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Preventing Suicides with Sensible Gun Laws

by Bich-May Nguyen, MD, MPH in NEW Reviews

In 2013, suicides were the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. Of the over 40,000 suicides, about half were carried out by firearms. Source: Flickr/CC A study [...]


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    Medicaid crowd out: hype or reality?

    With Medicaid expansion underway, questions about whether Medicaid coverage “crowds out” private coverage have reemerged. Critics of Medicaid expansion contend that public health insurance causes individuals to forego private coverage. A recent study published in Inquiry sought to quantify this phenomenon—specifically, to determine how many new Medicaid enrollees had private insurance at the time of Medicaid enrollment and, of those new Medicaid recipients, how many dropped their private [...]
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    The kids may not be alright

    As implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act continues, an estimated 7 to 12 million children will benefit from Medicaid and CHIP expansions. However, the question of access still remains. Will the number of newly insured children outpace the number of providers accepting public insurance? Will geographic disparities grow as some states opt out of expansion? Now that Medicaid payment parity has expired, what will happen to access for children? Source: Flickr/CC A study [...]
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    Learning Pricing from the Airline Industry

    Source: Kevin Dooley (Flickr/CC) Traveling by air during the 1950s and 1960s during the Golden Age of Flying was different from what most of us are used to today. Lavish layouts, complimentary drinks, and exorbitant ticket prices made air travel for the majority of people out of reach. Nowadays, the average person can travel around the country at a fraction of the cost by using websites that compare among discount and premium airlines. There is a great lesson in airline industry history that, [...]
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    Should We Subsidize the Sick?

    The projected savings from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are not solely from the health care exchanges: a large portion of savings stem from re-allocating medical resources towards the sickest patient populations. By improving the health of the sickest patients with high levels of health care utilization, the ACA directs savings toward other provisions such as insurance subsidies. Source: Mishio (Flickr/CC) A new study in Medical Care Research and Review collected information on patients with [...]
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    Carrying the Big Stick in Health Policy

    In 2004, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare (CMS) launched the CMS Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting program, which would publicly report quality of care delivered by US hospitals. A recent study investigated quality of care measures and racial/ethnic performance rates among and within hospitals from 2005 – 2010. The study found that in addition to an overall increase in quality of care in heart attacks, heart failure, and pneumonia, there was greater equality in care among white, [...]
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    Foreshadowing Pitfalls for the Affordable Care Act

    Several countries have implemented healthcare systems that seek to attain universal health insurance through private markets. Germany, the Netherlands, and Switzerland have already embarked on this journey and can serve as guides for the United States. Source: Time Green (Flickr/CC) Some observers would say that the Affordable Care Act’s health insurance exchanges are an attempt to “Swissify” America and its health insurance marketplace. I, for one, agree. All four nations possess a [...]
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    Mid-level providers are moving on up

    Over the past several decades, there has been a dire need for primary care services across the United States, especially in rural and poor urban settings. This need has increased dramatically with more citizens insured through the Affordable Care Act. Mid-level providers such as nurse practitioners (NPs) and physician assistants (PAs) have been utilized more recently within the past several decades to address the immediate and critical shortage of primary care providers. Over the past decade, [...]
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    Elderly and Poor with Limited Options

    The 2013 repeal of the CLASS Act, which was intended to provide long term care insurance to millions of participating Americans, means that affordable financing of long term care insurance remains out of reach for many. Currently, the bulk of nursing home care is reimbursed by Medicaid or Medicare payments, with Medicaid doing most of the heavy lifting. Medicaid also provides the lowest reimbursement rates in the nursing home sector, setting the stage for disparities in access to quality [...]
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    PCMH falls flat in New Orleans

    With the expansion of Medicaid provided by the Affordable Care Act, models like the patient-centered medical home (PCMH) should be analyzed for their potential positive impact on Medicaid populations. A PCMH is a team-based health care delivery model led by a primary care physician that emphasizes specific elements of quality care. Though prior researchers found that the adoption of more PCMH characteristics was associated with higher patient ratings of care coordination, it was not associated [...]
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    The First Five Years of the ACA in Review

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) turned five in March of this year and the authors of this Health Policy Report in The New England Journal of Medicine describe the milestones that the law has reached so far: Source: Since the implementation of the ACA, 30 million have gained insurance under its various provisions and protections. The number of uninsured Americans has decreased an estimated 7 to 16.4 million, with young adults, Hispanics, blacks and those with low incomes benefiting [...]

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    ACA Sign Up Deadline Looming

    March 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

    Have you signed up for health care on HealthCare.Gov? Or do you have your own through your employer or spouse? Covered under your parents’ plan? Let us know your [...]
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    Your Boss’ Business?

    July 4, 2014 // 0 Comments

    This post is adapted from with permission. Source: (Flickr / Creative Commons) The Affordable Care Act (ACA) seeks both to expand insurance [...]
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    2013 Affordable Care Act Update

    January 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

    The Affordable Care Act has brought some of the most fundamental changes to health care and health insurance in a generation. The biggest cultural change – the [...]
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    Affordable Care Act 101 [Interactive Graphic]

    October 31, 2013 // 0 Comments

    This interactive graphic was developed by Frankie Rendón on behalf of  USC’s online Masters in Public Health. (Used with [...]
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    ACA 2014 Update [Podcast]

    October 13, 2014 // 0 Comments

    Drs. Seth Treuger and Matt Pirotte recorded an update on the Affordable Care Act provisions and what medical students should know. I suppose that means that doctors should [...]
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    Will Medicaid gains offset DSH cuts?

    September 20, 2014 // 1 Comment

    The Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program was developed to provide financial assistance for hospitals that care for large numbers of Medicaid and uninsured patients. [...]

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