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Judging by 28 different metrics, Vermont offers the highest-quality and most cost-efficient care for children, according to a new study from personal finance website WalletHub, while Nevada struggles with limited access to care and poor oral health among those under the age of 18. 

The effectiveness of accountable care organizations (ACOs) may be limited by two factors, according to a new study published in Health Affairs: low numbers of enrollees attributed to participating physicians and the constant “churn” of the patient population caused by substantial physician turnover.

An emergency physician from Michigan has been arrested on charges she performed genital mutilation procedures on multiple girls between the ages of 6 and 8, which prosecutors say could be the first criminal case involving the practice since it was outlawed in the U.S. in 1996.

While healthcare costs continued to rise at other facilities, one Netherlands hospital was able to lower costs by 8 percent in a single year while improving quality. The credit goes to a value-based care strategy focusing on everything from closer coordination on cardiovascular patients to keeping more experienced physicians in the emergency department. 

Large corporations want healthy workers and lower healthcare costs. If hospitals and medical groups are going to win the right to provide care to those employees and their families, innovative approaches to care, having the right infrastructure in place and taking a lot of meetings are a must. 

 

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Increases in volume in trauma centers can improve survival rates

More is not always better, especially in the healthcare industry. Researchers from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have found as the number of patients admitted into trauma centers increase, the number of patients dying decreases twofold. 

Liquid biopsies can detect ovarian cancer recurrence before tumor appears

With 21,000 new diagnoses and 14,000 deaths, ovarian cancer is undoubtedly one of the most lethal cancers. A major factor leading to the high mortality rate is the fact that the cancer is not detected until the later stages and has a 75 percent chance of returning. Faced with these staggering odds, researchers at the Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine have been able to develop a new way to tract and treat ovarian cancer.

Arizona insurance brokerages partner to better serve region

Two of Arizona’s largest life and health insurance brokerages are teaming up to increase product selection, service and convenience for insurance agents in the region.

HealthSouth, Novant Health partner to build inpatient rehab center in North Carolina

Two southern health systems have formed a joint venture to build a new inpatient rehabilitation hospital in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Report: Modest improvements across hospital regions since ACA took effect

The early effects of the Affordable Care Act brought some “modest” gains in health care access, quality, avoidable hospital use, cost and health outcomes to communities, according to a report released by the Commonwealth Fund.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas partners with Metamark Genetics to provide urologic cancer care

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas members now have access to urological care under a new agreement between the insurer and Metamark Genetics.

Chicago hospital tests free housing for frequent ER visitors

The University of Illinois Hospital in Chicago is trying a new approach to cut down on the cost of care for Medicaid “superutilizers” who are frequently admitted to emergency rooms: Give them an apartment instead.

Georgia health systems establish partnership to boost pediatric services

Two Georgia health systems have established a formal affiliation to combine resources to better serve their communities.

Nonmedical prescription opioid use and opioid use disorder doubled in last decade

As rates of nonmedical use of prescription opioids continues to soar in the United States, more than doubling among adults from 2001-2002 to 2012-2013.

Boeing partners with MemorialCare to offer healthcare direct to workers

Boeing Co. has partnered with MemorialCare Health System to offer a new kind of health plan for most of its Southern California employees, who can now receive healthcare directly from MemorialCare, reports the Los Angeles Times.

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