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Retail clinics do not decrease emergency department visits
Despite being touted as a way to reduce emergency department visits, retail clinics opened near emergency departments had little effect on rates of low-acuity visits to them, according to the results of a study published online today in Annals of Emergency Medicine. An accompanying editorial suggests that the primary effect of opening retail clinics is to increase health care use, not substitute for emergency department visits. (2016-11-14)

Personalized breast cancer program launches in Cambridge
A new personalized breast cancer program which will map patients' DNA and RNA to tailor treatment for individuals launches at the Cancer Research UK Cambridge Institute. (2016-11-13)

After Australia cut drug copays for indigenous people, hospital use declined
When the Australian government reduced drug costs for indigenous people with or at risk for chronic conditions, they became substantially less likely to need hospitalization to treat those health problems. (2016-11-07)

Report released on Affordable Care Act implementation in Louisville
Findings from a recent study on health care utilization in Metro Louisville indicate the uninsured rate decreased by more than half in just one year, from almost 17 percent in 2013 to just under 8 percent in 2014. (2016-11-02)

Mental health spending nets return by reducing jail population
Each dollar a state spends on mental health care cuts roughly 25 cents off its jail expenditures by reducing its inmate population, a new study shows. (2016-11-02)

Political polarization among voters likely to have effect on future health policy
An in-depth analysis of results from 14 national public opinion polls that looked at how Republican and Democratic likely voters in the 2016 presidential election view the health policy issues raised during the election campaign shows that the two parties' voters have markedly different values, priorities, and beliefs about the future of health policy. (2016-10-26)

TTUHSC El Paso receives $6 Million grant for new dental school
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso (TTUHSC El Paso) has received a $6 million grant from the Paso del Norte Health Foundation (PDNHF) to support its new dental school. (2016-10-25)

Canada Health Act needs bite: CMAJ urges federal government to strengthen Act and punish violations
A new health accord between federal and provincial governments must uphold the universality, equity and quality of our current system, rather than introduce two-tiered health care, argues an editorial in CMAJ. (2016-10-24)

RIT awarded grant to study a globally coordinated vaccine market
Rochester Institute of Technology received a three-year, $374,949 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for faculty-researcher Rubén Proaño to study and help design a coordinated decision-support system for the global procurement of vaccines. (2016-10-21)

A major challenge for young heart attack patients: Affordable health care
In the year following a heart attack, financial barriers to healthcare are linked to worse health outcomes in young women and young men, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers published in the current issue of the Journal of the American Heart Association. (2016-10-18)

Young people aging out of foster care may be leaving behind critical healthcare coverage
States are required to provide health insurance to young people who have aged out of the foster care system until their 26th birthday. Although the intent of the provision is to mirror the extended coverage available to young adults whose parents have private health insurance, research shows that varying interpretations of the provision by states have effectively blocked many youth formerly in foster care from accessing their federally mandated coverage. (2016-10-17)

Medicaid expansion may improve financial status of trauma safety net hospitals
Trauma centers that care for the greatest proportion of uninsured patients stand to gain the most financially from state expansion of the Medicaid program. (2016-10-17)

Why private health insurers are losing money on the Affordable Care Act
The choice of young people to forgo health insurance combined with the high cost of providing care for the sickest Americans are together generating big losses for insurers participating in the Affordable Care Act's state insurance marketplaces. (2016-10-14)

American College of Rheumatology releases statement on CMS final rule on MIPS and APMs
The American College of Rheumatology has issued an official statement on today's release by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of its final policy implementing the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and the Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM) incentive payment provisions in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), collectively referred to as the Quality Payment Program. (2016-10-14)

ACP statement on CMS' initiative to reduce physician burden within APMs
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced a promising 18-month initiative to minimize unnecessary administrative tasks. In conjunction with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), this new effort aims to launch a nationwide effort to work with the clinician community to improve Medicare regulations and reduce burden. (2016-10-13)

Private top-up insurance could help pay for the NHS, argues expert
Private top-up insurance could help prevent the declining healthcare standards in the NHS, argues Christopher Smallwood, an economist and former chair of Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. (2016-10-12)

Medicaid expansion associated with increased Medicaid revenue, decreased uncompensated care costs
In a study appearing in the Oct. 11 issue of JAMA, Fredric Blavin, Ph.D., of The Urban Institute, Washington, DC, estimated the association between Medicaid expansion in 2014 and hospital finances by assessing differences between hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid and in states that did not expand Medicaid. (2016-10-11)

Inadequate state children's mental health structure hampers chances for improved care
State agencies charged with the treatment of children who have mental health and substance abuse conditions are missing out on opportunities to improve care. They are unable to capitalize on chances to advance prevention, care coordination and integration with primary care, according to a national survey of state agency directors. The findings are published in the latest issue of The Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research. (2016-10-11)

Former USPSTF chairs say that guidelines should inform -- not determine -- coverage
Former chairs of the US Preventive Services Task Force, Virginia A. Moyer, M.D., M.P.H., Michael LeFevre, M.D., M.S.P.H., and Ned Calonge, M.D., M.P.H., say that it may be time for USPSTF guidelines to inform -- not determine -- insurance coverage. (2016-10-10)

Talimogene laherparepvec in melanoma: Added benefit not proven
The data from the only study cited by the drug manufacturer in its dossier were unsuitable for the assessment. (2016-10-06)

In India, training informal health-care providers improved quality of care
Training informal health-care providers in India improved the quality of health care they offered to patients in rural regions, a new study reports. (2016-10-06)

New report: Almost two-thirds of Texans have stable health insurance
Almost two-thirds of Texans ages 18 to 64 stayed insured with health care coverage during the past 12 months, according to a new report released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. (2016-10-05)

Study suggests additional benefits to HIV-prevention therapy
A new study suggests just how cost-effective this intervention -- known as pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP -- could be in Toronto, and says there maybe additional benefits to a PrEP program if it brings high-risk individuals into contact with the health-care system and engages them in care. (2016-10-05)

Does patient-centered care in diabetes improve glycemic control and quality of life?
A new study has found that while patient-centered care (PCC) was associated with significant improvements in both physical and mental quality of life and some aspects of diabetes self-management, it did not have a significant effect on glycemic control. PCC needs to expand more broadly throughout the healthcare system to have a meaningful impact on glycemic control, propose the authors of an article published in Diabetes Technology & Therapeutics. (2016-10-04)

'Churning' following the Affordable Care Act hasn't worsened, but remains a problem
About one in four low-income adults in three US states have experienced changes in their health insurance coverage -- known as 'churning' -- since the Affordable Care Act was passed in 2014, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. (2016-10-04)

It takes a village: Researchers studying US tiny house villages' benefits, challenges
Kansas State University faculty Brandon Irwin, assistant professor of kinesiology, and Julia Day, assistant professor of interior design, are traveling the United States to study the new trend in housing: tiny houses. (2016-10-03)

Study examines financial losses for inpatient care of children with Medicaid
Freestanding children's hospitals had the largest financial losses for pediatric inpatients covered by Medicaid, suggesting hospitals may be unlikely to offset decreased Disproportionate Share Hospital payments from caring for fewer uninsured patients as a result of health insurance expansion, according to an article published online by JAMA Pediatrics. (2016-09-12)

Has the Affordable Care Act accomplished its goals?
A new review of the published literature indicates that the Affordable Care Act has made significant progress in accomplishing two of its main goals -- decreasing the number of uninsured and improving access to care. (2016-09-07)

Early impact of the affordable care act on oral contraceptive cost sharing
In a new study, published in the September 2016 issue of Health Affairs, Brigham and Women's Hospital researchers examined how the Affordable Care Act mandate requiring most commercial insurance plans to cover Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, without cost sharing (co-pays and deductibles), has impacted oral contraceptive use. (2016-09-07)

Steroid use linked to worse outcomes in Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis
Researchers from Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School have found that patients who were prescribed corticosteroids as part of treatment for Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis had worse long-term outcomes of regaining facial function than those who were prescribed antibiotic therapy alone. Based on these findings, which were published online today in Laryngoscope, the researchers urge caution in prescribing corticosteroids to patients with acute Lyme disease-associated facial paralysis. (2016-09-06)

White racism tied to fatal heart disease for blacks and whites
Living in unabashedly racist communities can shorten the lives of both blacks and whites, according to new research from the University of California, Berkeley. (2016-09-06)

Patient care can improve with technology in nursing homes
Research from the University of Missouri shows increases in IT sophistication can lead to potential improvements in health care quality measures. (2016-09-01)

Politics affect views on healthcare quality -- but not on personal experience with care
What do you think about the quality of healthcare in the United States? Your opinion may depend on your politics, with Democrats perceiving more problems in the healthcare system compared to Republicans, reports a study in the Journal for Healthcare Quality. The peer-reviewed journal of the National Association for Healthcare Quality, JHQ is published by Wolters Kluwer. (2016-09-01)

It's not just the heat: Bad policies contributing to heat-related deaths in farmworkers
A new book by University of Colorado Denver anthropologist Sarah Horton argues that heat fatalities are likely to continue among American farmworkers without reform of immigration, labor, health-care and food safety policies. (2016-08-30)

Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care, but disparities persist
The Affordable Care Act has substantially decreased the number of uninsured Americans and improved access to health care, though insurance affordability and disparities by geography, race/ethnicity, and income persist. These are some of the findings revealed in nearly 100 studies, dating back to 2010, pertaining to the ACA in a research paper, soon to be published in Health Services Research, by University of Miami School and Florida Atlantic University. (2016-08-30)

WSU researcher finds mechanism affecting alcohol consumption
A Washington State University researcher has found a mechanism that strongly influences whether or not an animal is likely to drink a lot of alcohol. 'It takes them from drinking the equivalent of three to four units of alcohol in one to two hours, down to one to two,' said David Rossi, a WSU assistant professor of neuroscience. (2016-08-30)

ERs after Obamacare: More patients, fewer on-call specialists
The average monthly emergency department visit increased by 5.7 percent in Illinois after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, although the population remained essentially flat. In Massachusetts, while visits to emergency departments climbed steadily between 2005 and 2014, availability of on-call specialists (surgeons, psychiatrists and other specialists) declined 'significantly.' The results of two state-specific studies were published online last Thursday in Annals of Emergency Medicine. (2016-08-29)

Study finds links between physicians setting cancer care guidelines and drug industry
University of North Carolina LIneberger Comprehensive Cancer Center researchers say the finding of a high prevalence of financial relationships among authors who helped develop a leading set of cancer treatment guidelines lays the foundation for future studies of whether the payments influenced the physician's clinical practice or guideline recommendations. (2016-08-25)

Prescriptions more affordable after policy changes
Washington State University researchers have seen significant increases in the number of Americans who can afford to fill prescriptions following implementation of the 2003 Medicare Modernization Act and the 2010 Affordable Care Act (also called Obamacare). (2016-08-23)

Simplify and standardize health insurance plans, advise CMU behavioral economists
In a new NEJM Catalyst paper, Carnegie Mellon University behavioral economists George Loewenstein and Saurabh Bhargava argue that the best way to address the problems caused by health plan complexity is to simplify and standardize the plans. (2016-08-23)

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