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Uninsured rate drops faster in states that expanded Medicaid
By Paul Demko | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Americans lacking insurance coverage are becoming more concentrated in states that have opted not to expand Medicaid, according to the latest survey data from the Urban Institute's Health Policy Center. Residents of southern states, Spanish-language speakers and high school dropouts are also a...
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Acadia's earnings rise on booming behavioral admissions
By Bob Herman | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Acadia Healthcare recorded sizable gains in its second quarter and for the first half of 2014 as higher admissions and new acquisitions benefited the publicly traded operator of inpatient behavioral health facilities. A one-time currency adjustment also contributed to quarterly gains.
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Reform Update: Saying Medicaid expansion will help some vets is not likely to sway opponents
By Virgil Dickson | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Congress this week is expected to approve new funding to get veterans off waiting lists and into care. While that moves forward, some patient advocates, hospital leaders and politicians are pointing to another more controversial way to help a small portion of the veteran population that doesn't...
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Despite exchanges' drag on income, Aetna's profits rise
By Paul Demko | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Aetna's participation in state and federal exchanges is creating a modest drag on profitability, company officials said repeatedly on a call with investors Tuesday. Despite that financial challenge, the insurer beat analysts' expectations for earnings in the second quarter and plans to expand into...
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Revamp funding for training residents: IOM
By Andis Robeznieks | July 29, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
The current mechanisms for funding graduate medical education feature “a striking absence of transparency and accountability,” a new Institute of Medicine report concluded. In the report, Graduate Medical Education That Meets the Nation's Health Needs, the IOM panel says future funding...
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N.C. mayor finishes walk to D.C. to protest hospital closure
July 28, 2014
A North Carolina mayor fighting for the hospital that closed in his rural town finished his two-week protest march to the nation's capital, where he told a crowd that his community's problems are part of a larger healthcare struggle.
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Vital Signs
Lou Gehrig's disease an extremely rare malady, CDC says
By Bob Herman | July 28, 2014
Lou Gehrig, the iconic New York Yankee slugger, was forced to retire from baseball in 1939 because of a rare neuromuscular disorder. New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gives a first-of-its-kind glimpse into just how rare that incurable disease is.
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Healthcare adviser Butler exiting Heritage Foundation for Brookings
By Rachel Landen | July 28, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
Stuart Butler, a noted healthcare scholar and adviser, plans to join the Brookings Institution in September as a senior fellow in its economic studies program.
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Information
U.S. attorneys turn up heat on healthcare fraud
By Associated Press | July 27, 2014
The top federal prosecutors from South Dakota and North Dakota say they have increased their efforts to fight healthcare fraud.
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Magazine
Reform Update: Insurers, states seek coverage continuity between Medicaid and private plans
By Virgil Dickson | July 26, 2014 | Print Magazine Print Magazine Subscription Details
After Stella Marie Means retired in March at age 55 from a clerical job in the healthcare industry, she worried about how she and her husband would be able to maintain their health coverage and afford their medications.
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