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Cost-sharing associated with inpatient hospitalization increased 2009-2013
Cost sharing for insured adults increased 37 percent per inpatient hospitalization from 2009 to 2013, with variations in insurance policies resulting in a higher burden of out-of-pocket costs for some patients, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. (2016-06-27)

ASHG honors CCGF and Senator James Cowan with Advocacy Award
ASHG has named the Canadian Coalition for Genetic Fairness and Senator James Cowan of the Parliament of Canada as the 2016 recipients of its annual Advocacy Award. For several years, Senator Cowan and CCGF have led efforts to pass a law preventing genetic discrimination in Canada. This year, Senator Cowan's bill was passed unanimously by the Senate of Canada, and is now before the House of Commons. (2016-06-24)

Rheumatology leaders respond to MACRA proposed rule
The American College of Rheumatology praised the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for recognizing the important role qualified clinical data registries will play in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) payment pathway, but expressed a number of concerns regarding the complexity and timing of requirements for small and solo practices, the absence of key cost data in the Resource Use category of MIPS, and the formidable barriers that exclude many rheumatologists from participating in the Alternative Payment Model track. (2016-06-24)

Molecular tools for bioengineering eukaryotic microalgae
The article discusses some of the rapidly developing tools for genome editing and discusses their potential impact on the bioengineering of eukaryotic microalgae. (2016-06-23)

Empowering addiction treatment patients to engage in care may improve overall health
In the first trial of an intervention focused on increasing alcohol and drug treatment patients' engagement in their own health care, researchers found that patients who received six intervention sessions had greater involvement in managing their health and health care than those receiving fewer sessions. The Kaiser Permanente study was published today in JAMA Psychiatry. (2016-06-22)

Cancer, violence among top health concerns for Chicago's South Siders
Residents on the South Side say cancer, violence prevention and sexually transmitted infections are among their top health concerns, according to a survey of 12 ZIP codes conducted by the University of Chicago Medicine. The 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment, published online in mid-June, also identifies diabetes among adults, pediatric asthma and pediatric obesity as other critical health issues faced by South Siders. (2016-06-22)

Medicaid expansion brought across-the-board relief for Michigan hospitals, study finds
It happened fast. It happened in nearly every hospital in the state. And it didn't come with dreaded side effects. The proportion of hospitalized patients who lacked insurance dropped by nearly four percentage points, and the proportion covered by Medicaid rose more than six points, in the state of Michigan within three months of the expansion of Medicaid. (2016-06-21)

Internists testify about rising prescription drug prices and their impact on patients
The American College of Physicians today provided physician perspective on the escalating cost of prescription drugs, the impact of the costs on internal medicine physicians and their patients, and support for the intent of the bipartisan Creating and Restoring Equal Access to Equivalent Samples Act of 2016 to reduce anti-competitive practices. (2016-06-21)

Study finds decrease in uninsured hospital patients, increase in those with Medicaid
In a study appearing in the June 21 issue of JAMA, Matthew M. Davis, M.D., M.A.P.P., of the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and colleagues examined changes in insurance coverage among hospitalized nonelderly adults after Michigan expanded Medicaid coverage in 2014 under the Affordable Care Act. (2016-06-21)

Rapid Medicaid expansion in Michigan didn't reduce access to primary care
Despite predictions that expanding Medicaid would crowd doctor's offices with new patients, and crowd out patients with other kinds of insurance, a new University of Michigan study finds no evidence of that effect. In fact, the 600,000 Michiganders who signed up for the Healthy Michigan Plan in its first year faced better odds of getting an appointment, and similar wait times for a first appointment with a new clinic, before and after the expansion. (2016-06-17)

Safety-net hospitals remain vital resource for minority patients following health reform
A new study led by researchers at Boston Medical Center found that the proportion of discharges among minority patients receiving inpatient care at minority-serving hospitals in Massachusetts increased after the implementation of health insurance reform measures which expanded access to care in non-safety net hospitals. The research suggests that minority-serving hospitals remain an important and vital component of the health care system and may benefit greatly from interventions such as raising Medicaid reimbursement rates. (2016-06-17)

Study underscores ongoing need for HIV safety net program
A Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine study of insurance coverage of more than 28,000 people with HIV concludes that a decades-old program that offers free medical care remains a critical necessity despite the availability of coverage under the Affordable Care Act. (2016-06-16)

Biodegradable quick test reveals blue-green algae toxins in swimming water
VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and the University of Turku have developed an easy-to-use and affordable blue-green algae (cyanobacteria) test. (2016-06-16)

Scientific gains may make electronic nose the next everyday device
Researchers at the Texas Analog Center of Excellence (TxACE) at UT Dallas are working to develop an affordable electronic nose that can be used in breath analysis for a wide range of health diagnosis. (2016-06-16)

Rice U. health economists launch project to study physician-hospital integration
The Affordable Care Act and changing economic conditions have encouraged the integration of physicians and hospitals, particularly through accountable care organizations and medical homes. Vivian Ho, chair in health economics at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, is launching a first-of-its-kind study to advance the understanding of the association between physician-hospital integration and the quality and price of health care. (2016-06-16)

Access to affordable housing provides refugees with more than just shelter
Research conducted in major Canadian cities shows that refugee newcomers with large families struggle to find suitable housing. Organizations that settle government-assisted Syrian refugees have had to deal with this problem in Ottawa, Toronto, Vancouver, and other cities. In a recent Policy Options article, Professor Damaris Rose of the INRS Urbanisation Culture Société Research Centre sheds light on certain issues affecting refugee housing. (2016-06-15)

Asking patients where they want to die when admitted to hospice linked to fewer hospitalizations
Patients who were asked where they wanted to die upon entering hospice had lower rates of hospitalization at the end of life, as did those in hospices that monitored symptoms more frequently, according to a new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. (2016-06-15)

Faulty assumptions behind persistent racial/ethnic disparities in behavioral health care
Racial and ethnic disparities in the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders may result from key faulty assumptions about the best ways of addressing the needs of minority patients. (2016-06-09)

Stanford study finds support across ethnicities for physician-assisted death
Physician-assisted death was supported by a majority of California and Hawaii residents, regardless of their ethnicity, who responded to an online survey, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. (2016-06-09)

Scientists applaud passage of Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act
'The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine applauds the Senate passage of the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, updating the statute that regulates chemicals policy.' (2016-06-08)

Individual support services help people with serious mental illness find employment
Approximately 5 percent of working-age adults in the United States are impaired by a serious mental illness such as psychotic and severe mood disorders. While about two-thirds of clients with mental illness in community mental health agencies want to work, only about 15 percent are employed. Despite these sobering statistics, many people with a psychiatric disability could find work through individual placement and support services, but a lack of funding is hampering them from achieving their goals. (2016-06-07)

Addressing antibiotic resistance: Breath analysis aims to reduce unnecessary prescriptions
The overuse of antibiotics gives harmful bacteria the opportunity to evolve into drug resistant strains that threaten health care. To help tackle the problem, scientists in China have begun a pilot study examining biomarkers exhaled by patients. The team's goal is to develop an efficient (fast, accurate, painless and affordable) test that will assist doctors in prescribing antibiotics only when the treatment is absolutely necessary. (2016-06-07)

New test allows for one-step diagnosis of HCV infection
The current standard in diagnosing Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection requires two sequential steps that make it suboptimal, costly, inconvenient, time consuming, and globally not widely available or affordable. Now researchers have developed a novel enzyme immunoassay that accomplishes screening and diagnosis in one simple and affordable step. (2016-06-07)

Obesity and gestational diabetes in mothers linked to early onset of puberty in daughters
aughters of overweight mothers who develop gestational diabetes are significantly more likely to experience an earlier onset of one sign of puberty, according to new Kaiser Permanente research published in the American Journal of Epidemiology. (2016-06-06)

Americans need easier access, more affordable options for hearing health care -- new report
Hearing loss is a significant public health concern, and efforts should be made to provide adults with easier access to and more affordable options for hearing health care, especially for those in underserved and vulnerable populations, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. (2016-06-02)

Low-income, rural mothers express need for family time outdoors
Low-income mothers in rural communities say participating in outdoor activities as a family is a primary need for their physical and emotional well-being. But a new paper co-authored by Iowa State University's Kimberly Greder finds many of these families don't have access to usable outdoor space. (2016-06-01)

Readmissions after complex cancer operations vary with institution type and patient cohort
Readmission rates after complex cancer operations tend to be higher in hospitals that are considered to be vulnerable because they serve as safety nets in their communities or have a high number of Medicaid patients. (2016-05-31)

New evidence shows Affordable Care Act is working in Texas
The percentage of Texans without health insurance has dropped by 30 percent since the Affordable Care Act went into effect, cutting the state's uninsured rate below 1999 levels. That's one of the conclusions of a new report released today by Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy and the Episcopal Health Foundation. (2016-05-31)

Free colonoscopy program for uninsured detects cancer at earlier stage and is cost neutral
For uninsured patients who are at a high risk for colorectal cancer (CRC), performing free screening colonoscopies can identify cancer at an earlier stage and appears to be cost neutral from a hospital system perspective, according to study results published online in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons ahead of print publication. (2016-05-26)

Radiation oncologists meet with members of Congress, advocate for cancer research funding
Radiation oncologists from across the United States convened on Capitol Hill yesterday to encourage members of Congress to invest in cancer research with sustainable and predictable funding and to protect patients' access to high quality cancer care through value-based physician payment models. (2016-05-25)

Prohibition 2016: Assessing the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act
With the UK's Psychoactive Substances Act poised to come into force, experts ask whether a blanket prohibition of NPS is feasible. (2016-05-24)

APLCC 2016 calls on Asian-Pacific governments to help reduce lung cancer deaths
The biennial Asia Pacific Lung Cancer Conference was successfully organized in Chiang Mai, Thailand, by the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer, and others. More than 870 participants from 26 countries with a wide range of expertise spanning prevention, treatment, research, and care and support fields actively participated in this regional meeting. (2016-05-24)

Use of video decision aids increases advance care planning in Hilo, Hawaii
A program encouraging physicians and other providers to discuss with patients their preferences regarding end-of-life care significantly increased the documented incidence of such conversations and the number of patients with late-stage disease who were discharged to hospice. (2016-05-23)

Higher survival rate for overweight colorectal cancer patients than normal-weight patients
Overweight colorectal cancer patients were 55 percent less likely to die from their cancer than normal-weight patients who have the disease, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published today in JAMA Oncology. (2016-05-19)

Mille-feuille-filter removes viruses from water
A simple paper sheet made by scientists at Uppsala University can improve the quality of life for millions of people by removing resistant viruses from water. The sheet, made of cellulose nanofibers, is called the mille-feuille filter as it has a unique layered internal architecture resembling that of the French puff pastry mille-feuille. (2016-05-18)

Exposure to narrow band of green light improves migraine symptoms
Light sensitivity, or photophobia, is a frequent symptom of migraine headaches, which affect nearly 15 percent of the world's population. A new study, led by researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and published today in Brain, has found that exposing migraine sufferers to a narrow band of green light significantly reduces photophobia and can reduce headache severity. (2016-05-17)

International experts publish guidelines for cardiac rehab in developing countries
The cardiac rehab model of care is quite standard in developed countries, and consists of risk factor assessment and management, exercise training, patient education, as well as dietary and psychosocial counselling. While it is cost-effective to deliver these programs in countries such as Canada, the United Kingdom and United States, the situation in developing countries is different. (2016-05-16)

Cancer risk perception could lead to adverse health outcomes among women
According to recent studies, the US has a disadvantage in women's life expectancy compared to peer countries despite high rates of health screenings. Researchers at the University of Missouri examined the perceptions of risk among females and found that minority and less educated women believe that breast cancer, rather than heart disease, is the more common killer. They recommend health care providers incorporate healthier lifestyle strategies for heart disease with messages for improved breast health. (2016-05-16)

New book identifies 50 studies every pediatrician should know
Now that she is a first-time mother of a six-month-old boy, Ashaunta Anderson, M.D., M.P.H., is especially happy to be one of five authors of the just published book, '50 Studies Every Pediatrician Should Know' (Oxford University Press, 2016). An assistant professor of pediatrics at the Center for Healthy Communities in the School of Medicine at the University of California, Riverside, Anderson contributed 13 of the 50 chapters to the book. (2016-05-16)

ASHG opposes revised EEOC regulations weakening genetic privacy
The American Society of Human Genetics opposes the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's (EEOC) newly revised Regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and under the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). 'These revisions will significantly weaken the patient privacy protections in the ADA and GINA,' said Derek T. Scholes, Ph.D., ASHG Director of Science Policy. (2016-05-16)

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