RWJF: The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, 11/18/2014

November 18, 2014

The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge

With the world of health care ever-growing, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored a challenge to educate consumers in making more informed decisions as hospital patients receiving care. The Hospital Price Transparency Challenge, or, Health 2.0, brought a challenge to developers to create tools and apps that allowed its users to analyze data from hospital charges; the data was received from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning common procedures such as hip and knee replacement surgeries. As a …

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AARP: Drug Abuse and Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes, 10/2/2014

October 02, 2014

AARP: Drug Abuse and Antipsychotics in Nursing Homes

 

We do our best to be as healthy as possible, but aging is inevitable.  As we age, we will be cared for by family or institutions such as nursing homes and community care.  What is discerning about this is that nursing homes have recently been the object of some serious investigation.  Numerous incidents across the nation, and for extended periods of time, have reported elderly residents showing accelerated decrease in their health.  What studies are showing is that …

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RWJF: State Estimates of Limited English Proficiency by Health Insurance Status, 9/1/2014

September 01, 2014

State Estimates of Limited English Proficiency by Health Insurance Status

In a recent report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, data from the American Community Survey revealed that an estimated 9.5 million individuals with limited English Proficiency (LEP) were uninsured; that’s over one third of the total estimated individuals in the country with LEP.  Despite the total of individuals with LEP only accounting for 8.6% of the American Population, they contribute to 21.7% of the uninsured population.

The Affordable Care Act is expanding, and reaching out to …

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RWJF: Race and Ethnicity Impacts Patient Access to Quality Health Care, 7/8/2014

July 08, 2014

Race and Ethnicity Impacts Patient Access to Quality Health Care

 

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, along with the National Urban League Policy Institute recently revealed that a shocking forty percent of African American and Hispanic patients receive lower quality care in comparison to White patients, leading to about $60 billion in unnecessary health care costs in 2009. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a wonderful supporter for The Health Gap, expresses how health care professionals across the country must receive the health disparity data and …

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KAISER PERMANENTE: US Ranked Last On Scorecard Of Health Care Systems, 6/19/2014

June 19, 2014

US RANKED LAST ON SCORECARD OF HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS 

For the past 10 years, the United States’ healthcare system has been ranked as the most expensive and least effective among 10 other western, industrialized nations.  The U.S. spent thousands of dollars more per capita than the #1 country, the United Kingdom, but still had worse outcomes for patients.  The authors of the study are hopeful that the Affordable Care Act will boost America’s ratings, but will it be enough to bring us ahead of nations that …

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RWJF: 27.7 Million Previously Uninsured People Are Eligible for Assistance under the Affordable Care Act, 6/14/2014

June 14, 2014

27.7 Million Previously Uninsured People Are Eligible for Assistance under the Affordable Care Act

An updated report recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation revealed that 56% of uninsured individuals across the nation became eligible to receive financial assistance for health insurance coverage, whether it is through Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or marketplaces.  Key findings from the updated report indicated that Medicaid expansion greatly increased the percentage of eligible individuals. In states that have already expanded, 68% of uninsured individuals received eligibility, …

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NBC NEWS: Instead of the ER: Paramedics making house calls to chronic patients, 2/22

February 22, 2014

Instead of the ER: Paramedics Making House Calls to Chronic Patients

Individuals with chronic illnesses or those that are uninsured typically utilize the emergency room for primary medical care, yet this only leads to multiple, highly costly visits. Within the past year, it has been estimated that one in five Americans visited the emergency room for a total of 130 million visits, with costs ranging alarmingly from an average $750 to tens of thousands of dollars. Individuals with conditions such as asthma …

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