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State HIE helps providers pinpoint ER 'super-users'

Technology--ranging from data analytics tools to geomapping software--is helping officials from the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services connect "super-users" to the right kind of medical care.

Private Medicaid expansion a big hit among consumers

Arkansas's Medicaid program, which is expanding through a private option the state pioneered, has proven quite popular--70 percent of the 225,000 Arkansans who are eligible for the federal-state program have signed up for coverage, the state Department of Human Services announced.

Medicaid: 2 future trends for insurers

Given the inherent complexities associated with the Medicaid population and the huge growth of the program, insurers and states likely will increase their focus on providing behavioral health and coordinating care for dual-eligibles. These are two of five Medicaid trends that will continue in 2014, according to LifeHealthPro.

ACA prompts groundbreaking, unlikely healthcare partnerships

An unlikely partnership helps two Seattle healthcare facilities offer treatment after hours.  Swe dish Medical Center  Foundation put down the start up money for Country Doctor Community Health Centers to open a weekend and after-hours clinic for patients who previously went to the emergency room for nonemergent care--right next to Medical Center's Cherry Hill hospital, the  Seattle Times   re ported.

Painkiller prescription rates rise for pregnant women

Doctors are increasingly prescribing opioids for pregnant women covered by Medicaid and commercial insurance, The New York Times reported.

Sanctioned providers still reaped Medicare dollars

Medicare paid more than $6 million in 2012 to doctors who were thrown out of Medicaid, indicted or charged with fraud, or had settled false claims allegations, according to reports co-published by ProPublica and National Public Radio.

Uninsured drops three-fold in ACA-friendly states

States expanding Medicaid while also operating their own health insurance exchanges experienced a larger drop in the uninsured rate compared to states that ignored these Affordable Care Act measures, a new Gallup poll shows.

AHA supports NQF's proposed quality measure recommendations

The American Hospital Association asked the National Quality Forum (NQF) to implement recommendations to risk adjust quality measures to account for sociodemographic factors such as Medicaid status, income, education and homelessness in a  letter this week.

NH to appeal hospital tax ruling

New Hampshire's attorney general will appeal a judge's ruling that the state's hospital tax, which brings in $185 million a year, is unconstitutional to the state Supreme Court, Boston.com reported.

Census survey changes may hide reform law effects

The Census Bureau plans to change its annual survey so drastically that it may be difficult to determine the effectiveness of the Affordable Care Act, reports the New York Times.