This study in Oregon compared 2 year results of those that were enrolled in Medicaid or not, based on a random lottery system. There were no difference between the groups in outcomes of chronic conditions, such as high cholesterol or HTN, but those with Medicaid were more likely to be diagnosed and treated for diabetes, were less likely to report depression, were more likely to have received preventive services, and were less likely to have catastrophic out-of-pocket expenses. There are some tangible benefits of gaining Medicaid coverage, but some of the effects may not be seen within 2 years (abstract).
“Membership in the American Academy of Professional Coders has risen to more than 170,000 today from roughly 70,000 in 2008.” “The AMA owns the copyright to CPT, the code used by doctors. It publishes coding books and dictionaries. It also creates new codes when doctors want to charge for a new procedure. It levies a […]
Yeah, I know the headline drew you in. I sleuthed ya—but I have a reason. A study out in BMJ today, and its timing is uncanny given the immigration ban we are now experiencing. First, to declare my priors. I will take an IMG to work by my side any day of the week. You need […]
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not updated its rules (“conditions for participation”) for nursing homes in twenty-five years. Late last year they finally did. Many of the changes will have an impact on the daily lives of NH residents but are far removed from hospital medicine. Think a resident’s ability to […]