Healthcare Reform

Accountable care organizations can reduce low-value service use

Accountable care organizations can reduce low-value service use

During its first year, the Pioneer accountable care organization reduced the use of low-value services.

Affordable health insurance, better health reported from ACA

Affordable health insurance, better health reported from ACA

More Americans have reported access to affordable health insurance and feel they are in better health since the ACA.

Affordable Care Act subsidies upheld by Supreme Court

Affordable Care Act subsidies upheld by Supreme Court

On Thursday, the Supreme Court voted to uphold tax subsidies for Americans enrolled in the Affordable Care Act.

Nurse practitioners leading health care 'democratization'

Nurse practitioners leading health care 'democratization'

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Loretta Ford, EdD, RN, PNP, FAAN, FAANPP, pioneer of the nurse practitioner profession, calls on NPs to innovate, invest, and invent.

Empowering nurse practitioners will help Veterans Health Administration

Empowering nurse practitioners will help Veterans Health Administration

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The Frontlines for Lifelines Act, S 297, would allow more than 4,000 nurse practitioners practicing in Veteran Affairs facilities full-practice authority.

Advocacy key in advancing nurse practitioner practice authority

Advocacy key in advancing nurse practitioner practice authority

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New and experienced nurse practitioners alike have opportunities to advocate for better policies at the federal, state, and federal level.

Awareness of physician assistant profession improving in 2015

Awareness of physician assistant profession improving in 2015

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Advocacy and public awareness efforts in 2015 have helped spotlight the vital contributions physician assistants bring to the health care system.

AAPA Award winners play critical role in improving health care

AAPA Award winners play critical role in improving health care

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Five physician assistants were lauded for their exemplary commitment to advancing the PA profession by the AAPA.

Physician assistants are the answer 
to growing U.S. health needs

Physician assistants are the answer 
to growing U.S. health needs

Physician assistants can help fulfill this demand as the need for health care grows.

Maryland passes nurse practitioner full-practice authority law

Maryland passes nurse practitioner full-practice authority law

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Governor Hogan signed the bill (HB 999/SB 723) into law on May 12, making Maryland the 21st full-practice authority state in the United States.

Pre-ACA, how much were uninsured patients paying for primary care visits?

Pre-ACA, how much were uninsured patients paying for primary care visits?

Prices were significantly lower at family practice offices versus internists, in offices participating in Medicare managed care plans, and in federally qualified health centers.

How has the Affordable Care Act impacted insurance enrollment rates?

How has the Affordable Care Act impacted insurance enrollment rates?

But many Americans still can't afford medical care

Rebuilding health infrastructure in war-torn South Sudan

Rebuilding health infrastructure in war-torn South Sudan

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Health tutor David Manana heads the Clinical Officer training program at the Maridi Health Sciences Institute.

Providers applaud medical malpractice provision in the Sustainable Growth Repeal bill

Providers applaud medical malpractice provision in the Sustainable Growth Repeal bill

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Providers have been concerned that quality metrics, such as those mandated by the Affordable Care Act, pose unintended legal risks for health-care practitioners.

Medicaid expansion linked to increase in newly diagnosed diabetes patients

Medicaid expansion linked to increase in newly diagnosed diabetes patients

There was a 23% increase in the number of Medicaid-enrolled patients with newly identified diabetes in the 26 states and the D.C. that expanded Medicaid, compared with a 0.4% increase in the 24 states that did not expand Medicaid.

Primary care visits expected to rise less than 5% post-Affordable Care Act

Primary care visits expected to rise less than 5% post-Affordable Care Act

Estimates suggests that primary-care providers can expect about 70 additional visits a year per year, or slightly more than one visit a week.

Patients, providers deeply divided over Affordable Care Act

Patients, providers deeply divided over Affordable Care Act

While the new Republican majority in Congress has vowed to repeal or rework the law, President Barack Obama has said he would veto any such efforts.

A tale of two families: Exploring state variations in Medicaid eligibility

A tale of two families: Exploring state variations in Medicaid eligibility

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A family of three living in Texas must make less than $3,760 annually to be eligible for Medicaid.Their neighbors in New Mexico are eligible for Medicaid making almost ten times the Texas limit.

PAs address Saudi Arabia's health-care challenges post-Arab Spring

PAs address Saudi Arabia's health-care challenges post-Arab Spring

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After the 2010 Arab uprisings, the physician assistant profession was created to address the rapidly changing health-care complications in Saudi Arabia.

Breast Cancer Action: Focusing on systems, social causes of cancer

Breast Cancer Action: Focusing on systems, social causes of cancer

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A medical organization dedicated to discussing the root causes of cancer, takes a different perspective on how to spread awareness of breast cancer.

United States ranked last in access to health care

United States ranked last in access to health care

Results of a 2013 survey indicate that three out of 10 Americans believe money is a barrier to receiving care.

Experts urge reconsidering lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men

Experts urge reconsidering lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men

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Citing new technologies and legal protections, the lifetime ban on blood donations from gay men should be reconsidered.

Understanding shifts in Medicare preventive services

Understanding shifts in Medicare preventive services

Changes in the Affordable Care Act place greater emphasis on preventive medicine in primary care.

New health secretary to tackle reform hurdles

New health secretary to tackle reform hurdles

Obama's nominee, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, will seek to burnish ACA's image amid mid-term election fray.

White House extends ACA enrollment

White House extends ACA enrollment

Applicants need to check a box on HealthCare.gov website to be eligible to extend enrollment deadline.

Quality measures added to doctor shopping website

Quality measures added to doctor shopping website

Provider-level data on specific health outcomes, such as blood glucose and blood pressure control rates, is now available on Physician Compare.

Congress agrees on legislation to replace SGR formula

Congress agrees on legislation to replace SGR formula

New legislation emphasizes quality over quantity, with merit-based incentives.

ACA deadline extended for mid-sized companies

ACA deadline extended for mid-sized companies

Companies in three size classes will benefit from healthcare reform deadline extensions.

AMA IDs 5 keys to progress in SGR repeal

AMA IDs 5 keys to progress in SGR repeal

Work remains for finalizing legislation, reconciling differences between Congress and Senate bills.

More Medicare beneficiaries receive free preventive services under ACA

More Medicare beneficiaries receive free preventive services under ACA

About 25.4 million Medicare beneficiaries received at least one free preventive service in 2013.

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