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January 30, 2015 § Leave a comment

Articles, commentary, research, and more from the past week

The ACA’s impact on Medicaid
A piece in the New York Times argues that the Affordable Care Act has not succeeded in its goal to simplify Medicaid. Instead of providing “a more uniform medical safety net for poor Americans in every state,” Medicaid programs now vary widely from state to state, causing confusion for healthcare professionals and Medicaid members.

The flu season is bad – and it might get worse
Earlier this month, Dually Noted reported on the worse-than-expected flu season. Now comes a report that flu cases are still on the rise in Massachusetts, and the flu season is not yet at its peak – which usually comes in February and March. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health says that there were 2,304 confirmed flu cases in the state between October 2014 and the start of January, up from 1,009 confirmed cases during the same period the previous year.

Are medical homes improving care and cutting costs?
Recent reports show that experiments with “patient-centered medical homes” run by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation have had mixed results in reducing hospital visits, improving health outcomes, and cutting costs. Still, medical home proponents found encouragement in the findings, particularly in the areas of reduced emergency department visits, hospitalizations, and readmission rates.

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