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Data Points: New life for association health plans?

Data Points: New life for association health plans?

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 14, 2017

President Donald Trump last week signed an executive order to exempt health plans offered by trade and professional associations from the same coverage requirements as those offered by small businesses and on the individual market.
 Many fear such a move would drive up premiums for other...

Data Points: Sniff sniff...pass the chicken soup!

Data Points: Sniff sniff...pass the chicken soup!

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 30, 2017

Fall is here and so is flu season, which typically stretches from October to April. Five percent to 20% of the U.S. population is hit with the virus annually and roughly 200,000 people are hospitalized, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Data Points: Social Responsibility

Data Points: Social Responsibility

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 23, 2017

Driven by new care and payment models, a growing number of healthcare organizations are starting to take a hard look at how they can influence factors outside the delivery system—social determinants—to impact community health.

Data Points: Ranks of the uninsured dwindle again in 2016

Data Points: Ranks of the uninsured dwindle again in 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 16, 2017

The number of Americans without health insurance continued to fall in 2016, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. Last year, 28.1 million people, or 8.8% of the U.S. population, were uninsured for the entire year, down from 29 million people, or 9.1% of the population in 2015.

Data Points: More to the spike in sepsis cases than meets the eye

Data Points: More to the spike in sepsis cases than meets the eye

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 09, 2017

The numbers tell one story, but what's behind them might be something entirely different. For the first time since the CMS started releasing inpatient claims and payment data, sepsis topped the list as the most common condition or procedure.

Data Points: Hurricane Katrina's lasting legacy

Data Points: Hurricane Katrina's lasting legacy

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 02, 2017

Houston's hospitals were well-prepared for Hurricane Harvey. In the past 10 years, hospitals in disaster-prone areas across the country have implemented both structural and operational safeguards to keep patients and staffers safe and prevent major damage.

Data Points: For many children, it's still access denied

Data Points: For many children, it's still access denied

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 26, 2017

Many of the nation's youngest residents have been returning to classrooms over the past few weeks. But studies show that despite 2.8 million children under the age of 18 gaining health insurance between 2010 and 2015, access to basic services remains out of reach for many.

Data Points: Blinded by the darkness

Data Points: Blinded by the darkness

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 18, 2017

Maybe check with your coders or optometrist. H31.023 is the ICD-10 code for solar retinopathy, or injury to the retinal tissue that typically comes from sun-gazing or, um, viewing an eclipse without the right protection. Knowing the code may come in handy this week.

Data Points: Overfat deemed a 'pandemic'

Data Points: Overfat deemed a 'pandemic'

By Modern Healthcare  |  August 05, 2017

Think twice before supersizing that meal. According to a new study in the Frontiers of Public Health, an estimated 70% of people in the world's 30 most-developed countries are "overfat."

Data Points: The ACA lives, for now

Data Points: The ACA lives, for now

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 22, 2017

After another round of setbacks, congressional Republicans must regroup and assess their options for repealing, replacing or keeping the Affordable Care Act. They'll need to weigh a number of policy--and political--decisions.

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