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Medicaid is the United States health program for eligible individuals and families with low incomes and resources. It is a means-tested program that is jointly funded by the states and federal government, and is managed by the states.
amfAR releases recommendations to help U.S. states to achieve goals of National HIV/AIDS Strategy

amfAR releases recommendations to help U.S. states to achieve goals of National HIV/AIDS Strategy

Major achievements have been made in the domestic HIV/AIDS response as a result of increased realignment and coordination of efforts at the federal level. However, that level of consistent coordination and alignment has yet to take place in most states. In an effort to identify what needs to be done, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, in collaboration with the National HIV/AIDS Initiative at the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law, has released a set of recommendations for how states across the U.S. can improve HIV prevention and care outcomes in an effort to achieve the goals identified within the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. [More]
NYSNA commemorates Medicare’s 50th anniversary

NYSNA commemorates Medicare’s 50th anniversary

As part of national events honoring this essential healthcare provision, the New York State Nurses Association kicked off its celebration of the 50th anniversary of the creation of Medicare by releasing its first photo of the day, with nurses and a birthday banner against the backdrop of the Statue of Liberty. [More]
MiMedx Group reports record revenues and earnings for Q2 2015

MiMedx Group reports record revenues and earnings for Q2 2015

MiMedx Group, Inc., the leading regenerative medicine company utilizing human amniotic tissue and patent-protected processes to develop and market advanced products and therapies for the Wound Care, Surgical, Orthopedic, Spine, Sports Medicine, Ophthalmic and Dental sectors of healthcare, announced today its record results for the second quarter of 2015. [More]

More work needed to support consumers after enrolling in insurance plan under Affordable Care Act

Enrolling in an insurance plan under the Affordable Care Act is only the first step for consumers to be actively engaged in their health care, according to a new analysis from RAND Corporation researchers. [More]
Study finds marked reduction in death, hospitalizations and costs for Medicare patients

Study finds marked reduction in death, hospitalizations and costs for Medicare patients

Among Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries age 65 years or older, all-cause mortality and hospitalization rates, along with inpatient expenditures per beneficiary, decreased from 1999 to 2013, according to a study in the July 28 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on Medicare and Medicaid at 50. [More]
Hospitals penalized in HAC Reduction program may not reflect poor quality of care, shows study

Hospitals penalized in HAC Reduction program may not reflect poor quality of care, shows study

Hospitals that were penalized more frequently in the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program offered advanced services, were major teaching institutions and had better performance on other publicly reported process-of-care and outcome measures, according to a study in the July 28 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on Medicare and Medicaid at 50. [More]
Survey finds clear unmet need for comprehensive family planning services at health centers

Survey finds clear unmet need for comprehensive family planning services at health centers

As part of a unique survey of nearly 2,000 women of childbearing age who receive health care at the nation's community health centers, 90 percent reported that they were not actively seeking to become pregnant in the next 12 months. Yet more than 3 out of 10 were not using contraceptives at the time of the survey. [More]
National survey finds improvements in self-reported insurance coverage, access to care and health under ACA

National survey finds improvements in self-reported insurance coverage, access to care and health under ACA

Results of a national survey that included more than half a million adults indicates significant improvements in trends for self-reported insurance coverage, access to a personal physician and medications, affordability and health after the Affordable Care Act's first and second open enrollment periods, according to a study in the July 28 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on Medicare and Medicaid at 50. [More]
Yale researchers find improvements in mortality, hospitalizations and outcomes among Medicare patients

Yale researchers find improvements in mortality, hospitalizations and outcomes among Medicare patients

In a 15-year study of older Medicare patients, Yale School of Medicine researchers saw an estimated 20% drop in mortality, about 30% fewer hospitalizations, and 40% reduction in deaths after hospitalization. [More]

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]
Regeneron, Sanofi to jointly advance new immuno-oncology treatment options for cancer patients

Regeneron, Sanofi to jointly advance new immuno-oncology treatment options for cancer patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi have entered into a new global collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize new antibody cancer treatments in the emerging field of immuno-oncology. [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]
Genesis files shelf registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Genesis files shelf registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation's largest providers of post-acute care, today announced that it has filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. [More]
Reduced pain, disability predict satisfaction after spine surgery

Reduced pain, disability predict satisfaction after spine surgery

Patient satisfaction ratings after surgery for spinal degenerative disease—especially in terms of reduced pain and disability—are a good indicator of the procedure's effectiveness, reports a study in the August issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]

Texas Institute for Surgery receives five-star rating for patient satisfaction

Texas Institute for Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas received the maximum grade of five stars in a rating of patients' experience of care of more than 3,500 hospitals that is posted on a federal government website. [More]
FDA approves Praluent (alirocumab) Injection for treatment of patients with high LDL cholesterol

FDA approves Praluent (alirocumab) Injection for treatment of patients with high LDL cholesterol

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Praluent (alirocumab) Injection, the first FDA-approved treatment in a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) inhibitors. [More]
EMA's CHMP recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) for use in patients with hypercholesterolemia

EMA's CHMP recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) for use in patients with hypercholesterolemia

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi today announced that the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has adopted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Praluent (alirocumab), recommending its approval for use in certain adult patients with hypercholesterolemia. [More]
ASTRO concerned about proposed Medicare physician payment cuts to radiation therapy

ASTRO concerned about proposed Medicare physician payment cuts to radiation therapy

The American Society for Radiation Oncology is concerned about proposed additional payment cuts to radiation therapy detailed in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), released July 8, 2015, which will take effect on January 1, 2016. [More]
ADPT generates systemwide net patient services revenue of $104.5 million for Q2 2015

ADPT generates systemwide net patient services revenue of $104.5 million for Q2 2015

Adeptus Health Inc., the largest operator of freestanding emergency rooms in the U.S., announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. [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]
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