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Medicaid enrollment at late stages may partly explain poor outcomes for cancer

A new study concludes that the unavailability of health insurance prior to Medicaid enrollment may contribute to poor outcomes in the Medicaid-insured cancer population. The study, published in the April 15, 2005 issue of CANCER ( ), a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, says the poorest outcomes are among cancer patients who enroll in Medicaid after diagnosis. These individuals...

Georgia Medicaid program saves $20 million by controlling use of anti-ulcer drugs

ST. LOUIS, JAN. 14, 2005 The Georgia Medicaid program reduced its prescription-drug costs by $20.6 million over a one-year period by requiring enrollees to get permission before filling prescriptions for anti-ulcer medications called proton pump inhibitors (PPIs). The savings were reported in a study published today in the American Journal of Managed Care by researchers at Express Scripts, the p...

Expensive new meds increase drug expenditures in the North Carolina Medicaid program

As states continue to struggle to find ways to control Medicaid costs, a new study published in the September/October issue of Annals of Family Medicine finds that an increase in the number of prescriptions for new and more expensive medications resulted in a significant rise in drug costs in one state's Medicaid program.... Analyzing claims for more than 1,204,000 North Carolina Medicaid enrolle...

UCLA study shows Medicaid costs can shrink

Medicaid costs can shrink significantly when Head Start parents are trained to handle common ailments ......Medicaid costs for a child's trip to an emergency room or clinic can be reduced annually by at least $198 per family when Head Start parents are provided with easy-to-understand health-care guidance, according to a first-of-its kind study by the UCLA/Johnson & Johnson Health Care Institute...

MCOs shortchange minority Medicaid patients

Even when they are enrolled in the same Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), patients who are members of linguistic, racial or ethnic minorities report worse care than White English speakers, a Penn State-led study has shown. ... Asian non-English speakers reported the worst experiences but the study found that African Americans, Hispanic Spanish speakers, and American Indians also continu...

Many children in Medicaid managed care do not receive same quality of care

New York City, September 16, 2003--Children enrolled in Medicaid managed care plans had lower rates than those in commercial plans for quality indicators such as immunization rates and well-child visits, according to a study in the September 17th issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), conducted with support from The Commonwealth Fund. ......The findings of the study, "Qu...

Surprising findings on Medicaid kids and the ER

BALTIMORE Across the country, more children are going to hospital emergency rooms than ever, and many of their ER visits are for non-urgent conditions. And national data show that children insured under Medicaid are more likely to visit the ER than children insured privately. But Michigans shift to providing Medicaid through managed care plans may be helping reverse some trends in primary and ER...

Study: Dental sealants for children on Medicaid can reduce dental costs

CHAPEL HILL Dental sealants -- the plastic coatings applied to childrens teeth to reduce cavities -- cut the number of fillings and extractions children from poorer North Carolina families needed by about two-thirds, a unique new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows.... ...Use of the coatings in Medicaid children at high risk of dental problems also reduced costs to the Medica...

Uninsured, medicaid patients more likely to die from heart attack

A new study finds that patients with public health insurance are more likely to die... from a heart attack than patients with private insurance, pointing to a seeming inequity... in the delivery of costly life-saving procedures. ... Vice President Dick Cheney's recent hospitalizations underscored the potentially... life-saving benefits of advanced medical care following a heart atta...

Alternative therapy at state expense: Study looks at Medicaid coverage of nonconventional care for children

. . ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Three quarters of states across the country pay for children in low-income families to receive some sort of alternative therapy through their Medicaid programs, a new study from the University of Michigan Health System finds. Though the total amount spent - about half a million dollars per state - is small relative to the programs' budgets, some states say they plan to exp...

Early discharge appears safe for Medicaid newborns

...CINCINNATI - A reduction in length of stay for newborns insured by Medicaid...appears to be a safe practice - if post-discharge care is well-coordinated,...according to a Children's Hospital Medical Center of Cincinnati study published...in the September 22/29 edition of The Journal of the American Medical...Association (JAMA). ... ..."Early discharge of full-term, Medicaid newborns in Ohio h...

WIC, Medicaid Have Reduced Infant Deaths

.University Park, Pa. -- Two key public programs under political scrutiny -- the.Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and.Medicaid -- have reduced infant deaths, says researchers.. . "WIC and Medicaid have helped poor women reduce infant mortality on two.levels," says Dr. Karen P. Carver, assistant professor of sociology at Penn.State and a research...

Thousands Of AIDS Deaths Could Be Prevented With Expanded Medicaid Coverage, UCSF Study Concludes

.GENEVA, Switzerland--Thousands of U.S. AIDS deaths and late-stage cases of the.disease could be averted by expanding federal Medicaid coverage of HIV drugs,.according to a new study by University of California San Francisco AIDS policy.researchers.. "Combination therapy using antiretroviral medications is now available and for.the first time offers real hope for controlling HIV infection, but n...
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