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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.

Public's health insurance and financial literacy linked to higher levels of coverage

Uninsured individuals who had greater knowledge about health insurance and financial issues were more likely to gain coverage after health insurance exchanges opened under the federal Affordable Care Act, according to a new RAND Corporation study. [More]
Medicaid programs cover more number of preterm births than private insurance plans, study shows

Medicaid programs cover more number of preterm births than private insurance plans, study shows

Medicaid programs cover a higher proportion of preterm births than private insurance plans, according to a new study from researchers at the George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health and the March of Dimes. [More]
Medicare expands lifestyle intervention to combat prediabetes

Medicare expands lifestyle intervention to combat prediabetes

Most people struggle with their weight and are less active than ever before. Taken together, this toxic lifestyle can lead to serious health problems. The truth is that 86 million American adults—more than one out of three—have prediabetes. What's scarier is that nine out of 10 don't know they have it. [More]
Availability of flu vaccines, medications in school can keep children with asthma healthy

Availability of flu vaccines, medications in school can keep children with asthma healthy

Kids need flu shots to prevent asthma flares, and medications available in school to keep 86 percent in class, according to two studies being presented at the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Annual Scientific Meeting. [More]
Retired cardiologist explains how high hospital profits hurt the practice of medicine

Retired cardiologist explains how high hospital profits hurt the practice of medicine

Is the medical profession losing the race to attract the best and the brightest? In a series of insightful commentaries on Negative Secular Trends in Medicine published in the American Journal of Medicine, Robert M. Doroghazi, MD, retired cardiologist and publisher of The Physician Investor Newsletter, explains how high hospital profits are hurting the practice of medicine. [More]
Novel brain-focused population health management program lowers depression severity

Novel brain-focused population health management program lowers depression severity

The Aging Brain Care Medical Home, a novel brain-focused population health management program implemented in the homes of older adults, lowered depression severity by more than 50 percent over six months according to a new study from the Regenstrief Institute, Indiana University Center for Aging Research, IU Center for Health Innovation and Implementation Science, and Eskenazi Health. [More]
New quality improvement program reduces hospital readmission rates for weight-loss surgery patients

New quality improvement program reduces hospital readmission rates for weight-loss surgery patients

While the average hospital saw 30-day readmission rates for weight-loss surgery patients drop by about 14 percent, some hospitals had reductions as much as 32 percent after implementing a new quality improvement program, according to new research presented today at ObesityWeek 2016, the largest international event focused on the basic science, clinical application and prevention and treatment of obesity. [More]
OrthoPro Services receives highly-coveted DMEPOS facility accreditation through BOC

OrthoPro Services receives highly-coveted DMEPOS facility accreditation through BOC

OrthoPro Services, Inc.,has successfully completed a rigorous process to earn highly-coveted DMEPOS Accreditation from the Board for Certification/Accreditation. [More]
Improving nurse-to-patient staffing may help decrease racial disparities in postoperative readmissions

Improving nurse-to-patient staffing may help decrease racial disparities in postoperative readmissions

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research shows that older black adults are not only more likely to be readmitted following an elective hip/knee replacement, than otherwise similar white patients - they may also be more adversely affected by insufficient hospital nurse staffing. [More]
Study finds increasing incidence of hospitalizations for prescription opioid poisonings in children and teens

Study finds increasing incidence of hospitalizations for prescription opioid poisonings in children and teens

The overall incidence of hospitalizations for prescription opioid poisonings in children and adolescents has more than doubled from 1997 to 2012, with increasing incidence of poisonings attributed to suicide or self-inflicted injury and accidental intent, according to a new study published online by JAMA Pediatrics. [More]
Long-term oxygen therapy does not benefit COPD patients with moderately low blood oxygen levels

Long-term oxygen therapy does not benefit COPD patients with moderately low blood oxygen levels

A newly published study of people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) concludes that long-term supplemental oxygen treatment results in little or no change in time to death, time to first hospitalizations or significant quality of life improvements for those with moderately low blood oxygen levels. [More]
Study explores cost-effectiveness of school-based dental sealant programs for children

Study explores cost-effectiveness of school-based dental sealant programs for children

New research findings demonstrate that school-based dental sealant programs, in which students receive preventative oral care while at school, are cost-effective in protecting at-risk children's permanent teeth from decay. [More]
Comfortable living conditions, independence can help elderly Chinese immigrants feel at home in the U.S.

Comfortable living conditions, independence can help elderly Chinese immigrants feel at home in the U.S.

Having comfortable living conditions and independence from their adult children can help elderly Chinese immigrants find a sense of home and life satisfaction in the United States, but the inability to speak fluent English makes them feel unsettled, according to a research study. [More]
New initiative aims to prevent opioid addition among surgical patients in Michigan

New initiative aims to prevent opioid addition among surgical patients in Michigan

America's opioid drug epidemic has struck hard in Michigan. But now, a team from the University of Michigan is striking back at a key factor: opioid prescriptions for patients before and after surgery. [More]
Patients using public health insurance more likely to experience high pain levels in PACU, study finds

Patients using public health insurance more likely to experience high pain levels in PACU, study finds

Patients using public health insurance were more likely to experience high pain levels in the post anesthesia care unit following surgery to remove their tonsils and/or adenoids, according to a study presented at the ANESTHESIOLOGY 2016 annual meeting. [More]
Pennsylvania hospitals reduce mortality rates for ten common health conditions, new report reveals

Pennsylvania hospitals reduce mortality rates for ten common health conditions, new report reveals

Pennsylvania hospitals continue to improve quality and drive down mortality and readmission rates according to a new report released today by the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council (PHC4). [More]
BMC opens new opioid urgent care center to treat patients with substance use disorders

BMC opens new opioid urgent care center to treat patients with substance use disorders

Boston Medical Center, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and the Boston Public Health Commission, has launched a new opioid urgent care center to give patients with substance use disorders rapid access to a full continuum of treatment services. [More]
ACR issues statement regarding CMS final rule on MIPS and APMs

ACR issues statement regarding CMS final rule on MIPS and APMs

Today, the Department of Health and Human Services finalized its policy implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model incentive payment provisions in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015, collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program. [More]
MSHS introduces online patient experience star ratings for its physicians

MSHS introduces online patient experience star ratings for its physicians

Mount Sinai Health System today began posting patient experience ratings for its doctors, becoming the largest academic health system in New York City to do so. [More]
New amfAR report highlights role of health plans, health care purchasers in curbing domestic HIV epidemic

New amfAR report highlights role of health plans, health care purchasers in curbing domestic HIV epidemic

Today, amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research released a new report, “Curbing the HIV Epidemic by Supporting Effective Engagement in HIV Care: Recommendations for Health Plans and Health Care Purchasers,” which highlights the critical role of health plans and health care purchasers, including Medicaid and Medicare programs, marketplaces, and employers, in moving the nation toward ending the domestic HIV epidemic. [More]
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