Focus of the Week

March 05, 2018
Arkansas became the third state to create work requirements for Medicaid since the Trump administration announced it would allow them.
March 02, 2018
Since 2000, the number of patients undergoing gender-affirming surgery who identified as self-payers decreased. From 2012-2013 to 2014, coverage by Medicare and Medicaid of gender-affirming surgeries increased 3-fold.
March 01, 2018
A proposed rule by the Trump administration to allow association health plans to sell insurance across state lines would shift 3.2 million enrollees out of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)'s individual and small group markets by 2022 and increase premiums, according to a new analysis from Avalere. 
February 28, 2018
A newly published report, “Fairness in Precision Medicine,” by Kadija Ferryman, PhD, and Mikaela Pitcan, seeks to better understand how bias could impact biomedical research into precision medicine.
February 27, 2018
On Friday, a bipartisan group of governors unveiled a blueprint to reform the US health system in an effort to produce better health outcomes at a lower cost to governments, employers, and individuals. The plan focuses on aligning consumer and provider incentives, encouraging more competition and innovation, reforming insurance markets, expanding proven Medicaid innovations, and modernizing the state–federal relationsip.
February 26, 2018
A symposium at Seton Hall Law School examined the role of care coordination and transitions in helping those with substance use disorder find success in treatment. Some experts say that managed care has not supported care coodination despite evidence that it works and ultimately saves money for health systems.
February 23, 2018
Pediatric patients from low-income neighborhoods died at rates 18% higher while hospitalized, and had higher hospital costs after cardiac surgery, compared with those from higher-income neighborhoods, according to results of a national study that the lead investigator called “shocking.” The NIH-supported study was published Friday in Pediatrics.
February 22, 2018
Clinical and policy decisions made using early trial results could be misguided, according to a study that found early results in chronic disease trials are often exaggerated compared with findings in subsequent trials.
February 21, 2018
African American patients and uninsured patients are more likely to have diminished employment participation 2 years after being cancer free than are those with no history of cancer, according to new research published in Cancer.
February 20, 2018
In response to Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter's executive order allowing Idaho insurers to offer insurance plans that do not comply with the Affordable Care Act, Blue Cross Idaho introduced Freedom Blue, 5 individual health insurance plans.
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