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Medical Homes Improve Outcomes for Underserved

by Megan Douglas, JD in NEW Reviews

Healthcare finance and delivery policies are shifting from volume to value, placing the burden on physicians, hospitals,  and administrators to identify and implement models [...]


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    Disparities due to Pre-existing Conditions

    Despite attempts to improve access to care via the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, disparities in health outcomes continue to persist. This study examines some of the causes of racial disparities between blacks and whites; it further attempts to understand and isolate the individual effects of pre-operative risk factors. Selected subjects were black Medicare patients who underwent general surgery procedures and were matched with white controls within 6 states and within 838 [...]
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    “Greed in a Good Cause is Still Greed”

    The government is spending $24.6 billion every year on tax breaks for approximately 2,100 nonprofit hospitals in the United States. But in return, these nonprofit hospitals are only spending 3% of their budgets on charity care. Seventy-one percent of these nonprofit hospitals charge uninsured patients more than insured patients for the exact same services, 66% of nonprofits neglect to tell patients when they are eligible for charity, and 17% aggressively collect debt from uninsured patients by [...]
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    U.S. Taxpayers Pay for Two-Thirds of Healthcare

    Who pays for health care in the United States?  Public perception lays the burden of health care spending on individuals and private entities, and estimates from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) confirms those beliefs.  This understanding of the health care system has driven the political discourse on reform and lead to the development of policy solutions catering to private entities within the ACA. Source: David Goehring (Flickr/CC) A closer analysis of data on federal, [...]
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    How strongly does coverage affect access?

    With the expansion of Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act extending coverage to citizens with income less than 138% of the federal poverty level (FPL), it was hoped that the newly insured would have greater access to healthcare, thereby improving health outcomes. Previous data show that this is not necessarily the case. This study presents a mixed picture. Source: Fort George G. Meade Public Affairs (Flickr/CC) The authors of this study investigated whether Medicaid patients with chronic [...]
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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 cancer every year. Breast cancer deaths are disproportionately higher in Black women who are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than their White counterparts. That being said, early detection with mammography reduces the number of breast cancer [...]
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    The Contenders

    Dr. Cedric Dark and Rosalia Guerre-Laura examine the presidential candidates’ plans for healthcare. The Contenders from Cedric [...]
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    Are We There Yet?

    In 2004, President George W. Bush launched an initiative to provide all Americans with electronic health records (EHR) by 2014. In 2009, Congress passed the HITECH Act, providing $30 billion to help get there. But as 2015 concludes, we have yet to achieve the goal. What were initially incentive payments to help providers adopt EHRs have become financial penalties for those failing to meet Meaningful Use requirements. A recent study in Health Affairs shows that the number of US hospitals with at [...]
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    You can’t have Gun-Deaths without Guns

    Since the year 2000, over 30,000 Americans have died every year due to firearms. Many people and organizations have had different ideas on how to reduce this problem. Source: Joe Loong (Flickr/ CC) Gun rights supporters promote legislation and policies that make guns more easily accessible and allowed into more public spaces to deter crime. Meanwhile, gun control advocates encourage restricting who can carry and where to limit access to prevent crime. Who is right? To figure out which laws [...]

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  • American Academy of Emergency Physicians / All Rights Reserved In this Policy Prescriptions® edition of the AAEM Emergency Physician Advocates: Legal and Policy Issues in Emergency [...]
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    ER visits unchanged after ACA

    February 22, 2016 // 0 Comments

    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 [...]
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    Health care reform under President Obama aimed to decrease the number of uninsured in the United States via passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Though the political [...]
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    Insuring Our Nations Veterans

    April 14, 2014 // 4 Comments

    Photo courtesy the City of North Charleston, SC (Creative Commons / Flickr) Myth: All United States military veterans receive health insurance. Fact: More than 1.5 million [...]
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    Docs Earn More with ACA, if State Participates

    November 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

    The Affordable Care Act is paying doctors more through Medicaid expansion. Payments to physicians for hospital stays increased by $3.38 (4.2%) per day. About half of the [...]
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    I really like the way Avik Roy went about explaining the Oregon Study, and for that matter, statistics to his readers. While he is right to try to break down the Oregon [...]