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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.
More people with mental illness, substance use disorders have insurance coverage, research suggests

More people with mental illness, substance use disorders have insurance coverage, research suggests

Significantly more people with mental illness and substance use disorders had insurance coverage in 2014 due to the expansion of health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but many barriers to treatment remain, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. [More]
Technology and cost barriers hinder real-time reporting of cancer patients' symptoms

Technology and cost barriers hinder real-time reporting of cancer patients' symptoms

Capturing real-time reports of cancer patients' symptoms between doctor's visits has proven health benefits, but technology and cost barriers are getting in the way of widespread adoption of the practice, reports a University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researcher. [More]
Princeton University researchers find disparity in hospital admission rates for publicly insured children

Princeton University researchers find disparity in hospital admission rates for publicly insured children

Hospitals are less likely to admit children covered by public insurance such as Medicaid than privately insured children with similar symptoms, especially when hospitals beds are scarce. [More]
New study explores impact of Affordable Care Act on socioeconomic disparities in cancer screening

New study explores impact of Affordable Care Act on socioeconomic disparities in cancer screening

Out-of-pocket expenditures are thought to be a significant barrier to receiving cancer preventive services, especially for individuals of lower socioeconomic status. A new study looks at how the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which eliminated such out-of-pocket expenditures, has affected the use of mammography and colonoscopy. [More]
Bundled payment models can reduce Medicare, hospital costs without compromising quality of care

Bundled payment models can reduce Medicare, hospital costs without compromising quality of care

Bundled payment models can push Medicare and health system costs down considerably without sacrificing quality of care, according to new research from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. [More]
New Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute reports explore impact of MACRA on radiologists

New Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute reports explore impact of MACRA on radiologists

A new Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute series of reports explores the impact of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015, along with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) 2016 proposal for its implementation, on radiologists. [More]
DaVita releases recap of 2016 accomplishments

DaVita releases recap of 2016 accomplishments

DaVita Inc., a leading independent medical group and a leading provider of kidney care services in the United States, today released a recap of major accomplishments for the company in 2016, marking its 16th year bringing quality of life to patients and teammates around the world. [More]
Alere provides update on CMS decision to revoke Medicare billing privileges of Arriva Medical

Alere provides update on CMS decision to revoke Medicare billing privileges of Arriva Medical

Alere Inc., a global leader in rapid diagnostic tests, today provided an update on the decision by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to revoke Arriva Medical's Medicare billing privileges. [More]
Military health system to test U-M-developed V-BID approach

Military health system to test U-M-developed V-BID approach

A health care reform idea originated by University of Michigan faculty will get a major test among members of the nation's military and their families, thanks to a provision in the national defense spending bill signed by President Obama on Friday. [More]
Four-year Johns Hopkins program provides efficient, less expensive care for patients in East Baltimore

Four-year Johns Hopkins program provides efficient, less expensive care for patients in East Baltimore

When people with chronic health problems couldn't get around town to their doctors' appointments, a four-year Johns Hopkins program brought the appointments to them. [More]
Study examines mechanisms for measuring and reporting postoperative infection complications

Study examines mechanisms for measuring and reporting postoperative infection complications

How do medical professionals determine whether or not a patient has experienced a post-operative complication? A team of Mayo Clinic physicians and researchers has published results of a three-year study examining mechanisms for measuring and reporting postoperative infection complications. [More]
Surgery within first two weeks after diagnosis increases risk of death for some endometrial cancer patients

Surgery within first two weeks after diagnosis increases risk of death for some endometrial cancer patients

Delaying surgery after a diagnosis of uterine cancer can increase a women's risk of death, but operating too soon can be just as detrimental for some, Penn Medicine physicians report in a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. [More]
Reductions in pressure injury prevalence linked to improved preventive practices

Reductions in pressure injury prevalence linked to improved preventive practices

Rates of new pressure injuries in U.S. hospitals and other acute care settings have decreased by about half over the past decade, according to national survey data reported in the Journal of Wound, Ostomy and Continence Nursing. [More]
O'Neill Institute, NMAC release first of two reports to help prevent HIV in communities of color

O'Neill Institute, NMAC release first of two reports to help prevent HIV in communities of color

Two HIV policy experts from the O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown Law working in partnership with NMAC have released the first of two reports to help prevent HIV in communities of color. [More]
Many U.S. children do not receive evidence-based care for obesity despite USPSTF recommendations

Many U.S. children do not receive evidence-based care for obesity despite USPSTF recommendations

Six years following the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendation that clinicians screen and treat (or refer) children age six and older for obesity, most U.S. children still do not receive evidence-based care for obesity. [More]
New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

New research suggests only 12% of older Americans have dental insurance

Only 12 percent of older Americans have some form of dental insurance and fewer than half visited a dentist in the previous year, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research on Medicare beneficiaries. [More]
RSNA 2016: Philips launches next-generation radiation dose management software platform for healthcare providers

RSNA 2016: Philips launches next-generation radiation dose management software platform for healthcare providers

Royal Philips today introduced DoseWise Portal 2.2, a next generation radiation dose management software platform for healthcare providers to record, track and analyze radiation exposure to patients and clinicians. [More]
Medicare beneficiaries without supplemental insurance experience highest out-of-pocket cancer costs

Medicare beneficiaries without supplemental insurance experience highest out-of-pocket cancer costs

Which Medicare beneficiaries shoulder the highest out-of-pocket costs after a cancer diagnosis? The answer is those beneficiaries without supplemental insurance, according to a new article published online by JAMA Oncology. [More]
Experts characterize racial and ethnic differences in food allergies among U.S. children

Experts characterize racial and ethnic differences in food allergies among U.S. children

Allergy and immunology experts at Rush University Medical Center, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago have conducted the first study designed to assess and characterize the racial and ethnic difference in food allergies among children in the U.S. [More]
New survey finds 1 in 4 vacations includes visit to ER

New survey finds 1 in 4 vacations includes visit to ER

If you've ever had to seek medical attention for an illness or an injury during a vacation, you're not alone. [More]
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