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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.
Phase 3 study: Sarilumab monotherapy meets primary endpoint in active rheumatoid arthritis patients

Phase 3 study: Sarilumab monotherapy meets primary endpoint in active rheumatoid arthritis patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi today announced that a Phase 3 monotherapy study met its primary endpoint demonstrating that sarilumab was superior to adalimumab (marketed by AbbVie as HUMIRA) in improving signs and symptoms in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at Week 24. [More]
Study: 40% of U.S. infants from low-income families do not receive rotavirus vaccination

Study: 40% of U.S. infants from low-income families do not receive rotavirus vaccination

Rotavirus (RV) infection is the leading cause of diarrheal disease in young children worldwide, causing more than half a million deaths of children aged <5 years annually, according to the World Health Organization. There are two safe and effective RV vaccines, pentavalent Rotateq (Merck) and monovalent Rotarix (GSK), yet global coverage remains below 20% of children. [More]
Complex biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies lack evidentiary standards

Complex biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies lack evidentiary standards

Potentially useful biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies are not being adopted appropriately into clinical practice because of a lack of common evidentiary standards necessary for regulatory, reimbursement, and treatment decisions. [More]
PACE: A community-based long-term care model for elderly

PACE: A community-based long-term care model for elderly

A new article "A Case Exemplar for National Policy Leadership: Expanding Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)," in the March 2016 Journal of Gerontology, chronicles the beginnings of PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) and outlines its rise to nationwide acceptance. PACE is a viable and sustainable model of community-based long-term care that provides coordinated and comprehensive services with an interdisciplinary patient-centered team model that is paid for through Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurers. [More]
RUVICA (ibrutinib) capsules approved for treatment-naïve CLL patients

RUVICA (ibrutinib) capsules approved for treatment-naïve CLL patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) capsules for treatment-naïve patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). [More]
AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, LSU Health New Orleans create new fellowship program

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, LSU Health New Orleans create new fellowship program

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, a Medicaid managed care health plan serving Louisiana, and the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, today announced the creation of a new fellowship program that each year will allow up to seven LSU Health New Orleans medical students who are also enrolled in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program to spend four to eight weeks in the policy offices of Washington, D.C. organizations. [More]
Health Catalyst, Partners HealthCare named recipients of Microsoft Health Innovation Awards

Health Catalyst, Partners HealthCare named recipients of Microsoft Health Innovation Awards

Health Catalyst and Partners HealthCare today announced they have been named recipients of Microsoft Corp.'s 2016 Health Innovation Awards. The organizations won the "Reinventing Productivity and Business Processes" category, which evaluates solutions that transform care delivery or population health by connecting clinicians and staff to new processes and insights. [More]
New study demonstrates role of hospital nurses in ensuring safe outcomes for surgical patients

New study demonstrates role of hospital nurses in ensuring safe outcomes for surgical patients

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) shows that patients, who undergo elective hip and knee surgery in hospitals with inadequate nurse staffing and poor nurse work environments, are more likely to require re-hospitalization. [More]
Bundled payments for total joint replacements improve quality of care, outcomes in Medicare patient

Bundled payments for total joint replacements improve quality of care, outcomes in Medicare patient

Implementing bundled payments for total joint replacements resulted in year-over-year improvements in quality of care and patient outcomes while reducing overall costs, according to a new three-year study from NYU Langone Medical Center. [More]
Targeted Case Management has major impact on HIV-positive patients

Targeted Case Management has major impact on HIV-positive patients

Providing comprehensive, holistic case management to people dealing with multiple comorbid conditions, including HIV, can yield tangible health improvements and long-term cost savings, according to a new study released by Amida Care, a New York City nonprofit health plan, and ACRIA, an HIV/AIDS research organization. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers create new model to address patient safety, quality of care in outpatient centers

Johns Hopkins researchers create new model to address patient safety, quality of care in outpatient centers

When implementing a unified, whole care delivery system, a strong organizational framework that includes the participation of all staff members — from the board room to the community practice — is critical, Johns Hopkins researchers report. [More]
eviCore healthcare acquires Boston-based QPID Health

eviCore healthcare acquires Boston-based QPID Health

eviCore healthcare, a company committed to enabling better outcomes for patients, payers and providers through advanced medical benefits management, today announced that it has acquired Boston-based QPID Health. [More]
Graham School introduces new Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Informatics

Graham School introduces new Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical informatics, one of the world's fastest-growing interdisciplinary fields, is the latest graduate degree program offered by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. [More]
Meds-in-Hand helps improve outcomes for pediatric patients with asthma

Meds-in-Hand helps improve outcomes for pediatric patients with asthma

A new study demonstrates that pediatric patients with asthma who left the hospital with their prescription medications made fewer emergency department (ED) visits after they were discharged than if they were discharged still needing to go to a pharmacy to pick-up their medications. [More]
Majority of LAHNC patients rely on lifestyle-altering cost-coping strategies to manage treatment

Majority of LAHNC patients rely on lifestyle-altering cost-coping strategies to manage treatment

The majority of patients with locally advanced head and neck cancers (LAHNC) rely on cost-coping strategies that alter their lifestyle in order to manage the financial burden of their care, according to research presented at the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. [More]
Uninsured and Medicaid patients have higher overall and cancer-specific mortality rates

Uninsured and Medicaid patients have higher overall and cancer-specific mortality rates

Compared to patients with non-Medicaid insurance, uninsured patients and patients with Medicaid are more likely to present with advanced stages of head and neck cancer and have higher overall and cancer-specific mortality rates, according to research presented at the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium. [More]
ACC, AHA support implementation of proposed cardiovascular measures, with reservations

ACC, AHA support implementation of proposed cardiovascular measures, with reservations

Quality measures announced today by the Core Quality Measures Collaborative represent a step forward in reducing paperwork and confusion while also allowing providers to focus on measures that impact patient outcomes, the American College of Cardiology (ACC) and the American Heart Association (AHA) said in support of implementation of the proposed cardiovascular measures. But the groups expressed reservations about blood pressure targets included in the measures. [More]
Heart attack patients experiencing cardiogenic shock at higher risk of death in first 60 days post-discharge

Heart attack patients experiencing cardiogenic shock at higher risk of death in first 60 days post-discharge

Heart attack patients who experience cardiogenic shock have a higher risk of death or rehospitalization than non-shock patients in the first 60 days post-discharge, but by the end of the first year, the gap between the two groups narrows, according to a study published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. [More]
Hospitals serving children may face financial penalties for readmissions, researchers find

Hospitals serving children may face financial penalties for readmissions, researchers find

A team of researchers from children's hospitals across the country, including a University of Colorado School of Medicine faculty member, found that hospitals serving children may face financial penalties for patient readmissions due to factors beyond the control of the hospital. [More]
Silicon Biosys­tems Menarini, Macrogen to jointly develop genomic cancer tests

Silicon Biosys­tems Menarini, Macrogen to jointly develop genomic cancer tests

Silicon Biosys­tems Menarini and Macrogen, Inc. today announced they will form a partnership to provide clinical assays and innovative procedures for precision medicine in cancer. [More]
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