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Bridging the Healthcare Gap in Rural India – Penn Nursing and Sughavazhvu Healthcare

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Penn Nursing and partner Zeena Johar, creator of SughaVazhvu Healthcare, use innovation to bridge the primary healthcare gap for rural peoples in India.

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Statement from American Medical Group Association (AMGA) Regarding Release by Provider Utilization and Payment Data

Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the data set, the Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File (Physician and Other Supplier PUF), with information on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other healthcare professionals.

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Sebelius Resigns in ACA Aftermath; Experts Needed

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Community Demographics Linked to Hospital Readmissions

Nearly 60 percent of the variation in hospital readmission rates appears to be associated with a hospital’s geographic location, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

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A Phone Call From a Pharmacist Can Reduce Some Hospital Admissions

Pharmacist-patient telephone consultations appear to reduce hospitalizations in patients who are least at risk, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

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Poverty and Place Affect Health

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Poverty and Health: A Crisis among America’s Most Vulnerable is a collection of in-depth essays examining health issues facing poor people in the United States, including the crucial factor of place in relation to health.

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Community-Living Seniors with Dementia Are More Likely to Be Hospitalized Than Those Without Dementia; Little Difference Found Among Nursing Home Residents

Seniors living in the community who have dementia are more likely to be hospitalized and visit the emergency department than those who do not have dementia, according to a new study by researchers at RTI International.

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Policy Changes Urgently Needed as Millions of Americans to Start Receiving Early Label of Alzheimer's Disease

How will we, as individuals, and a society, live with brains at risk for Alzheimer's disease dementia? As part of Health Affairs’ April issue, a theme issue focusing on Alzheimer’s, a neurodegenerative disease ethicist and clinician with the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania offers keen observations to help navigate ethically-charged points on the course of the disease progression.

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A Middle Road for Medicaid Expansion?

With the political divide over health care reform still strong going into this year’s elections, a new analysis of state-level decisions shows signs of an emerging middle way toward reducing the ranks of the uninsured.

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Longer Stay in Hospital ICU Has Lasting Impact on Quality of Life

Patients have substantial physical impairments even two years after being discharged from the hospital after a stay in an intensive care unit (ICU), new Johns Hopkins research suggests.

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