Affordable Care Act
June 15, 2018
What seems like a straightforward idea—screen current and former heavy smokers for lung cancer—proves more challenging in practice, according to findings from a demonstration project at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System.
June 14, 2018
Major medical groups as well as patient advocacy groups filed friend-of-the-court briefs Thursday in Texas v. Azar, the lawsuit that seeks to overturn the Affordable Care Act (ACA), warning about the damage that would occur to American healthcare if the ACA is reversed by the courts. In addition, legal experts who have previously disagreed with each other about legal and policy questions about the ACA united in another filing, saying the arguments of both "the plaintiff States and the United States on the severability of the insurance mandate from the other provisions of the ACA are inconsistent with settled law."
June 13, 2018
Long-term treatment of patients with secondary progressive multiple sclerosis (SPMS) with siponimod may reduce the risk of disability progression, according to findings of the phase 3 EXPAND study.
What We're Reading: Ramifications of DOJ Stance in ACA Case; Nursing Home Patients at Risk; Insurers Eye ED Bills
June 13, 2018
The Department of Justice (DOJ)’s legal brief in the Texas case against the Affordable Care Act (ACA) could have far-reaching ramifications besides ending protections for people with pre-existing conditions; 1 in 5 Medicare patients sent from the hospital to a nursing home boomerang back within 30 days, often for potentially preventable conditions; Anthem, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas, and UnitedHealth Group are among insurers scrutinizing the cost of emergency department (ED) visits.
June 11, 2018
Using data from 8 states, the Kaiser Family Foundation is tracking preliminary 2019 insurance premiums in the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces as rate information is filed with state regulators. The 8 states are Maine, Maryland, New York, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, and Washington, plus the District of Columbia.
What We're Reading: Maine Judge Issues Medicaid Order; NIH on Immunotherapy; Insurers Cite ACA Changes for Rate Hikes
June 05, 2018
A state judge in Maine ordered Goveror Paul LePage’s administration to stop stalling and implement a Medicaid expansion; the National Institutes of Health reported on a treatment that eradicated cancer from a patient who had untreatable, advanced breast cancer; citing changes to the Affordable Care Act, insurers are proposing double-digit rate hikes for 2019.
June 04, 2018
A new study published in Health Affairs hopes to provide an explanation of the evidence for the pros and cons of Medicaid expansion as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with a systematic literature review, finding that expansion was associated with increases in coverage, service use, quality of care, and Medicaid spending.
May 30, 2018
Patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) who were treated with ivacaftor have demonstrated favorable results for clinically important outcomes, including a lower prevalence of CF-related complications and improved lung function, according to a new study.