Focus of the Week
February 01, 2019
Rates of maternal deaths have climbed over a generation in the United States while falling in other developed countries. African American women are more than 3 times more likely to die in childbirth than white women. A new federal law and efforts in states like New Jersey seek to turn the tide.
January 31, 2019
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that claims costs and federal and state policies largely influenced insurer participation in exchanges during the early years of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
January 30, 2019
Prior to the Affordable Care Act, many adults leaving jail or prison were ineligible for Medicaid because coverage was not available to most adults without children. However, by mid 2018, 33 states and the District of Columbia had expanded Medicaid eligibility to include all adults with incomes below 138% of the federal poverty level, which has made Medicaid available to more individuals upon their release.
Patients Engaged in Primary Care More Likely to Receive High-Value Care, Report Better Healthcare Experience
January 29, 2019
Americans with primary care receive significantly more high-value care, slightly more low-value care, and report better healthcare experience.
January 28, 2019
The ninth annual Trending Now in Cancer Care survey identified current and emerging trends for US cancer programs, such as the ongoing threat of drug costs and popular services progams are planning to add in the next 2 years.
January 25, 2019
High drug prices have long been a burden on the US healthcare system, and recent weeks have seen a burst of Congressional activity aimed at driving down rising drug costs. But is Congress all talk and no action on this key issue?
January 24, 2019
What do Americans think about Medicare for All or other ways to allow people to have health insurance if coverage does not come through work? This week, the Kaiser Family Foundation released results of a poll about the issue, while a coalition of healthcare industry players released a digital ad arguing against a single-payer option.
January 23, 2019
Healthcare across the globe is at a moment of change. During the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland, a panel of experts discussed the transformation taking place in healthcare and the tough questions ahead that still need to be answered.
Report: Increasing Drug Prices, Shortages Causing Hospitals to Cut Staff, Putting Patient Safety at Risk
January 22, 2019
Between 2015 and 2017, drug spending increased by nearly 20% as drug shortages also increased, resulting in hospitals cutting staff and warning that patient safety is at risk.
January 22, 2019
A nurse at the Cleveland Clinic launched the initiative after mothers asked to delay their newborns' baths to increase their ability to take to nursing.