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Income-Based Health Care Inequalities Most Prevalent in America

Income-Based Health Care Inequalities Most Prevalent in America

More public tolerance for health care inequalities is seen in the United States than other countries.

Americans' Health Negatively Affected by US Election Results

Americans' Health Negatively Affected by US Election Results

A review of Obama and Trump wins suggests an impact on stress and disease levels.

Prior Authorizations Addressed by New AAFP Policy

Prior Authorizations Addressed by New AAFP Policy

Coalition urges insurers to apply reform principles to current prior authorization programs.

Patients Frequently Overcharged by US Emergency Departments

Patients Frequently Overcharged by US Emergency Departments

Minorities and uninsured are the most affected, researchers say.

Republican Health Care Bill Threatens Coverage for 23 Million Americans

Republican Health Care Bill Threatens Coverage for 23 Million Americans

While premiums may lower over the long-term, many would face much higher out-of-pocket costs.

High-Risk Pools in AHCA Likely to Keep Costs High

High-Risk Pools in AHCA Likely to Keep Costs High

Higher premiums, deductibles and out-of-pocket costs are likely to make high-risk pools unaffordable.

Republicans Face Challenge of Consensus Before Replacing the ACA, Policy Expert Says

Republicans Face Challenge of Consensus Before Replacing the ACA, Policy Expert Says

"It was evident from the internal backlash to the recent Republican House committee bills that there is a deep divide among Republicans."

Majority of Medical Practices Guilty of Dismissing Patients

Majority of Medical Practices Guilty of Dismissing Patients

Reasons include inappropriate behavior toward staff, violation of prescription policies and repeatedly missed appointments.

The American Health Care Act — Is It the Best We Can Do?

The American Health Care Act — Is It the Best We Can Do?

Republicans are not looking at the problems with the ACA, nor are they trying to find real solutions. The only Americans they seem to serve are those who need the ACA the least.

Higher Premiums and the Affordable Care Act — Why the ACA Isn't to Blame

Higher Premiums and the Affordable Care Act — Why the ACA Isn't to Blame

Republicans have capitalized on the misunderstood concept that the ACA is responsible for their health premiums going up and misleading voters to turn them against the ACA.

Decline of Uninsured Rates in Adults Starting to Slow Down

Decline of Uninsured Rates in Adults Starting to Slow Down

The uninsured rate was 9% in 2016, compared with 9.1% in 2015.

States Required to Meet Medicaid Standards of Care by 2022

States Required to Meet Medicaid Standards of Care by 2022

Standards were set in a 2014 rule aiming to improve the quality of care that disabled enrollees received outside of institutions.

Reducing Health Care Costs With New Nine-Step Plan

Reducing Health Care Costs With New Nine-Step Plan

This nine-point plan includes streamlining in billing, reduction in high facility fees and reducing drug costs.

National Health Initiatives Threatened With Passing of Two Congressional Bills

National Health Initiatives Threatened With Passing of Two Congressional Bills

Two recent acts of Congress pose serious threats to national infectious disease health initiatives.

Providing Optimal Care to Medicaid Patients Under the Affordable Care Act

Providing Optimal Care to Medicaid Patients Under the Affordable Care Act

Despite the increase in coverage under the ACA, data suggest Medicaid patients often had increased wait times for appointments to see healthcare providers.

High-Price Practices Associated With Certain Measures of Care Coordination

High-Price Practices Associated With Certain Measures of Care Coordination

There were no differences in overall care ratings, receipt of preventive services and acute care use.

Longer Outpatient Wait Times for Medicaid Recipients

Longer Outpatient Wait Times for Medicaid Recipients

Researchers suggest lag time might be due to providers having larger caseloads.

New Poll Suggests Many Americans Concerned About ACA Repeal

New Poll Suggests Many Americans Concerned About ACA Repeal

However, support for the law depends on political affiliation.

Medical Liability Reform Challenges in Dynamic Healthcare Environment

Medical Liability Reform Challenges in Dynamic Healthcare Environment

A new bill aimed specifically at limiting medical liability was passed by Congress on March 1, 2017.

California Advances Single-Payer Health System Bill

California Advances Single-Payer Health System Bill

It is not yet clear where the money for the single-payer system would come from.

Some Say Patient Care Harmed by Ordering Routine Blood Tests

Some Say Patient Care Harmed by Ordering Routine Blood Tests

Authors of this opinion piece say that unnecessary lab tests contribute to rising costs and can damage patient care.

Trump Administration Dismisses US Surgeon General Vivek Murphy, MD

Trump Administration Dismisses US Surgeon General Vivek Murphy, MD

Vivek Murthy, MD, had served just over two years of his four-year term.

Lower Readmissions Associated With Vertical Integration of Hospitals

Lower Readmissions Associated With Vertical Integration of Hospitals

There was a reduction in readmissions in 4 of 6 hospitals, with positive effects for a limited number of conditions.

No Increase in State Spending with ACA Medicaid Expansions

No Increase in State Spending with ACA Medicaid Expansions

State budget projections were accurate for federal, state, and Medicaid spending.

ACA Can Withstand Executive Orders, Constitutional Experts Argue

ACA Can Withstand Executive Orders, Constitutional Experts Argue

President Trump's executive order would likely lead to dropped coverage and increased premiums — which would conflict with the goals of the ACA — its provisions would be difficult to implement.

Cost of Care Increases When Specialists Serve as Primary Health Provider

Cost of Care Increases When Specialists Serve as Primary Health Provider

For older adults with multimorbidity, having a specialist as their primary caregiver was linked to a lower continuity of care.

Primary Care Services Expanding in Retail Medical Sites

Primary Care Services Expanding in Retail Medical Sites

CVS and Walmart have established primary care clinics, with nurse practitioners and physician assistants.

Extensive Ties Between Patient-Advocacy Organizations and Industry Suggest Potential Conflicts of Interest

Extensive Ties Between Patient-Advocacy Organizations and Industry Suggest Potential Conflicts of Interest

Approximately 83% of patient-advocacy organizations reported that they received financial support from drug, device, and technology companies.

Congress Addresses Antibiotic Resistance With Presentation of New Bill

Congress Addresses Antibiotic Resistance With Presentation of New Bill

Bill 1840 presented before Congress provides tax incentives to "reinvigorate" antibiotic research.

Financial Benefits Associated with Risk Adjustments and Reinsurance Transfers

Financial Benefits Associated with Risk Adjustments and Reinsurance Transfers

Revenues exceeded claims costs after the implementation of these programs.

Doctors Find Creative Ways to Work Around Prescription Medication Prices

Doctors Find Creative Ways to Work Around Prescription Medication Prices

One physician devised a workaround for EpiPens, which uses an autoinjector filled with epinephrine.

Physicians Should Be Cautious of HIPAA Violations During Online Reviews

Physicians Should Be Cautious of HIPAA Violations During Online Reviews

Physicians should keep their replies to patient online reviews short and simple.

How Sustainable is Your Primary Care Practice, Really?

How Sustainable is Your Primary Care Practice, Really?

Can primary-care physicians keep up with our current economic and regulatory reality?

Higher Quality Products Associated with Vertical Integration Insurance

Higher Quality Products Associated with Vertical Integration Insurance

There was a slight increase in the percentage of insurance products offered by hospitals and health systems from 2011-2015.

Spending Patterns in Training Impact Future Physician Practice

Spending Patterns in Training Impact Future Physician Practice

There was a significant annual, per-beneficiary spending difference for physicians trained in high- and low-cost HSAs.

Television Advertising During ACA Enrollment Decreased Uninsurance Rates

Television Advertising During ACA Enrollment Decreased Uninsurance Rates

Counties exposed to higher volumes of local insurance ads had a larger drop in uninsurance.

ACP Addresses Impact of Administrative Tasks on Physicians

ACP Addresses Impact of Administrative Tasks on Physicians

The American College of Physicians details policy recommendations to reduce administrative burden.

Primary Care Physicians Oppose Repeal of ACA, but Support Improvements

Primary Care Physicians Oppose Repeal of ACA, but Support Improvements

"We found that PCPs strongly endorse key elements of the ACA that enable individuals to obtain insurance coverage and that very few support repealing the law."

Economic Benefits for Prediabetic Patients with Lifestyle Modifications

Economic Benefits for Prediabetic Patients with Lifestyle Modifications

The three-year return on investments for the prevention program was estimated to be as high as 42%.

Increasing Support for Medicaid Put Republicans in a Bind

Increasing Support for Medicaid Put Republicans in a Bind

According to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll, two-thirds of Americans feel Medicaid should continue as is today.

ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Have Problems with Timely Care

ACA's Medicaid Expansion May Have Problems with Timely Care

Research shows the benefits, but there were also more problems with patients getting appointments.

Higher Physician Spending Not Linked with Better Patient Outcomes

Higher Physician Spending Not Linked with Better Patient Outcomes

There was no difference in patient outcomes when physicians order more -- or more pricey -- tests and treatments.

Republicans' Plan to Repeal the ACA Is Reckless, Says Former President Barack Obama

Republicans' Plan to Repeal the ACA Is Reckless, Says Former President Barack Obama

"Health-care reform isn't about a nameless, faceless 'system,'" the former president wrote. "It's about the millions of lives at stake."

Michigan Analysis Suggests Costs of Medicaid Expansion Outweighed by Economic Benefits

Michigan Analysis Suggests Costs of Medicaid Expansion Outweighed by Economic Benefits

However, the broad economic benefits of employment, increased personal income and increased state-tax revenues will cover the state's cost for expanded coverage.

Where There Is Medicaid Expansion, There Is Voter Support for ACA

Where There Is Medicaid Expansion, There Is Voter Support for ACA

States with Medicaid expansion have substantially improved access to care, affordability, chronic-disease management and self-reported health.

Republicans Introduce Affordable Care Act Replacement

Republicans Introduce Affordable Care Act Replacement

An initial Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act was formally introduced on Monday.

Cost Estimates Offered by Most Health Care Providers

Cost Estimates Offered by Most Health Care Providers

Although 75% of provider organizations can offer estimate, only 25% of patients request one.

Significant Economic Burden Caused by Skin Diseases

Significant Economic Burden Caused by Skin Diseases

In the United States, dermatological conditions cost $75 billion in 2013, researchers say.

Uninsurance Rates Reach 8.8% of Americans in 2016

Uninsurance Rates Reach 8.8% of Americans in 2016

In first nine months of 2016, 12.3% of adults aged 18 to 64 and 5% of children were uninsured.

Health Care Setting Influences Treatment for Carotid Artery Stenosis

Health Care Setting Influences Treatment for Carotid Artery Stenosis

The likelihood of undergoing a procedural management increased for treatment in a fee-for-service system.

PCMH Practices Have More Functions Available for Physicians

PCMH Practices Have More Functions Available for Physicians

Higher performance and availability of patient-centered medical home-related functions found at PCMH practices.

Indoor Tanning Cost US Health Care $343 Million Annually

Indoor Tanning Cost US Health Care $343 Million Annually

Skin cancers from ultraviolet light in devices totaled $343.1 million in 2015 alone, researchers say.

Hospitals Potentially Overcharging for Hip and Knee Replacements

Hospitals Potentially Overcharging for Hip and Knee Replacements

Prices were double the average costs for the implants, but only one insurer was included in the research.

Medicaid Expansion Does Not Affect Access to Primary Care

Medicaid Expansion Does Not Affect Access to Primary Care

Primary care shortage appears to be unfounded, researchers say.

Florida Supreme Court Rules On Patient Safety Data Prone to Litigation

Florida Supreme Court Rules On Patient Safety Data Prone to Litigation

The Florida Supreme Court reversed the District Court of Appeal's decision protecting patient safety data.

Incorporating Mid-Level Providers to Your Practice?

Incorporating Mid-Level Providers to Your Practice?

I feel confident that PAs and NPs will continue to play a growing role in the future of primary care.

$20 Million Awarded for Quality Payment Program Training

$20 Million Awarded for Quality Payment Program Training

Up to $80 million is to be invested into training programs over the remaining four years.

A Look at Cruz's Arguments on the ACA Debate

A Look at Cruz's Arguments on the ACA Debate

Is the aim of our health-care system to care for human beings or to generate profits for corporations?

CMS Rule Stabilizes Small Health Insurance Markets

CMS Rule Stabilizes Small Health Insurance Markets

This rule includes special enrollment period pre-enrollment verification and flexibility in coverage.

Meaningful Health Care Reform? Don't Hold Your Breath!

Meaningful Health Care Reform? Don't Hold Your Breath!

Only way we can build a better health care system is to depoliticize it and put it back into the hands of doctors and patients.

Health Care Spending Expected to Increase 5.6% Annually to 2025

Health Care Spending Expected to Increase 5.6% Annually to 2025

National health expenditures are expected to represent 19.9% of gross domestic product by 2025.

Lower Post-Acute Spending Associated with Medicare Shared Savings

Lower Post-Acute Spending Associated with Medicare Shared Savings

In addition, performance was similar on standardized costs for Oregon and Colorado Medicaid ACO models.

Louisiana and Utah Eases Access to Naloxone

Louisiana and Utah Eases Access to Naloxone

Standing orders for naloxone allow it to be dispensed without prescriptions.

10,000 Medicare Patient Deaths Annually Within Week of ER Discharge

10,000 Medicare Patient Deaths Annually Within Week of ER Discharge

This may be due to gaps in medical knowledge about which patients need more attention, researcher says.

Affordable Care Act Repeal Condemned by American College of Physicians

Affordable Care Act Repeal Condemned by American College of Physicians

The ACP asserted that repealing the ACA would lead to many uninsured patients and coverage loss for those with preexisting conditions.

Democrats on the ACA Repeal

Democrats Nancy Pelosi, Bernie Sanders and Josh Earnest comment on the upcoming ACA repeal initiated by the Trump Administration.

Opinions on Disability Benefits Varies Among Physicians

Opinions on Disability Benefits Varies Among Physicians

An international study finds a wide variance in how medical professionals determine benefit recipients.

Majority of PCPs Reject Complete Repeal of the ACA

Majority of PCPs Reject Complete Repeal of the ACA

Though many would support changes, only 15% want the law completely dismantled.

ACA Increased Coverage Access for Chronically Ill Patients

ACA Increased Coverage Access for Chronically Ill Patients

However, nearly 1 in 7 of those with a chronic disease still lack coverage.

Pediatric Practices Should Consider Consent by Proxy, Report Says

Pediatric Practices Should Consider Consent by Proxy, Report Says

Policies should be developed that meet applicable laws without preventing access to necessary care.

How Trump's Administration Will Impact the Affordable Care Act

How Trump's Administration Will Impact the Affordable Care Act

The ACA is likely to be partially or fully repealed, though it is uncertain how physician practices and the benefits of the 20 million newly-insured will be affected.

Providers Fined for Faulty Business Associate Agreements

Providers Fined for Faulty Business Associate Agreements

HHS fined providers for not having or using an outdated business associate agreement.

Excess Fees by Physicians Causing Financial Burden for Patients

Excess Fees by Physicians Causing Financial Burden for Patients

These fees affect uninsured Americans and privately insured patients who use out-of-network physicians.

Satisfaction Influenced by Patient Perception of Provider Concerns

Satisfaction Influenced by Patient Perception of Provider Concerns

Findings were from private practice pain management clinics for opioid patients.

Providing Price Information Has Varying Effects for Type of Clinician

Providing Price Information Has Varying Effects for Type of Clinician

There was no difference in the rate at which orders were placed across study arms for pediatric-focused clinicians.

High Health Care Deductibles Burden Many Families

High Health Care Deductibles Burden Many Families

Studies suggest that significant out-of-pocket costs may harm low-income and chronically ill patients.

Higher Drug Prices Driven by Excessive FDA Regulations

Higher Drug Prices Driven by Excessive FDA Regulations

First-in-class drugs are fast-tracked, while follow-on drugs can take up to 15 years to be approved.

Higher Tobacco Control May Save Lives and Generate More Income

Higher Tobacco Control May Save Lives and Generate More Income

Higher prices and taxes would deter smoking and generate income, WHO and others say.

Breast Cancer Screenings Increase Since ACA Initiation

Breast Cancer Screenings Increase Since ACA Initiation

Waiving costs appears to improve mammography rates, but not colonoscopy -- even among the poor.

Senate Begins Fight to Repeal the ACA

Senate Begins Fight to Repeal the ACA

"We don't yet know for sure what the Republican 'replacement' for the ACA is going to be, because they don't know themselves."

US Health Care Spending on Children Soars

US Health Care Spending on Children Soars

The greatest areas of growth in absolute terms were inpatient well-newborn care, ADHD and asthma.

Increasing Health Care Spending in the US Continues

Increasing Health Care Spending in the US Continues

The highest spending was on diabetes, ischemic heart disease and low back and neck pain in 2013.

Lower Readmission Rates in Hospitals With ACA Program Penalties

Lower Readmission Rates in Hospitals With ACA Program Penalties

There were greater reductions in readmission rates compared with those at non-penalized hospitals.

Physicians for Universal Health Care?

Physicians for Universal Health Care?

Despite our love for a fee-for-service health-care system, health care in the US costs individuals and the government more than in any other industrialized nation — while providing less.

Overnight ER Visits Causing Medical Bill Surcharges

Overnight ER Visits Causing Medical Bill Surcharges

Patients are increasingly being charged for overnight visits to the emergency room and urgent care facility.

Opting Out of Medicare: A Physician's Perspective

Opting Out of Medicare: A Physician's Perspective

This physician discusses her experience with opting out of Medicare and offers advice to physicians considering doing the same.

Update on the 'Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative'

Update on the 'Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative'

Two years into the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative showed that the delivery of primary care has improved, but expenses and patient experiences have not.

Medicare Expansion Varies Insurance Status of ER Visits

Medicare Expansion Varies Insurance Status of ER Visits

There were meaningful changes in insurance status, location and type of ER visits seen in first year of ACA.

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