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More Equitable Way for Medicare Reimbursement

Those who were enrolled in both Medicare and Medicaid were sicker, had more cognitive impairments and difficulty functioning, and needed more social support than those who were not enrolled in both government programs, Saint Louis University research found. These patients also had significantly higher healthcare costs. Kenton Johnston; Ph.D., assistant professor of health management and…

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Recommendations to Address Antibiotic Over-Use Problem

Antibiotic resistance is one of the greatest problems facing medicine today. A major threat comes from over-use of antibiotics in healthcare. A team of researchers from the University of Leicester has provided a set of recommendations about how to address the problem of antibiotic over-use. The research, led by Dr Carolyn Tarrant, Associate Professor in…

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Study Focuses on Reducing Financial Barriers to Clinical Trial

USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center has launched a study to determine how financial assistance for costs associated with clinical trial participation might increase enrollment; particularly among low-income patients and racial and ethnic minorities. The study, known as Improving Patient Access to Cancer Clinical Trials (IMPACT), assesses social and cultural barriers to clinical trial participation. Increase…

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Measles Vaccination Rates Are a 'Public Health Time Bomb'

The number of measles cases is on the rise globally, with many countries seeing rates that surpass annual rates for the past century. Health officials from around the world say the number of people rejecting immunization as part of the “anti-vax” movement represents a growing and alarming public health threat. Measles is a highly contagious viral…

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AAFP Advocates for State Primary Care Spending Bills

In Oregon, where lawmakers in 2017 unanimously passed legislation requiring that 12% of all health spending go toward primary care, the AAFP’s answer is simple: Build on that. In a March 4 letter(2 page PDF) to the Oregon Senate’s health care committee; the Academy expressed support for a bill introduced this session that would maintain the 12% mandate…

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Sparse Treatment Options Complicate Cancer Care For Immigrants

Edgar carries a red folder bulging with paperwork, bills and medical records. Before his lung cancer diagnosis in September, he had about $11,000, he said; money he was saving to purchase a used truck and to pay an immigration attorney to pursue legal residency. By February, it was gone, and Edgar was relying on friends…

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Medicare Rules Could Support Care Innovation For Dialysis

In a commentary published in the American Journal of Kidney Diseases, public health researchers suggest adjustments to recently proposed rule changes on how Medicare pays for dialysis services. Medicare spends approximately $35 billion annually on care for beneficiaries with end-stage renal disease (kidney failure), more than 7 % of Medicare’s total paid claims. End-stage renal disease…

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Healthy Meal Kits Can Boost Children's Long-Term Health

A scheme that helped parents plan well-balanced family dinners for three months kept their children healthier for years after; a study has found. Low-income families who were given simple recipe kits to cook five healthy meals a week decreased their children’s body mass index (BMI) compared with peers who continued their normal eating patterns. Another…

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Employee Wellness Programs Provide Little Health Benefits

Although employees did demonstrate improvement in health behaviors such as weight management and exercising regularly; the wellness programs did not cut costs, reduce absenteeism rates or improve health outcomes. The findings, which were recently published in JAMA; come amidst an expansion in the uptake of wellness programs. The programs now represent an $8 billion industry in…

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Improving The ACA's Insurance Improve Patient Care

Washington, D.C. April 16; 2019 The American College of Physicians (ACP) published a paper today in the Annals of Internal Medicine that examines ways to improve the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Improving the Affordable Care Act’s Insurance Coverage Provisions provides a set of recommendations to strengthen the ACA and lay the foundation for health care reforms…

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Physician Assistants Are Part of the Solution to Primary Care Shortage

When you think of going to the doctor, the first thing that comes to mind is probably a visit to your regular primary care practice. There, medical providers are tasked with a patient’s overall wellness, from treating aches, pains and colds, to offering counseling, to prevention of chronic diseases. Regular check-ups and visits to address…

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Childhood Disruptive Behaviour Successful in Primary Health Care

Transferring an evidence-based treatment to practice is not self-evident but requires extensive work. The study published in the open access Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) examined how evidence-based digital parent training intervention with telephone coaching can be put into practice in primary health care. Implementation study The study compared families that participated in parent training during…