Study shows little variance in overdose deaths when sorting by Medicaid expansion status
Mar. 3, 2022—A study by researchers from Vanderbilt and Boston University found that the increase in drug or opioid overdose deaths experienced during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic was similar in states with and without Medicaid expansion.
Opioid use disorder treatment access increases in areas with large Medicaid population
Jan. 4, 2022— by Jill Clendening Researchers report that in communities where Medicaid is a more common source of insurance, providers of buprenorphine, an effective treatment for opioid use disorder (OUD), are much less likely to discriminate between Medicaid and privately insured prospective patients, but patients with either type of coverage still face many barriers to obtaining...
Study links Medicaid expansion and recipients’ health status
Jan. 6, 2020—In Southern states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act, adults experienced lower rates of decline in both physical and mental health, according to research published this month in the journal Health Affairs.
Vanderbilt study explores how dual-eligible beneficiaries spend
Aug. 16, 2018—While there has been much effort to control spending for individuals eligible for both Medicaid and Medicare in the United States, for the first time a team of Vanderbilt health policy researchers have analyzed spending trends for this population over a multiyear period in order to gain a much clearer understanding of exactly how much is being spent and by whom.
Uninsured emergency department visits down after Medicaid expansion
Jun. 19, 2017—Fewer uninsured patients are walking through the doors of Emergency Departments in states that expanded Medicaid coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), even though the total number of visits has increased since 2014, according to an Annals of Emergency Medicine study released Monday.
In emergencies, insurance matters
Apr. 17, 2017—Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act provides patients with a greater choice of hospital facilities, Vanderbilt researchers have found.
Early experience with federal health coverage suggests how future Medicaid reforms may work
Feb. 1, 2017—Proposed Medicaid reforms are similar to the capped federal financing system in place during the '50s and early '60s, when states generally reimbursed a much smaller proportion of health care for the needy.
M.D. affiliation and Medicaid access
Jun. 29, 2016—In the journal Medical Care, Michael Richards, M.D., Ph.D., MPH and colleagues report that more office-based physicians are affiliating with integrated health systems. Apparently through this affiliation, physicians become more likely to accept Medicaid patients. From 2009 to 2015, independent practices decreased from 73 percent to 60 percent of all office-based physician practices, and group...
Medicaid access state by state
Nov. 2, 2015—Clinics with more non-physician clinicians are associated with better access for Medicaid patients and lower prices for office visits, according to a recent study.
USA Today: Gunshot wounds drive up government health care costs
Mar. 6, 2013—As advocates and politicians debate gun control issues, economists say gun injuries and deaths have cost billions in court proceedings, insurance costs and hospitalizations. Manish Sethi, assistant professor of orthopaedic surgery and rehabilitation, has studied healthcare costs associated with gun violence and is quoted.
Study examines ACA’s impact on uncompensated care
Dec. 20, 2012—The decision by several states not to expand Medicaid health insurance for the poor may create unintended cuts for hospitals that provide uncompensated care, according to a study by John Graves, Ph.D., a Vanderbilt policy expert in the Department of Preventive Medicine. Graves used financial data from U.S. hospitals and insurance data in each state...