or more nearby lymph nodes, however, according to a new study, only 65 percent of these women are getting the recommended postmastectomy radiation therapy (PMRT). [More]

Diversity Jobs Report: Healthcare sector offers positive news for diverse professionals seeking employment in US

Today Professional Diversity Network , Inc. releases its monthly Diversity Jobs Report (DJR), which analyzes the employment situation for women, minorities, veterans, LGBT and disabled professionals. [More]
Foley Hoag’s new blog highlights current legal issues in Medicaid program

Foley Hoag’s new blog highlights current legal issues in Medicaid program

Foley Hoag LLP has launched a new blog to highlight and explain current legal and policy issues in the Medicaid program and how they will play out in the public policy arena. [More]
Study: Lyme disease costs the U.S. health care system up to $1.3 billion a year

Study: Lyme disease costs the U.S. health care system up to $1.3 billion a year

Lyme disease, transmitted by a bite from a tick infected by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria, had long been considered easy to treat, usually requiring a single doctor's visit and a few weeks of antibiotics for most people. [More]
Alexian Brothers Health System acquires primary care medical group in suburban Chicago

Alexian Brothers Health System acquires primary care medical group in suburban Chicago

Alexian Brothers Health System, a member of Ascension, the nation's largest Catholic and non-profit health system, is expanding its network of primary care physicians with the acquisition of a long-standing primary care medical group in suburban Chicago. [More]

Consumer Watchdog, Patient Privacy Rights call on Cal INDEX in view of Anthem hack

The day after Anthem Blue Cross revealed that millions of customers' information had been hacked, Consumer Watchdog and Patient Privacy Rights called on Cal INDEX, the health information database created by Anthem and Blue Shield of California, to allow consumers to opt-in rather than force them to opt-out. [More]
Howard K. Koh receives CADCA's 2015 National Leadership Award

Howard K. Koh receives CADCA's 2015 National Leadership Award

In recognition of his significant contributions to public health and tobacco prevention, and his long-standing support of community-based drug prevention, Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA) will present Howard K. Koh M.D., M.P.H. with its 2015 National Leadership Award. [More]
Recession of mid-2000s continues to impact America's children

Recession of mid-2000s continues to impact America's children

The bipartisan children's advocacy organization First Focus and PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia released a new analysis today showing that, five years after its technical end, the recession of the mid-2000s continues to impact America's children. [More]
One in four nonsmokers still exposed to secondhand smoke, shows CDC report

One in four nonsmokers still exposed to secondhand smoke, shows CDC report

Although secondhand smoke (SHS) exposure in the United States dropped by half between 1999 to 2000 and 2011 to 2012, one in four nonsmokers -- 58 million people -- are still exposed to SHS, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. [More]

BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York introduces health benefit gift box

It's a new day for health insurance companies. As the Affordable Care Act forces an industry shift towards consumerism, individuals are becoming more involved in their own health care decisions and insurers are becoming more involved in their members' lives. [More]
Trust for America's Health supports President's proposal to end sequestration

Trust for America's Health supports President's proposal to end sequestration

The following is a statement from Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and chair of the Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion, and Integrative and Public Health. [More]
Class-action lawsuit filed against Health Net for misrepresenting physician and hospital networks

Class-action lawsuit filed against Health Net for misrepresenting physician and hospital networks

In advance of a California legislative hearing on health care "costs" not scheduled to include testimony from consumers, consumer advocates will discuss the real financial threat patients face in a class-action lawsuit against Health Net for misrepresenting their physician and hospital networks. [More]