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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937935/the-impact-of-the-2006-massachusetts-health-care-reform-law-on-spine-surgery-patient-payer-mix-status-and-age
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Nicolas W Villelli, Hong Yan, Jian Zou, Nicholas M Barbaro
OBJECTIVE Several similarities exist between the Massachusetts health care reform law of 2006 and the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The authors' prior neurosurgical research showed a decrease in uninsured surgeries without a significant change in surgical volume after the Massachusetts reform. An analysis of the payer-mix status and the age of spine surgery patients, before and after the policy, should provide insight into the future impact of the ACA on spine surgery in the US. METHODS Using the Massachusetts State Inpatient Database and spine ICD-9-CM procedure codes, the authors obtained demographic information on patients undergoing spine surgery between 2001 and 2012...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935359/disparities-by-sex-tracked-in-the-2015-national-healthcare-quality-and-disparities-report-trends-across-national-quality-strategy-priorities-health-conditions-and-access-measures
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Jennifer E Moore, Atlang Mompe, Ernest Moy
INTRODUCTION: Established by the Affordable Care Act, the National Quality Strategy (NQS) is the national policy goals aimed at improving the quality of health care for all Americans. The NQS established six priorities to provide better, more affordable care for individuals and communities. This is the first analysis of data on the NQS and access measures that focus on sex differences, health conditions, trends, and disparities. METHODS: Measures from the 2015 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) for the four National Quality Strategy priorities (Patient Safety, Person Centered Care, Effective Treatment and Healthy Living), access to care, and health conditions for women were compared to measures for men...
September 19, 2017: Women's Health Issues: Official Publication of the Jacobs Institute of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933932/enrollment-in-california-s-medicaid-program-after-the-affordable-care-act-expansion
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Jing Wang, Amal N Trivedi
OBJECTIVES: To determine enrollment rates and predictors of enrollment for newly eligible low-income adults in California following the Affordable Care Act's (ACA's) Medicaid expansion. METHODS: We used data from the 2014 to 2015 California Health Interview Survey to examine post-ACA Medicaid enrollment rates and multivariable logistic regression to assess the association of demographic factors, income, and health with enrollment. RESULTS: We found a 78...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933789/trends-in-utilization-and-costs-of-brca-testing-among-women-aged-18-64-years-in-the-united-states-2003-2014
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Zhuo Chen, Katherine Kolor, Scott D Grosse, Juan L Rodriguez, Julie A Lynch, Ridgely Fisk Green, W David Dotson, M Scott Bowen, Muin J Khoury
PurposeWe examined 12-year trends in BRCA testing rates and costs in the context of clinical guidelines, national policies, and other factors.MethodsWe estimated trends in BRCA testing rates and costs from 2003 to 2014 for women aged 18-64 years using private claims data and publicly reported revenues from the primary BRCA testing provider.ResultsThe percentage of women with zero out-of-pocket payments for BRCA testing increased during 2013-2014, after 7 years of general decline, coinciding with a clarification of Affordable Care Act coverage of BRCA genetic testing...
September 21, 2017: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930763/a-new-community-health-center-academic-medicine-partnership-for-medicaid-cost-control-powered-by-the-mega-teaching-health-center
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Richard E Rieselbach, Ted Epperly, Aaron Friedman, David Keahey, Eleanor McConnell, Karen Nichols, Greg Nycz, Jeanette Roberts, Kenneth Schmader, Peter Shin, Derri Shtasel
Community health centers (CHCs), a principal source of primary care for over 24 million patients, provide high-quality affordable care for medically underserved and lower-income populations in urban and rural communities. The authors propose that CHCs can assume an important role in the quest for health care reform by serving substantially more Medicaid patients. Major expansion of CHCs, powered by mega teaching health centers (THCs) in partnership with regional academic medical centers (AMCs) or teaching hospitals, could increase Medicaid beneficiaries' access to cost-effective care...
September 14, 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929700/extending-the-children%C3%A2-s-health-insurance-program-high-stakes-for-families-and-states
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Sara Rosenbaum, Rachel Gunsalus, Sara Rothenberg, Sara Schmucker
Issue: Congress must decide whether to extend federal funding authority for the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), which ends September 30, 2017. CHIP operates much like Medicaid, providing federal matching payments for state program expenses, although CHIP’s funding rate is higher than the federal rate paid for traditional Medicaid and was further enhanced under the Affordable Care Act. States can use their CHIP funds to expand Medicaid, operate separate CHIP programs, or combine the two approaches...
September 2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926778/korean-immigrants-don-t-buy-health-insurance-the-influences-of-culture-on-self-employed-korean-immigrants-focusing-on-structure-and-functions-of-social-networks
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Hyunsung Oh, Chung Hyeon Jeong
Culture has been pinpointed as a culprit of disparities in health insurance coverage between Korean immigrants and other ethnic groups. This study explored specific mechanisms by which culture influences a decision to buy health insurance among self-employed Korean immigrants living in ethnic enclaves by focusing on the structure and functions of social networks. Between March and June 2015, we recruited 24 Korean immigrant adults (aged 18 or older) who identified as self-employed and being uninsured for substantial periods before 2014 in Southern California...
September 12, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918678/the-affordable-care-act-medicaid-expansions-and-personal-finance
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Kyle J Caswell, Timothy A Waidmann
Using a novel data set from a major credit bureau, we examine the early effects of the Affordable Care Act Medicaid expansions on personal finance. We analyze less common events such as personal bankruptcy, and more common occurrences such as medical collection balances, and change in credit scores. We estimate triple-difference models that compare individual outcomes across counties that expanded Medicaid versus counties that did not, and across expansion counties that had more uninsured residents versus those with fewer...
September 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28915164/organizational-and-environmental-factors-influencing-hospital-community-orientation
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JʼAime C Jennings, Amy Y Landry, Larry R Hearld, Robert Weech-Maldonado, Scott W Snyder, Patricia A Patrician
BACKGROUND: Community orientation refers to hospitals' efforts to assess and meet the health needs of the local population. Variations in the number of community orientation-related activities offered by hospitals may be attributed to differences in organizational and environmental characteristics. Therefore, hospitals have to strategically respond to these internal and external constraints to improve community health. Understanding the facilitators and barriers of hospital community orientation is important to health care managers facing pressure from the external environment to meet the expectations of the community as well as Affordable Care Act guidelines...
September 15, 2017: Health Care Management Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28910222/restricted-access-state-medicaid-coverage-of-sofosbuvir-hepatitis-c-treatment
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Marea B Tumber
Chronic hepatitis C (HCV) infection can persist for decades without symptoms. Many Americans are unaware of their infection status and are not receiving necessary care and treatment. This places them at greater risk for severe, even fatal, complications from the disease and increases the likelihood that they will transmit the virus to others. In late 2013, the Food and Drug Administration approved a direct acting antiviral drug called sofosbuvir to treat chronic HCV infection. Sofosbuvir is a highly effective, but very expensive, curative treatment for HCV...
January 2017: Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906168/the-affordable-care-act-how-nixon-s-health-reform-proposal-became-democrats-albatross
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Steffie Woolhandler, David U Himmelstein
President Obama's signature health care reform, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), was passed in 2010 and fully implemented in 2014. Two years later, Republicans' attacks on the ACA as a failed reform helped fuel their recent electoral victory. The legislation significantly expanded insurance coverage. But it was built on, and fortified, private health insurance firms, and it accelerated the corporate takeover of hospitals and physicians' practices. This obeisance to corporate interests precluded making coverage universal or care affordable...
January 1, 2017: International Journal of Health Services: Planning, Administration, Evaluation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895826/trying-for-association-health-plans-again-and-again-and-again
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Richard Mark Kirkner
Business groups like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Federation of Independent Business endorse association health plans (AHPs) as a way to give employers more options beyond the strictures of the Affordable Care Act.
July 2017: Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28893813/uninsured-primary-care-visit-disparities-under-the-affordable-care-act
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Heather Angier, Megan Hoopes, Miguel Marino, Nathalie Huguet, Elizabeth A Jacobs, John Heintzman, Heather Holderness, Carlyn M Hood, Jennifer E DeVoe
PURPOSE: Health insurance coverage affects a patient's ability to access optimal care, the percentage of insured patients on a clinic's panel has an impact on the clinic's ability to provide needed health care services, and there are racial and ethnic disparities in coverage in the United States. Thus, we aimed to assess changes in insurance coverage at community health center (CHC) visits after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion by race and ethnicity...
September 2017: Annals of Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28887343/population-health-and-medicine-policy-and-financial-drivers
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Jill E Lavigne, Jack Brown, Gary R Matzke
PURPOSE: The financial and policy levers of population health and potential opportunities for pharmacists are described. SUMMARY: Three long-standing problems drive the focus on population health: (1) the United States suffers far worse population health outcomes compared with those of other developed nations that spend significantly less on healthcare, (2) the U.S. healthcare system's focus on "sick care" fails to address upstream prevention and population health improvement, and (3) financial incentives for healthcare delivery are poorly aligned with improvements in population health outcomes...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Health-system Pharmacy: AJHP
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885865/changes-in-insurance-coverage-and-stage-at-diagnosis-among-nonelderly-patients-with-cancer-after-the-affordable-care-act
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Ahmedin Jemal, Chun Chieh Lin, Amy J Davidoff, Xuesong Han
Purpose To examine change in the percent uninsured and early-stage diagnosis among nonelderly patients with newly diagnosed cancer after the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Patients and Methods By using the National Cancer Data Base, we estimated absolute change (APC) and relative change in percent uninsured among patients with newly diagnosed cancer age 18 to 64 years between 2011 to the third quarter of 2013 (pre-ACA implementation) and the second to fourth quarter of 2014 (post-ACA) in Medicaid expansion and nonexpansion states by family income level...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28880062/following-the-aca-repeal-and-replace-effort-where-does-the-u-s-stand-on-insurance-coverage-findings-from-the-commonwealth-fund-affordable-care-act-tracking-survey-march-june-2017
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Sara R Collins, Munira Z Gunja, Michelle M Doty
Issue: After Congress's failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, some policy leaders are calling for bipartisan approaches to address weaknesses in the law’s coverage expansions. To do this, policymakers will need data about trends in insurance coverage, reasons why people remain uninsured, and consumer perceptions of affordability. Goal: To examine U.S. trends in insurance coverage and the demographics of the remaining uninsured population, as well as affordability and satisfaction among adults with marketplace and Medicaid coverage...
September 2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879177/comparison-of-orthodontic-medicaid-funding-in-the-united-states-2006-to-2015
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Gerald Minick, Terri Tilliss, W Craig Shellhart, Sheldon M Newman, Clifton M Carey, Andrew Horne, Susan Whitt, Larry J Oesterle
INTRODUCTION: Orthodontic treatment is reimbursed by Medicaid based on orthodontic and financial need with qualifiers determined by individual states. Changes in Medicaid-funded orthodontic treatment following the "Great Recession" in 2007 and the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 were compared for the 50 United States and the District of Columbia to better understand disparities in access to care. The results from this 2015 survey were compared to data gathered in 2006 (1)...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879070/trends-in-breast-and-colorectal-cancer-screening-among-u-s-adults-by-race-healthcare-coverage-and-ses-before-during-and-after-the-great-recession
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Taylor E Wyatt, Vikash Pernenkil, Tomi F Akinyemiju
The aim of this study is examine trends in breast and colorectal cancer screening in the U.S. by race, healthcare coverage, and socio-economic status (SES) before the Great Recession (2003-2005), during the recession (2007-2009), and post-recession/Affordable Care Act (ACA) period (2010 - 2012). Data on a representative sample of U.S. adults was obtained from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS). Breast and colorectal cancer screening were defined in line with U.S. Preventative Services Task Force guidelines, and survey weighted statistical methods were utilized to analyze trends in cancer screening among 1,858,572 BRFSS participants...
September 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28879066/obstetricians-and-gynecologists-opinions-about-the-affordable-care-act-and-their-expectations-about-how-it-will-impact-their-practice
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Britta L Anderson, Ellen Peters, Michael F Fialkow, Laura H Taouk, Jay Schulkin
As the primary healthcare providers for women, obstetrician-gynecologists' (OB/GYNs) experiences with and opinions about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are important to understand. An online survey was sent to 1000 randomly selected OB/GYNs who were members of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) in 2014. Of those, 523 opened the email and 163 responded (31% participation rate). Data were collected August 2014-October 2014 and analyzed in 2015-2016. Support for the ACA was widely distributed, with the largest subset of the sample (about 21%) in the "very supportive" category...
September 2017: Preventive Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28874932/emergency-department-use-across-88-small-areas-after-affordable-care-act-implementation-in-illinois
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Joe Feinglass, Andrew J Cooper, Kelsey Rydland, Emilie S Powell, Megan McHugh, Raymond Kang, Scott M Dresden
INTRODUCTION: This study analyzes changes in hospital emergency department (ED) visit rates before and after the 2014 Affordable Care Act (ACA) insurance expansions in Illinois. We compare the association between population insurance status change and ED visit rate change between a 24-month (2012-2013) pre-ACA period and a 24-month post-ACA (2014-2015) period across 88 socioeconomically diverse areas of Illinois. METHODS: We used annual American Community Survey estimates for 2012-2015 to obtain insurance status changes for uninsured, private, Medicaid, and Medicare (disability) populations of 88 Illinois Public Use Micro Areas (PUMAs), areas with a mean of about 90,000 age 18-64 residents...
August 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
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