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Patients treated at emergency departments for hypertension on the rise in US

Patients treated at emergency departments for hypertension on the rise in US

The number and percentage of patients treated at emergency departments for hypertension are on the rise across the United States, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published recently in the American Journal of Cardiology. [More]

Texas still has highest rate of uninsured adults in the nation

The rate of adults without health insurance across the U.S. dropped nearly twice as much as in Texas from 2013 to 2015, according to a new report released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. [More]
Cancer treatment costs push patients into poverty in Southeast Asia

Cancer treatment costs push patients into poverty in Southeast Asia

Five percent of cancer patients and their families were pushed into poverty in Southeast Asia between March 2012 and September 2013, because of high disease-related costs, a study at the inaugural ESMO Asia 2015 Congress in Singapore shows. [More]
CytoSorbents partners with Hoang Long Pharma to bring CytoSorb to Vietnam

CytoSorbents partners with Hoang Long Pharma to bring CytoSorb to Vietnam

CytoSorbents Corporation, a leader in critical care immunotherapy commercializing its CytoSorb extracorporeal cytokine adsorber to control deadly inflammation using blood purification, today announced an exclusive multi-year distribution agreement with Hoang Long Pharma, a medical distributor in Vietnam specializing in the distribution of innovative pharmaceuticals, biologics, and devices to treat patients suffering from critical illnesses, immunologic disorders and deficiencies, and infections. [More]
Experts call for radical action to assure health for entire India

Experts call for radical action to assure health for entire India

A paper published in The Lancet today calls for a radical transformation in the architecture of India’s healthcare delivery system, if the country is to achieve the government’s vision of assuring health for all. [More]

New video offers consumers tips on how to use health insurance

Governor Tom Wolf and Insurance Commissioner Teresa Miller today continued the Wolf Administration's consumer outreach and education efforts with the release of a video that offers consumers tips on how to use their health insurance. [More]
Memorial Hermann reminds people to follow holiday fall prevention tips

Memorial Hermann reminds people to follow holiday fall prevention tips

With the holiday season in full swing, families are finding joy by decorating their homes and yards. Unfortunately, several of these practices can result in injuries that make the holidays not very merry. Falls are among the most common mechanisms of injury with adults at Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute, and activities such as hanging lights and decorations only increase the risk. [More]

TerraCom Direct receives HIPAA security compliance certification

Secured data center solutions provider TerraCom Direct has received its HIPAA security compliance certification. The operation can provide the network and infrastructure security needed to protect patient information and meet HIPAA compliance standards. [More]
Specific unmet socioeconomic needs can hamper quality of care patients receive, MGH study finds

Specific unmet socioeconomic needs can hamper quality of care patients receive, MGH study finds

A study of patients seen at two primary care practices at Massachusetts General Hospital has identified specific unmet socioeconomic needs that can interfere with the quality of care patients receive. [More]
People exiting prison or jail get access to health services

People exiting prison or jail get access to health services

With the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, an entire new population is eligible for government health care: low-income men. [More]
International telepathology consultations can improve patient care in China, study finds

International telepathology consultations can improve patient care in China, study finds

International telepathology consultations can significantly improve patient care, according to a new study by UPMC and KingMed Diagnostics researchers. Their review of more than 1,500 pathology cases submitted electronically to UPMC over three years found that consultation with UPMC pathologists resulted in significantly altered treatment plans for more than half of the cases in which a patient's primary diagnosis had been provided from referring hospitals in China. [More]
Study: Medicaid expansion increases use of breast cancer screening among low-income women

Study: Medicaid expansion increases use of breast cancer screening among low-income women

Low-income women in Medicaid expansion states in the U.S. are more likely to have a breast screening performed than those in non-expansion states, according to a study presented today at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. [More]
Meridian Health Plan wins 2015 Top Workplaces award

Meridian Health Plan wins 2015 Top Workplaces award

Meridian Health Plan has been awarded a 2015 Top Workplaces honor by the Detroit Free Press. The Top Workplaces lists are based solely on the results of an employee feedback survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a leading research firm that specializes in organizational health and workplace improvement. [More]
Health insurance coverage for transgender people is cost-effective, study finds

Health insurance coverage for transgender people is cost-effective, study finds

A new analysis led by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests that while most U.S. health insurance plans deny benefits to transgender men and women for medical care necessary to transition to the opposite sex, paying for sex reassignment surgery and hormones is actually cost-effective. [More]
Early childhood Medicaid exposure linked to adult health outcomes

Early childhood Medicaid exposure linked to adult health outcomes

Expanding publicly funded health insurance to low-income children could have long-term benefits for adult health, according to new research from the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Published in the Journal of Health Economics, the study found that exposure to Medicaid in early childhood, from conception through age 5, is associated with significant improvements in adult health (age 25 to 54). [More]
New UMD study explores why African American and Hispanic women have high rates of unintended pregnancy

New UMD study explores why African American and Hispanic women have high rates of unintended pregnancy

A new study from the University of Maryland School of Public Health examined why African American and Hispanic women have higher rates of unintended pregnancy than White women. Researchers found that there were unique factors explaining the differences in unintended pregnancy between African Americans and Whites (respondent's mother's age at first birth, income, and health insurance status) and the differences between Hispanics and Whites (U.S. born status and educational level). [More]
Health experts urge lawmakers, regulators to close loopholes in Orphan Drug Act

Health experts urge lawmakers, regulators to close loopholes in Orphan Drug Act

Health experts at Johns Hopkins Medicine are calling on lawmakers and regulators to close loopholes in the Orphan Drug Act they claim give drug companies millions of dollars in unintended and misplaced subsidies and tax breaks and fuel skyrocketing medication costs. [More]
UPMC for You honored by MHPA Institute for Medicaid Innovation

UPMC for You honored by MHPA Institute for Medicaid Innovation

UPMC for You, the Medical Assistance program of UPMC Health Plan, was honored by the Medicaid Health Plans of America Institute for Medicaid Innovation for demonstrating innovative and effective approaches to providing services that have improved the health of Medicaid enrollees, at MHPA's annual Best Practices Awards program held in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. [More]
Uninsured, low-income breast cancer patients less likely to continue hormonal therapy

Uninsured, low-income breast cancer patients less likely to continue hormonal therapy

A University of Colorado Cancer Center study published in the journal Breast Cancer Research and Treatment shows that breast cancer patients whose health insurance plans included prescription drug benefits were 10 percent more likely to start important hormonal therapy than patients who did not have prescription drug coverage. [More]
PSA screening for prostate cancer drops significantly in middle-aged men

PSA screening for prostate cancer drops significantly in middle-aged men

PSA testing has dropped significantly in middle-aged men after a 2012 recommendation that all men should not be routinely screened for prostate cancer, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. [More]
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