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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920318/survey-highlights-differences-in-medicaid-coverage-for-substance-use-treatment-and-opioid-use-disorder-medications
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Colleen M Grogan, Christina Andrews, Amanda Abraham, Keith Humphreys, Harold A Pollack, Bikki Tran Smith, Peter D Friedmann
The Affordable Care Act requires state Medicaid programs to cover substance use disorder treatment for their Medicaid expansion population but allows states to decide which individual services are reimbursable. To examine how states have defined substance use disorder benefit packages, we used data from 2013-14 that we collected as part of an ongoing nationwide survey of state Medicaid programs. Our findings highlight important state-level differences in coverage for substance use disorder treatment and opioid use disorder medications across the United States...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920315/after-medicaid-expansion-in-kentucky-use-of-hospital-emergency-departments-for-dental-conditions-increased
#2
Natalia Chalmers, Jane Grover, Rob Compton
Access to oral health care is a critical need for the adult Medicaid population. Following the 2014 expansion of Medicaid eligibility in Kentucky, millions of adults became eligible to receive dental benefits. We examined the impact of the expansion on adult Medicaid enrollees' use of hospital emergency departments (EDs) for conditions related to dental or oral health in the period 2010-14. Based on our analysis of data for Kentucky from the State Emergency Department Databases, we found that the rate of discharges for these conditions from the ED increased significantly, from 1,833 per 100,000 population in 2013 to 5,635 in 2014...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920313/previous-medicaid-expansion-may-have-had-lasting-positive-effects-on-oral-health-of-non-hispanic-black-children
#3
Brandy J Lipton, Laura R Wherry, Sarah Miller, Genevieve M Kenney, Sandra Decker
Healthy tooth development starts early in life, beginning even before birth. We present new evidence suggesting that a historic public health insurance expansion for pregnant women and children in the United States in the 1980s and 1990s may have had long-lasting effects on the oral health of the children gaining eligibility. We estimated the relationship between adult oral health and the extent of state public health insurance eligibility for pregnant women, infants, and children throughout childhood separately for non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanics...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920305/projections-of-dental-care-use-through-2026-preventive-care-to-increase-while-treatment-will-decline
#4
Chad D Meyerhoefer, Irina Panovska, Richard J Manski
This study provides a forward-thinking assessment of the factors likely to affect future trends in dental care in the United States. We developed a forecasting model based on historical data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey to determine how demographic trends and recent health care policies will affect dental care use in the future. Our forecasts suggest that the medical and dental insurance reforms instituted under the Affordable Care Act will increase rates of dental care use and the number of dental visits, with utilization rates reaching 47 percent in 2026 and the number of visits reaching 334 million, under optimistic assumptions about take-up of pediatric dental coverage...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920304/dental-care-presents-the-highest-level-of-financial-barriers-compared-to-other-types-of-health-care-services
#5
Marko Vujicic, Thomas Buchmueller, Rachel Klein
The Affordable Care Act is improving access to and the affordability of a wide range of health care services. While dental care for children is part of the law's essential health benefits and state Medicaid programs must cover it, coverage of dental care for adults is not guaranteed. As a result, even with the recent health insurance expansion, many Americans face financial barriers to receiving dental care that lead to unmet oral health needs. Using data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey, we analyzed financial barriers to a wide range of health care services...
December 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913569/national-health-spending-faster-growth-in-2015-as-coverage-expands-and-utilization-increases
#6
Anne B Martin, Micah Hartman, Benjamin Washington, Aaron Catlin
Total nominal US health care spending increased 5.8 percent and reached $3.2 trillion in 2015. On a per person basis, spending on health care increased 5.0 percent, reaching $9,990. The share of gross domestic product devoted to health care spending was 17.8 percent in 2015, up from 17.4 percent in 2014. Coverage expansions that began in 2014 as a result of the Affordable Care Act continued to affect health spending growth in 2015. In that year, the faster growth in total health care spending was primarily due to accelerated growth in spending for private health insurance (growth of 7...
December 2, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906931/repeal-and-replace-of-affordable-care-a-complex-but-not-an-impossible-task
#7
Laxmaiah Manchikanti, Joshua A Hirsch
The Affordable Care Act (ACA), signature legislation of President Obama, was arguably the most consequential and comprehensive health care reform since Medicare was introduced as part of President Lyndon B. Johnson's great society. It has been claimed that many of the law's reforms are now so integrated in the health system that full repeal would be impractical, while others including President Elect Trump have rejected that idea and called for full repeal and replacement claiming ACA law cannot be fixed. A tsunami of increasing regulatory burden over the past 8 years, the current health care milieu has moved independent practitioners towards hospital employment in great numbers...
November 2016: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906531/medicare-program-revisions-to-payment-policies-under-the-physician-fee-schedule-and-other-revisions-to-part-b-for-cy-2017-medicare-advantage-bid-pricing-data-release-medicare-advantage-and-part-d-medical-loss-ratio-data-release-medicare-advantage-provider-network
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This major final rule addresses changes to the physician fee schedule and other Medicare Part B payment policies, such as changes to the Value Modifier, to ensure that our payment systems are updated to reflect changes in medical practice and the relative value of services, as well as changes in the statute. This final rule also includes changes related to the Medicare Shared Savings Program, requirements for Medicare Advantage Provider Networks, and provides for the release of certain pricing data from Medicare Advantage bids and of data from medical loss ratio reports submitted by Medicare health and drug plans...
November 15, 2016: Federal Register
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902558/access-of-patients-with-lumbar-disc-herniations-to-spine-surgeons-the-effect-of-insurance-type-under-the-affordable-care-act
#9
Nidharshan S Anandasivam, Daniel H Wiznia, Chang-Yeon Kim, Ameya V Save, Jonathan N Grauer, Richard R Pelker
STUDY DESIGN: Prospective cohort study. OBJECTIVE: To determine the effects of insurance type (Medicaid vs. a specific private insurance) on patient access to spine surgeons for lumbar disc herniation as measured by (1) acceptance of insurance, (2) need for a referral, and (3) wait time for appointment. SUMMARY OF BACKGROUND DATA: Limited studies have been conducted to examine the issue of patient access to spine surgeons based on different insurance types (Medicaid vs...
November 29, 2016: Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861816/early-impact-of-the-affordable-care-act-s-medicaid-expansion-on-dental-care-use
#10
Kamyar Nasseh, Marko Vujicic
OBJECTIVE: To examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act on dental care use among poor adults ages 21-64 in 2014. DATA: 2010-2014 Gallup-Healthways Wellbeing Index Survey. STUDY DESIGN: Among poor adults with income at or below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level, a differences-in-differences analysis was used to compare the changes in dental care use in states with different Medicaid expansion and adult dental policies. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Relative to the pre-reform period and other states, in Medicaid expansion states with adult dental benefits, dental care use increased between 2 and 6 percent points in the second half of 2014, but most of these changes were not statistically significant...
November 16, 2016: Health Services Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854535/gain-in-insurance-coverage-and-residual-uninsurance-under-the-affordable-care-act-texas-2013-2016
#11
Stephen Pickett, Elena Marks, Vivian Ho
OBJECTIVES: To examine the effects of the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) Marketplace on Texas residents and determine which population subgroups benefited the most and which the least. METHODS: We analyzed insurance coverage rates among nonelderly Texas adults using the Health Reform Monitoring Survey-Texas from September 2013, just before the first open enrollment period in the Marketplace, through March 2016. RESULTS: Texas has experienced a roughly 6-percentage-point increase in insurance coverage (from 74...
January 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818424/health-care-eligibility-and-availability-and-health-care-reform-are-we-addressing-rural-women-s-barriers-to-accessing-care
#12
Kristine Zimmermann, Leslie R Carnahan, Ellen Paulsey, Yamile Molina
BACKGROUND: Rural populations in the U.S. face numerous barriers to health care access. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) was developed in part to reduce health care access barriers. We report rural women's access barriers and the PPACA elements that address these barriers as well as potential gaps. METHODS: For this qualitative study, we analyzed two datasets using a common framework. We used content analysis to understand rural, focus group participants' access barriers prior to PPACA implementation...
2016: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27789732/new-medicaid-enrollees-see-health-and-social-benefits-in-pennsylvania-s-expansion
#13
Jeffrey K Hom, Charlene Wong, Christian Stillson, Jessica Zha, Carolyn C Cannuscio, Rachel Cahill, David Grande
Understanding how new Medicaid enrollees are approaching their own health and health care in the shifting health care landscape of the Affordable Care Act has implications for future outreach and enrollment efforts, as well as service planning for this population. The objective of this study was to explore the health care experiences and expectations of new Medicaid expansion beneficiaries in the immediate post-enrollment period. We conducted semistructured, qualitative interviews with a random sample of 40 adults in Philadelphia who had completed an application for Medicaid through a comprehensive benefits organization after January 1, 2015, when the Medicaid expansion in Pennsylvania took effect...
2016: Inquiry: a Journal of Medical Care Organization, Provision and Financing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27760245/implications-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-on-insurance-coverage-and-rehabilitation-use-among-young-adult-trauma-patients
#14
Cheryl K Zogg, Fernando Payró Chew, John W Scott, Lindsey L Wolf, Thomas C Tsai, Peter Najjar, Olubode A Olufajo, Eric B Schneider, Elliott R Haut, Adil H Haider, Joseph K Canner
Importance: Trauma is the leading cause of death and disability among young adults, who are also among the most likely to be uninsured. Efforts to increase insurance coverage, including passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), were intended to improve access to care and promote improvements in outcomes. However, despite reported gains in coverage, the ACA's success in promoting use of high-quality care and enacting changes in clinical end points remains unclear...
October 19, 2016: JAMA Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27727384/association-between-the-2014-medicaid-expansion-and-us-hospital-finances
#15
COMPARATIVE STUDY
Fredric Blavin
Importance: The Affordable Care Act expanded Medicaid eligibility for millions of low-income adults. The choice for states to expand Medicaid could affect the financial health of hospitals by decreasing the proportion of patient volume and unreimbursed expenses attributable to uninsured patients while increasing revenue from newly covered patients. Objective: To estimate the association between the Medicaid expansion in 2014 and hospital finances by assessing differences between hospitals in states that expanded Medicaid and in those states that did not expand Medicaid...
October 11, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27702955/gaining-coverage-in-2014-new-estimates-of-marketplace-and-medicaid-transitions
#16
Jessica P Vistnes, Joel W Cohen
We used data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Household Component to examine coverage transitions for nonelderly US adults. We found that 71.5 percent of Marketplace enrollees in 2014 had some period of uninsurance before enrollment. In Medicaid expansion states, 17.4 percent of adults who were uninsured throughout 2013 gained Medicaid coverage in 2014, compared with only 5.6 percent in those states between 2012 and 2013.
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27702954/insurance-churning-rates-for-low-income-adults-under-health-reform-lower-than-expected-but-still-harmful-for-many
#17
Benjamin D Sommers, Rebecca Gourevitch, Bethany Maylone, Robert J Blendon, Arnold M Epstein
Changes in insurance coverage over time, or "churning," may have adverse consequences, but there has been little evidence on churning since implementation of the major coverage expansions in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in 2014. We explored the frequency and implications of churning through surveying 3,011 low-income adults in Kentucky, which used a traditional expansion of Medicaid; Arkansas, which chose a "private option" expansion that enrolled beneficiaries in private Marketplace plans; and Texas, which opted not to expand...
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27702953/marketplaces-helped-drive-coverage-gains-in-2015-affordability-problems-remained
#18
Stacey McMorrow, Genevieve M Kenney, Sharon K Long, Jason A Gates
Health insurance coverage through the Marketplaces increased in 2015, with more nonelderly adult enrollees insured all year and fewer reporting health care affordability problems than in 2014. In 2015 more Marketplace enrollees in Medicaid nonexpansion states reported trouble paying family medical bills, compared to those in expansion states (23 percent versus 15 percent).
October 1, 2016: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27663703/a-call-to-revisit-the-prenatal-period-as-a-focus-for-action-within-the-reproductive-and-perinatal-care-continuum
#19
Arden Handler, Kay Johnson
Objectives The broad maternal and child health community has witnessed increased attention to the entire continuum of reproductive and perinatal health concerns over the past few years. However, both recent discouraging trends in prenatal care access and utilization and a renewed understanding of prenatal care as a critical anchor of the reproductive/perinatal health continuum for women who do get pregnant demand a new effort to focus on the prenatal period as a gateway for maternal and infant health. Methods This commentary: describes the Medicaid expansions and the momentum for universal access to prenatal care of the 1980-1990s; examines the pivot away from this goal and its aftermath; provides a rationale for why renewed attention to prenatal care and the prenatal period is essential; and, explores the potential focus of an updated prenatal care agenda...
September 23, 2016: Maternal and Child Health Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27661861/hospital-level-changes-in-adult-icu-bed-supply-in-the-united-states
#20
David J Wallace, Christopher W Seymour, Jeremy M Kahn
OBJECTIVES: Although the number of intensive care beds in the United States is increasing, little is known about the hospitals responsible for this growth. We sought to better characterize national growth in intensive care beds by identifying hospital-level factors associated with increasing numbers of intensive care beds over time. DESIGN: We performed a repeated-measures time series analysis of hospital-level intensive care bed supply using data from Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services...
September 22, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
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