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Initiative to promote a culture of mobility in hospitals yields encouraging results
A paper published today in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society reported results of an initiative designed to enhance implementation of hospital mobility programs aimed at improving quality of care and outcomes for older patients. (2020-08-05)
Medicare Part D favors generic prescription drugs over branded counterparts, study finds
Published this week in Health Affairs, the study led by Stacie Dusetzina, PhD, Ingram Associate Professor of Cancer Research and associate professor of Health Policy, compared Medicare Part D coverage of more than 1,360 pairs of generic and brand-name drugs. (2020-08-05)
Medicaid-covered mothers have less say in birthing experience: BU study
Giving birth in the United States is a radically different experience based on race and income, illustrated most brutally by the Black and Indigenous maternal mortality crisis. (2020-07-28)
New study finds access to food stamps reduces visits to the physicians
In a new study, University of Colorado Denver researchers found when people have access to the food stamp program, they are less likely to frequent a physician for medical care. (2020-07-22)
Mailed colorectal cancer screening kits may save costs while increasing screening rates
New research indicates that mailing colorectal cancer screening kits to Medicaid enrollees is a cost-effective way to boost screening rates. (2020-07-20)
Participants in CPC+ are diverse but not representative of all primary care practices
This study analyzes patterns of participation in the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus initiative which is the largest voluntary primary care payment and delivery reform model tested to date. (2020-07-14)
Correlations identified between insurance coverage and states' voting patterns
Researchers at Case Western Reserve University reviewed national data from the U.S. (2020-07-14)
Study finds cancer mortality rate disparity based on hospital ratings
A new paper in the JNCI Cancer Spectrum, published by Oxford University Press, finds that the mortality rates for complex cancer procedures differ greatly between one-star hospitals (10.4%) and five-star hospitals (6.4%). (2020-07-13)
Study: Medicaid expansion meant better health for the most vulnerable low-income adults
The most vulnerable residents of the nation's 10th most populous state say their health improved significantly after they enrolled in Michigan's expanded Medicaid program, a new study finds. (2020-07-10)
Rochester community initiative increases teenage use of effective contraception
Study finds that teenagers in Rochester utilize Long-Acting Reversible Contraception (LARC) at a rate five times higher than the United States as a whole. (2020-07-09)
Value-based payments disproportionately impact safety-net hospitals
A new study led by researchers at Boston Medical Center, in collaboration with Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, shows that value-based incentive programs aimed at reducing health care-associated infections did not improve infection rates in either safety-net or non-safety-net hospitals. (2020-07-08)
Restructuring of Medicaid reimbursement model reduces imaging, to the benefit of patients
New research reveals a Medicaid payment model in Oregon leads to fewer traditional primary care services for patients, with the decrease focused entirely on imaging. (2020-07-08)
Study indicates that Medicaid expansion has led to earlier cancer detection among individuals with low income
New research found that the likelihood of being diagnosed with advanced cancer decreased among individuals with low income after expansion of Medicaid coverage. (2020-07-06)
Medicaid expansion, association with breast cancer stage at diagnosis
Researchers investigated the association between the stage of breast cancer at diagnosis and the insurance status, age and race/ethnicity of patients before and after the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (2020-07-01)
SNAP work requirements put low-income Americans at risk
When work requirements for a federal food safety-net program start again, many low-income Americans will lose benefits -- and Black adults will be hardest hit, according to a study published today. (2020-06-26)
Linking hospital and other records can predict both fatal and nonfatal opioid overdoses, study suggests
A new study by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the odds of a fatal opioid overdose were 1.5 times higher for individuals with one to two visits to the emergency department for any medical issue than for people with no hospital visits. (2020-06-24)
COVID-19 toll in nursing homes linked to staffing levels and quality
A new study shows that residents of long-term care facilities with lower nurse staffing levels, poorer quality scores, and higher concentrations of disadvantaged residents suffer from higher rates of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths. (2020-06-18)
18.2 million at increased risk of severe COVID-19 uninsured or underinsured: Harvard study
Harvard researchers found that 18.2 million Americans who are at increased risk of severe COVID-19 due to age and underlying health conditions were also either uninsured or underinsured. (2020-06-10)
People with Type 1 diabetes spend $2,500 a year in health care costs
Adults and children with type 1 diabetes will spend an average of $2,500 a year out-of-pocket for health care -- but insulin isn't always the biggest expense -- new research suggests. (2020-06-01)
Small risk of muscle and bone problems in babies of mothers who took common thrush treatment
Pregnant women who take the thrush treatment fluconazole orally appear to have a higher risk of giving birth to a baby with muscle and bone malformations, suggests research published by The BMJ today. (2020-05-20)
Women in criminal justice system less likely to receive treatment for opioid use
Pregnant women involved in the criminal justice system are disproportionately not receiving medications for opioid use disorder, as compared to their peers, according to a Vanderbilt-led study published today in PLOS Medicine. (2020-05-19)
Affordable Care Act linked to better heart failure care for minorities, yet disparities persist
Heart failure patients from underserved racial or ethnic groups who live in states that have adopted the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid Expansion are more likely to receive recommended medical care than if they live in states that did not adopt the ACA Medicaid Expansion. (2020-05-15)
Federal program leads to intensified treatment for high-risk heart patients
A program that offers financial incentives to health care providers to measure and reduce heart attack and stroke risk among Medicare patients resulted in increased preventive medications prescribed to patients in high-risk and medium-risk categories. (2020-05-15)
Food allergy may be underdiagnosed in children on Medicaid
Prevalence of food allergy among Medicaid-enrolled children across the U.S. (2020-05-13)
Trouble getting a doctor's appointment may drive Medicaid enrollees to opt for the ER
The expansion of Medi-Cal, California's Medicaid program, gave millions of low-income Californians access to health insurance, but this study conducted in Northern California found that new patients may have to wait up up to a month for an appointment with a participating primary care provider, depending on their county of residence. (2020-05-12)
Cancer patients without insurance or with Medicaid don't get the same trial benefits
Cancer patients with no health insurance or those enrolled in Medicaid, the federal low-income health insurance program, see smaller survival benefits from experimental therapies in clinical trials, according to study results published today in JAMA Network Open. (2020-04-30)
Obese adults facing Medicaid expansion gap
Despite overall increases in insurance coverage for low-income individuals in Medicaid expansion states, some gaps remain for individuals who are obese. (2020-04-30)
State policies on access to vaccination services for low-income adults
This study evaluated Medicaid benefits coverage and reimbursement amounts for recommended adult vaccines in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. (2020-04-27)
Insurance coverage key to timely care in head and neck cancer cases
A study published in the JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery examines the effect of Medicaid expansion on head and neck cancer patients, finding that the expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were associated with improved access to care for these patients and selective Medicaid expansion may worsen existing regional disparities in terms of access to care and outcomes. (2020-03-31)
Those living in rural areas, uninsured or on Medicaid less likely to receive recommended lung cancer treatment
Keck Medicine of USC study reveals that socioeconomic status disparities cause lung cancer patients who live in rural areas or are uninsured or on Medicaid to miss out on treatment that improves five-year lung cancer survival rate (2020-03-25)
Comparing opioid-related emergency department visits, hospitalizations before, after ACA Medicaid expansion
This observational study compared changes in opioid-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations before and after the 2014 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion in states that implemented expansions with states that didn't. (2020-03-23)
Study finds more mental heath visits decreases risk of suicide among youths
A multistate study of Medicaid enrollees led by researchers at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that suicide risk was highest among youth with epilepsy, depression, schizophrenia, substance use and bipolar disorder. (2020-03-23)
Patient navigators cut ER visits, hospitalization for high risk health care users
Studies indicate patients with a lower socioeconomic status often lack a primary care provider, causing them to receive lower quality health care, experience a higher rate of emergency visits and an increased risk of all-cause readmissions and death after discharge. (2020-03-18)
Racial and ethnic disparities in insurance access impact maternal-infant health
Nearly half of all black, Hispanic, and Indigenous women had discontinuous insurance coverage between preconception and after delivering their babies compared to about a fourth of white women, according to the research in Obstetrics and Gynecology. (2020-03-12)
Study unveils striking disparities in health outcomes among 2 populations
In a new study published today in JAMA, a team of researchers at BIDMC evaluated how health outcomes for low-income older adults who are dually enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid have changed since the early 2000s, and whether disparities have narrowed or widened over time compared with more affluent older adults who are solely enrolled in Medicare. (2020-03-11)
Differences between self-identified general practitioners and board-certified family doctors
Physicians who identify as 'general practitioners' are a group distinct from board-certified 'family physicians,' according to a new study that was supported, in part, by the American Board of Family Medicine Foundation. (2020-03-09)
Drug prices rose 3x faster than inflation over last decade, even after discounts
The net cost of prescription drugs -- meaning sticker price minus manufacturer discounts -- rose over three times faster than the rate of inflation over the course of a decade, according to a study published today in JAMA. (2020-03-03)
ACA helped make health insurance access more equal, but racial and ethnic gaps remain
As the Affordable Care Act turns 10, a new study shows it has narrowed racial and ethnic gaps in access to health insurance -- but definitely not eliminated them. (2020-03-02)
Despite burdens most pediatricians very supportive of national vaccination program
Despite bureaucratic hurdles, the vast majority of pediatricians want to keep participating in a national program that provides vaccinations at no cost to children who are on Medicaid, uninsured, or who are American Indian/Alaska Native, according to researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. (2020-02-21)
Community health worker program yields $2.47 for every $1 invested annually by Medicaid
Every dollar spent on patients receiving support from Penn Medicine's community health worker (CHW) program resulted in an annual return on investment (ROI) of $2.47 for every dollar invested annually by Medicaid, according to a new study published online today in Health Affairs. (2020-02-05)
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