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Medicaid Spending: New Projections Show Slower Medicaid Growth

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released new Medicaid spending projections, showing a significantly lower rate of growth. Nationally, while federal Medicare costs continue to rise dramatically and far faster than medical inflation, Medicaid spending growth has moderated considerably. Twice each year, OMB releases its latest projections of federal revenues and expenditures. Projections are announced in February...

Patient-Centered Care: Orienting Health Care to the Preferences and Needs of Patients

Patient-centered care - one of the new buzz phrases in health care - is all about aligning the delivery of medical care with the needs and preferences of patients. Research shows that the practices and tools of patient-centered care result in: Superior clinical outcomes Higher consumer satisfaction Improved access to needed care Reduction of inappropriate use Lower healthcare costs Unfortunately, despite overwhelming support of the...

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