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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.
Study investigates health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in MA plans at member-level

Study investigates health outcomes of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in MA plans at member-level

Inovalon, a leading technology company providing advanced cloud-based analytics and data-driven intervention platforms to the healthcare industry and the Special Needs Plan (SNP) Alliance, released today the largest analysis ever performed on dual eligible quality outcomes, entitled "An Investigation of Medicare Advantage Dual Eligible Member-Level Performance on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Five-Star Quality Measures." [More]
BPC launches new Health and Housing Task Force to meet the needs of aging U.S. population

BPC launches new Health and Housing Task Force to meet the needs of aging U.S. population

The Bipartisan Policy Center today launched its new Health and Housing Task Force, designed to help policymakers meet the needs of the United States' aging population. BPC believes that stable, affordable housing can improve health outcomes and reduce costs imposed on the health care system, particularly for the majority of seniors who wish to age in place. [More]
New HCV therapies cost-effective in specific groups of HCV-infected patients

New HCV therapies cost-effective in specific groups of HCV-infected patients

A study led by Boston Medical Center researchers demonstrates that while new therapies to treat Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) are highly effective, they are cost-effective and provide the greatest value in specific groups of HCV-infected patients. [More]
Healthcare reform changes boost glucose testing in states with healthcare exchanges

Healthcare reform changes boost glucose testing in states with healthcare exchanges

A new study published in a major diabetes journal suggests that healthcare reform changes have boosted glucose testing in states that formed healthcare exchanges. The result confirms Kalorama Information's predictions on the topic. [More]
Study finds C. difficile infection increases hospital readmission rates

Study finds C. difficile infection increases hospital readmission rates

Patients with Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) are twice as likely to be readmitted to the hospital as patients without the deadly diarrheal infection, according to a study published in the April issue of the American Journal of Infection Control, the official publication of the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. [More]
Study identifies common causes of hospital readmissions following joint replacements procedures

Study identifies common causes of hospital readmissions following joint replacements procedures

A new study from researchers at NYU Langone's Hospital for Joint Diseases identifies common causes of hospital readmissions following total hip and knee arthoplasty procedures. [More]
Zyga reports commercial use of modernized SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System for low back pain

Zyga reports commercial use of modernized SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System for low back pain

Zyga Technology, Inc., a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of minimally invasive devices to treat underserved conditions of the lumbar spine, today announced the launch and first commercial use of an updated SImmetry Sacroiliac Joint Fusion System. The surgery was performed by Dr. Brett Menmuir. [More]
New Quest Diagnostics study analyses impact of ACA in promoting earlier diagnosis of diabetes

New Quest Diagnostics study analyses impact of ACA in promoting earlier diagnosis of diabetes

People in states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are far more likely to be newly identified with diabetes than in states that elected not to expand the public health care program, finds a new study by researchers at Quest Diagnostics. [More]
Qualcomm Life, AMC Health to accelerate transformation of health care delivery for at-risk patients

Qualcomm Life, AMC Health to accelerate transformation of health care delivery for at-risk patients

Qualcomm Life, Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, and AMC Health, a privately held provider of 'real-time' patient management solutions, today announced a collaborative effort to accelerate the transformation of chronic care and population health management by significantly enhancing connectivity and care coordination for at-risk patients, specifically those with heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, asthma or COPD, in a cost-effective manner. [More]
DCR representatives to present health-related quality posters at NKF's 2015 Spring Clinical Meeting

DCR representatives to present health-related quality posters at NKF's 2015 Spring Clinical Meeting

DaVita Clinical Research, a specialty contract research organization with services spanning the full spectrum of drug and device development and subsidiary of DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc., today announced that company representatives will present health-related quality posters at National Kidney Foundation's 2015 Spring Clinical Meeting, which takes place March 25-29, 2015 in Dallas. [More]
HSS study examines racial and socioeconomic disparities in hip fracture care

HSS study examines racial and socioeconomic disparities in hip fracture care

A study by researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) finds that people in certain racial and socioeconomic groups are at a disadvantage when it comes to care they receive after fracturing a hip. [More]
AMGA, Avatar Solutions partner to provide patient satisfaction services

AMGA, Avatar Solutions partner to provide patient satisfaction services

The American Medical Group Association today announced a partnership venture with Avatar Solutions to provide enhanced services for its Patient Satisfaction Benchmarking (PSAT) Program. [More]
New report highlights the need for disclosing Alzheimer's diagnosis to patients

New report highlights the need for disclosing Alzheimer's diagnosis to patients

The Alzheimer's Association's 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report, released today, found that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer's disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor. [More]
Publicly insured Americans who undergo lung transplantation fare worse than their UK counterparts

Publicly insured Americans who undergo lung transplantation fare worse than their UK counterparts

Publicly insured Americans who undergo lung transplantation for cystic fibrosis fare markedly worse in the long run than both publicly insured patients in the United Kingdom and privately insured Americans, according to the results of a study conducted by researchers from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore and U.K. colleagues working in that nation's government-funded National Health Service. [More]
Study shows link between palliative care knowledge and less end-of-life disruption

Study shows link between palliative care knowledge and less end-of-life disruption

When a nursing home patient is dying, aggressive interventions such as inserting a feeding tube or sending the patient to the emergency room can futilely exacerbate, rather than relieve, their distress. Palliative care focuses nursing home resources on providing comfort at the end of life, but nursing directors vary widely in their knowledge of it. [More]
AIR Louisville to use digital health technology to improve asthma

AIR Louisville to use digital health technology to improve asthma

Today marks the start of AIR Louisville, the first-of-its-kind data-driven collaboration among public, private and philanthropic organizations to use digital health technology to improve asthma. Kentucky has the fourth highest adult asthma prevalence in the US and Louisville consistently ranks among the top 20 "most challenging" cities to live in with asthma. [More]

Latinos continue to face problems in accessing high-quality health care

Latinos are the largest ethnic minority group in the United States, and it's expected that by 2050 they will comprise almost 30 percent of the U.S. population. Yet they are also the most underserved by health care and health insurance providers. [More]

Cenpatico, MHS expand Catasys' OnTrak program to Medicare Advantage members in Wisconsin

Catasys, Inc., provider of proprietary health management services to health insurers and employers, announced today that Cenpatico and Managed Health Services, a Centene health plan in Wisconsin, have expanded Catasys' OnTrak program to MHS' eligible Medicare Advantage members in Wisconsin. [More]
Duke researchers identify factors that correlate with repeat ER visits for kidney stones

Duke researchers identify factors that correlate with repeat ER visits for kidney stones

One in nine patients released from the emergency department after treatment for a kidney stone will face a repeat visit, according to findings by Duke Medicine researchers. [More]
Transcatheter MitraClip system safe, effective for valve repair treatment

Transcatheter MitraClip system safe, effective for valve repair treatment

The commercial track record with transcatheter mitral valve repair, approved for patients at high risk for surgery, compares favorably with pre-approval reports, according to findings from a U.S. registry presented at the American College of Cardiology's 64th Annual Scientific Session. [More]
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