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  • Medicaid cuts tied to delayed breast cancer diagnoses June 27, 2017
    As Congress takes aim at replacing "Obamacare," a new study says Medicaid cuts could boost the number of women diagnosed with late-stage breast cancer. The study looked at what happened after a budget crunch caused Tennessee to cut nearly 170,000 people from its Medicaid rolls in 2005. Within the next few years, the researchers found, […]
  • How to build successful ACO health plan partnerships June 27, 2017
    For accountable care organizations to be successful in our market, they need to build sustainable partnerships with health plans. And for a specialty provider organization to be successful in the world of ACOs, they need to position their organization to develop strategic relationships with ACOs.
  • When anxiety or depression mask a medical problem June 27, 2017
    It’s perfectly normal for someone to feel anxious or depressed after receiving a diagnosis of a serious illness. But what if the reverse occurs and symptoms of anxiety or depression masquerade as an as-yet undiagnosed physical disorder? Or what if someone’s physical symptoms stem from a psychological problem? How long might it take before the […]
  • AMA considers advocating that CCRCs be part of ACOs June 27, 2017
    The American Medical Association will lobby the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to allow continuing care retirement communities to initiate investment models of accountable care organizations if its board of trustees approves a resolution that the AMA's House of Delegates referred for a decision last week at the delegates' meeting in Chicago.
  • FDA approves new antibiotic to treat serious skin infections June 27, 2017
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new treatment for patients with acute bacterial skin infections, made by privately held Melinta Therapeutics. The drug, Baxdela, or delafloxacin, is designed to treat skin and skin structure infections caused by a range of bacteria, including methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA.
  • Senate Republicans revise health bill, add in bid to win support June 27, 2017
    U.S. Senate Republicans released changes to their healthcare bill to replace Obamacare, adding a measure that would penalize those who let their insurance coverage lapse for an extended period, following criticism that the original bill would result in a sicker — and more expensive — insurance pool. President Donald Trump and his fellow Republicans in […]
  • The unexpected way genes can double heart disease risk June 27, 2017
    It’s common to think of cancer as a disease driven by the buildup of mutations in the DNA of cells. Everything from pollutants to cigarettes to exposure to everyday chemicals can alter genes, and continued exposure over a lifetime can lead to a critical mass of mutations. Now, researchers say the same process may be […]
  • New insurers enter health insurance exchanges for 2018 June 27, 2017
    Despite questions over the future of the Affordable Care Act and its cost-sharing reductions, many insurers are opting to expand existing offerings or enter new markets in the 2018 ACA health insurance exchanges. The moves come in contrast to several payers that are reducing participation or withdrawing from health insurance exchanges entirely.
  • 51 percent of opioid prescriptions go to people with depression and other mood disorders June 27, 2017
    More than half of all opioid prescriptions in the United States are written for people with anxiety, depression and other mood disorders, according to a new study that questions how pain is treated in this vulnerable population. People with mood disorders are at increased risk of abusing opioids, and yet they received many more prescriptions […]