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

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 00:00:00 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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 PST

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.

Study examines reasons for high cost of prescriptions drugs in U.S., approaches to reduce costs

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PST

High prescription drug prices are attributable to several causes, including the approach the U.S.

Socioeconomic factors - not race or ethnicity - influence survival of younger patients with multiple myeloma

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 05:00:00 PST

Advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma, a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell, have led to improved survival predominantly among young and white patients, with less of an...

Large population-based studies bolster evidence that insurance status affects cancer patients' health and survival

Tue, 09 Aug 2016 04:00:00 PST

Two new studies indicate that health insurance status may impact patients' health outcomes following a diagnosis of cancer.

Medicaid expansion increased Medicaid enrollment among liver transplant recipients

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 05:00:00 PST

Researchers have found that Medicaid expansion increased Medicaid enrollment among people who received liver transplants funded by commercial insurance.

United States Health Care Reform: Progress to date and next steps

Wed, 13 Jul 2016 08:00:00 PST

The Affordable Care Act has made significant progress toward solving long-standing challenges facing the U.S.

Not blowing smoke: Research finds medical marijuana lowers prescription drug use

Fri, 08 Jul 2016 00:00:00 PST

Medical marijuana is having a positive impact on the bottom line of Medicare's prescription drug benefit program in states that have legalized its use for medicinal purposes, according to...

Public reporting measures fail to describe the true safety of hospitals

Wed, 11 May 2016 01:00:00 PST

Study finds only 1 measure out of 21 to be validCommon measures used by government agencies and public rankings to rate the safety of hospitals do not accurately capture the quality of care...

Study: Medicare Part D boosts medication adherence, reduces blood pressure risk

Tue, 10 May 2016 06:00:00 PST

New research from North Carolina State University shows that implementation of Medicare Part D has increased the number of people taking their prescribed medications as directed - so-called...

Doctors call for single-payer health reform, cite need to move beyond the Affordable Care Act

Tue, 10 May 2016 05:00:00 PST

The American Journal of Public Health publishes physicians' call for sweeping single-payer reform with detailed proposal signed by over 2,200 doctors nationwide.

Changes needed to increase access to colorectal cancer screening

Mon, 09 May 2016 00:00:00 PST

Colorectal cancer is the second highest cause of cancer death in the United States, expected to claim the lives of an estimated 49,190 people in 2016.

Veterans more likely to delay seeking health care - possible link to long wait times for VA care

Tue, 03 May 2016 04:00:00 PST

Military veterans are more likely to report delays in seeking necessary healthcare, compared to the US general population, reports a study in the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice.

GPhA urges Congress to repeal Medicaid rebate penalty

Mon, 02 May 2016 00:00:00 PST

The Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) sent a letter to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Finance Committee and House Energy and Commerce Committee expressing deep concerns that...

Medicare patients have low adherence to biologic drug therapy for psoriasis

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 05:00:00 PST

About half of Medicare patients who start taking biologic therapies for moderate to severe plaque psoriasis stop within a year, according to a new study led by researchers from the Perelman School...

Medicaid expansions improve health care coverage and outcomes for the poor

Tue, 19 Apr 2016 05:00:00 PST

States that have enacted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansions are seeing better outcomes in many aspects of health care for their low-income residents.

Americans live longer but with disabilities or health issues, study shows

Mon, 18 Apr 2016 05:00:00 PST

The USC-led study findings challenge assumptions that increased longevity is a sign of good health. Americans are living longer but in poorer health, according to a new study.

Testosterone therapy decreases hospital readmissions in older men with low testosterone

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 03:00:00 PST

A new large-scale population-based study from The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston showed for the first time that older men using testosterone therapy were less likely to have...