October 23, 2017

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Patients Pay for Ending Cost-sharing Reduction Payments
Less Wealth Means Greater Disability, Shorter Life
Congress Continues CHIP Negotiations
Free Personalized Assistance to Help You Prepare for Quality Payment Program
MMA Senior Section Meets Wednesday, Topic is Mental Health Services with AMHI Consent Decree Court Master
AMA Outlines Next Steps for Health Reform
Legislative Calls to Resume When Legislature Returns
Hamilton Confirmed as DHHS Commissioner
Rep. Stanley Proposes Bill on Closure of Hospital Services
SAVE THE DATE: MMA Legislative Committee Meets December 11th to Prepare for Next Legislative Session
University of New England Opioid Use Disorder and Medication Assisted Treatment Workshop October 28th
York County Drug Takeback Day October 28th
Improving Opioid Prescribing and Patient Safety: 3-hour presentation in Wells on November 1
9th Canadian Conference on Dementia - November 2-4, 2017
Turquoise & Tapas With the Lung Association November 9th
Emerging Technologies - Advances in Diagnosis & Laboratory Testing: Annual Conference November 15 in Augusta
Online Learning Opportunities Offering CME Credits - from the Northern New England Practice Transformation Network
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Less Wealth Means Greater Disability, Shorter Life

The study, which looked at 12,173 older adults in the U.S. and 7,599 in England, found, “[T]hose in the lowest wealth quintile had significantly higher risk of death and disability than their highest wealth counterparts at all ages studied.” While there have been other studies focused on income levels, this one was based on the idea that, because of retirement, wealth may be a better marker of financial resources than income among older adults.

The study concluded that low wealth was associated with death and disability in both countries, despite the differences in safety-net health care systems. It appears that “access to health care may not attenuate wealth-associated disparities in older adults.” Results were similar in the 54-64 cohort and the 66-76 cohort, which would theoretically have greater access to social support programs. There was a “strong inverse relationship” between wealth and disability, which in turn is a strong predictor of quality of life.

The greatest improvements in health outcomes were seen between the lowest and second lowest wealth quintiles.

The article may be found at: http://in.reuters.com/article/us-health-wealth-outcomes/less-wealth-tied-to-higher-odds-of-disability-and-premature-death-idINKBN1CS2P1. The study is reported at https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2659324 .


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