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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.
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]

Foley Hoag’s new blog highlights current legal issues in Medicaid program

Foley Hoag LLP has launched a new blog to highlight and explain current legal and policy issues in the Medicaid program and how they will play out in the public policy arena. [More]
Brident Dental & Orthodontics offers free dental screenings to celebrate inauguration of new office in Texas

Brident Dental & Orthodontics offers free dental screenings to celebrate inauguration of new office in Texas

CEO of Brident Dental & Orthodontics, Simon Castellanos, will be attending the grand opening of Brident Dental & Orthodontics' newest office in Pasadena, Texas at 3331 Spencer Hwy. which will offer a full-range of dental and orthodontic services. [More]
HealthFusion launches new Chronic Care Management module

HealthFusion launches new Chronic Care Management module

HealthFusion, maker of MediTouch EHR, the leading cloud computing software for physicians, hospitals, and medical billing services, launched a new Chronic Care Management (CCM) module that allows for practices to track and bill patients with two or more chronic conditions. [More]
Most hospital readmissions after surgery are not due to poor care coordination, finds new study

Most hospital readmissions after surgery are not due to poor care coordination, finds new study

A study from Northwestern Medicine and the American College of Surgeons published today in JAMA suggests that penalizing hospitals for patient readmissions following surgery may be ineffective, and even counterproductive, for improving the quality of hospital care in America. [More]
Recession of mid-2000s continues to impact America's children

Recession of mid-2000s continues to impact America's children

The bipartisan children's advocacy organization First Focus and PolicyLab at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia released a new analysis today showing that, five years after its technical end, the recession of the mid-2000s continues to impact America's children. [More]
New Jersey Hospital Association, Applied Medical Software receive 'Innovation Award' from ACHE-NJ

New Jersey Hospital Association, Applied Medical Software receive 'Innovation Award' from ACHE-NJ

The New Jersey Hospital Association and Applied Medical Software have received the "Innovation Award" from the American College of Healthcare Executives New Jersey for their pioneering initiative to improve healthcare value and reduce costs by promoting better coordination and collaboration among New Jersey hospitals and physicians. [More]
NCCN commemorates 20 years of advancing high-quality, high-value cancer care

NCCN commemorates 20 years of advancing high-quality, high-value cancer care

On January 31, 2015, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network celebrates its 20th anniversary. Originally announced as an alliance of 13 leading cancer centers in 1995, NCCN has grown to a network of 25 academic cancer centers; the NCCN mission as an alliance of leading academic cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. [More]
Stark Pediatrics' Asif Younus recognized with Physician Summit Award

Stark Pediatrics' Asif Younus recognized with Physician Summit Award

Buckeye Health Plan recognized Asif Younus, M. D., of Stark Pediatrics, Inc., in Canton with a Physician Summit Award, the company's highest designation for a health care provider. Summit Awards are given each year to primary care physicians and obstetricians for providing clinical excellence. [More]

New report highlights patient-centered medical home's impact on quality, costs

Today at a briefing on Capitol Hill, the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative released a new publication highlighting the significant impact the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) has on improving quality and reducing costs of primary care delivery. [More]
K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital introduces Meridian Dentistry for Children

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital introduces Meridian Dentistry for Children

K. Hovnanian Children's Hospital at Jersey Shore University Medical Center introduces Meridian Dentistry for Children, a specialized, full-service, dental practice for infants, children and adolescents in a child-friendly, caring environment. [More]
Kaleo, CHMI partner to reduce prescription drug-related deaths

Kaleo, CHMI partner to reduce prescription drug-related deaths

Kaleo, a privately-held pharmaceutical company, today announced a national strategic partnership with the Clinton Health Matters Initiative, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, that will help support its goal of cutting prescription drug-related deaths in half, saving approximately 10,000 lives over five years. [More]
UVA's new program uses EpicCare electronic medical record to improve patients' access to specialists

UVA's new program uses EpicCare electronic medical record to improve patients' access to specialists

The University of Virginia Health System is piloting a new program that uses its EpicCare electronic medical record to speed patients' access to specialists. [More]
Childbearing women who take painkillers may face increased risk of birth defects

Childbearing women who take painkillers may face increased risk of birth defects

More than one-fourth of privately-insured and one-third of Medicaid-enrolled women of childbearing age filled prescriptions for opioid-based (narcotic) painkillers between 2008 and 2012, according to a new analysis published today by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). [More]

Study evaluates link between Medicaid fee bump and appointment availability for Medicaid patients

The increase in Medicaid reimbursement for primary care providers, a key provision of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was associated with a 7.7 percentage points increase in new patient appointment availability without longer wait times, according to results of a new 10-state study — co-authored by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania and the Urban Institute, and funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation — published online-first by the New England Journal of Medicine. [More]

Maria Editha Bautista-Santos receives MHS Health's 7th Annual Summit Award

MHS Health Wisconsin, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Centene Corporation, presented its 7th Annual Summit Award to Maria Editha Bautista-Santos, MD, a family practice physician at Affinity Medical Group in Appleton, Wis. [More]