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Childhood obesity declines in 18 states

Obesity in preschoolers had doubled in recent years, but the numbers are stagnating or improving in many states. Health officials are not yet declaring victory. Read story

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What free screenings does the ACA require?

Starting in 2014, certain publicly and privately insured patients will be able to receive approved preventive services at no additional out-of-pocket cost. Use this tool to determine your patient's free preventive services. Read story

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Medicaid's muddled preventive care picture

The health system reform law promises no-cost coverage of a lengthy list of screenings and other prevention services, but some beneficiaries still might miss out. Read story

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Some primary care doctors still lack 2013 Medicaid pay boost

The administration has approved plans for most states to implement an ACA provision raising rates to Medicare levels, but delays in delivering the money continue. Read story

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States align to make it easier for doctors to communicate after disasters

A secure email system allows the exchange of patient health information among doctors, hospitals and health plans after traumatic, widespread events. Read story

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Private Medicaid expansion plan would pay doctors more

Arkansas physicians would be paid at rates set by private plans in the state’s exchange, if the plan is approved by CMS officials. Read story

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State insurance exchange options deemed innovative and generous

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Medicare PQRS by specialty and state

Hundreds of thousands of physicians technically were eligible to participate in Medicare's pay-for-reporting program in 2011, but most chose not to or were unable to meet requirements. Success rates varied widely by state and specialty. Read story

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