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Out-of-pocket costs exceed what many insured cancer patients expect to pay

Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Some patients spend a third of household income on cancer care, despite insurance.



Health insurance expansion via Obamacare linked to fewer cardiac arrests

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A sudden catastrophic loss of heart function, or cardiac arrest, occurred significantly less among adults who acquired health insurance via the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to new research in...



Medicaid restrictions linked to increased late-stage breast cancer diagnoses

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Women in Tennessee who were diagnosed with breast cancer were more likely to be diagnosed with late stage disease after a substantial rollback of Medicaid coverage for adults in the state, according...



Emergency room patients routinely overcharged, study finds

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An analysis of billing records for more than 12,000 emergency medicine doctors across the United States shows that charges varied widely, but that on average, adult patients are charged 340 percent...



More than 8 million children could face higher insurance costs without CHIP

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

More than 8 million children enrolled in the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) could be at risk of losing coverage if federal funding for the program is not extended this year.



Time for physicians to prepare for impending appropriate use mandate

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Within a year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement a provision in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) that requires physicians to consult appropriate use...



Trump's policies set to damage health and science, warns The BMJ

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The BMJ warns that Trump's administration "is acting in ways that will suppress research and limit communication on scientific topics that it deems politically inconvenient.



Many cancer survivors change their prescription drug use for financial reasons

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

A new analysis indicates that many cancer survivors change their prescription drug use (including skipping doses or requesting cheaper medications) for financial reasons.



Insurance status impacts complication rates after shoulder replacement surgery

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Patients undergoing shoulder replacement surgery who have Medicaid, Medicare or no health insurance, had higher complication rates as compared to patients who had private insurance.



Examining different accountable care organization payment models

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Two new studies published online by JAMA Internal Medicine take a look at different accountable care organization (ACO) payment models.The first study by J. Michael McWilliams, M.D., Ph.D.



Study shows impact of dental benefits on meeting children's dental needs

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

A report in The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) shows that dental benefits play a significant role in meeting the dental needs of children, including checkups and treatments.



New survey finds many Americans want changes to ACA but few support immediate repeal

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

According to a new national survey on Americans' opinions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 12 percent of Americans want...



Inability to work: Medical experts often disagree

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Independent medical evaluations are often used to adjudicate disability claims. But different doctors assessing the same patient often disagree on whether the patient is disabled or not.



Most primary care doctors 'strongly endorse' key elements of the Affordable Care Act

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Proponents of repealing the Affordable Care Act, including President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, have argued that the law places an undue burden on...



Large pre-ACA Medicaid expansion did not level health disparities in cancer surgery

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

An analysis of the New York State's Medicaid expansion, which predated the 2010 Affordable Care Act, finds substantial decrease in uninsured rate but little change in racial disparities when it...



The ACA increased coverage and access for the chronically ill, but many still face barriers to care

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased insurance coverage and access to care for patients with chronic medical conditions, but a year after the law took full effect, many...



Who is at risk to lose insurance if Affordable Care Act changed or repealed?

Mon, 23 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

If Congress changes or repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which adults are at risk of losing health insurance?



Patients face 'surprise' medical bills from out-of-network specialists

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

The average anesthesiologist, emergency physician, pathologist and radiologist charge more than four times what Medicare pays for similar services, often leaving privately-insured consumers stuck...



New study: What do health plan deductibles really mean for people with chronic illness?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

For tens of millions of Americans, the start of a new year means the counter has gone back to zero on their health insurance deductible.



Older lung cancer patients face significant treatment burden

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Depending on the type of treatment older lung cancer patients receive, they can spend an average of one in three days interacting with the healthcare system in the first 60 days after surgery or...



Has the Affordable Care Act reduced socioeconomic disparities in cancer screening?

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Out-of-pocket expenditures are thought to be a significant barrier to receiving cancer preventive services, especially for individuals of lower socioeconomic status.



Medicare bundled-payments model cut joint replacement costs by more than 20 percent

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Savings seen largely in lower costs of artificial joints and post-surgical rehabilitation.



Study finds use of hospital emergency departments for dental conditions increased after medicaid expansion in Kentucky

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 06:00:00 PDT

According to a study published in Health Affairs, increased access to adult dental coverage through Medicaid exposed a largely unmet need for oral health care services in Kentucky and the potential...



Few older Americans have dental insurance

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 09:00:00 PDT

Only 12 percent of older Americans have some form of dental insurance and fewer than half visited a dentist in the previous year, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health...



Depression rates growing among adolescents, particularly girls

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Study shows 1 in 6 girls report experiencing an episode of clinical depression over previous year.