With the political divide over health care reform still strong going into this year’s elections, a new analysis of state-level decisions shows signs of an emerging middle way toward reducing the ranks of the uninsured.
One in eight visits to a a doctor for a headache or migraine end up with the patient going for a brain scan, at a total cost of about $1 billion a year, a new U-M study finds. And many of those MRI and CT scans – and costs – are probably unnecessary, given the very low odds that serious issues lurk in the patients’ brains.
Using simple age cut-offs to guide colorectal screening may contribute to overuse of tests among unhealthy older adults, and result in healthy seniors missing out on the preventative tests that include colonoscopy.
Only two weeks into the New Year, the first people covered under new Affordable Care Act insurance plans have been treated at UMHS, which accepts most ACA plans and continues to offer free enrollment assistance.
In 2006, Massachusetts was on the same brink that the entire nation is on today: the brink of expanding health insurance to cover far more people than before, through government-driven, market-based reform. Now, a new study shows the health of residents in that one trailblazing state improved measurably, especially among the poor and near-poor, in just the first five years.
The U-M Health System and Allegiance Health have signed a letter of intent to affiliate, with Allegiance Health becoming a member of the UMHS network. Combining their expertise and services would create better health and well-being at every stage of life for the patients served by Allegiance Health.
A multi-institution study has found thatincreasing the number of insured patients was not associated with higher intensive care unit (ICU) usage in Massachusetts. The findings have implications for the nation as a whole, as health care reform takes full effect.
As policy centers and stakeholder coalitions present plans for reforming the US health care system, a new analysis finds that U-M-pioneered concepts known as value-based insurance design and value-based payment reform are unanimously included as key elements for sustainable health care.
Alexis Carulli wants to make a difference in fighting human disease. So do the thousands of bright graduate students like her. But with federal scientific research funding flat, eroded by inflation and cut by budget sequestration, Carulli worries for her generation of aspiring biomedical scientists.
As the nation’s health care system prepares for uninsured Americans to gain health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, a question hangs over crowded hospital emergency departments: Will the newly insured make fewer ER visits than they do today?
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, Blue Care Network, and UMHS have launched the Michigan Value Collaborative, an initiative aimed at helping hospitals across the state understand their practice patterns compared with their peers, better manage costs and improve outcomes for patients.
For Michiganders seeking health insurance for themselves, their families or the employees of their small business under the Affordable Care Act, we stand ready to offer expert assistance, and access to advanced UMHS care through most of the available plans.
Michigan’s newly expanded Medicaid program could act as a model for other states to achieve bipartisan health care reform even in a heated national political climate, says the head of U-M’s health policy institute.
Hundreds of thousands more Michiganders will soon have access to health coverage, under the Healthy Michigan Act signed into law today. And the U-M Health System stands ready to help provide the care they need – especially the advanced specialty care that UMHS is known for.
A report released from the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation outlines the severe impact of Michigan’s recession on the ability of the health care safety net to provide health care to the growing number of Michigan residents who need their services.
The law that has helped medical discoveries make the leap from university labs to the marketplace needs revising, in part to ensure the American people benefit from science their tax dollars have paid for, says a U-M physician and medical historian.
If Michigan expand Medicaids access under the Affordable Care Act, a new report estimates that approximately 447,000 uninsured Michiganders will gain health insurance coverage through Medicaid and health insurance exchanges.