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A viable alternative to Medicare-for-all? We can and must do better!
Medicare-for-all, a solution that would bring United States healthcare policies more in line with other industrial nations, faces strong opposition and is unlikely to be enacted in the foreseeable future. (2019-03-25)
New model found effective in predicting risk of opioid overdose
A new study sought to develop and validate a way to predict the risk of opioid overdose among Medicare beneficiaries with at least one opioid prescription. (2019-03-22)
Stroke risk drops in both black and white older adults
Recent reductions in hospitalization and death due to stroke extend to both black and white Medicare beneficiaries, reports a study in the April issue of Medical Care. (2019-03-20)
Healthy food prescriptions could save lives and money
Healthy food prescriptions through Medicare and Medicaid could generate substantial health gains and be highly cost-effective, according to a study published March 19 in the open-access journal PLOS Medicine by Yujin Lee and Dariush Mozaffarian of the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University, Massachusetts, United States and colleagues. (2019-03-19)
Prescribing healthy food in Medicare/Medicaid is cost effective, could improve health
A team of researchers modeled the health and economic effects of healthy food prescriptions in Medicare and Medicaid. (2019-03-19)
Since 1990s, heart attacks have become less deadly, frequent for Americans
Heart attack prevention and outcomes have dramatically improved for American adults in the past two decades, according to a Yale study in JAMA Network Open. (2019-03-15)
Social risk factors and readmission penalties
New research shows that US safety net hospitals could benefit substantially from a new model that accounts for social risk factors like poverty and living in a disadvantaged neighborhood in determining how the federal government penalizes hospitals financially for their readmission rates. (2019-03-14)
Timing of Medicare loss may affect long-term success of kidney transplantation
Kidney transplant recipients under 65 years of age qualify for Medicare coverage following transplantation, but coverage ends after three years. (2019-03-06)
Study reveals disparities in osteoporosis treatment by sex and race/ethnicity
New research indicates that elderly men are significantly undertreated for osteoporosis compared with elderly women, and blacks have the lowest treatment rates among racial/ethnic groups. (2019-03-06)
Surprise billing debate continues to transfix state and federal policy makers
This briefing paper seeks to bring needed clarity to the feverish, ongoing surprise billing debate underway on the state and federal level. (2019-03-06)
Bundle payment model analysis of emerging breast cancer screening
Bundled payments have been touted as mechanisms to optimize quality and costs. (2019-03-04)
Is guideline-recommended therapy for coronary artery disease more likely in Medicare Advantage?
Medicare Advantage is Medicare's managed-care alternative to traditional fee-for-service Medicare. (2019-02-20)
International medical graduates care for Medicare patients with greater health care needs
A study by a Massachusetts General Hospital research team indicates that internal medicine physicians who are graduates of medical schools outside the US care for Medicare patients with more complex medical needs than those cared for by graduates of American medical schools. (2019-02-19)
Insurance rules make it harder to treat opioid use disorder
Insurance industry cost-control measures may be worsening the nation's opioid epidemic by limiting access to a key medication that treats addiction, according to a research letter published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association. (2019-02-12)
Study: Medicare rules increase out-of-pocket costs of MS drugs
Medicare patients with multiple sclerosis face skyrocketing out-of-pocket costs for therapies due to complicated insurance rules that force them to pick up an increasing share of the cost, according to new research. (2019-02-04)
Cutting health care costs
Health care spending among the Medicare population age 65 and older has slowed dramatically since 2005, and as much as half of that reduction can be attributed to reduced spending on cardiovascular disease, a new Harvard study has found. (2019-02-04)
Treating shingles after it appears doesn't reduce increased stroke risk
Stroke risk increased significantly in the days, weeks and months after shingles appeared, despite use of the shingles vaccine and antiviral therapy to treat it, according to preliminary research. (2019-01-30)
Short-term hospital readmissions for gun injuries cost $86 million a year
Hospital readmissions of patients within six months of suffering a firearm injury cost taxpayers, private insurers and uninsured families an average of $86 million a year from 2010 through 2015, according to new estimates from Stanford University School of Medicine researchers. (2019-01-23)
Payments to physicians may increase opioid prescribing
US doctors who receive direct payments from opioid manufacturers tend to prescribe more opioids than doctors who receive no such payments, according to new research published by Addiction. (2019-01-22)
Regenstrief investigator calls for Medicare payment for team-based care for dementia
CMS can create access to better care for the many millions of Americans affected by Alzheimer's disease -- both patients and their caregivers -- by redesigning the Medicare payment system to support collaborative dementia care writes Regenstrief Institute research scientist Malaz Boustani, M.D., M.P.H., in 'An Alternative Payment Model to Support Widespread Use of Collaborative Dementia Care Models,' published in the January 2019 issue of Health Affairs. (2019-01-10)
Older people who use hearing aids still report hearing challenges
A high proportion of older people with hearing aids, especially those with lower incomes, report having trouble hearing and difficulty accessing hearing care services, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2019-01-07)
Pre-Medicare years bring health insurance worries for many, U-M/AARP poll finds
With the dawn of a new year, most Americans have just started a new health insurance coverage period -- whether they receive their coverage through a job, buy it themselves or have a government plan. (2019-01-03)
Days following thyroid surgery are highest for risk of readmission
An analysis of nationwide data shows patients with symptoms are most likely to return to the hospital within a week of their thyroid surgery, suggesting avenues for better care. (2019-01-03)
Medicare's bundled payment experiment for joint replacements shows moderate savings
Medicare's randomized trial of a new bundled payment model for hip and knee replacement surgeries led to $812 in savings per procedure, or a 3.1 percent reduction in costs, when compared with traditional means of paying for care, according to new research from Harvard T.H. (2019-01-02)
Opioid use and misuse following treatment for head and neck cancer
Six months after treatment ended, 7 percent of patients remained on opioid pain medications. (2018-12-26)
Readmissions reduction program may be associated with increase in patient-level mortality
A policy designed to reduce hospital readmissions through financial penalties was associated with a significant increase in post-discharge mortality for patients with heart failure and pneumonia, according to a large-scale study by researchers in Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center's (BIDMC) Smith Center for Outcomes Research in Cardiology. (2018-12-21)
Study finds elevated risk of rare blood cancers after chemotherapy for most solid tumors
Findings from a new study by researchers at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) show that patients treated with chemotherapy for most solid tumors during 2000-2014 experienced an increased risk of therapy-related myelodysplastic syndrome/acute myeloid leukemia (tMDS/AML). (2018-12-20)
Amphetamine use, abuse and dependence claim lines increased over 3,000 percent in 10 years
The period from 2007 to 2017 marks the time from just before and since the Paul Wellstone and Pete Domenici Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008 (Mental Health Parity Act). (2018-12-18)
Veterans health administration hospitals outperform non-VHA hospitals in most markets
In a new study, researchers from The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the White River Junction VA Medical Center in White River Junction, Vermont, used the most current publicly available data to compare health outcomes for VA and non-VA hospitals within 121 local healthcare markets that included both a VA medical center and a non-VA hospital. (2018-12-10)
For large health systems, telehealth programs mean challenges and results
Increasingly, major health systems throughout the country are implementing telehealth programs in an effort to increase access and improve patient experiences. (2018-12-03)
Tele-ERs can help strengthen rural hospitals
A new study from the University of Iowa finds rural hospitals that use tele-medicine to back up their emergency room health care providers save money and find it easier to recruit new physicians. (2018-12-03)
A terrible choice: Cancer treatment or hospice care, but not both
Colorado studies explore costs, benefits, and experiences of veterans receiving concurrent cancer treatment and hospice care; their findings may provide the basis for wider adoption of this nonstandard practice. (2018-11-28)
Frail seniors going without desperately needed in-home healthcare, study finds
There is a tremendous disparity between the need for home-based medical care and the number of frail seniors actually receiving it, a new study finds. (2018-11-12)
COPD patients rarely receive pulmonary rehabilitation despite its health benefits
Only a tiny fraction of patients hospitalized for COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, participate in a pulmonary rehabilitation program following hospitalization, even though such programs are recommended and Medicare covers their cost, according to new research published online in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society. (2018-11-12)
Insurance-related disparities in timely access to gold standard dialysis procedure
In a study that compared uninsured patients starting hemodialysis with similar patients already covered by Medicare or Medicaid, patients with Medicare or Medicaid were more likely to receive dialysis through an arteriovenous fistula or graft by their fourth dialysis month. (2018-11-01)
Researchers teach 'machines' to detect Medicare fraud
Like a 'needle in a haystack,' human auditors have the painstaking task of manually checking thousands of Medicare claims for specific patterns that could indicate foul play or fraudulent behaviors. (2018-10-30)
CU researchers: Home care for knee replacement patients aids in recovery
A team of physical therapy researchers from the University of Colorado School of Medicine have conducted one of the first full-scale studies to assess the effectiveness of in-home physical therapy care for patients who have had knee replacement surgery. (2018-10-23)
Medicating distress: Risky sedative prescriptions for older adults vary widely
A new study shows wide variation in prescriptions of sedative drugs, called benzodiazepines, to people with Medicare coverage. (2018-10-18)
For-profit nursing home residents more likely to be diagnosed with neglect issues
Residents receiving care in for-profit nursing homes are almost twice as likely to experience health issues caused by substandard care compared with clients living in not-for-profit facilities or in homes in the community, according to a new report in the journal Gerontology. (2018-10-16)
Costs of Medicare diabetes prevention program may exceed reimbursements
For some healthcare providers - especially those serving racial/ethnic minority and low-income patients - the costs of delivering a new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program (MDPP) may be much higher than the expected reimbursement, reports a study in the November issue of Medical Care. (2018-10-15)
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