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Affordable Care Act delivers significant benefits for women
According to a new study appearing in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, published by Elsevier, the rate of health insurance coverage and access to affordable acute and preventive care services improved for women after the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (2019-03-21)
WVU researcher finds some Medicaid populations more likely to die by suicide
A West Virginia University researcher has discovered the suicide rate of some Medicaid-insured youth -- including girls and young women -- is higher than those with private insurance. (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)
Administration budget proposal undermined by concurrent cuts
The White House budget proposal for 2020 recommends increases to the domestic HIV programs at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration and Indian Health Services that will be essential to keeping the administration's promise of ending our nation's HIV epidemic in the next decade. (2019-03-12)
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)
Health insurance is not assurance of healthcare
Because of high out-of-pocket expenses, Ohioans who purchase subsidized health-exchange insurance often can't afford the care they need when they need it. (2019-02-27)
Medicaid expansion led to increase in screening for colorectal cancer patients in Kentucky
The number of low-income patients screened for colorectal cancer more than tripled after Medicaid expansion in 2014, according to study findings in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons. (2019-02-22)
Study: ACA Medicaid expansion shows impact on colon cancer screenings, survival in Kentucky
A new University of Kentucky study published in the Journal of the American College of Surgeons shows a direct link between the adoption of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion and the impact of colon cancer on Kentuckians. (2019-02-22)
Access to federally qualified health centers does not translate into lower rates of ED use
There is no association between access to federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and emergency department visits for either uninsured or Medicaid-insured patients. (2019-02-11)
67 percent of bankruptcy filers cite illness and medical bills as contributors to financial ruin
Medical problems contributed to 66.5 percent of all bankruptcies according to a study published in the American Journal of Public Health, a percentage that is virtually unchanged since the passage of the ACA. (2019-02-07)
Survivors of a firearm injury at risk for subsequent hospitalizations
Ten percent of firearm injury survivors will be readmitted to the hospital for further treatment within 90 days of their original injuries. (2019-01-31)
Care following opioid overdoses in West Virginia falls short
Only a small fraction of people who had non-fatal opioid overdoses in West Virginia received treatment in the aftermath, a new study led by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. (2019-01-29)
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)
Higher suicide rates evident among youth certain groups of Medicaid enrollees
According to a new study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, nearly four in ten of all youth who died by suicide in 16 states between 2009 and 2013 were Medicaid enrollees. (2019-01-17)
Did quality of care, outcomes improve for hospitalized heart attack patients in states that expanded Medicaid?
Lack of insurance is associated with worse care and outcomes among adults hospitalized for a heart attack. (2019-01-16)
Democratic governors have bold ideas to transform health care: Harvard researchers
Republican and Democratic governors have strikingly different visions for the future of health care, according to a new analysis published in the American Journal of Public Health. (2019-01-16)
Fraction of US outpatient treatment centers offer medication for opioid addiction
Despite the mounting death toll of America's opioid crisis, only a minority of facilities that treat substance use disorders offer patients buprenorphine, naltrexone or methadone -- the three FDA-approved medications for the long-term management of opioid use disorder, according to a new study from researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. (2019-01-15)
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)
Study looks at ED visits to examine opioid prescribing in pediatric patients
Opioids for pain management in pediatric patients are sometimes necessary but their use has raised concerns about the effects of opioids and later abuse. (2018-12-21)
Study examines primary drivers of increased hospitalizations of homeless individuals
A new study led by investigators from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) and Brigham and Women's Hospital examines patterns, causes and outcomes of acute hospitalizations between 2007 and 2013 for homeless individuals and non-homeless control groups in three populous and diverse U.S. states: Florida, California and Massachusetts. (2018-12-21)
Hospitalizations for homeless individuals are on the rise
Data from a new retrospective cohort study suggest a rise in acute hospital use among homeless individuals for mental illness and substance use disorder. (2018-12-14)
Antipsychotic treatment and risk of unexpected death in children, young people
Antipsychotic medications can have adverse effects, including those that are life-threatening. (2018-12-12)
High-dose antipsychotics place children at increased risk of unexpected death
Children and young adults without psychosis who are prescribed high-dose antipsychotic medications are at increased risk of unexpected death, despite the availability of other medications to treat their conditions, according to a Vanderbilt University Medical Center study published today in JAMA Psychiatry. (2018-12-12)
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)
What does expanded Medicaid mean for the health & work lives of enrollees? A lot
A new study could help states that will soon expand Medicaid, or may add a work requirement, understand what might be in store. (2018-12-06)
Study shows low-income women in Texas are not getting contraception after childbirth
The study shows that two-thirds of women did not receive their desired contraception at the six-week postpartum visit, increasing risk of unintended pregnancy. (2018-12-04)
Study shows rising rates of hospitalization in the homeless
Hospitalization rates among homeless adults have increased sharply in recent years, with a very different set of causes from those in non-homeless individuals, reports a study in the January issue of Medical Care. (2018-11-30)
Pre-pregnancy health coverage climbs after Medicaid expansion
The number of low-income women enrolled in Medicaid before becoming pregnant rose substantially in states that expanded Medicaid eligibility through the Affordable Care Act. (2018-11-27)
New research provides guidance on how to successfully motivate California's Medicaid population to quit smoking
New research shows improved smoking cessation outcomes can be achieved within the Medi-Cal (California's Medicaid program) population by supplementing telephone counseling with access to nicotine-replacement patches and moderate financial incentives that are not contingent on outcomes. (2018-11-16)
Affordable health care means better access to diabetes prevention, management
OHSU study compares rates of health care utilization at Community Health Centers in states with, without Medicaid expansion programs. (2018-11-13)
Emergency department visits by uninsured patients drop in Illinois after Medicaid expansion
Study adds to growing body of evidence suggesting that the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) helped low-income families rely less on emergency department visits for medical care. (2018-11-02)
Coverage of hormonal breast cancer therapies increased in states that expanded Medicaid
An evaluation of breast cancer patients enrolled in Medicaid showed that states that expanded Medicaid during 2011 to 2017 had a 27 percent increase in prescriptions for hormonal therapy medications compared to states that did not expand Medicaid during the same period. (2018-11-02)
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)
Medicaid expansion linked to reduced mortality among dialysis patients
A new Brown University study finds that fewer patients with end-stage kidney disease died within a year of starting dialysis in states that expanded Medicaid coverage in the wake of the Affordable Care Act. (2018-10-25)
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)
Infective endocarditis increases tenfold in North Carolina
A side effect of opioid use is an infection of the heart valves called drug-associated infective endocarditis. (2018-10-08)
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