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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.

Critical Changes in DEA Registration Renewal Process

Critical Changes in DEA Registration Renewal Process

The option to renew a registration online after the expiration date will no longer be available.

Soaring Costs of Prescriptions for Elderly Continue

Soaring Costs of Prescriptions for Elderly Continue

The cost of brand-name drugs for chronic conditions rose nearly 130 times faster than the inflation rate.

Outcomes-Based Pricing Suggested for Expensive, Novel Drugs

Outcomes-Based Pricing Suggested for Expensive, Novel Drugs

Strategy would encourage manufacturers and insurers to share accountability for clinical outcomes

Stepped Care Cost-Effective in Cancer Treatment

Stepped Care Cost-Effective in Cancer Treatment

The mean costs was lower and the mean number of quality-adjusted life-years was higher in the intervention group.

US Economy Loses Billions Due to Lack of Sleep

US Economy Loses Billions Due to Lack of Sleep

More than $411 billion a year is lost in the US due to lower productivity levels.

Opioid-Related Deaths May Increase As Naloxone Prices Soar

Opioid-Related Deaths May Increase As Naloxone Prices Soar

Investigators identify some strategies for ensuring the drug's availability.

Report Shows Fewer US Families Are Struggling to Pay Medical Bills

Report Shows Fewer US Families Are Struggling to Pay Medical Bills

The CDC reports that more Americans are experiencing relief with medical bills, but gaps still remain.

ADA Calls for Congress to Address Soaring Insulin Prices

ADA Calls for Congress to Address Soaring Insulin Prices

The American Diabetes Association is asking Congress to investigate the soaring prices of insulin.

Soaring Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare-Only Cancer Patients

Soaring Out-of-Pocket Costs for Medicare-Only Cancer Patients

Without supplemental insurance, out-of-pocket costs average 25% of their annual earnings.

Significant Financial Burden Associated with Increase Costs of CLL Treatment

Significant Financial Burden Associated with Increase Costs of CLL Treatment

The number of patients living with CLL is projected to increase 55% by 2025 and costs are set to rise 590%.

Antimicrobial Policy Compliance Increases with Computer Order Entry System

Antimicrobial Policy Compliance Increases with Computer Order Entry System

After introduction of the CPOE system, improvements have been seen in surveillance, compliance and approvals.

Health Care Cost Rising Significantly for Privately Insured Americans

Health Care Cost Rising Significantly for Privately Insured Americans

Prescription drugs are the fastest growing expense, report shows.

Binge-Eating Disorders Cause Significant Economic Burdens

Binge-Eating Disorders Cause Significant Economic Burdens

Individuals with BED face higher levels of activity and work impairment, as well as health care utilization.

Trump and Reproductive Healthcare

Trump and Reproductive Healthcare

OB/GYNs should be taking a more active role in protecting their patient's rights.

Major Unexpected Costs After In-Network ED Visits

Major Unexpected Costs After In-Network ED Visits

Although a hospital may be in an insurance network, the treating physician may not be.

Heart Failure Medication Prices Vary Widely, Study Shows

Heart Failure Medication Prices Vary Widely, Study Shows

This study suggests that patients can spend anywhere from $12 to $400 a month to fill their prescriptions.

Quality of Patient Care Associated with Human Resource Capabilities

Quality of Patient Care Associated with Human Resource Capabilities

Three human resource practices were identified that can improve clinical work behaviors.

Less Elective Early Deliveries After Oregon's Hard-Stop Policy Passes

Less Elective Early Deliveries After Oregon's Hard-Stop Policy Passes

There was a reduction in the rate of elective inductions before 39 weeks, as well as in elective early-term cesareans.

Prescription Subsidies Improve Persistence in Breast Cancer Hormone Therapy

Prescription Subsidies Improve Persistence in Breast Cancer Hormone Therapy

There was a greater discontinuation for white, black and Hispanic patients that were not receiving subsidies.

Medicare Part D Reduces Cost Burden of Prescription Drugs for Diabetes

Medicare Part D Reduces Cost Burden of Prescription Drugs for Diabetes

There was a decrease in the proportion of Part D beneficiaries who experienced coverage gap to 40.9% in 2011.

Hidden Fees Reported by Pharmacists Often Distort Prescription Costs

Hidden Fees Reported by Pharmacists Often Distort Prescription Costs

Direct and indirect remuneration fees and copay claw-back fees often skew the cost of prescription medications.

Majority of Health Professions View Insurance as Solution for Obesity

Majority of Health Professions View Insurance as Solution for Obesity

Approximately 57% of health professionals perceive improved coverage as a solution to improve outcomes in obese patients.

Smoking Cessation Medication Use Impacted by Medicaid Policies

Smoking Cessation Medication Use Impacted by Medicaid Policies

There was a reduction in the use of these medications with policies that required patients to obtain counseling.

Similar Rates in Employer-Sponsored Insurance Observed in 2013 and 2014

Similar Rates in Employer-Sponsored Insurance Observed in 2013 and 2014

This report shows that only 3.5% of employers dropped coverage and 1.1% added coverage from 2013 to 2014.

Tips for Doctors When Addressing Negative Patient Reviews

Tips for Doctors When Addressing Negative Patient Reviews

Doctors should respond quickly, validate their patients' complaints and demonstrate their willingness to take action.

Bundled-Payment Programs Surpass FFS Programs in Quality Care for Breast Cancer

Bundled-Payment Programs Surpass FFS Programs in Quality Care for Breast Cancer

Better adherence to quality indicators, outcome and cost control over time have been seen in bundled-payment programs than in FFS programs.

Absenteeism Associated With Chronic Diseases Have Significant Costs

Absenteeism Associated With Chronic Diseases Have Significant Costs

This study shows that considerable costs are associated with smoking, physical inactivity, obesity, hypertension and diabetes among employees.

Significant Economic Burden Associated With Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

Significant Economic Burden Associated With Vaccine-Preventable Diseases

The economic burden from vaccine-preventable diseases was estimated at about $9 billion in 2015 for adults aged 19 years and older.

Efforts to Improve Quality of Outpatient Care in America Have Little Effect

Efforts to Improve Quality of Outpatient Care in America Have Little Effect

A large analysis finds declines or stagnation in many basic health measures in the United States.

Narrow-Network Plans Have Lower Monthly Premiums Than Larger-Network Plans

Narrow-Network Plans Have Lower Monthly Premiums Than Larger-Network Plans

Study shows that small-network plans have less expensive monthly premiums when compared to larger-network plans.

Hospitals With Medicaid Expansion Saw Increased Annual Revenues

Hospitals With Medicaid Expansion Saw Increased Annual Revenues

Hospitals that implemented the Medicaid expansion in 2014 had increased Medicaid revenue and improved profit margins.

Hospital Inpatient Drug Spending Increasing More Every Year

Hospital Inpatient Drug Spending Increasing More Every Year

The increase in hospital drug spending is due to rising drug prices as opposed to an increase in use of the drugs.

Lean Practices Implementation Shown To Cut Wait Times at VA Hospitals

Lean Practices Implementation Shown To Cut Wait Times at VA Hospitals

Implementing lean practices at VA hospitals shown to drop mean patient wait times for elective general surgical procedures and increase operative volumes.

Stable Premiums for Health Care Coverage Seen in 2016

Stable Premiums for Health Care Coverage Seen in 2016

Family premium were 3% higher in 2016, but overall, there were no changes in share of firms offering health benefits.

Variations in State Policies Identified Regarding Freestanding ERs Nationwide

Variations in State Policies Identified Regarding Freestanding ERs Nationwide

There exists no standard requirements for location, staffing patterns nor clinical capabilities for freestanding ERs between states.

AMA Launches New Tools to Help Physicians Prepare for MACRA

AMA Launches New Tools to Help Physicians Prepare for MACRA

With the finalization of MACRA readily approaching, the AMA has unveiled 3 tools to help physicians prepare for it.

Communication Facilitators in ICUs May Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs

Communication Facilitators in ICUs May Improve Quality of Care and Reduce Costs

This study shows that full-time, trained communication facilitators may improve quality of care for patients and reduce overall costs in the ICU.

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