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ER Visits at Record High, 96 Percent Needed Medical Care within 2 Hours: CDC

Emergency room (ER) visits reached a record high of more than 136 million in 2011, compared with just under 130 million in 2010, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). While the percentage … finish reading ER Visits at Record High, 96 Percent Needed Medical Care within 2 Hours: CDC

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Medical Homes Have Limited Impact on Quality, Utilization and Cost: Study

While interventions to transform primary care practices (PCPs) into patient-centered medical homes (PCMHs) are common, but their effectiveness in improving quality and decreasing costs is unclear, according to a study in JAMA. One of the first, largest, and longest-running multipayor … finish reading Medical Homes Have Limited Impact on Quality, Utilization and Cost: Study

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84 Million People Uninsured for a Time or Underinsured in 2012: Study

Nearly half of all working age adults in the United States — or 84 million people — went without health insurance for a time last year, or had out-of-pocket costs that were so high relative to their income they were … finish reading 84 Million People Uninsured for a Time or Underinsured in 2012: Study

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Medical Costs Continue to Rise at Double-Digit Levels Around the World

As employee medical costs continue to rise around the world, employers are seeking wellness and health promotion strategies to improve health outcomes, according to a survey from Towers Watson. The cost of providing employee medical benefits has been rising at … finish reading Medical Costs Continue to Rise at Double-Digit Levels Around the World

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Specialty Drug Spending Costs Expected to Soar Over Next 10 Years: Study

Specialty drug spending is expected to soar over the next decade, and ways to limit the spending are limited, according to a new study from the Center for Studying Health System Change (HSC). Unlike conventional prescription drugs, whose spending has … finish reading Specialty Drug Spending Costs Expected to Soar Over Next 10 Years: Study

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Change in Health Insurance Status Linked to Greater ED Use

Recent changes to individuals’ health insurance status, whether they are newly insured or uninsured, are associated with greater use of hospital EDs, according to a study from the University of Colorado School of Medicine. Researchers found that 32 percent of … finish reading Change in Health Insurance Status Linked to Greater ED Use

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Americans Visit Fewer Doctors and Use Less Prescription Drugs Despite Record-Breaking Treatment Options

Despite the launch of more transformative disease treatment options in a decade, Americans visited fewer doctors and used less prescription drugs in 2011, according to a new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The report found variations in … finish reading Americans Visit Fewer Doctors and Use Less Prescription Drugs Despite Record-Breaking Treatment Options

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