New Report Reveals Medicaid’s Enormous Success In Protecting Children & Vulnerable Populations

Main Category: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Also Included In: Pediatrics / Children’s Health
Article Date: 13 Jun 2011 – 9:00 PDT

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Today, with threats of serious budget cuts looming, a new report demonstrates the effectiveness of the Medicaid program in addressing the health and financial needs of children and other vulnerable populations.

People Spending More On Glaucoma Medications

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Main Category: Eye Health / Blindness
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP;  Seniors / Aging
Article Date: 13 Jun 2011 – 13:00 PDT

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Average expenditure on medications per patient with glaucoma in 2001 was $445, by 2006 it had increased to $557, an increase of 25%, researchers from the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami reported in Archives of Ophthalmology. In the USA about 2.2 million people aged 40+ years have primary open-angle glaucoma. Experts say this number should rise by nearly 50% by the end of this decade.

On Eve Of Presidential Candidate Debate, Report Shows Health Care In New Hampshire Would Be Devastated By Proposed Republican Budget

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Article Date: 13 Jun 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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On the eve of a debate involving most of the leading Republican presidential candidates, a report released today shows that the Republican budget proposal, introduced by Rep. Paul Ryan and supported by all but four House Republicans and all but five Republican Senators, would have devastating effects on health coverage and costs for people in New Hampshire.

Reducing Avoidable Rehospitalizations Among Seniors

Main Category: Seniors / Aging
Also Included In: Public Health;  Palliative Care / Hospice Care;  Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 13 Jun 2011 – 1:00 PDT

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The rehospitalization of senior patients within 30 days of discharge from a skilled nursing facility (SNF) has risen dramatically in recent years, at an estimated annual cost of more than $17 billion. A new study from Hebrew Rehabilitation Center (HRC), an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, demonstrates improvements in discharge disposition following a three-pronged intervention that combines standardized admission templates, palliative care consultations, and root-cause-analysis conferences.

Diversion Of Ambulances Associated With Increased Risk Of Death For Heart Attack Patients

Main Category: Cardiovascular / Cardiology
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP;  Public Health
Article Date: 12 Jun 2011 – 9:00 PDT

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Among Medicare patients with heart attack in 4 California counties, diversion of ambulance traffic by the nearest emergency department for 12 hours or more was associated with an increased risk of death for up to one year, according to a study in the June 15 issue of JAMA. This study is being released early online to coincide with its presentation at the AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting.

Rheumatologists Share Insight With Online RA Community

Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: IT / Internet / E-mail
Article Date: 12 Jun 2011 – 2:00 PDT

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Steven Abramson, MD, professor of medicine and director of the rheumatology division at NYU Langone Medical Center, hosted a webinar with colleagues from the medical center for rheumatoid arthritis community bloggers – bringing together, bench, bedside and the blogosphere to discuss advances in the investigation, care, and treatment of RA. The webinar can be viewed here.

ANA Provides Testimony, Launches Website To Help Preserve Medicaid

Main Category: Nursing / Midwifery
Also Included In: Medicare / Medicaid / SCHIP
Article Date: 10 Jun 2011 – 2:00 PDT

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The American Nurses Association (ANA) is working on several fronts to counter attacks on Medicaid funding and keep nurses informed about the efforts on Capitol Hill that impact this program which provides essential health care coverage for an estimated 58 million Americans.

Urgent Warning To Patients About Medicaid Cuts

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Article Date: 11 Jun 2011 – 0:00 PDT

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Dental Systems, Inc., a leading western Pennsylvania dental network, is urging consumers to contact Governor Tom Corbett as well as their senators to protest proposed cuts to Medicaid dental benefits.

According to Louis Rossellini, president of Dental Systems, Inc., Medicaid patients need to act now and voice their opinions by calling or emailing their Senator today.

Hospital For Special Surgery To Host International Osteoarthritis Summit

Main Category: Bones / Orthopedics
Also Included In: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Article Date: 10 Jun 2011 – 10:00 PDT

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Osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the most pressing health care challenges of our time, affecting 27 million Americans. In an effort to elucidate the latest information in diagnosis, treatment, research and prevention, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) will host an international Osteoarthritis Summit on June 17 and June 18.

Arthritis Epidemic Looming In UK, High Heels Partly To Blame

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Main Category: Arthritis / Rheumatology
Also Included In: Bones / Orthopedics;  Sports Medicine / Fitness
Article Date: 10 Jun 2011 – 11:00 PDT

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Inadquate footwear such as high heels is partly to blame for the arthritis problem that is in danger of reaching epidemic
proportions in the UK where already one in four adults has a muskuloskeletal condition, with 60% of arthritis cases being in the
feet.