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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.
Centene to acquire Health Net shares for approximately $6.8 billion

Centene to acquire Health Net shares for approximately $6.8 billion

Centene Corporation and Health Net, Inc. announced that the Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive agreement under which Centene will acquire all of the shares of Health Net in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $6.8 billion, including the assumption of approximately $500 million of debt. [More]
Using multiple pharmacies to fill prescriptions associated with opioid overdoses

Using multiple pharmacies to fill prescriptions associated with opioid overdoses

A study conducted in the state of Washington and reported in The Journal of Pain showed that almost half of deaths attributed to prescription opioids were Medicaid recipients, and using multiple pharmacies to fill prescriptions is linked with opioid overdoses. [More]
Health Ethics Trust's Compliance Program certification awarded to Diversified Service Options

Health Ethics Trust's Compliance Program certification awarded to Diversified Service Options

Diversified Service Options, Inc., (Diversified) today announced that the company and its wholly-owned subsidiaries, First Coast Service Options and Novitas Solutions, have achieved the prestigious Health Ethics Trust's Compliance Program certification for their compliance program, Navigator. [More]
Express Scripts report shows that new exchange plan enrollees spent less on medications in Q1 2015

Express Scripts report shows that new exchange plan enrollees spent less on medications in Q1 2015

New exchange plan enrollees spent less on medications in the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same time a year ago, according to the third edition of the Express Scripts Exchange Pulse report, released today. [More]
FAU awarded $2.1 million to examine effectiveness of antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia

FAU awarded $2.1 million to examine effectiveness of antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia

Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was recently awarded a $2.1 million, two-year contract by Otsuka America Pharmaceutical Inc. to conduct a study to examine the effectiveness of an injectable long-acting antipsychotic medication for schizophrenia and its impact on 30-day hospital readmission rates. [More]
ProfNet network experts available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area

ProfNet network experts available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area

Below are experts from the ProfNet network that are available to discuss timely issues in your coverage area. You can also submit a query to the hundreds of thousands of experts in our network – it's easy and free! [More]
ACEP: Supreme Court verdict may not stem the rising tide of visits to emergency departments

ACEP: Supreme Court verdict may not stem the rising tide of visits to emergency departments

The decision today by the Supreme Court will prevent millions of people from losing their health insurance, but does not stem the rising tide of visits to the nation's emergency departments or solve other problems emerging in the post-Affordable Care Act health care system, according to a statement from Dr. Michael Gerardi, president of the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP). [More]
IPs spend more time in collecting and reporting hospital infection data than protecting patients

IPs spend more time in collecting and reporting hospital infection data than protecting patients

Collecting and reporting hospital infection data to federal health agencies takes more than 5 hours each day, at the expense of time needed to ensure that frontline healthcare personnel are adhering to basic infection prevention practices such as hand hygiene, according to a recent case study, to be presented on Saturday, June 27 at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [More]
Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Bayer Yakuhin receives MHLW approval in Japan for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection to treat RVO patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that Bayer HealthCare's Japanese subsidiary, Bayer Yakuhin, Ltd., received approval for EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection by the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare (MHLW) in Japan for the treatment of patients with macular edema secondary to retinal vein occlusion (RVO). [More]

Centene recognized with Auburn University's Corporate Anti-Bullying Hero Award

Centene Corporation announced today that the company received the Corporate Anti-Bullying Hero Award at Auburn University's Anti-Bullying Summit in Peachtree City, Georgia. [More]
Better primary care needed to reduce unnecessary ED visits by Medicaid patients

Better primary care needed to reduce unnecessary ED visits by Medicaid patients

Although a goal of Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act was to provide Medicaid patients with a source of nonemergency care outside of hospital emergency departments (EDs), researchers suggest that these newly enrolled patients will likely continue to look to EDs for treatment of chronic diseases and other nonemergency issues, despite state attempts to impose fees on ED visits. [More]

AMGA submits comments on proposed rule to modify Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017

Today, the American Medical Group Association (AMGA) submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) making recommendations on the proposed rule to modify Meaningful Use in 2015 through 2017. [More]
ABC Medical Home program achieves significant health improvement for people with depression

ABC Medical Home program achieves significant health improvement for people with depression

The Aging Brain Care Medical Home, a novel population health management program implemented in the homes of older adults achieves significant health improvement for individuals with depression and also substantial stress reduction in family caregivers of dementia patients, according to a new study by investigators from the Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Center for Aging Research and Eskenazi Health. [More]
Link between poverty and kidney disease changes over time, shows study

Link between poverty and kidney disease changes over time, shows study

Poverty is known to be a strong risk factor for end-stage kidney disease. Now, a first of-its-kind study has found that the association between poverty and kidney disease changes over time. [More]

New data shows psychotropic medication use among Medicaid-enrolled foster children in Pennsylvania

Today, the Department of Human Services, in partnership with PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, released new data on psychotropic medication use among Medicaid-enrolled Pennsylvania children in foster care, as well as the state's action plan to address the findings. [More]

Link between poverty and kidney disease changes over time, study finds

Poverty is known to be a strong risk factor for end-stage kidney disease. Now, a first of-its-kind study has found that the association between poverty and kidney disease changes over time. [More]
Genesis inks asset purchase agreement with Revera

Genesis inks asset purchase agreement with Revera

Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation's largest providers of post-acute care, today announced that it has signed an asset purchase agreement with Revera Inc., a leading owner, operator and investor in the senior living sector, to acquire 24 of its skilled nursing facilities along with its contract rehabilitation business for $240 million. [More]
Mount Sinai cardiologists implant microchip sensors to better monitor patients with heart failure

Mount Sinai cardiologists implant microchip sensors to better monitor patients with heart failure

Cardiologists at The Mount Sinai Hospital have begun implanting tiny, state-of-the-art microchip sensors in patients with advanced heart failure to better monitor symptoms and reduce their chances of returning to the hospital. [More]

AfBPM launches new educational tool to help assess, reduce medication abuse in home

The Alliance for Balanced Pain Management today launched a new educational tool – "Are You the Only One Taking Your Medicine?" – that consumers and health care providers can use to assess whether a home is at risk for medication misuse, abuse or diversion. [More]
FDA's Advisory Committee recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) Injection

FDA's Advisory Committee recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) Injection

Sanofi and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that the Endocrinologic and Metabolic Drugs Advisory Committee of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recommended the approval of the investigational therapy Praluent (alirocumab) Injection. [More]
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