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28 min ago | Bend Bulletin

Medicare tightens coverage of speech generating devices

Published Sep 11, 2014 at 12:11AM / Updated Sep 11, 2014 at 05:15AM Glenn Asbury spends the first few hours of each day on the Internet, and usually some more in the afternoon. The five to 10 emails he sends daily carry particular importance, as they're his only means of communicating with anyone who isn't standing next to him.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Medicare, Health, Bend, OR

Sun Sep 14, 2014

WGNS-AM Murfreesboro

Tennessee Parents Left Behind without Medicaid Expansion

When it comes to parents who have health insurance, there is a growing gap among the states - with a stark difference in coverage trends between those that have expanded Medicaid and those that have not. WGNS' John Michaelson has more... A new report finds that states with expanded Medicaid coverage have seen the insured rate for parents jump by 33 percent on average.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Health, Health Insurance, Bill Haslam, US Governors

WIBW-TV Topeka

KAMU Names New Executive Director, Receives Grant

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services awarded KAMU for the grant to be used for year two of outreach and enrollment activities and training of navigators for the health insurance marketplace.


Related Topix: Health, Medicare

LA Daily News

California broadens autism coverage for kids through Medicaid

I didn't know where to turn,” recalled Cruz, a Mexican immigrant who speaks only Spanish. “I didn't have any idea how to help her.” No one in her low-income South Los Angeles neighborhood seemed to know anything about autism spectrum disorder, a developmental condition that can impair language, learning and social interaction.


Related Topix: California, California Government, Family, Kids, Health

Room 8

Medicaid By State and Type of Service in 2001 and 2011

This post is the second in the series. Relative spending on Medicaid, comparing New York State with other states and the U.S. average, was discussed for overall spending and beneficiaries in the first post.


Related Topix: Health, York, NY

The Capital-Journal

Project aims to help rural Kansas hospitals track quality

A two-year project aimed to improve the care patients in rural Kansas hospitals receive, and while results are still preliminary, participants think they have done that. The Collection to Action Coalition included the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care and 22 critical access hospitals that were collecting data to assess care quality but wanted help analyzing it to determine where they could improve their care related to pneumonia, congestive heart failure, immunizations and emergency medicine, though not all hospitals analyzed all four measures.


Related Topix: Kansas, The Collection, Techno, Heart Failure, Health

The Columbian

Kaiser Permanente's switch reverberates

When Kaiser Permanente opted to refer its Clark County patients starting last October to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center - ending a longtime relationship with PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center - the nonprofit insurer was motivated by Legacy's data-driven approach to health care, said Susan Mullaney, Kaiser's vice president of hospital operations for Oregon and Washington. Kaiser uses an integrated electronic medical record system to manage care - identifying patients who make frequent emergency room visits, for example, and then trying to find ways to treat those patients outside of the ER.


Related Topix: Salmon Creek, WA, Medicine, PeaceHealth, Hospital Administration, Healthcare Industry, Clark County, WA, Health Insurance, Health

WTOP-FM Washington

Mass. school at center of treatment controversy

The Judge Rotenberg Educational Center outside Boston is the only place in the country known to use electrical skin shocks as aversive conditioning for patients with severe developmental and behavior disorders who harm themselves or others. The Food and Drug Administration is considering whether to ban the skin shock devices used by the center.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Health


Hackers Crack has been hacked. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that part of the site was breached in July by hackers who uploaded malware to a test server.


Related Topix: Computer Security, Science / Technology, Health, Medicare, US Politics, US News, Republican, US House of Representatives, Darrell Issa

Sat Sep 13, 2014


Birth Control, Third-Party Payer, and the Politicization of Health Care

America's health care system is a mess, and we can assign almost all the blame on government. Simply stated, we don't have functioning and efficient markets because Medicaid , Medicare , tax-code distortions , and other forms of regulation and intervention have created a system that is crippled by a third-party payer crisis.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Health, Medicare, Opinion

Burlington Times News

Affordable Care Act and Medicaid

When people enroll in health insurance through the federal marketplace exchange, the system also determines whether they are eligible for Medicaid. The Medicaid applications are sent to the state for review and then to social services departments in individual counties for processing.


Related Topix: Health, Health Insurance

The Orlando Sentinel

Crist exploring Medicaid expansion to cover uninsured Floridians

Florida governor candidate Charlie Crist makes a speech while he opens an office on Sistrunk Blvd, Wednesday, August 6, 2014. Michael Laughlin, South Florida Sun Sentinel Florida governor candidate Charlie Crist makes a speech while he opens an office on Sistrunk Blvd, Wednesday, August 6, 2014.


Related Topix: Florida, Florida Government, Healthcare Law, Law, Florida, MO, Health, Charlie Crist, US Governors, Medicine, Nursing

Business Journal

Hawaii Medical Service Association to add new Medicare plans with higher premiums

The Hawaii Medical Service Association , the state's largest medical care insurer, is closing its current line of Medicare plans, called Akamai Advantage, and will restart them as new plans with higher premiums due to loss of revenue from underwriting miscalculations and smaller reimbursement rates from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services , sources told PBN. An HMSA employee, who asked to remain anonymous, told PBN the change was necessary after the company began seeing financial losses from its Medicare program.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Medicare, Health

Retirement Health Costs: Planning For The Wild Card

Next Avenue is a website from PBS stations designed to inspire America's booming 50+ generation to live the most meaningful and vibrant life possible. Join us online to discover and share reliable information on issues that matter most as we age--health, finances, caregiving, work and leisure.


Related Topix: Long Term Care, Health, Medicare, Financial Services


Why The Government is Trying To Increase Obamacare Outreach To Blacks And Latinos

With the next Obamacare enrollment period set to begin in two months, federal government officials have their sights turned on minorities who have yet to sign up for health plans through the marketplaces. As part of an effort to boost African American and Latino Obamacare enrollment, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Office of Minority Health recently doled out grants totaling $3.2 million to more than a dozen organizations - including universities, community health centers, and nonprofits.


Related Topix: African-American, Health Insurance, Health, Immigration Reform, US News, Liberal Political News

Fri Sep 12, 2014

Derry mental health group enters into pact with NH Medicaid provider

CLM announced it is entering into a new health care payment or "capitation" agreement with Beacon that will help ensure continuity of care, the release said.


Related Topix: Health, Derry, NH



After a failed first attempt, the Commonwealth Health Insurance Connector Authority is set to launch a functional website that should help people find affordable health plans. The new and improved website is expected to handle up to 46,000 users at one time, and instantly alert anyone who qualifies for Medicaid.


Related Topix: Health, Springfield, MA


Health Law Shows Little Effect In Lowering Children's Uninsured Rate, Study Finds

Talk to health experts and other people like you in WebMD's Communities. It's a safe forum where you can create or participate in support groups and discussions about health topics that interest you.


Related Topix: WebMD, Family, Kids, Health

Business Journal

Feds scrutinizing state taxes like Ohio's singling out Medicaid managed care

Ohio estimated expansions of managed care would increase collections of sales tax and a separate tax on all insurers by $146 million. The Ohio Department of Medicaid says it is reviewing a federal regulatory memo that may end collections of hundreds of millions of dollars in sales tax collected from private insurers managing Medicaid.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Health

Business Journal

Longtime Parkland leader Ron Anderson dead of liver cancer

Anderson, 68, had advanced liver cancer, a Parkland spokeswoman told the Dallas Business Journal. He had recently entered hospice care.


Related Topix: Medicare, Health, Texas