Regions That Have Higher Rate Of Diagnoses Among Medicare Patients Have Lower Fatality Rate For Chronic Conditions

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Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 15 Mar 2011 – 13:00 PDT

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An examination of data for more than 5 million Medicare beneficiaries finds that hospital regions that have a greater frequency of diagnoses have a lower case-fatality rate for chronic conditions such as coronary artery disease and kidney failure, according to a study in the March 16 issue of JAMA.

New York State Nurses Association Brings Medicaid Reform Message To Legislators

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Nursing / Midwifery
Article Date: 16 Mar 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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Members of the New York State Nurses Association will meet with legislators on Tuesday to advocate for a “go slower” approach on Medicaid reform and to share their concerns about the proposed state budget. Nurses around the state are concerned that $2.3 billion in short-term cuts to the Medicaid program could result in decreased access to care and negative impacts to patient safety.

Medicare Wrongly Buys Millions Worth Of Viagra For Seniors

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Main Category: Erectile Dysfunction / Premature Ejaculation
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 15 Mar 2011 – 11:00 PDT

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Some seniors got lucky over the past few years and on the U.S. Government’s Health Care dime. A new report released by the Office of the Inspector General states that the U.S. Medicare program improperly spent more than $3 million in 2007 and 2008 to buy Viagra and other erectile dysfunction drugs for senior citizens. Medicare administrators blamed the spending on a software error and said they would try to recover payments to private insurers who administer the program’s drug plans.

GNS Healthcare And Biogen Idec Identify Novel, Patient-Specific Drug Targets For Rheumatoid Arthritis

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 14 Mar 2011 – 4:00 PDT

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Health Care Reform Bill Will Increase Medicare Benefits, Yet 70% Of Seniors Surveyed Think The Law Reduces Them

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Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Seniors / Aging
Article Date: 13 Mar 2011 – 0:00 PST

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A survey of 460 seniors 65 and older revealed that 70%[i] believe the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) will reduce their Medicare benefits, despite the fact that the bill does not cut Medicare benefits and instead adds some, including a yearly free checkup and other free preventive care services.

Protein Engineered By Researchers Has Potential For New Anti-Inflamatory Treatment

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Crohn’s / IBD
Article Date: 11 Mar 2011 – 3:00 PST

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Researchers from across multiple disciplines at NYU Langone Medical Center created a new protein molecule derived from the growth factor progranulin may provide the basis for new therapies in inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, according to a study published in the March 10, 2011 issue of Science.

NextGen Healthcare Client, Grace Community Health Center, Receives Medicaid EHR Incentives With Support Of Kentucky REC

Main Category: IT / Internet / E-mail
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 11 Mar 2011 – 1:00 PST

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NextGen Healthcare Information Systems, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Quality Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: QSII) and a leading provider of healthcare information systems and connectivity solutions, announced that Gray, Ky.-based Grace Community Health Center, has secured in excess of $150,000 in state Medicaid incentives by demonstrating its recent selection of the company’s certified electronic health records (EHR) solution.

Budget Solution? Modernizing Medicaid Pharmacy Could Save Florida $473 Million

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Pharmacy / Pharmacist
Article Date: 11 Mar 2011 – 4:00 PST

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As Florida legislators seek ways to reduce Medicaid spending, they should start by transitioning the entire pharmacy benefits program from the archaic fee-for-service model to the more efficient model used in some parts of the state.

Key To Cancer, Arthritis And Cardiac Treatments Could Be The ADAM-12 Gene

Main Category: Genetics
Also Included In: Cancer / Oncology;  Arthritis / Rheumatology;  Cardiovascular / Cardiology
Article Date: 10 Mar 2011 – 0:00 PST

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ADAM-12 is not only the name of a 1970’s television police drama – it’s also the gene that University of Missouri researchers believe could be an important element in the fight against cancer, arthritis, and cardiac hypertrophy, or thickening of the heart’s walls.

Aetna Launches Program To Improve Asthma Outcomes Of African American And Hispanic Medicaid Members In Delaware

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Respiratory / Asthma
Article Date: 09 Mar 2011 – 0:00 PST

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Aetna (NYSE: AET) announced a pilot program for its Medicaid members in Delaware. This program aims to improve health outcomes of Hispanic and African American patients who struggle with asthma. The pilot is a year-long initiative that adds new health care interventions to better control asthma and help reduce the need for emergency room visits.