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Insurance Status Affects Where Young Adults Seek Health Care

Perhaps due to lack of or inconsistent insurance coverage, young adults age 18 to 25 tend to go to the doctor’s office less often than children or adolescents, yet have higher rates of emergency room use, finds a study in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

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New Study Examines Disparities in Medicaid Spending on Children in the Welfare System

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In the new health-care climate of the Affordable Care Act and efforts to expand Medicare to accommodate more individuals and children, the need to closely examine ways to best use government funding is becoming increasingly evident. A new study from the Brown School examines racial and ethnic differences in Medicaid expenditures for children in the welfare system who use psychotropic drugs.

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More Than Two-Thirds of Americans Support Mandated Coverage of Birth Control in Health Plans

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Support higher among those who may be more likely to directly benefit from affordable birth control.

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ACR, SBI Comments Regarding JAMA Mammography Patient Anxiety Study

Tosteson et al shows that women experience short-term anxiety regarding test results and there are no measurable lasting health effects from a false-positive exam as some previously claimed. Anxiety does not equate to dying from breast cancer. The proven benefits of screening far outweigh any harm.

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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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