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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.
Mayo Clinic hospitals earn top-tier High Performing distinction in U.S. News & World Report ratings

Mayo Clinic hospitals earn top-tier High Performing distinction in U.S. News & World Report ratings

Mayo Clinic Hospitals in Rochester, Minn, and Phoenix earned the top-tier High Performing distinction in all five common care categories in the latest ratings by U.S. News & World Report. [More]
Avalere Health study finds that even largest home healthcare providers face very low overall margins

Avalere Health study finds that even largest home healthcare providers face very low overall margins

Reflecting the impact of deep reimbursement cuts that have been implemented in recent years, a new study by Avalere Health finds that even the largest home healthcare providers are facing very low overall margins. [More]
SARIL-RA-TARGET trial: Sarilumab meets co-primary efficacy endpoints in RA patients

SARIL-RA-TARGET trial: Sarilumab meets co-primary efficacy endpoints in RA patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi announced today that a Phase 3 study of sarilumab, an investigational, fully human IL-6 receptor antibody, met its co-primary efficacy endpoints of a greater improvement in signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at 24 weeks and physical function at 12 weeks, compared to placebo. [More]
CSGI joins with two California hospitals to eradicate deadly Clostridium difficile infections

CSGI joins with two California hospitals to eradicate deadly Clostridium difficile infections

Clean Sweep Group Inc., a Beverly Hills, CA, based microbial disinfection service company, joins with two California hospitals to significantly reduce deadly Clostridium difficile infections caught in their hospitals using ultraviolet (UV-C) germ-killing advanced disinfection devices. [More]
Large urban health systems do worse on government patient satisfaction scores

Large urban health systems do worse on government patient satisfaction scores

The largest urban health systems, which serve as safety nets for large patient populations with lower socioeconomic status and greater likelihood to speak English as a second language, do worse on government patient satisfaction scores than smaller, non-urban hospitals likely to serve white customers with higher education levels, according to a new study by Mount Sinai researchers published this month in the Journal of Hospital Medicine. [More]
Total costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome on the rise

Total costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome on the rise

As more infants are born to mothers with dependence on prescription pain medications, the costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have increased dramatically, suggests a report in the March/April issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. [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]
Study exposes gap in health care services provided to Medicaid enrollees

Study exposes gap in health care services provided to Medicaid enrollees

More than half of all Medicaid enrollees prefer the "one-stop shop" of a hospital emergency department to receive care for conditions that could be treated effectively at a primary care clinic, according to an article by a researcher at the University of Colorado School of Medicine on the Anschutz Medical Campus. [More]
New predictive analytics model identifies congestive heart failure patients with high readmission risk

New predictive analytics model identifies congestive heart failure patients with high readmission risk

Readmission of patients with chronic diseases is a growing problem, costing the U.S. health care system about $25 billion each year. Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas developed a predictive analytics model that can identify congestive heart failure patients with high readmission risk and potentially help stymie those costs. [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]
Meritage ACO named winner of Dorland Health Case In Point Platinum Award

Meritage ACO named winner of Dorland Health Case In Point Platinum Award

Zynx Health™, the market leader in providing evidence- and experience-based clinical improvement and mobile care coordination solutions, proudly congratulates Meritage Accountable Care Organization for being named a winner in the 6th Annual Dorland Health Case In Point Platinum Awards Program. [More]

Kaiser Permanente, Intermountain Healthcare to participate in U.S. News Hospital Outcome Data Disclosure Program

U.S. News & World Report, publisher of Best Hospitals and Best Children's Hospitals, today announced that Kaiser Permanente and Intermountain Healthcare will participate in the U.S. News Hospital Outcome Data Disclosure Program, a new data-collection initiative designed to evaluate hospitals more completely and give patients better information about the hospitals in their communities. [More]
Intervention to connect low-income uninsured patients to primary care could improve health, reduce costs

Intervention to connect low-income uninsured patients to primary care could improve health, reduce costs

An intervention to connect low-income uninsured and Medicaid patients to a reliable source of primary health care shows promise for reducing avoidable use of hospital emergency departments in Maryland. A University of Maryland School of Public Health study evaluating the results of the intervention was published this week in the May issue of the journal Health Affairs. [More]
AMC Health to collaborate with URAC on national telehealth standards development initiative

AMC Health to collaborate with URAC on national telehealth standards development initiative

AMC Health, a leading provider of 'real-time' patient management solutions has announced that it will collaborate with URAC on its national telehealth standards development initiative. [More]
Applying palliative care principles to transform geriatric emergency care may reduce hospital admissions

Applying palliative care principles to transform geriatric emergency care may reduce hospital admissions

Applying palliative care principles to emergency departments may reduce the number of geriatric patients admitted to intensive care units, possibly extending lives and reducing Medicare costs, according to a three-year analysis by Mount Sinai researchers set to be published in the May edition of Health Affairs, which can be found online. [More]
Neonatal abstinence syndrome on the rise in U.S.

Neonatal abstinence syndrome on the rise in U.S.

The number of infants born in the United States with drug withdrawal symptoms, also known as neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), nearly doubled in a four-year period. By 2012, one infant was born every 25 minutes in the U.S. with the syndrome, accounting for $1.5 billion in annual health care charges, according to a new Vanderbilt study published in the Journal of Perinatology. [More]
Lung volume reduction surgery could improve lung function in emphysema patients

Lung volume reduction surgery could improve lung function in emphysema patients

Emphysema is a chronic, progressive, obstructive lung disease in which the small sacs of the lung (alveoli) are destroyed, leading to air pockets and severe breathing difficulties. In 2011, 4.7 million Americans reported being diagnosed with emphysema, and in 2013 more than 8200 patients died from emphysema. [More]

81% of Kaiser Permanente hospitals receive 'A' grade for safety

Surgical errors are a fact of life – and death -- in operating rooms and hospitals around the country. According to a major university study, foreign objects are left inside a patient 39 times a week, and surgeries are performed on the wrong side or site of a patient another 20 times a week. While all U.S. hospitals are working diligently to eliminate these events – called "never events" or "serious reportable adverse events" – some, like Kaiser Permanente, have had much more success than others. [More]
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