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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224469/the-medicaid-rebate-changes-in-oncology-drug-prices-after-the-affordable-care-act
#1
Ali Bonakdar Tehrani, Norman V Carroll
BACKGROUND: Prescription drug spending is a significant component of Medicaid total expenditures. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes a provision that increases the Medicaid rebate for both brand-name and generic drugs. This study examines the extent to which oncology drug prices changed after the increase in the Medicaid rebate in 2010. METHODS: A pre-post study design was used to evaluate the correlation between the Medicaid rebate increase and oncology drug prices after 2010 using 2006-2013 State Drug Utilization Data...
February 21, 2017: Applied Health Economics and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224441/does-medicaid-insurance-confer-adequate-access-to-adult-orthopaedic-care-in-the-era-of-the-patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act
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Joseph T Labrum, Taylor Paziuk, Theresa C Rihn, Alan S Hilibrand, Alexander R Vaccaro, Mitchell G Maltenfort, Jeffrey A Rihn
BACKGROUND: A current appraisal of access to orthopaedic care for the adult patient receiving Medicaid is important, since Medicaid expansion was written into law by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) Do orthopaedic practices provide varying access to orthopaedic care for simulated patients with Medicaid insurance versus private insurance in a blinded survey? (2) What are the surveyed state-by-state Medicaid acceptance rates for adult orthopaedic practices in the current era of Medicaid expansion set forth by the PPACA? (3) Do surveyed rates of access to orthopaedic care in the adult patient population vary across practice setting (private vs academic) or vary with different Medicaid physician reimbursement rates? (4) Are there differences in the surveyed Medicaid acceptance rates for adult orthopaedic practices in states that have expanded Medicaid coverage versus states that have foregone expansion? METHODS: Simulated Patient Survey: We performed a telephone survey study of orthopaedic offices in four states with Medicaid expansion...
February 21, 2017: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221275/changes-in-emergency-department-utilization-after-early-medicaid-expansion-in-california
#3
Lindsay M Sabik, Peter J Cunningham, Ali Bonakdar Tehrani
BACKGROUND: Medicaid expansions aim to improve access to primary care, which could reduce nonemergent (NE) use of the emergency department (ED). In contrast, Medicaid enrollees use the ED more than other groups, including the uninsured. Thus, the expected impact of Medicaid expansion on ED use is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To estimate changes in total and NE ED visits as a result of California's early Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act. In addition to overall changes in the number of visits, changes by payer and safety net hospital status are examined...
February 17, 2017: Medical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218867/-screening-diagnosis-treatment-and-follow-up-of-hepatitis-c-virus-related-liver-disease-national-consensus-guideline-in-hungary-from-15-october-2016
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Béla Hunyady, Zsuzsanna Gerlei, Judit Gervain, Gábor Horváth, Gabriella Lengyel, Alajos Pár, Zoltán Péter, László Rókusz, Ferenc Schneider, Ferenc Szalay, István Tornai, Klára Werling, Mihály Makara
Treatment of hepatitis C is based on a national consensus guideline updated six-monthly according to local availability and affordability of approved therapies through a transparent allocation system in Hungary. This updated guideline incorporates some special new aspects, including recommendations for screening, diagnostics, use and allocation of novel direct acting antiviral agents. Indication of therapy in patients with no contraindication is based on demonstration of viral replication with consequent inflammation and/or fibrosis in the liver...
February 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212062/community-health-agency-administrators-access-to-public-health-data-for-program-planning-evaluation-and-grant-preparation
#5
Sandra D Lane, Donna M Cashman, Robert H Keefe, Lutchmie Narine, Bradford Ducre, Sharon Chesna, Meghan Hall, David Oliver
The Affordable Care Act mandates that public health data be made available for community agency use. Having access to such data allows community agencies to tailor interventions, evaluations, and funding requests more effectively. This study, jointly undertaken by Syracuse University faculty and students with the New York State Perinatal Association, sought to understand community agencies' access to requests for governmental data, as well as to identify areas for improving data access. Results from this survey of administrators from 43 agencies in New York State found that only one-half of their requests for data were successful...
February 2017: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211994/building-the-coverage-continuum-the-role-of-state-medicaid-directors-and-insurance-commissioners
#6
Joel Ario, Deborah Bachrach
Issue: The Affordable Care Act has expanded coverage to 20 million newly insured individuals, split between state Medicaid programs and commercially insured marketplaces, with limited integration between the two. The seamless continuum of coverage envisioned by the law is central to achieving the full potential of the Affordable Care Act, but it remains an elusive promise. Goals: To examine the historical and cultural differences between state Medicaid agencies and insurance departments that contribute to this lack of coordination...
2017: Issue Brief of the Commonwealth Fund
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207744/utilization-of-smoking-cessation-medication-benefits-among-medicaid-fee-for-service-enrollees-1999-2008
#7
Jennifer Kahende, Ann Malarcher, Lucinda England, Lei Zhang, Paul Mowery, Xin Xu, Varadan Sevilimedu, Italia Rolle
OBJECTIVE: To assess state coverage and utilization of Medicaid smoking cessation medication benefits among fee-for-service enrollees who smoked cigarettes. METHODS: We used the linked National Health Interview Survey (survey years 1995, 1997-2005) and the Medicaid Analytic eXtract files (1999-2008) to assess utilization of smoking cessation medication benefits among 5,982 cigarette smokers aged 18-64 years enrolled in Medicaid fee-for-service whose state Medicaid insurance covered at least one cessation medication...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207344/the-future-of-the-affordable-care-act-and-insurance-coverage
#8
Sherry Glied, Adlan Jackson
We describe the patterns of coverage gains associated with the Affordable Care Act (ACA) expansions and use these patterns to assess the potential impact of alternative repeal or repeal and replace strategies because Congress and the president are weighing options to repeal or replace the ACA. We find that specific provisions of the ACA, including the Medicaid expansion and the structure of premium subsidies, have been associated with large and robust gains in insurance coverage. We evaluate the impact of retaining dependent coverage and high-risk pool provisions and show, on the basis of the ACA experience, that these provisions would have little effect on coverage...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207336/local-television-news-coverage-of-the-affordable-care-act-emphasizing-politics-over-consumer-information
#9
Sarah E Gollust, Laura M Baum, Jeff Niederdeppe, Colleen L Barry, Erika Franklin Fowler
OBJECTIVES: To examine the public health and policy-relevant messages conveyed through local television news during the first stage of Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation, when about 10 million Americans gained insurance. METHODS: We conducted a content analysis of 1569 ACA-related local evening television news stories, obtained from sampling local news aired between October 1, 2013, and April 19, 2014. Coders systematically collected data using a coding instrument tracking major messages and information sources cited in the news...
February 16, 2017: American Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203387/an-overview-of-available-drugs-for-management-of-opioid-abuse-during-pregnancy
#10
REVIEW
Jillian Laslo, Jon-Michael Brunner, Daniel Burns, Emily Butler, Autumn Cunningham, Ryan Killpack, Courtney Pyeritz, Kimberly Rinard, Jennifer Childers, Joseph Horzempa
The prevalence of opioid abuse in the United States has been steadily increasing over the last several years among many major demographics, including pregnant women. Rise in prenatal opioid abuse has resulted in subsequent escalation of neonatal abstinence syndrome incidence, prompting the US Congress to pass the Protecting Our Infants Act of 2015. This act specifically calls for a critical review of current treatment options for prenatal opioid abuse which may ultimately lead to the development of better therapies and a decreased incidence of neonatal abstinence syndrome...
2017: Maternal Health, Neonatology and Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203284/novel-emerging-treatments-for-hepatitis-c-infection-a-fast-moving-pipeline
#11
REVIEW
Ara A Kardashian, Paul J Pockros
Advances in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C has been one of the pinnacles of medical science in the last 25 years. The age of direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) has led to cure rates >95% with shorter duration and low toxicity regimens, thus changing the landscape of the era of pegylated interferon and ribavirin (RBV). However, there remain some challenges with these therapies as there are multiple regimens available with a fair amount of sophistication required to administer them. Treatment continues to require knowledge of prior treatment status, viral genotype and fibrosis assessment, thus affording an opportunity for improvement in future regimens...
February 2017: Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202501/national-health-expenditure-projections-2016-25-price-increases-aging-push-sector-to-20%C3%A2-percent-of-economy
#12
Sean P Keehan, Devin A Stone, John A Poisal, Gigi A Cuckler, Andrea M Sisko, Sheila D Smith, Andrew J Madison, Christian J Wolfe, Joseph M Lizonitz
Under current law, national health expenditures are projected to grow at an average annual rate of 5.6 percent for 2016-25 and represent 19.9 percent of gross domestic product by 2025. For 2016, national health expenditure growth is anticipated to have slowed 1.1 percentage points to 4.8 percent, as a result of slower Medicaid and prescription drug spending growth. For the rest of the projection period, faster projected growth in medical prices is partly offset by slower projected growth in the use and intensity of medical goods and services, relative to that observed in 2014-16 associated with the Affordable Care Act coverage expansions...
February 15, 2017: Health Affairs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28201956/hiv-screening-and-the-affordable-care-act
#13
Greg Carter, Christopher Owens, Hsien-Chang Lin
Men continue to bear disproportionate accounts of HIV diagnoses. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care act aims to address health care disparities by recommending preventative services, including HIV screening, expanding community health centers, and increasing the healthcare workforce. This study examined the decision making of physician and primary care health providers to provide HIV screenings. A quasi-experimental design was used to estimate the effects of the Affordable Care Act on provider-initiated HIV screening...
March 2017: American Journal of Men's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199410/ultrasensitive-detection-of-hiv-1-p24-antigen-by-a-hybrid-nanomechanical-optoplasmonic-platform-with-potential-for-detecting-hiv-1-at-first-week-after-infection
#14
Priscila M Kosaka, Valerio Pini, Montserrat Calleja, Javier Tamayo
Early detection of HIV infection is the best way to prevent spread of the disease and to improve the efficiency of the antiretroviral therapy. Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) have become the gold-standard for detecting low-concentrations of the virus in blood. However, these methods are technically demanding and cost-prohibitive in developing countries. Immunoassays are more affordable and can be more easily adapted for point-of-care diagnosis. However, the sensitivity so far of these methods has been too low...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196518/a-comparison-of-how-behavioral-health-organizations-utilize-training-to-prepare-for-health-care-reform
#15
Victoria Stanhope, Mimi Choy-Brown, Stacey Barrenger, Jennifer Manuel, Micaela Mercado, Mary McKay, Steven C Marcus
BACKGROUND: Under the Affordable Care Act, States have obtained Medicaid waivers to overhaul their behavioral health service systems to improve quality and reduce costs. Critical to implementation of broad service delivery reforms has been the preparation of organizations responsible for service delivery. This study focused on one large-scale initiative to overhaul its service system with the goal of improving service quality and reducing costs. The study examined the participation of behavioral health organizations in technical assistance efforts and the extent to which organizational factors related to their participation...
February 14, 2017: Implementation Science: IS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194929/a-ruthenium-complex-porphyrin-fullerene-linked-molecular-pentad-as-an-integrative-photosynthetic-model
#16
Masanori Yamamoto, Jens Föhlinger, Jonas Petersson, Leif Hammarström, Hiroshi Imahori
A ruthenium complex, porphyrin sensitizer, fullerene acceptor molecular pentad has been synthesized and a long-lived hole-electron pair was achieved in aqueous solution by photoinduced multistep electron transfer: Upon irradiation by visible light, the excited-state of a zinc porphyrin ((1) ZnP*) was quenched by fullerene (C60 ) to afford a radical ion pair, (1,3) (ZnP(.+) -C60(.-) ). This was followed by the subsequent electron transfer from a water oxidation catalyst unit (Ru(II) ) to ZnP(.+) to give the long-lived charge-separated state, Ru(III) -ZnP-C60(...
February 14, 2017: Angewandte Chemie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193721/women-s-limited-choice-and-availability-of-modern-contraception-at-retail-outlets-and-public-sector-facilities-in-luanda-angola-2012-2015
#17
Benjamin Nieto-Andrade, Eva Fidel, Rebecca Simmons, Dana Sievers, Anya Fedorova, Suzanne Bell, Karen Weidert, Ndola Prata
In Angola, many women want to use family planning but lack access to affordable and preferred methods. This article assesses the link between women's choice and availability of contraceptive methods in Luanda, Angola, drawing on data from 3 surveys: a 2012 survey among women ages 15-49 and 2 retail surveys conducted in 2014 and 2015 among outlets and facilities offering contraceptive methods. Descriptive statistics for women's contraceptive knowledge, use, and preferred methods were stratified by age group...
February 13, 2017: Global Health, Science and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192746/changing-the-navigator-s-course-how-the-increasing-rationalization-of-healthcare-influences-access-for-undocumented-immigrants-under-the-affordable-care-act
#18
Laura López-Sanders
A number of researchers have shown that brokers (e.g., navigators and street-level bureaucrats) bridge access to healthcare services and information for immigrant patients through rich personal relationships and a mission of ethical care. An open question remains concerning how the increasing rationalization of healthcare over the past few decades influences brokerage for undocumented immigrant patients. Drawing from fieldwork and interviews conducted in California, as the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was implemented, I develop the concept of the "double-embedded-liaison...
February 2, 2017: Social Science & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192044/an-early-look-at-the-association-between-state-medicaid-expansion-and-disparities-in-cardiovascular-diseases-a-comprehensive-population-health-management-approach
#19
Christopher K Rogers, Ning Jackie Zhang
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the most prevalent chronic diseases nationally and disproportionately affects low-income individuals. There are substantial disparities on CVD outcomes that stem from the lack of health insurance among low-income populations. The Affordable Care Act expands Medicaid health insurance to low-income populations, and aims to increase the utilization of health, social, and economic preventive services to reduce health disparities and prevent chronic diseases. The authors analyzed data from the 2014 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to understand the potential impact of Medicaid expansion on disparities in CVD among low-income populations...
February 13, 2017: Population Health Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188795/maternal-imprisonment-economic-marginality-and-unmet-health-needs-in-early-adulthood
#20
Holly Foster, John Hagan
There is relatively little research on access to the health care needed by children whose mothers have been incarcerated, and even fewer studies of how effects of lack of access continue and cumulate as these children transition from living with parents, parent surrogates, or foster care into adulthood. We find in a nationally representative U.S. panel study (n=9418 participants from 1995 to 2007-2008 in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent and Adult Health) that young adult children of incarcerated mothers are less likely to receive the health care they need...
February 8, 2017: Preventive Medicine
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