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National survey finds improvements in self-reported insurance coverage, access to care and health under ACA

National survey finds improvements in self-reported insurance coverage, access to care and health under ACA

Results of a national survey that included more than half a million adults indicates significant improvements in trends for self-reported insurance coverage, access to a personal physician and medications, affordability and health after the Affordable Care Act's first and second open enrollment periods, according to a study in the July 28 issue of JAMA, a theme issue on Medicare and Medicaid at 50. [More]
Yale researchers find improvements in mortality, hospitalizations and outcomes among Medicare patients

Yale researchers find improvements in mortality, hospitalizations and outcomes among Medicare patients

In a 15-year study of older Medicare patients, Yale School of Medicine researchers saw an estimated 20% drop in mortality, about 30% fewer hospitalizations, and 40% reduction in deaths after hospitalization. [More]
Centene reports strong financial results for Q2 2015

Centene reports strong financial results for Q2 2015

Centene Corporation today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The following discussions, with the exception of cash flow information, are in the context of continuing operations. [More]
Study shows link between enrollment in SVRA services and return-to-work outcomes for SSDI beneficiaries

Study shows link between enrollment in SVRA services and return-to-work outcomes for SSDI beneficiaries

Researchers have published results of a study showing a relationship between enrollment in state vocational rehabilitation agency (SVRA) services and return-to-work outcomes for beneficiaries of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI). Employment outcomes were better among those who enrolled in SVRA services compared with beneficiaries who did not enroll for these services. [More]
Regeneron, Sanofi to jointly advance new immuno-oncology treatment options for cancer patients

Regeneron, Sanofi to jointly advance new immuno-oncology treatment options for cancer patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi have entered into a new global collaboration to discover, develop and commercialize new antibody cancer treatments in the emerging field of immuno-oncology. [More]

Healthfirst notifies data privacy incident

Healthfirst, 100 Church Street, New York, New York 10007, is notifying approximately 5300 affected members and past members that their personal information may have been compromised in the course of a criminal fraud scheme perpetrated against Healthfirst. Social Security numbers and credit card information were not affected. [More]
American College of Surgeons calls for meaningful data sharing for improved patient care

American College of Surgeons calls for meaningful data sharing for improved patient care

The American College of Surgeons strongly believes that patients and their families deserve to have meaningful information available to assist them in selecting the right surgeon. [More]
Genesis files shelf registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Genesis files shelf registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

Genesis HealthCare, one of the nation's largest providers of post-acute care, today announced that it has filed a shelf registration statement on Form S-3 with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. [More]
Texas Institute for Surgery receives five-star rating for patient satisfaction

Texas Institute for Surgery receives five-star rating for patient satisfaction

Texas Institute for Surgery at Texas Health Presbyterian Dallas received the maximum grade of five stars in a rating of patients' experience of care of more than 3,500 hospitals that is posted on a federal government website. [More]
FDA approves Praluent (alirocumab) Injection for treatment of patients with high LDL cholesterol

FDA approves Praluent (alirocumab) Injection for treatment of patients with high LDL cholesterol

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi today announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Praluent (alirocumab) Injection, the first FDA-approved treatment in a new class of drugs known as PCSK9 (proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9) inhibitors. [More]
EMA's CHMP recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) for use in patients with hypercholesterolemia

EMA's CHMP recommends approval of Praluent (alirocumab) for use in patients with hypercholesterolemia

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi today announced that the European Medicine Agency's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use has adopted a positive opinion for the marketing authorization of Praluent (alirocumab), recommending its approval for use in certain adult patients with hypercholesterolemia. [More]
ASTRO concerned about proposed Medicare physician payment cuts to radiation therapy

ASTRO concerned about proposed Medicare physician payment cuts to radiation therapy

The American Society for Radiation Oncology is concerned about proposed additional payment cuts to radiation therapy detailed in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS), released July 8, 2015, which will take effect on January 1, 2016. [More]
Less invasive endovascular aortic repair benefits most patients, provides quick recovery

Less invasive endovascular aortic repair benefits most patients, provides quick recovery

Each year, nearly 40,000 Americans undergo elective surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm with the goal of preventing a life-threatening rupture of this potentially dangerous cardiovascular condition. [More]
ADPT generates systemwide net patient services revenue of $104.5 million for Q2 2015

ADPT generates systemwide net patient services revenue of $104.5 million for Q2 2015

Adeptus Health Inc., the largest operator of freestanding emergency rooms in the U.S., announced its results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015. [More]
NeoGenomics' revenue increases 18% to $24.3 million in second quarter 2015

NeoGenomics' revenue increases 18% to $24.3 million in second quarter 2015

NeoGenomics, Inc., a leading provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services, today reported its results for the second quarter of 2015. [More]
Availability of primary care appointments improves for people with Medicaid in Michigan

Availability of primary care appointments improves for people with Medicaid in Michigan

Getting access to health insurance, and getting access to a doctor, are two very different things. But a new University of Michigan study suggests that the two have gone hand-in-hand in the state of Michigan, despite a rapid influx of hundreds of thousands of newly insured people under the state's expansion of Medicaid. [More]
Mercy Medical Center named third best hospital in Maryland

Mercy Medical Center named third best hospital in Maryland

U.S. News & World Report has released its annual "Best Hospital" rankings. This 26th annual edition includes information on nearly 5,000 hospitals nationwide. U.S. News & World Report named Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore as the third best hospital in Maryland, behind only the academic medical centers at Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland. Mercy also retained its status from last year as the state's top-ranked community hospital. [More]
Experts draft prescription for making cancer drugs more affordable

Experts draft prescription for making cancer drugs more affordable

A group of 118 of the nation's leading cancer experts have drafted a prescription for reducing the high cost of cancer drugs and voiced support for a patient-based grassroots movement demanding action on the issue. Their recommendations and support are outlined in a commentary, co-authored by the group, in the journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. [More]
Research suggests that only one in three older Americans have diabetes under control

Research suggests that only one in three older Americans have diabetes under control

Only one in three older Americans have their diabetes under control as measured by guidelines set by the American Diabetes Association, new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research suggests. [More]
Invuity's proprietary photonics technology recognized for improving patient safety

Invuity's proprietary photonics technology recognized for improving patient safety

Invuity, Inc., a leading surgical photonics company, today reported that The Joint Commission has recognized its proprietary photonics technology as an important innovation in the prevention of unintended retained foreign objects (URFOs) that are left inside patients during surgery. [More]
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