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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.
Reducing hospital readmissions through Transitional Care: an interview with Rani Khetarpal

Reducing hospital readmissions through Transitional Care: an interview with Rani Khetarpal

Services provided to a patient whose medical and/or psychosocial problems require moderate or high-complexity medical decision making during transitions in care from an inpatient setting, partial hospital, observation status in a hospital, or skilled nursing facility to the patient’s community setting. [More]
Yale study identifies new barrier to caring for chronic hepatitis C patients

Yale study identifies new barrier to caring for chronic hepatitis C patients

Nearly one in four patients with chronic hepatitis C (HCV) are denied initial approval for a drug therapy that treats the most common strain of the infection, according to a Yale School of Medicine study. [More]
Use of observation stays may lead to financial burden for some Medicare patients

Use of observation stays may lead to financial burden for some Medicare patients

In the midst of a growing trend for Medicare patients to receive observation care in the hospital to determine if they should be formally admitted, a new study from researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania shows that for more than a quarter of beneficiaries with multiple observation stays, the cumulative out-of-pocket costs of these visits exceeds the deductible they would have owed for an inpatient hospital admission. [More]
Variations in opioid receptor genes linked to neonatal abstinence syndrome severity in newborn babies

Variations in opioid receptor genes linked to neonatal abstinence syndrome severity in newborn babies

A new study led by researchers at Boston Medical Center indicates that variations in opioid receptor genes are associated with more severe neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in newborn babies. The findings, published online in Drug & Alcohol Dependence, could help lead to the development of individualized treatment plans tailored to each infants' risk of requiring medication to curb their NAS symptoms, which could help improve these patients' outcomes and reduce how long some stay in the hospital. [More]
Researchers evaluate use of pharmacy-based naloxone education and distribution to fight opioid overdoses

Researchers evaluate use of pharmacy-based naloxone education and distribution to fight opioid overdoses

In response to the growing opioid crisis, several states, including Massachusetts and Rhode Island, have granted pharmacists the authority to provide naloxone rescue kits without a prescription to at-risk patients. This model of pharmacy-based naloxone (PBN) education and distribution is one of the public health strategies currently being evaluated at hundreds of pharmacies in both states to determine the impact on opioid overdose death rates. [More]
Medicaid could save billions as patents for several blockbuster antipsychotic medications expire

Medicaid could save billions as patents for several blockbuster antipsychotic medications expire

Medicaid is expected to save billions of dollars a year as patents for several blockbuster antipsychotic medications expire and use of generic versions of these drugs increases, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. These savings may provide relief from the high costs of these medications and allow policymakers to lift restrictions on patients' access, the researchers argue. [More]

ArroHealth included in Inc. Magazine's list of fastest-growing private companies in the U.S.

ArroHealth, a full-service provider of risk adjustment and HEDIS services for health plans and provider groups, has been named to Inc. Magazine's 34th annual Inc. 5000, an exclusive ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. ArroHealth's significant revenue growth over the past four years qualified it for the distinguished list. [More]
Cyberonics reports record worldwide net sales of $81.0 million for first fiscal quarter 2016

Cyberonics reports record worldwide net sales of $81.0 million for first fiscal quarter 2016

Cyberonics, Inc. today announced results for the quarter ended July 24, 2015. [More]
Pitt unveils research-based guidance to improve compliance while treating sepsis

Pitt unveils research-based guidance to improve compliance while treating sepsis

As hospitals nationwide brace for rigorous mandates for care of septic patients that will be adopted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in October, a University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine review unveils research-based guidance to improve compliance when treating this common and deadly syndrome. [More]
Only 1 in 10 heart failure patients referred to cardiac rehabilitation program after hospitalization

Only 1 in 10 heart failure patients referred to cardiac rehabilitation program after hospitalization

Only 1 in 10 heart failure patients is referred to a cardiac rehabilitation program after being hospitalized, despite strong evidence that such exercise programs improve quality of life and reduce the likelihood of future hospitalizations. [More]
US-based clinical research spending drops 32%, show new data

US-based clinical research spending drops 32%, show new data

Could the Sunshine Act be creating an unintentional downward trend in clinical research? An analysis of the U.S. government's Open Payments database shows that industry spending on U.S-based clinical research has dropped 32 percent in the first year-over-year comparison since Open Payments data started to be collected. [More]
Patient satisfaction a poor proxy for quality of care in elective cranial neurosurgery

Patient satisfaction a poor proxy for quality of care in elective cranial neurosurgery

Patient satisfaction is a very poor proxy for quality of care comparisons in elective cranial neurosurgery. Because deaths are rare events in elective cranial neurosurgery, reporting of surgeon or even department-specific mortality figures cannot differentiate a high or low level of the quality of care. [More]
Meridian Health Plan has second highest rate of HPV vaccinations in U.S. for female adolescents

Meridian Health Plan has second highest rate of HPV vaccinations in U.S. for female adolescents

Meridian Health Plan of Illinois has the second highest rate of human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccinations for female adolescents among all health plans in the country reporting HEDIS data to the National Committee for Quality Assurance. [More]
Psychological disorders in COPD patients predict early hospital readmission

Psychological disorders in COPD patients predict early hospital readmission

Researchers from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston found that people with a psychological condition such as depression, anxiety, psychosis, or alcohol/drug abuse are more likely to be readmitted early into a hospital for complications of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. [More]
Only 1 in 4 patients with ESRD in Georgia referred for kidney transplant evaluation

Only 1 in 4 patients with ESRD in Georgia referred for kidney transplant evaluation

Only about one in four patients with end-stage renal disease in Georgia were referred for kidney transplant evaluation within 1 year of starting dialysis between 2005 and 2011, although there was substantial variability in referral among dialysis facilities, according to a study in the August 11 issue of JAMA. [More]
Education intervention can improve physicians’ understanding of transgender issues

Education intervention can improve physicians’ understanding of transgender issues

The term "transgender" has made its way into mainstream media thanks to Caitlyn Jenner, previously known as Bruce Jenner, who came out as a transgender woman earlier this year. [More]

Quantifying disparities in accessibility and availability of pediatric primary care

An analysis of pediatric primary health care accessibility and availability in multiple states that uncovered systematic disparities between and within states was presented today at a session of the 2015 Joint Statistical Meetings(JSM 2015) in Seattle. [More]
BMC partners with RIH, CVS to support pharmacy-based naloxone rescue kits to help combat opioid addiction, overdose

BMC partners with RIH, CVS to support pharmacy-based naloxone rescue kits to help combat opioid addiction, overdose

Boston Medical Center has received a $1.3 million grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to support a demonstration project of pharmacy-based naloxone rescue kits to help reduce opioid addiction and overdose death in two New England States: Massachusetts and Rhode Island. [More]
Report: Florida falling short on policies to prevent, fight cancer

Report: Florida falling short on policies to prevent, fight cancer

Florida is falling short when it comes to supporting policies and passing legislation to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer. According to the latest edition of How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality, Florida did not measure up to policy recommendations in any of the nine issue areas ranked. [More]
Charity and uncompensated care spending vary greatly among not-for-profit hospitals

Charity and uncompensated care spending vary greatly among not-for-profit hospitals

While not-for-profit hospitals receive substantial tax benefits, some do not provide free or subsidized care for a higher percentage of patients living in poverty than their for-profit counterparts, according to a study of California medical centers. [More]
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