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Hospital Use, Costs Not Increased By Massachusetts' Health Care Reform

Massachusetts' healthcare reform didn't result in substantially more hospital use or higher costs, according to data presented at the American Heart Association's Quality of Care and Outcomes Research Scientific Sessions 2013. The findings were true even among safety-net hospitals, which often have an open-door policy to accept patients regardless of the ability to pay...

Bankruptcy An Increased Risk Following Cancer Diagnosis

People diagnosed with cancer are more than two-and-a-half times more likely to declare bankruptcy than those without cancer, according to a new study from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center...

Instead Of Being More Efficient, Private Insurers' Medicare Advantage Plans Have Cost Medicare Almost $300 Billion More Over The Life Of The Program

A study published online finds that the private insurance companies that participate in Medicare under the Medicare Advantage program and its predecessors have cost the publicly funded program for the elderly and disabled an extra $282.6 billion since 1985, most of it over the past eight years. In 2012 alone, private insurers were overpaid $34.1 billion...

Choice Offered To The Obese - Higher Insurance Prices Or Exercise

It was a controversial move when a health insurer began requiring people who were obese to literally pay the price of not doing anything about their weight - but it worked, a new study finds...

New Study Reveals Patchwork Federal Safety Net Health Care Coverage For Children With Diabetes

Federal funding for health care coverage of children with diabetes varies significantly from state to state across the United States, according to new research from the University of Michigan...

Reversal Of Nearly Decade-Long Trend Of Rising Uninsured Rates Among Young Adults

Eighty-four million people - nearly half of all working-age U.S. adults - went without health insurance for a time last year or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were considered underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey...

Millions of Americans Still Without Adequate Insurance Survey Shows

In 2012, close to 84 million people - half of all working-age U.S. adults did not have health insurance at one point, or had extra out-of-pocket expenses that were so high relative to their pay, they were actually considered underinsured, according to the Commonwealth Fund 2012 Biennial Health Insurance Survey...

Are ERs Becoming De Facto Psych Wards?

Long waits for insurance authorization allowing psychiatric patients to be admitted to the hospital from the emergency department waste thousands of hours of physician time, given that most requests for authorization are ultimately granted...

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