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Medicaid provides free or low-cost health coverage to more than 50 million children, families, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. Medicare is the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, certain younger people with disab



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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...



Vitamin D deficiency: Symptoms, causes, and prevention

Sat, 24 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Poor nutrition and not enough natural sunlight can cause a vitamin D deficiency. In this article, learn more about the symptoms and risk factors.



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...



Few Medicare patients take advantage of free annual wellness visits

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:00:00 PDT

In 2011, through the Affordable Care Act, Medicare introduced the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), the first annual health check-up offered by Medicare at no cost to patients.



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...



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.



Many older adults with epilepsy may not be receiving optimal care

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Many older adults with newly diagnosed epilepsy in the United States are being prescribed older anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), and only half begin treatment with AEDs within the first 30 days of a...



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...



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...



Sepsis trumps CMS's four medical conditions tracked for readmission rates

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PDT

Sepsis accounts for considerably more hospital readmissions and associated costs than any of the four medical conditions tracked by the federal government to measure quality of care and guide...



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...



Medicaid expansion linked to better care quality at health centers

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

As the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump and members of the 115th U.S.



Primary care physician involvement at end of life associated with less costly, less intensive care

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Regions of the country with greater primary care physician involvement in the last six months of life appear to have lower-intensity, lower-cost end-of-life care. The research by Claire K.



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...



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.



Hospital readmission rates decrease after federal law levies financial penalties for readmissions

Wed, 04 Jan 2017 06:00:00 PDT

Financial penalties levied under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program lead to the poorest performing hospitals to achieve the greatest reductions in readmission...



Patients treated by female doctors less likely to die, study shows

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 00:00:00 PDT

A new study investigates whether patient outcomes differ with the gender of the physician. Researchers examine mortality and hospital readmission rates.



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...



Breast cancer: Similarly effective treatments vary in cost

Mon, 10 Oct 2016 00:00:00 PDT

The cost of treatment for breast cancer varies widely, and even women with full health insurance are paying high out-of-pocket costs, a new study reveals.