A study published in the JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery examines the effect of Medicaid expansion on head and neck cancer patients, finding that the expansions under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were associated with improved access to care for these patients and selective Medicaid expansion may worsen existing regional disparities in terms of access to care and outcomes.
Keck Medicine of USC study reveals that socioeconomic status disparities cause lung cancer patients who live in rural areas or are uninsured or on Medicaid to miss out on treatment that improves five-year lung cancer survival rate
Nearly all older Americans support adding a dental benefit to the Medicare program that covers most people over age 65, according to a new national poll that also reveals how often costs get in the way of oral health for older adults.
Researchers used a large commercial claims database to estimate the percentage of US women in their 40s with private insurance who were eligible and received screening mammography in 2017 and national costs for this screening.
This observational study compared changes in opioid-related emergency department visits and hospitalizations before and after the 2014 Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion in states that implemented expansions with states that didn't. Medicaid expansions improve access to outpatient treatment and have the potential to reduce opioid-related hospital use.
An international team of scientists, led by the University of Bristol, has found that current estimates of flood risk rely upon methods for calculating flood damage which are inadequately verified and match poorly with observations.
Studies indicate patients with a lower socioeconomic status often lack a primary care provider, causing them to receive lower quality health care, experience a higher rate of emergency visits and an increased risk of all-cause readmissions and death after discharge. An interdisciplinary research team from TTUHSC completed a study to determine if a patient navigation program created using DSRIP guidelines can help decrease ER visits and hospital admissions for these high consumers of health care.
Study shows removing liability concerns slightly increases C-section procedures during childbirth.
New research from the American Cancer Society in the March 2020 issue of JNCCN -- Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network finds that younger cancer survivors are more likely to experience significant financial strain for food, housing, and monthly bills, even years after diagnosis, than their cancer-free peers. The findings were less consistent for survivors in the 40-64 age group, and the disparities disappeared for those 65 and older.
Placing limits on what hospitals can charge for out-of-network care has been proposed by some groups and a few health plans including Medicare Advantage already enforce such caps. But little is known about what role such an approach might play in driving down payment rates nationally. A new study finds that out-of-network billing caps could yield savings similar to more-sweeping proposals such as Medicare for All.