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Lives are Literally at Stake

In the United States, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women. One in eight women will be diagnosed with cancer in her lifetime. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 40,000 women die from breast [...]

April 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

Medicaid is a financial boon for hospitals

One of the primary goals of the Affordable Care Act was to extend coverage broadly across the population: to the sick and uninsurable, to the healthy, and to the poor. A major mechanism to accomplish this was the ACA’s Medicaid expansion which [...]

March 7, 2016 // 0 Comments

ER visits unchanged after ACA

The Affordable Care Act was supposed to expand coverage to the uninsured and many politicians claimed this would result in lower use of “expensive emergency rooms” for treatment of patients’ acute complaints. This presumption runs counter to [...]

February 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

“I’m from the Government & I’m here to help”

Despite fears of failing Marketplaces, death spirals, and a recent threat by UnitedHealth to withdraw from the Marketplaces altogether, researchers find that insurer participation and Marketplace offerings increased between 2014 and 2015. The data [...]

January 26, 2016 // 0 Comments

Minorities more likely to be Readmitted

Prevention of hospital readmissions serves as one of the primary metrics for quality improvement under the Affordable Care Act. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) began levying penalties for hospitals that had 30-day [...]

January 4, 2016 // 0 Comments

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