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Managed Long Term Services and Supports (MLTSS) programs provide long-term care primarily to aging adults and people with disabilities. This care is provided not via the fee-for-service model but through managed care organizations. These contractors deliver benefits, which include community, home, and institution-based services, and receive payment through Medicaid....
Delivery of physical medical care and behavioral health services is too often uncoordinated, operating in silos with little or no communication between physicians and other providers providing a patient with primary, specialty, acute, and pharmacy services and behavioral health professionals proving that same patient with mental health care or...
Hospital readmissions are costly but largely preventable. Reducing inpatient readmissions are a top priority for Medicare, state Medicaid programs, and private health plans.  The opportunities to lower costs and improve patient outcomes are considerable.  Therefore, healthcare purchasers are realigning hospital payment methods to reward hospitals for fewer readmissions and...
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) is changing the health care landscape for everyone, including safety net hospitals. Just how this change will affect these key providers and what they must do to stay open are subjects of much debate.  In a multitude of ways, the ACA, new marketplace dynamics,...
Controlling statewide costs in prisons was the rationale for privatizing the correctional healthcare delivery system across the nation, but there have been consequences.  The increased incarceration levels and shift from governmental to private criminal justice system medical care has resulted in an additional burden of care placed on hospitals...
The medical goal for children diagnosed with pediatric cancers is remission or cure, but consistency and speediness of health insurance coverage is critical to access to preferred treatment. The therapeutic intervention differs based on the cancer type, stage, tolerance of the child to radiation and pharmaceutical agents, and numerous...
Health care expenditures are three times greater for patients who have both functional limitations and multiple chronic conditions than for patients without functional limitations. This was the impetus for a recent report, entitled High-Need, High-Cost Patients: Who are They and How Do They Use Health Care?1 The following is...
For the 2.4 million Americans with an opioid use disorder, the over 10 million who abuse prescription opioids, and the nearly one million heroin users, access to medication-assisted treatment (MAT) is critically important, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) guidelines....
Teen Hospital Stays for Childbirth Latest Trends
Teen pregnancy rates in the U.S. remain high with significant variation among states in both pregnancy rates and teen hospital stays for childbirth, according to a recent brief from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ).  Entitled Teen Hospital Stays for Childbirth, 2004-2013,1 the report compares hospital-acquired data...

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