Day: January 8, 2021

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Medicaid expansion has saved hospitals $6.4M, study shows

Hospitals in Medicaid expansion states have saved an average of $6.4 million on uncompensated care since the policies took effect, with safety-net hospitals pocketing even more savings, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.

Researchers from the Urban Institute on Tuesday reported that uncompensated care comprised 6{f771d91d784324d4be731abc64bffe0d1fd8f26504ceb311bcfd8e5b001778f4} of total expenses for hospitals located in non-expansion states in 2017, double the amount for those located in states that had expanded the program.

They compared data from hospitals in the 25 states that expanded Medicaid in 2014 with those in the 19 states that have not expanded the program. They merged data from the American Hospital Association’s annual survey and the CMS’ Healthcare Provider Cost Reporting Information System to look at changes in hospital finances from 2011 to 2017, with data from 2011 to 2013 averaged to indicate what hospitals’ uncompensated care, Medicaid revenue and profits looked like before

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Study finds commonly used blood pressure medications safe for COVID-19 patients

Colorized scanning electron micrograph of a cell (blue) heavily infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus particles (red), isolated from a patient sample. Image captured at the NIAID Integrated Research Facility (IRF) in Fort Detrick, Maryland. Credit: NIAID

Medications to treat high blood pressure did not affect outcomes among patients hospitalized with COVID-19, found an international team led by researchers in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. The study, published today in The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, is the first randomized controlled trial to show there is no risk for patients continuing these medications while hospitalized for COVID-19.

As part of the REPLACE COVID trial, investigators examined whether ACE inhibitors (ACEIs) or Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARBs)—two classes of medications to treat —could help mitigate complications or lead to more severe symptoms. More than 49 million U.S. adults take to treat hypertension, and among those, about

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