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Researchers Pretend To Be Heroin Addicts To Spot Weaknesses In Treatment System

Researchers tried to set up appointments for heroin addiction treatment in clinics in states where opioid mortality is high. They found that real patients would face a number of roadblocks when seeking help.

Public Health June 5, 2019

Researchers Find Correlation Between Medicaid And Lower Rate Of Heart-Related Deaths

Researchers found that counties, where Medicaid coverage was expanded, saw lower mortality linked to cardiovascular diseases. The findings add evidence to the claim that the presence or absence of health insurance can influence public health.

Public Health April 7, 2019

Doctors May Soon Be Prescribing Veggies Instead Of Drugs

Researchers found that insurance-coverage of healthy food could improve the health of beneficiaries and reduce healthcare utilization. It also found that encouraging a healthy diet is more cost-effective than purchasing medicine for chronic illnesses.

Healthy Living/Wellness March 20, 2019

Alzheimer's Disease Will Cost Americans $277 Billion This Year

A report by the Alzheimer's Association revealed that Alzheimer's disease will cost Americans $277 billion in 2018. The figure is expected to increase to over $1 trillion by 2050, if a cure for the dreaded illness is not yet found.

Public Health March 21, 2018

Cheap Amazon Prime Memberships Now Available For Medicaid Recipients

Amazon Prime is now more than half off for Medicaid recipients. Instead of the regular $12.99 per month, the low-cost version for those on Medicaid costs just $5.99 per month and offers all benefits of the regular subscription.

Internet March 8, 2018

Mayo Clinic Preference For Patients With Private Insurance Spurs Probe From Health Officials

A leaked video of Mayo Clinic's CEO urging staffers to give higher preference to patients with private medical insurance has elicited a strong reaction from health officials. They said the matter will be investigated for violation of human rights.

Public Health March 17, 2017

Mylan To Pay $465 Million Over EpiPen Medicaid Rebate Classification

Mylan has agreed to pay $465 million after lawmakers and health officials said it wrongly classified EpiPen as a generic product. The classification allowed the pharmaceutical company to pay lower rebates for Medicaid program.

Public Health October 8, 2016

Feds Ban Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes From Running Lab For Two Years

Federal regulators banned Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes from running a medical laboratory for two years. They also revoked the certification of the blood-testing start-up's California laboratory.

Biotech July 9, 2016

New CMS Primary Care Model To Give More Flexibility To Doctors

The CMS launched a new payment scheme to give doctors more flexibility and patients, better care. The Comprehensive Primary Care Plus aims to achieve improved health care delivery by paying doctors based on the value of their services.

Life April 17, 2016

Medicaid Expansion May Help Fight Mental Illness, Opioid Crisis

The federal government is pushing for Medicaid expansion across all states to address behavioral health issues and fight mental illness. Advocates believe healthcare barriers need to be tackled in order to do so.

Life March 29, 2016

Sleep Apnea Mask Maker Respironics To Pay $34.8 Million For Alleged Kickbacks

Respironics is set to pay $34.8 million for resolving issues on giving alleged kickbacks to medical equipment suppliers. The company, which makes sleep apnea masks, was said to provide free call center services to suppliers as long as they sell Respironics' products.

Life March 25, 2016

Gov. Snyder Seeks Expanded Medicaid Coverage In Flint Water Crisis

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder asked the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to include pregnant women and those up to 21 years old in the medical coverage for Flint residents. The requested expansion will cover all incomes, too.

Life February 15, 2016

Data Breach Compromises Personal Data, Health Information Of 91,000 Medicaid Clients

The personal data and health information of more than 91,000 clients enrolled in the state of Washington's Apple Health Medicaid Program were compromised due to a data breach. An investigation found that two state employees exchanged spreadsheets that contained client information for nearly two years.

Life February 10, 2016

Health Insurer Centene Searching For Missing Hard Drives Containing 950,000 Medical Records

Centene said on Monday that it is searching for six missing hard drives that contain the information of nearly one million individuals. The data include names, addresses, birthdays, social security numbers and ID numbers.

Life January 26, 2016

More US Women May Now Get IUD Minutes After Giving Birth

A study showed that specific Medicaid reimbursement for an IUD or implant immediately after giving birth has increased. Here's what you need to know.

Life October 7, 2015

New York's Medicaid System Spends $1.2B Annually for Diabetes Treatment

From 2013 to 2014, approximately 460,000 Medicaid recipients in New York received treatment for diabetes. State Controller Thomas DiNapoli announced that the growing number of diabetes-related treatments cost the state over $1.2 billion in two years.

Life October 5, 2015

White House Under Pressure To Promote Better Access For Hepatitis C Drugs

Obama’s Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS strongly urges the White House to push for a wider access to new Hepatitis C drugs, including Gilead’s thousand-dollar Harvoni and Sovaldi pills.

Life August 26, 2015

Study Shows Nonprofit Hospitals Spend As Much For Charity Care As Other Hospitals

According to researchers, charity care spending is not much different in nonprofit hospitals compared to their for-profit counterparts, no thanks to unclear tax exemption policies.

August 5, 2015

Medicare And Medicaid Celebrates 50th Anniversary: What Has Changed?

Medicare, the national social insurance program that was designed to provide healthcare benefits to elderly Americans, celebrates its 50th anniversary this July, along with its sister program for disabled citizens, Medicaid.

Life July 29, 2015

Access To Breakthrough Hepatitis C Drugs May Be Hampered By Restrictions: Study

Restrictions imposed by many state Medicaid programs are preventing patients with hepatitis C to have access to Sovaldi, an effective but costly treatment for the disease.

Life June 30, 2015

23 People, Including 9 Doctors, Indicted By Brooklyn Court In $7 Million Medicaid Fraud Case

A total of 23 people are charged with defrauding Medicaid by enticing people to come for exams to obtain free shoes. How did this plan work?

Life March 31, 2015

Medicare Implements Tougher Nursing Home Care Score System: What Are The Pros And Cons?

As the federal government revamps its national ranking system to include new categories for assessing nursing home care, most homes will see a dip in quality score. The Medicaid system, while improving, can do more, says an industry executive.

Life February 21, 2015

Federal Judge Rules: Florida Medicaid Program Problematic, Neglects Health of Needy Kids

Judge Adalberto Jordan found that Florida's healthcare system violated federal law and neglected the health of nearly 2 million children who relied on Medicaid program.

Life January 3, 2015

Medicaid Payment Cuts May Hinder Access to Care

Medicare-like rates encouraged doctors to join Medicaid. But now that payment cuts will be implemented once the New Year starts, its effects may start reflecting on the kind of care that will be left available to members.

Life December 30, 2014

Over One-Third Medicaid Doctors Are Often Not Available to Treat Patients, Warns New Study

Medicaid patients have difficulty setting up an appointment with doctors who were supposed to serve them. A federal report reveals why.

Life December 9, 2014

Oh Doctor! Male physicians make whopping 88 percent more than women in Medicare reimbursements

Study finds that while men and women doctors are paid equally by the insurance companies, male physicians earn up to 88 percent more than their female counterparts. Factors in the income gap it looked at included number of hours worked, specialties and number of patients seen and procedures performed.

Life April 23, 2014

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