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African-Americans with uncontrolled high blood pressure benefited from an intervention using DVDs of real patients' stories of how they dealt with their chronic disease.
The results of the November election guarantee a protracted struggle in Congress over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), with House Republicans seeking to repeal the legislation and Democrats trying to protect its core elements.
Washington -- The most recent economic recession slowed the growth of national health spending to 4% in 2009 -- the slowest rate since at least 1960. Patients delayed elective care and limited out-of-pocket spending, in part because millions of people lost private health coverage. However, the percentage of the nation's gross domestic product devoted to health care increased to 17.6% in 2009, a full percentage point higher than in 2008, because health spending grew at a faster pace than the economy as a whole.
In order to make sure Medicaid providers qualify to receive meaningful use incentives, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has proposed a two-year project aimed at understanding the barriers they face.
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