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What is health insurance?
Good health insurance coverage can mean that a company covers expensive medical treatments. However, with such a range of types of coverage, as well as the complicated nature of the insurance industry, knowing how to select an insurance provider may save a life further down the line. Read on for a guide on insurance. (Medical News Today)

Health insurance expansion via Obamacare linked to fewer cardiac arrests
A sudden catastrophic loss of heart function, or cardiac arrest, occurred significantly less among adults who acquired health insurance via the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to new research in... (Medical News Today)

Medicaid restrictions linked to increased late-stage breast cancer diagnoses
Women in Tennessee who were diagnosed with breast cancer were more likely to be diagnosed with late stage disease after a substantial rollback of Medicaid coverage for adults in the state, according... (Medical News Today)

Vitamin D deficiency: Symptoms, causes, and prevention
Vitamin D is vital for muscle and bone health, but poor nutrition and not being exposed to enough natural sunlight can cause a vitamin D deficiency. This can lead to brittle bones, mood changes, and chronic pain. In this article, learn more about the symptoms and risk factors, as well as how to source vitamin D. (Medical News Today)

Emergency room patients routinely overcharged, study finds
An analysis of billing records for more than 12,000 emergency medicine doctors across the United States shows that charges varied widely, but that on average, adult patients are charged 340 percent... (Medical News Today)

Few Medicare patients take advantage of free annual wellness visits
In 2011, through the Affordable Care Act, Medicare introduced the Annual Wellness Visit (AWV), the first annual health check-up offered by Medicare at no cost to patients. (Medical News Today)

Time for physicians to prepare for impending appropriate use mandate
Within a year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will implement a provision in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) that requires physicians to consult appropriate use... (Medical News Today)

Many cancer survivors change their prescription drug use for financial reasons
A new analysis indicates that many cancer survivors change their prescription drug use (including skipping doses or requesting cheaper medications) for financial reasons. (Medical News Today)

Insurance status impacts complication rates after shoulder replacement surgery
Patients undergoing shoulder replacement surgery who have Medicaid, Medicare or no health insurance, had higher complication rates as compared to patients who had private insurance. (Medical News Today)

Examining different accountable care organization payment models
Two new studies published online by JAMA Internal Medicine take a look at different accountable care organization (ACO) payment models.The first study by J. Michael McWilliams, M.D., Ph.D. (Medical News Today)

Many older adults with epilepsy may not be receiving optimal care
Many older adults with newly diagnosed epilepsy in the United States are being prescribed older anti-epileptic drugs (AEDs), and only half begin treatment with AEDs within the first 30 days of a... (Medical News Today)

New survey finds many Americans want changes to ACA but few support immediate repeal
According to a new national survey on Americans' opinions on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, 12 percent of Americans want... (Medical News Today)

Most primary care doctors 'strongly endorse' key elements of the Affordable Care Act
Proponents of repealing the Affordable Care Act, including President Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, Tom Price, have argued that the law places an undue burden on... (Medical News Today)

Large pre-ACA Medicaid expansion did not level health disparities in cancer surgery
An analysis of the New York State's Medicaid expansion, which predated the 2010 Affordable Care Act, finds substantial decrease in uninsured rate but little change in racial disparities when it... (Medical News Today)

Sepsis trumps CMS's four medical conditions tracked for readmission rates
Sepsis accounts for considerably more hospital readmissions and associated costs than any of the four medical conditions tracked by the federal government to measure quality of care and guide... (Medical News Today)

The ACA increased coverage and access for the chronically ill, but many still face barriers to care
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) increased insurance coverage and access to care for patients with chronic medical conditions, but a year after the law took full effect, many... (Medical News Today)

Who is at risk to lose insurance if Affordable Care Act changed or repealed?
If Congress changes or repeals the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which adults are at risk of losing health insurance? (Medical News Today)

Patients face 'surprise' medical bills from out-of-network specialists
The average anesthesiologist, emergency physician, pathologist and radiologist charge more than four times what Medicare pays for similar services, often leaving privately-insured consumers stuck... (Medical News Today)

Medicaid expansion linked to better care quality at health centers
As the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump and members of the 115th U.S. (Medical News Today)

Primary care physician involvement at end of life associated with less costly, less intensive care
Regions of the country with greater primary care physician involvement in the last six months of life appear to have lower-intensity, lower-cost end-of-life care. The research by Claire K. (Medical News Today)

Older lung cancer patients face significant treatment burden
Depending on the type of treatment older lung cancer patients receive, they can spend an average of one in three days interacting with the healthcare system in the first 60 days after surgery or... (Medical News Today)

Medicare bundled-payments model cut joint replacement costs by more than 20 percent
Savings seen largely in lower costs of artificial joints and post-surgical rehabilitation. (Medical News Today)

Hospital readmission rates decrease after federal law levies financial penalties for readmissions
Financial penalties levied under the Affordable Care Act's (ACA) Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program lead to the poorest performing hospitals to achieve the greatest reductions in readmission... (Medical News Today)

Patients treated by female doctors less likely to die, study shows
A new study investigates whether patient outcomes differ with the gender of the physician. Researchers examine mortality and hospital readmission rates. (Medical News Today)

Few older Americans have dental insurance
Only 12 percent of older Americans have some form of dental insurance and fewer than half visited a dentist in the previous year, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health... (Medical News Today)

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