The Checkup

Format: 2014-11-23

Credit: redwolfoz / Flickr / Creative CommonsFebruary 18, 2014

About a third of emergency room visits in Maryland could have been handled in a primary care setting. Will the Affordable Care Act change that... and, if so, when?

 


 

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Credit: Creative Commons / a.drianFebruary 11, 2014

Today, on the Checkup, we look at Accountable Care Organizations, or ACOs. Those are groups of independent providers in a particular community who join together to coordinate care—and to save money. ACOs can include hospitals, physicians, and specialists. 

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February 4, 2014

A flyer at the IRC in Baltimore that lists the available interpreters every day. Credit: Jamyla Kay

Every year more than 50,000 refugees and asylees enter the United States, and hundreds resettle in Maryland.

On today’s edition of The Checkup, we hear from refugees and service providers about the changes to refugees' healthcare and the unique health challenges that many face.

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January 14, 2014

The federal government is giving Maryland the okay to try a new approach to hospital care. It’s going to change how often people are admitted to the hospital and how hospitals get paid. We hear from Health Secretary Joshua Sharfstein and Carmela Coyle of the Maryland Hospital Association.

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Credit: a.adrian / Creative CommonsJanuary 7, 2014

More than 110,000 Marylanders began getting their health coverage through Medicaid on January 1st. That’s almost six times the number of Marylanders who signed up for private coverage. On The Checkup, we talk about how Medicaid is changing health care in Maryland and other states.

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December 17, 2013

The Affordable Care Act requires that insurers provide 45 preventive services to patients free of charge.  What does this mean for the health of individual patients?  What it could mean for the future health of the U.S., as a society?  And how much is it all going to cost?

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A screenshot of the Maryland Health Connection, after we tried to log in.  December 10, 2013

The director of Maryland’s online health exchange resigned on Friday. On the Checkup, we talk about the challenges the exchange faces and possible solutions.

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