Medical school seniors, others matched to residency slots

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A record 30,478 medical school seniors and graduates were matched to U.S. residency positions today through the National Resident Matching Program, 906 more than last year. A record 31,757 positions were offered. Applicants include students and graduates of U.S. and international medical schools. 

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: physicians, graduate medical education

CMS: 12.2 million select Marketplace plan during 2017 open enrollment

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More than 12.2 million people selected a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplaces during 2017 open enrollment, about 500,000 fewer than last year, according to a final report released today by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. More than 9.2 million people enrolled through HealthCare.gov,... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Enrollment, Coverage

CDC: Colorectal cancer screening rates nearly double over 15 years

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More than six in 10 men and women surveyed in 2015 reported receiving recommended screening tests for colorectal cancer, nearly double the rate in 2000, according to a new report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rate at which women reported receiving the recommended cervical cancer... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: prevention

Express Scripts reports on 2016 drug spending by health plan clients

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Drug spending per member for public health insurance exchange plans sponsored by Express Scripts clients increased 14% in 2016, driven by increases in both unit costs and use, according to a new report by the pharmacy benefit management company. Drug spending per member for Medicaid, Medicare Part D, and... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: drug prices

CMS: Nearly 16.2 million enroll in Medicaid/CHIP since October 2013

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Nearly 16.2 million people enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program between Oct. 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2016, increasing total enrollment in the programs by more than 28% since the start of the first open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplace, according to a ... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

CDC reports on 2014 health care access and use by adults

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this week released a report summarizing 2014 data on health care access and use of clinical preventive services by adults, based on the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey. The authors say the data can be used as a baseline to assess and monitor... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: access, prevention

Survey: Most states planning on federal funding for CHIP to continue

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Most governors are planning upcoming budgets that assume federal funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program will continue, according to a survey released today by the National Academy for State Health Policy. Thirty-three of the 40 states responding to the December survey said their proposed... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: child health, Coverage, Medicaid

Humana to exit Marketplaces in 2018

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Humana this week announced plans to withdraw from the Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2018. “[B]ased on its initial analysis of data associated with the company’s health care exchange membership following the 2017 open enrollment period, Humana is seeing further signs of an unbalanced risk pool,” the... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tag: Coverage

CDC survey: 8.8% of U.S. residents uninsured in first 9 months of 2016

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An estimated 28.2 million U.S. residents (8.8%) lacked health insurance when surveyed during the first nine months of 2016, according to a report released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The uninsured rate for adults under age 65 was 9.3% in Medicaid expansion states and 17.5% in... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: Coverage, Medicaid

AHA issues discussion guide for ensuring access to care in vulnerable communities

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The AHA today released a discussion guide to help hospital and health system board members and leaders implement innovative ways to preserve access to essential health care services in vulnerable rural and urban communities. The AHA’s Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities recently issued... read more

Topic: Access and Coverage
Tags: rural, Critical Access Hospitals, access, governance

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