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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.
Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute named one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute named one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care

The Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute has received the Women's Choice Award as one of America's Best Hospitals for Cancer Care for 2015. This award signifies Karmanos' commitment and passion towards providing an extraordinary healthcare experience for women and all patients. [More]
Washington Healthcare Authority selects UW Medicine ACN as new healthcare option for employees

Washington Healthcare Authority selects UW Medicine ACN as new healthcare option for employees

The UW Medicine Accountable Care Network today announced that the Washington Healthcare Authority has chosen the UW Medicine ACN as a new healthcare option for those enrolled in the Public Employees Benefit Board (PEBB) program. The new option will be available to these employees during the 2015 open enrollment period in November, with coverage beginning January 1, 2016. [More]
Cyberonics announces results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015

Cyberonics announces results for fourth quarter and fiscal year 2015

Cyberonics, Inc. today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended April 24, 2015. [More]
Everyday Health, Wildflower Health partner to improve health outcomes in pregnant women

Everyday Health, Wildflower Health partner to improve health outcomes in pregnant women

Everyday Health, Inc., a leading digital health and wellness company, today announced a strategic partnership with Wildflower Health. Through this partnership, Everyday Health expands its suite of offerings to help health plans and employers reach and engage pregnant women earlier in their pregnancies to improve health outcomes and reduce medical costs. [More]
CDS systems fail to identify relevant appropriateness criteria for ordering of advanced diagnostic imaging

CDS systems fail to identify relevant appropriateness criteria for ordering of advanced diagnostic imaging

An analysis of the use of computerized clinical decision support systems regarding orders for advanced diagnostic imaging found that the systems failed to identify relevant appropriateness criteria for the majority of orders, according to a study in the June 2 issue of JAMA. [More]
Use of antidepressants in late pregnancy may be associated with increased risk of PPHN

Use of antidepressants in late pregnancy may be associated with increased risk of PPHN

An analysis of approximately 3.8 million pregnancies finds that use of antidepressants late in pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), according to a study in the June 2 issue of JAMA. However, the absolute risk was small and the risk increase appears more modest than suggested in previous studies. [More]

Hispanics and women in Texas show largest percentage of reductions in uninsured rates

Hispanics and women in Texas showed the largest percentage of reductions in rates of uninsured since enrollment began in the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a new report released today by the Episcopal Health Foundation and Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. [More]
Tools that help decide use of expensive imaging studies can reduce ordering of unnecessary tests

Tools that help decide use of expensive imaging studies can reduce ordering of unnecessary tests

Using tools that help physicians decide whether to use expensive imaging studies such as MRI scans can help reduce the ordering of unnecessary tests, but implementation of the tools in real-world settings has many challenges, according to a new RAND Corporation study. [More]
Researchers explore association between SSRI exposure in late pregnancy and risk of PPHN

Researchers explore association between SSRI exposure in late pregnancy and risk of PPHN

Use of antidepressants late in pregnancy has been controversial since the FDA issued a Public Health Advisory in 2006 warning that the use of antidepressants in late pregnancy may increase risk of persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN), a condition that typically occurs in term or near-term infants and presents within hours of birth with severe respiratory failure requiring intubation and mechanical ventilation. [More]
Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

Medicare physician reimbursement data could be confusing to the public

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today released to the public data relating to 2013 Medicare payments made to physicians and other providers. In response, the American Academy of Ophthalmology is providing necessary context for the reimbursement data, which in its raw form are often complex and difficult to understand. [More]
U.S. states with stronger alcohol policies have lower rates of youth drinking

U.S. states with stronger alcohol policies have lower rates of youth drinking

A new study by Boston University and Boston Medical Center researchers reveals that U.S. states with stronger alcohol policies have lower rates of youth overall drinking and binge drinking. The study's results, published in the journal Pediatrics, further suggest that the link is largely a result of policies intended mostly for adults and their effects on reducing adult binge drinking. [More]
Precision medicine helps improve patient health and reduces risk of side effects, says Penn Medical School dean

Precision medicine helps improve patient health and reduces risk of side effects, says Penn Medical School dean

The rapidly emerging field of precision medicine is a "disruptive innovation" that offers the possibility of remarkably fine-tuned remedies to improve patient health while minimizing the risk of harmful side effects, says J. Larry Jameson, MD, PhD, dean of the Perelman School of Medicine and executive vice president of the University of Pennsylvania for the Health System, in this week's issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]

Western Dental stops taking new Denti-Cal patients at 13 offices

Citing low reimbursement rates, Western Dental announced today that it will stop taking new patients with Denti-Cal coverage at 13 more of its California offices beginning June 1, 2015, and that it will close one office in San Francisco. [More]
Community of Hope Award for Medical Home Network

Community of Hope Award for Medical Home Network

Medical Home Network was honored by Esperanza Health Centers yesterday receiving the Community of Hope Award in recognition for the positive impact the organization is helping primary care teams make for patients at the southwest side medical center. [More]
States may not save much money by ending adult dental coverage under Medicaid: Study

States may not save much money by ending adult dental coverage under Medicaid: Study

A new study suggests that states may not save as much money as anticipated by eliminating adult dental coverage under Medicaid. [More]
ProMedica, UT partner to build one of nation’s top academic medical centers in northwest Ohio

ProMedica, UT partner to build one of nation’s top academic medical centers in northwest Ohio

In just 10 years, this nation could have a shortage of between 46,000 and 90,000 physicians. This is according to a recent report released by the Association of American Medical Colleges. Major contributing factors include a growing and aging population, plus one-third of practicing physicians with plans to retire in the next decade. These shortages are expected to be particularly challenging for communities the size of Toledo competing with larger metropolitan areas to attract future doctors and caregivers. [More]
Emergency medicine faces special challenges with changeover in medical diagnosis codes

Emergency medicine faces special challenges with changeover in medical diagnosis codes

Emergency medicine faces special challenges during this fall's changeover in how medical diagnoses are coded. Nearly a quarter of all ER clinical encounters could pose difficulties. [More]
Mayo Clinic hospitals earn top-tier High Performing distinction in U.S. News & World Report ratings

Mayo Clinic hospitals earn top-tier High Performing distinction in U.S. News & World Report ratings

Mayo Clinic Hospitals in Rochester, Minn, and Phoenix earned the top-tier High Performing distinction in all five common care categories in the latest ratings by U.S. News & World Report. [More]
Avalere Health study finds that even largest home healthcare providers face very low overall margins

Avalere Health study finds that even largest home healthcare providers face very low overall margins

Reflecting the impact of deep reimbursement cuts that have been implemented in recent years, a new study by Avalere Health finds that even the largest home healthcare providers are facing very low overall margins. [More]
SARIL-RA-TARGET trial: Sarilumab meets co-primary efficacy endpoints in RA patients

SARIL-RA-TARGET trial: Sarilumab meets co-primary efficacy endpoints in RA patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi announced today that a Phase 3 study of sarilumab, an investigational, fully human IL-6 receptor antibody, met its co-primary efficacy endpoints of a greater improvement in signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at 24 weeks and physical function at 12 weeks, compared to placebo. [More]
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