High-density lipoprotein (HDL) has become known as “good cholesterol” because it helps reduce risk of stroke and heart attack. However, new research found that both high and low levels of HDL could increase a person’s risk of premature death.
Despite coverage gains since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, groups at risk of being uninsured before the law continue to have higher uninsured rates.
High persistent spending is unusually common during the year before death, researchers find.
Programs that seek to lower hospital admissions rates may also reduce readmissions, even though patients in communities adopting the programs tend to be sicker when hospitalized, according to a recent study in Health Affairs.
This week in managed care, the top stories included new reports on a 10-year experiment in payment reform, more results from the early years of the Affordable Care Act, and findings on employee wellness programs.
Researchers found a dose-response relationship for several cancers involved in eating, meaning the higher the weight, the greater risk of cancer.
Advances in genetic technologies have a great potential to be used to advance treatments, especially through personalized medicine. However, there are concerns that disadvantaged groups do not have access to these advances.
Margaret E. O'Kane has been making lasting impacts on healthcare quality measurement for years. But when she founded the National Committee for Quality Assurance, the organization was sometimes underestimated and not taken seriously.
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