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Many Americans unclear whether domestic health insurance plan works outside the US

Many Americans unclear whether domestic health insurance plan works outside the US

A surprising number of Americans are unclear whether their health insurance works outside the US, according to a new InsureMyTrip survey. Over twenty-five percent polled were not sure whether their domestic health insurance plan would cover any doctor or hospital visits while traveling outside the country. [More]
Heart rate measures could identify individuals with higher risk of diabetes

Heart rate measures could identify individuals with higher risk of diabetes

An association between resting heart rate and diabetes suggests that heart rate measures could identify individuals with a higher future risk of diabetes, according to an international team of researchers. [More]
Hope For Heroes Foundation forms national alliance with USA Medical Card

Hope For Heroes Foundation forms national alliance with USA Medical Card

Hope For Heroes Foundation today announced the formation of a groundbreaking national alliance with USA Medical Card, a leading provider of free pharmacy discount cards. The new nationwide initiative benefiting Hope For Heroes will help fund programs that empower independence for our nation's disabled military veterans, police, firemen, and EMS professionals, and will help more people afford their prescriptions. [More]

Turkey steadily emerges as one of hottest healthcare markets in the world

Driven by reforms and private investments, Turkey is steadily emerging as one of the hottest healthcare markets in the global arena. The country has doubled its healthcare spending in the last 10 years, reaching $62.3 billion, with its large population of 74.7 million and an increasing patient base. [More]
Catasys' total revenues increase 118% to $433,000 in first quarter 2015

Catasys' total revenues increase 118% to $433,000 in first quarter 2015

Catasys, Inc., provider of proprietary health management services to health insurers and employers, today reported its first quarter 2015 financial results for the period ended March 31, 2015. [More]
Buckeye Health Plan receives Dorland Health Case in Point Award

Buckeye Health Plan receives Dorland Health Case in Point Award

Buckeye Health Plan announced today that it's been awarded a Dorland Health Case in Point Award for its Pregnancy Specialty Care Management Program. The Case in Point Platinum Awards recognizes successful case management programs that focus on the continuum of care coordination. [More]
UMD study examines link between mental health and the Great Recession

UMD study examines link between mental health and the Great Recession

Men and women in the U.S. had lower odds of depression diagnoses and better mental health during the Great Recession of 2007-09 compared to pre-recession according to a University of Maryland study published in the journal PLOS ONE. [More]
Uninsured, low-income women in non-expansion states less likely to receive breast, cervical cancer screenings

Uninsured, low-income women in non-expansion states less likely to receive breast, cervical cancer screenings

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers recently conducted a study that found low-income and uninsured women in states that are not expanding their Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid coverage are less likely to receive breast and cervical cancer screenings compared to states that are implementing expansions. [More]
Study: Failure to extend ACA Medicaid coverage widens cancer screening disparities for low-income women

Study: Failure to extend ACA Medicaid coverage widens cancer screening disparities for low-income women

Virginia Commonwealth University Massey Cancer Center researchers recently conducted a study that found low-income and uninsured women in states that are not expanding their Affordable Care Act Medicaid coverage are less likely to receive breast and cervical cancer screenings compared to states that are implementing expansions. [More]
Unique rheumatoid arthritis diagnostics tool to launch at Hospitalar 2015

Unique rheumatoid arthritis diagnostics tool to launch at Hospitalar 2015

An exclusive solution to improve the diagnosis speed of rheumatoid arthritis - one of the world's five most financially burdensome illnesses for the health insurance systems – will be launched by BGE Systems Ltd at Hospitalar 2015... [More]
Pediatric nurse honored with 2015 Dr. Jorge Arnoldson Memorial Award

Pediatric nurse honored with 2015 Dr. Jorge Arnoldson Memorial Award

During Nurses Week 2015, May 6 – 12, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States is highlighting the contributions of nurses who care for Kaiser Permanente members throughout the region. Among the organization's more than 1,500 dedicated nurses, Kathryn Verber, RN, is marking three decades - this week - since she began her nursing career. [More]
DaVita HealthCare Partners recognizes May as Employee Health Month

DaVita HealthCare Partners recognizes May as Employee Health Month

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., one of the nation's largest and most innovative health care communities, recognizes the month of May as Employee Health Month. The health of teammates is vital in helping to ensure they can provide the best quality of care for DaVita HealthCare Partners' patients. [More]
Study: Women hospitalized for asthma treatment more than men

Study: Women hospitalized for asthma treatment more than men

While it may be a stereotype, it's also true that women seek medical care more frequently than men do. And a recent study shows that women with acute asthma who are treated in the emergency department (ED) are 60 percent more likely than men treated in the ED to need hospitalization. [More]
VHI publishes 20 new hospital quality measures

VHI publishes 20 new hospital quality measures

Virginia Health Information published 20 new hospital quality measures to help Virginians make more informed choices when choosing hospitals. The measures include mortality rates for pneumonia and stroke and results of care such as blood clots and accidental cuts and tears during treatment as well as more than a dozen other measures including many patient safety topics. [More]
Parents share arduous, circuitous journey to get referrals for childhood epilepsy surgery

Parents share arduous, circuitous journey to get referrals for childhood epilepsy surgery

Having a child diagnosed with epilepsy can be a frightening and confusing time. Now, parents share their arduous and "circuitous" journey to get referrals for pediatric epilepsy surgery once their child's disease stops responding to anti-seizure medications. The UCLA study sheds light on the difficulties parents face obtaining specialty and sub-specialty care for their children during an already stressful time. [More]

hCentive adds national and regional insurance carriers to WebInsure Benefits marketplace

hCentive, the leader in health insurance exchange solutions, announced today that the company has added leading national and regional insurance carriers to its WebInsure Benefits marketplace. WebInsure Benefits is a cloud-based marketplace platform that simplifies administration for brokers and offers an intuitive online experience for individuals and employers to shop, enroll and manage health insurance, ancillary benefits, and consumer-directed accounts. [More]
New analysis finds that rates of health insurance coverage vary by demographics, cancer type

New analysis finds that rates of health insurance coverage vary by demographics, cancer type

A new analysis has found that, among patients with cancer, rates of health insurance coverage vary by patient demographics and by cancer type. Published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that the expansion of coverage through the Affordable Care Act may disproportionally benefit certain patient populations. [More]
PCMH care model gaining acceptance in primary care, specialist practices

PCMH care model gaining acceptance in primary care, specialist practices

Primary-care physicians play a pivotal role in assuring that patients who require specialized care are transitioned properly from one clinical environment to another to help lower the risks for adverse events and repeat hospitalizations, according to a health quality management expert who spoke today at the National Quality Summit sponsored by the National Association for Healthcare Quality. [More]
Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital attains Baby-Friendly designation

Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital attains Baby-Friendly designation

Baby-Friendly USA announced this week that Children's Memorial Hermann Hospital has received prestigious international recognition as a Baby-Friendly designated birth facility. A hospital can only be deemed "Baby-Friendly" after the completion of a rigorous onsite assessment survey and a final review of the External Review Board. [More]

Study: Satisfaction with Health Insurance Marketplace exchange enrollment process improves

Satisfaction with the Health Insurance Marketplace exchange enrollment process among new enrollees has significantly increased from 2014, and health plans obtained through the Marketplace exchange generate levels of member satisfaction equal to or higher than plans not obtained through the Marketplace exchange, according to the J.D. Power 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace Exchange Shopper and Re-Enrollment (HIX) Study released today. [More]
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