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Costs, Not Physician Choice, Most Important Factor In Individual Health Coverage Plan Selection

A report released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows that individuals selecting health coverage in Michigan are making their buying decision based on costs more than choice of physicians and network size. The report, “Health Plan Selection: Factors Influencing Michiganders’ Choice of Health Insurance,” shows that consumers purchasing individual health insurance coverage were more than …

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Hospital Costs Lower in Michigan than in Indiana, Wisconsin; Michigan’s Certificate of Need Laws, Dominant Insurer Likely Contributed to Differences

A report released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows substantial variation in hospital costs between Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin, with Michigan as the lowest cost among the three states. Many complex factors contributed to these differences, and likely included state regulations such as Certificate of Need laws and health insurance market conditions that varied by …

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Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation Survey Shows Dramatic Improvement in Health Insurance Coverage and Access since 2012

A survey brief released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows that in 2014, fewer Michiganders reported being uninsured and struggling to pay medical costs or delaying needed medical care, and more residents had access to primary care than in 2012, before the Affordable Care Act’s coverage expansions went into effect. The survey, conducted in late …

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Affordable Care Act Brings Nearly a Half Billion Dollars to Michigan over Five Years, Built Infrastructure, Access to Health Care

A report released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows that since 2010, the state of Michigan has received close to a half billion dollars in grant funding to develop and implement programs and services as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Michigan received $489.4 million from March 2010, when the ACA became law, through …

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Survey reveals 87 percent of Michigan primary care doctors have capacity to take new patients; 64 percent taking new Medicaid patients

A 2014 Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) survey of Michigan primary care doctors shows that the great majority – close to 9 out of 10 physicians – have capacity to accept more patients, quieting concerns about meeting increased demand as more people continue to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act. In particular, the survey reveals that considerably …

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Report reveals alternative tactics to Medicaid expansion in Republican-led Michigan is model for other states

A report released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) shows that the alternative approach to passing and implementing Medicaid expansion in Michigan – a state led by a Republican governor—can be a model for other states with bi-partisan or Republican-led governments seeking Medicaid expansion. “The number of Republican governorships retained—and gained—during the midterm elections makes Michigan’s …

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CHRT Report: New laws covering Autism treatment creating opportunities for care, challenges in access, supply

A report examining current implementation of new autism laws in Michigan, released today by the Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation, reveals a changing environment for autism care. Under these laws, state-regulated insurance plans must cover diagnosis and medically necessary treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from birth through 18 years and Medicaid and MIChild must now cover …

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CHRT Report: Sharp rise in hospitalization for sepsis in Michigan and U.S.

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation at the University of Michigan today releases a new report that shows a dramatic increase in hospitalizations for septicemia from 2007 to 2011. The hospitalization rate for orthopedic procedures that improve mobility and alleviate chronic pain also increased. The issue brief, The Cost Burden of Disease: United States and Michigan, is an analysis of …

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CHRT Report Shows Health Care Costs of Obesity Surge For Severely Obese

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) today released a cost analysis showing that those who are severely obese(1)Severely obese defined as BMI of 35 kg/m2 or greater. have a significantly higher health burden and health costs than those who are moderately obese(2)Moderately obese defined as BMI of 30 – 34.9 kg/m2., an indication that intervention efforts focused on the …

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Michigan Awarded $305 Million in Federal Funds under the Affordable Care Act

The Center for Healthcare Research & Transformation (CHRT) today released a report tracking trends in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) funding. From March 2010 when the ACA became law through the most recent fiscal year ending in September 2013, nearly $15.1 billion in grants was awarded in the United States and District of Columbia. Michigan received $305.4 …

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1. Severely obese defined as BMI of 35 kg/m2 or greater.
2. Moderately obese defined as BMI of 30 – 34.9 kg/m2.