ACA Health Insurance Expansion Tied to Fewer Cardiac Arrests

A dramatic decrease in cardiac arrest has occurred among Oregon residents who gained health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (ACA), research in the Journal of the American Heart Association shows. Researchers used records from emergency medical services to identify Multnomah County patients treated for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest and compared data for pre-ACA years and post-implementation years. There were 102 cardiac arrests for every 100,000 people in 2011 to 2012, compared with 85 cases per 100,000 following ACA implementation.

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 BREAKING NEWS
U.S. Leads in Income-Based Health Care Inequalities

The U.S. has larger income-related differences in perceptions of health and health care than other middle- and high-income countries, according to an examination of income gaps in self-assessments of personal health and health care across 32 countries from 2011 to 2013, in Health Affairs. Despite broad awareness of unmet need, there were relatively low levels of moral discomfort over income-based health care disparities in the U.S., indicating more public tolerance for health care inequalities in the U.S. than elsewhere.

Mon, 12 Jun 2017 BREAKING NEWS
CDC: Legionella Present in Hospital, Nursing Home Plumbing

Legionella has been found in the water systems of hospitals, nursing homes and long-term care facilities, putting the most vulnerable patients at risk, U.S. health officials report. CDC researchers analyzed 2015 data from 21 areas around the country and found that 76% of reported cases of Legionnaires’ disease were linked to health care facilities. During 2015, approximately 6,000 cases of Legionnaires’ disease were reported to CDC, but only about half included where the infection was acquired.

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 BREAKING NEWS
High-Risk Pools May Represent Step Back for U.S. Health Care

Proposed legislation as part of the American Health Care Act, which includes high-risk pools, is not likely to reduce costs, according to the Annals of Internal Medicine. “Insurance works best when it spreads costs across a large pool of people, limiting the effects of those with higher costs on overall rates,” author Jean P. Hall, Ph.D., writes. “High-risk pools do not work, because they concentrate costs and require subsidies at a level that policymakers have never funded adequately.”

Tue, 30 May 2017 BREAKING NEWS
New Health Care Act Could Result in 23 Million Losing Insurance

The Republican-led bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that passed the House this month would result in 23 million Americans losing their health insurance coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO). The nonpartisan CBO projects that a total of 51 million people under age 65 would be uninsured in 2026. The CBO estimate of the newly uninsured is only about a million people fewer than the prior plan rejected by the House in March.

Tue, 30 May 2017 BREAKING NEWS
Patients Satisfied With Telehealth Primary Care Visits

Patients express satisfaction with telehealth primary care video visits, with most reporting interest in continuing use of video visits as an alternative to in-person visits, according to a study published in the Annals of Family Medicine. Based on data from in-depth qualitative interviews with 19 adult patients after video visits with their primary care clinicians, researchers found that all patients reported overall satisfaction with video visits. Convenience and decreased costs were the main benefits cited.

Fri, 12 May 2017 BREAKING NEWS