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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.
BMC researchers to play key role in examining best treatment for acute low back pain

BMC researchers to play key role in examining best treatment for acute low back pain

Boston Medical Center researchers are part of a national clinical trial that will examine how best to treat acute low back pain and potentially prevent it from being chronic. BMC will receive $2.3 million for its role in the five-year study that was recently approved for a $14 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. [More]
DePaul University experts available to discuss different health care topics

DePaul University experts available to discuss different health care topics

With the fifth anniversary of the presidential signing of the U.S. Affordable Care Act March 23, faculty experts from DePaul University are available to discuss a range of health care topics including the analysis of health care data, community health, patient experience, communication among health care professionals, interprofessional health care education and the role of nurses and physician assistants. [More]
Duke researchers find major shift in treatments for peripheral artery disease

Duke researchers find major shift in treatments for peripheral artery disease

Federal efforts to curb Medicare costs for unclogging blood vessels in the limbs slowed the growing use of the treatments, but also coincided with a marked increase in doctors using a more expensive approach, according to an analysis by Duke Medicine researchers. [More]
UF researchers find that people with brain tumor fare better with personal insurance

UF researchers find that people with brain tumor fare better with personal insurance

Brain tumor patients who are uninsured or use Medicaid stay hospitalized longer and develop more medical complications than those with private insurance, University of Florida Health researchers have found. [More]

Study: 31 states implement new policies for 'atypical' prescribing of antipsychotics to children

With a concern about inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medications to children, 31 states have implemented prior authorization policies for atypical antipsychotic prescribing, mostly within the past 5 years, and with most states applying their policies to children younger than 7 years of age, according to a study in the March 3 issue of JAMA. [More]
Prime Therapeutics recognized with PBMI's 2015 Rx Innovation Award

Prime Therapeutics recognized with PBMI's 2015 Rx Innovation Award

Prime Therapeutics LLC received the Pharmacy Benefit Management Institute's 2015 Rx Innovation Award today in recognition of its innovative "Specialty Drug Watch List." [More]
Study explores use of antipsychotic medications among pediatric patients

Study explores use of antipsychotic medications among pediatric patients

More kids nationwide are taking medications designed to treat such mental illnesses as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and pediatricians and psychiatrists at the University of Vermont want to know why. [More]
Insurance status linked to patient safety, quality of care for patients with brain tumors

Insurance status linked to patient safety, quality of care for patients with brain tumors

Patients that are on Medicaid or uninsured have higher rates of reportable patient safety and quality of care issues during hospitalization for brain tumors, reports a study in the March issue of Neurosurgery, official journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons. [More]
Governor Tom Wolf announces new initiative to improve care for seniors in Pennsylvania

Governor Tom Wolf announces new initiative to improve care for seniors in Pennsylvania

Today, Governor Tom Wolf unveiled a package of legislative and budgetary actions to provide choice and protections for seniors as they age. Governor Wolf, the Department of Human Services and the PA Department of Aging are committed to increasing opportunities for seniors to receive care in a home or community-based setting. [More]
Majority of ACS NSQIP hospitals improve surgical outcomes over time

Majority of ACS NSQIP hospitals improve surgical outcomes over time

The majority of hospitals participating in the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Project improve surgical outcomes over time, and improvement continues with each year that hospitals participate in the program, according to a new study published online today in Annals of Surgery. [More]
Study finds racial disparities among children with Crohn's disease

Study finds racial disparities among children with Crohn's disease

A study published recently in the IBD Journal found significant differences in hospital readmissions, medication usage, and both medical and surgical complications of children with Crohn's disease related to race. In the study, black children had a 1.5 times higher frequency of hospital readmissions because of Crohn's disease compared to white children. [More]
Nurtur earns Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation from NCQA for wellness services

Nurtur earns Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation from NCQA for wellness services

Centene Corporation today announced that Nurtur, its health and wellness company serving employers, health plans and government programs, has received a three-year Wellness and Health Promotion Accreditation renewal from the National Committee for Quality Assurance for its wellness services. [More]
Insurance coverage expansion in Massachusetts increases knee, hip replacement procedures by 4.7%

Insurance coverage expansion in Massachusetts increases knee, hip replacement procedures by 4.7%

Researchers at Boston Medical Center have found that the expansion of insurance coverage in Massachusetts increased the number of elective knee and hip replacement procedures by 4.7 percent, with greater increases among black and Hispanic patients. [More]
Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron announces EU approval of EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection for retinal vascular disease treatment

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. today announced that EYLEA (aflibercept) Injection has been approved by the European Commission for the treatment of visual impairment due to Macular Edema secondary to Retinal Vein Occlusion (RVO). [More]
MiMedx Group reports record revenue of $118.2 million for full year 2014

MiMedx Group reports record revenue of $118.2 million for full year 2014

MiMedx Group, Inc., the leading regenerative medicine company utilizing human amniotic tissue and patent-protected processes to develop and market advanced products and therapies for the Wound Care, Surgical, Orthopedic, Spinal, Sports Medicine, Ophthalmic and Dental sectors of healthcare, announced today its record results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. [More]
Brident Dental & Orthodontics announces opening of new office in Austin, Texas

Brident Dental & Orthodontics announces opening of new office in Austin, Texas

Brident Dental & Orthodontics announced the opening of its newest affiliated office in Austin, Texas at 2400 East Oltorf St. which will offer a full-range of dental and orthodontic services. [More]
Nuo Therapeutics initiates phase 4 study of Aurix™ under CMS coverage with evidence development program

Nuo Therapeutics initiates phase 4 study of Aurix™ under CMS coverage with evidence development program

Nuo Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQX:NUOT), a pioneer in biodynamic therapies, today announced the initiation of a new clinical study (Au Study) that is comprised of three randomized controlled protocols that examine the efficacy of Aurix™, a biodynamic hematogel, for use in diabetic foot ulcers, venous leg ulcers and pressure ulcers (bed sores). [More]
Johns Hopkins study shows value follow-up PET/CT scans in patients with lung cancer

Johns Hopkins study shows value follow-up PET/CT scans in patients with lung cancer

New research from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine reveals a high value of scans which could lead to future change of reimbursement policies for follow-up positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) studies in lung cancer. The study, featured in the February 2015 issue of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine, establishes the value of fourth and subsequent follow-up PET/CT scans in clinical assessment and management change in patients with the disease. [More]
New study demonstrates cost-saving, health care quality outcomes of pediatric ACO

New study demonstrates cost-saving, health care quality outcomes of pediatric ACO

A new study published in Pediatrics demonstrates the cost-saving and health care quality outcomes of the pediatric Accountable Care Organization Partners for Kids. Results of this study indicate that Partners for Kids successfully improved the value of pediatric healthcare over time through cost containment, while maintaining quality of care. [More]

Capital Impact Partners' fourth quarter lending to projects tops $45 million

Capital Impact Partners announced today that its 2014 fourth quarter lending to projects in underserved communities topped $45 million. Highlights of this financing included continued Capital Impact leadership in funding Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) projects to increase the availability of healthcare to low income residents; supporting inclusive housing growth in Detroit by closing the first loan through the organization's partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.; and leveraging New Markets Tax Credits (NMTC) to support a variety of projects. [More]
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