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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.

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