CDC: ACA effectiveness at lowering uninsured rate may be plateauing

By Morgan Haefner The ACA lowered America’s uninsured rate to a historic 8.6 percent low in the first three months of 2016 — a progression that a CDC report predicts will start slowing this year, according to CBS News. A Nov. 3 report released by the CDC analyzed National Health
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Medical Errors Are No. 3 Cause Of U.S Deaths, Researchers Say

By Marshall Allen & Olga Pierce A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Medicine says medical errors should rank as the third leading cause of death in the United States — and highlights how shortcomings in tracking vital statistics may hinder research and keep the problem out of
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Hips Don’t Lie: Replacements on the Rise As Busy Boomers Age

By Anne Thompson Hip replacements aren’t just for the elderly anymore. A growing number of baby boomers and 40-somethings are getting the procedure, according to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more…
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Health Staffs Get Flu Shots to Avoid Penalty

By Laura Landro Hospitals and health systems are stepping up enforcement of a safety measure that will soon affect their bottom line: vaccinating health-care workers against the influenza virus, or requiring them to wear masks if they refuse. For the first time this year, hospitals ar
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Hospital-Acquired Infections Cost $10 Billion a Year: Study

Article Written by:  Brenda Goodman   Taken From:  Health US News TUESDAY, Sept. 3 (HealthDay News) — The five most common infections that patients get after they’ve been admitted to the hospital cost the U.S. health care system almost $10 billion a year, a new study shows
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How Obamacare premiums penalize smokers

Article Written by:  Jay MacDonald  Taken From:  MSN-Money Smokers could face sticker shock when shopping for individual or small-group health insurance in the new state health marketplaces scheduled to open this fall, due to a controversial clause in the Affordable Care Act, or ACA,
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Hiring A Smoker, An Employer’s Loss

Article Written by:  James Fenner  Taken From:   Guardian Express A research paper, titled “Estimating the Cost of a Smoking Employee”, published by Dr. Micah Berman of the Ohio State University, College of Public Health, strives to uncover the cost differences between smokers and non
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Growth of pain medication abuse requires diverse solutions

Article Written By:  Roberto Ceniceros  Taken From: Business Insurance Much more needs to be done about pain medication misuse and addiction. The problem’s ugly facts came into sharper view this month when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released findings showing
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