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Study shows cost savings from same-day long-acting reversible contraception
According to a new study by Indiana University School of Medicine doctors, providing adolescents seeking birth control the ability to obtain a long-acting reversible contraceptive on the same day as their clinic visit could lead to significant cost savings for insurance providers. (2019-09-11)
Study links hearing aids to lower risk of dementia, depression and falls
Older adults who get a hearing aid for a newly diagnosed hearing loss have a lower risk of being diagnosed with dementia, depression or anxiety for the first time over the next three years, and a lower risk of suffering fall-related injuries, than those who leave their hearing loss uncorrected, a new study finds. (2019-09-05)
When physicians integrate with hospitals, costs go up, Rice study says
When physicians integrate with hospitals, the cost of health care rises even though there's no evidence patients get better treatment, according to a new paper by experts at Rice University and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas. (2019-09-05)
Low income cancer patients and those without insurance see fewer trial benefits
When it comes to benefiting from experimental treatments offered in cancer clinical trials, your health insurance status and where you live matters, according to results of two new research studies to be presented at the 2019 ASCO Quality Care Symposium, held September 6 and 7, 2019 in San Diego. (2019-09-04)
Bigger spend, same end: Post-hospital care study suggests ways to save Medicare money
A new study reveals that spending on post-hospital care for patients who have traditional Medicare coverage costs much more than it does for an identical patient with private insurance. (2019-09-03)
196,000 youth lose health insurance coverage in past 3 years; yet upsides remain
The national implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014 was associated with gains in health insurance coverage for youth, but some of those gains have reversed during the past three years, according to findings published this month in Academic Pediatrics from researchers at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University. (2019-08-22)
Once considered rare, an itchy dermatologic skin disorder is more common than thought
Johns Hopkins researchers report that prurigo nodularis (PN), a skin disease characterized by severely itchy, firm bumps on the skin, may be associated with other inflammatory skin disorders as well as systemic and mental health disorders. (2019-08-21)
Speed identified as the best predictor of car crashes
Speeding is the riskiest kind of aggressive driving, according to a unique analysis of data from on-board devices in vehicles. (2019-08-21)
Do hospital ads work?
Should hospital advertising be banned? A few policymakers in Washington, D.C., have recently considered such an action based on a long-standing debate on whether it poses the spread of misinformation, and that it is not an effective or responsible use of an already limited healthcare budget. (2019-08-20)
California fix for surprise doctor bills works, but drives physician consolidation
Efforts are growing to address the issue of surprise medical bills that many patients receive when their hospital care is provided by out-of-network physicians. (2019-08-12)
Diabetes treatment targets have not improved in the US since 2005
Advances in diabetes care over the past two decades have not effectively improved diabetes outcomes for American adults, in particular young, female and non-white adults with diabetes. (2019-08-12)
Cancer survivors in high deductible health plans more likely to have delayed care
A new study from American Cancer Society investigators finds cancer survivors in high deductible health plans were more likely to report delaying or foregoing care. (2019-08-08)
Most independent charity drug assistance programs exclude the uninsured
A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health examined independent charity prescription drug assistance programs in the U.S. and found that nearly all--97 percent--did not provide coverage for uninsured patients. (2019-08-06)
No racial disparities in quality-of-care for CABG outcomes for those insured by TRICARE
Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital examined whether patients insured through TRICARE -- a universal insurance and equal-access system that covers more than 9 million active-duty members, veterans and their families -- experienced these disparities. (2019-08-05)
Spacer protects healthy organs from radiation exposure during particle therapy
Kobe University and Alfresa Pharma Corporation develop a novel medical device with non-woven fabric style made of bioabsorbable material. (2019-08-05)
Study assesses outcomes for meth users with burn injures
UC Davis Health researchers were surprised to find that methamphetamine use is not linked with worse health outcomes among burn patients, but was associated with significantly worse discharge conditions for meth-positive patients. (2019-08-01)
Use of non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew nearly 1,400%
From 2014 to 2018, private insurance claim lines for non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew 1,393 %, according to a new white paper on telehealth from FAIR Health, a national, independent nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. (2019-07-22)
Critical heart drug too pricey for some Medicare patients
An effective drug to treat chronic heart failure may cost too much for senior citizens with a standard Medicare Part D drug plan, said a study co-authored by a John A. (2019-07-22)
Medicare for All unlikely to cause surge in hospital use: Harvard study
Despite some analysts' claims that Medicare for All would cause a sharp increase in health care utilization, a new study finds the two biggest coverage expansions in US history -- Medicare and the ACA -- caused no net increase in hospital use. (2019-07-22)
Health insurance idea born at U-M could help millions of Americans spend less
New federal rule could reduce out-of-pocket costs for key drugs and services for people with chronic conditions in high-deductible health plans with health savings accounts. (2019-07-17)
Health insurance rule could help millions spend less for the care they need
Millions of Americans with chronic conditions could save money on the drugs and medical services they need the most, if their health insurance plans decide to take advantage of a new federal rule issued today. (2019-07-17)
Hurricane disasters associated with poorer outcomes for radiotherapy patients
Lung cancer patients who had a hurricane disaster declared during radiotherapy had worse overall survival than those who completed treatment in normal circumstances. (2019-07-16)
Prescribed opioids associated with overdose risk for family members without prescriptions
Access to family members' drugs may be a strong risk factor for overdose in individuals without their own prescriptions, according to a new study by investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital. (2019-07-16)
Insurance linked to hospitals' decision to transfer kids with mental health emergencies
A national study by UC Davis Health researchers finds differences in the decisions to admit or transfer children with mental health emergencies based on the patients' insurance type. (2019-07-16)
Insurance companies: Want to steal your competitors' customers?
Researchers from the United States published new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science (Editor's note: The source of this research is INFORMS), which sheds light on just how much it may take for the companies to profitably 'steal' customers from their competitors. (2019-07-15)
Many still uninsured after Affordable Care Act Implementation
In community health centers in Medicaid expansion states, among established patients who were uninsured prior to the Affordable Care Act, many remained uninsured after implementation of the Obama-era law. (2019-07-10)
HIV infection may increase heart failure and stroke risk
A Journal of the American Heart Association analysis of information from a large health insurance database reveals that people living with HIV have an elevated risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD), particularly heart failure and stroke. (2019-07-03)
Medically unnecessary ambulance rides soar after ACA expansion
CU Denver researcher discovered that medically unnecessary ambulance rides have drastically increased due to the expansion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (2019-06-28)
Natural biodiversity protects rural farmers' incomes from tropical weather shocks
A big data study covering more than 7,500 households across 23 tropical countries shows that natural biodiversity could be effective insurance for rural farmers against drought and other weather-related shocks. (2019-06-27)
Despite the ACA, millions of Americans with cardiovascular disease still can't get care
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death for Americans, yet millions with CVD or cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) still can't access the care they need, even years after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (2019-06-27)
Repeat ER users changed how they used ERs after gaining medicaid coverage
A new study sought to determine how the nature of visits to emergency departments (EDs) changed for previously uninsured patients who gained Medicaid insurance expansion under the ACA and who went to the ED at least once before and once after expansion. (2019-06-25)
More monitoring needed to reduce post-hospitalization urinary tract infections
Broader monitoring of patients is needed to reduce the number of people who develop a urinary tract infection after being discharged from the hospital, new research suggests. (2019-06-25)
Opioid overdose more likely if family member has opioid prescription
Having a family member who was previously dispensed prescription opioids was associated with higher odds of overdose for individuals who themselves didn't have an opioid prescription in this analysis of insurance company data. (2019-06-24)
Silver loading and switching: Unintended consequences of pulling health policy levers
A move by the White House in 2017 -- decried by many health policy analysts as an attempt to undercut the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- had unanticipated consequences that improved the affordability of health insurance for Marketplace enrollees. (2019-06-20)
Nursing home care cost significantly outpaces general inflation and medical care prices
One of the largest studies on out-of-pocket costs for nursing home care finds prices are high and rising faster than other medical care and consumer prices, reports a team of health policy researchers. (2019-06-20)
Nearly 5.4 million cancer survivors suffer chronic pain
A new report finds about one in three cancer survivors (34.6%) reported having chronic pain, representing nearly 5.4 million cancer survivors in the United States. (2019-06-20)
Millennials are 'canaries in the coalmine' for toxic economic trends
A new report by Stanford scholars lays out the problems US millennials face as a result of decades-long rising inequality. (2019-06-10)
Prescription drug costs steadily soar, yet price transparency is lacking
After reviewing tens of millions of insurance claims for the country's 49 most popular brand-name prescription drugs, a team from Scripps Research Translational Institute found that net prices rose by a median of 76 percent from January 2012 through December 2017--with most products going up once or twice per year. (2019-05-31)
Emergency room or doctor's office?
A new study in the journal Heliyon, published by Elsevier, examines the relationship between the way individuals perceive and respond to threats (threat sensitivity) and where they most frequently seek medical care. (2019-05-30)
First states to expand Medicaid saw larger screening rate increases
The five states and District of Columbia that first adopted Medicaid expansion saw larger increases in cancer screening than those states that did not. (2019-05-22)
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