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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.
Insurance status linked to patient safety, quality of care for patients with brain tumors

Insurance status linked to patient safety, quality of care for patients with brain tumors

Patients that are on Medicaid or uninsured have higher rates of reportable patient safety and quality of care issues during hospitalization for brain tumors, reports a study in the March issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]
Governor Tom Wolf announces new initiative to improve care for seniors in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf announces new initiative to improve care for seniors in Pennsylvania

Today, Governor Tom Wolf unveiled a package of legislative and budgetary actions to provide choice and protections for seniors as they age. Governor Wolf, the Department of Human Services and the PA Department of Aging are committed to increasing opportunities for seniors to receive care in a home or community-based setting. [More]
Majority of ACS NSQIP hospitals improve surgical outcomes over time

Majority of ACS NSQIP hospitals improve surgical outcomes over time

The majority of hospitals participating in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project improve surgical outcomes over time, and improvement continues with each year that hospitals participate in the program, according to a new study published online today in Annals of Surgery. [More]
Study finds racial disparities among children with Crohn's disease

Study finds racial disparities among children with Crohn's disease

A study published recently in the IBD Journal found significant differences in hospital readmissions, medication usage, and both medical and surgical complications of children with Crohn's disease related to race. In the study, black children had a 1.5 times higher frequency of hospital readmissions because of Crohn's disease compared to white children. [More]
Nurtur earns Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation from NCQA for wellness services

Nurtur earns Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation from NCQA for wellness services

Centene Corporation today announced that Nurtur, its health and wellness company serving employers, health plans and government programs, has received a three-year Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation renewal from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its wellness services. [More]
Insurance coverage expansion in Massachusetts increases knee, hip replacement procedures by 4.7%

Insurance coverage expansion in Massachusetts increases knee, hip replacement procedures by 4.7%

Researchers at Boston Medical Center have found that the expansion of insurance coverage in Massachusetts increased the number of elective knee and hip replacement procedures by 4.7 percent, with greater increases among black and Hispanic patients. [More]
Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of visual impairment due to Macular Edema secondary to Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO). [More]
MiMedx Group reports record revenue of $118.2 million for full year 2014

MiMedx Group reports record revenue of $118.2 million for full year 2014

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, Spinal, Sports Medicine, Ophthalmic and Dental sectors of healthcare, announced today its record results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. [More]
Brident Dental & Orthodontics announces opening of new office in Austin, Texas

Brident Dental & Orthodontics announces opening of new office in Austin, Texas

Brident Dental & Orthodontics announced the opening of its newest affiliated office in Austin, Texas at 2400 East Oltorf St. which will offer a full-range of dental and orthodontic services. [More]
Johns Hopkins study shows value follow-up PET/CT scans in patients with lung cancer

Johns Hopkins study shows value follow-up PET/CT scans in patients with lung cancer

New research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reveals a high value of scans which could lead to future change of reimbursement policies for follow-up positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) studies in lung cancer. The study, featured in the February 2015 issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, establishes the value of fourth and subsequent follow-up PET/CT scans in clinical assessment and management change in patients with the disease. [More]
New study demonstrates cost-saving, health care quality outcomes of pediatric ACO

New study demonstrates cost-saving, health care quality outcomes of pediatric ACO

A new study published in Pediatrics demonstrates the cost-saving and health care quality outcomes of the pediatric Accountable Care Organization Partners for Kids. Results of this study indicate that Partners for Kids successfully improved the value of pediatric healthcare over time through cost containment, while maintaining quality of care. [More]

Capital Impact Partners' fourth quarter lending to projects tops $45 million

Capital Impact Partners announced today that its 2014 fourth quarter lending to projects in underserved communities topped $45 million. Highlights of this financing included continued Capital Impact leadership in funding Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) projects to increase the availability of healthcare to low income residents; supporting inclusive housing growth in Detroit by closing the first loan through the organization's partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and leveraging New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to support a variety of projects. [More]
Door-to-door campaing encourages people to get tested for hepatitis C and to get linked to care

Door-to-door campaing encourages people to get tested for hepatitis C and to get linked to care

In Philadelphia, as in many cities, neighborhoods with high rates of hepatitis C virus (HCV) often also have limited access to screening and treatment. A new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine shows that when expert advocates made a focused effort in a medically underserved area, they were able to help vulnerable patients leap each of the many hurdles that often keep people out of care. [More]
DaVita HealthCare Partners announces financial results for fourth quarter 2014

DaVita HealthCare Partners announces financial results for fourth quarter 2014

DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. today announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014. Income from continuing operations attributable to DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2014 was $208 million and $723 million, or $0.96 and $3.33 per share, respectively. [More]
Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network saves record number of lives in 2014

Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network saves record number of lives in 2014

February 14th is National Donor Day. To celebrate, Gift of Hope Organ & Tissue Donor Network announced a record number of lives saved by helping 334 donors and their families donate 1,020 organs to patients waiting for a transplant, giving them a second chance at life last year. [More]
AMGA submits comment letter to CMS regarding proposed rule on Medicare Shared Savings Program

AMGA submits comment letter to CMS regarding proposed rule on Medicare Shared Savings Program

On Friday, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) drafted and submitted a comment letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the proposed rule on refinements to the current framework of the Medicare Shared Savings Program. [More]
Experts question use of hospital quality measures in CMS’ pay-for-performance programs

Experts question use of hospital quality measures in CMS’ pay-for-performance programs

A new editorial published in JAMA by Northwestern Medicine® experts strongly questions the use of several hospital quality measures by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in its pay-for-performance programs. [More]
Study findings help improve lung cancer screening guidelines

Study findings help improve lung cancer screening guidelines

A set of guidelines developed to help standardized lung cancer screening would have generated considerably fewer false-positives than the National Lung Screening Trial produced, according to a new retrospective study. [More]
Sign/symptom-based measures could help patients receive timely care

Sign/symptom-based measures could help patients receive timely care

An examination of process measures endorsed by the National Quality Forum finds that these measures focus predominantly on management of patients with established diagnoses, and that quality measures for patient presenting symptoms often do not reflect the most common reasons patients seek care, according to a study in the February 3 issue of JAMA. [More]
Medicare coverage of CT lung cancer screening can save more lives

Medicare coverage of CT lung cancer screening can save more lives

Medicare's final decision to cover computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screening gives seniors at high-risk for the disease access to care that can save more lives than any cancer screening test in history. [More]