Poor heart attack victims twice as likely to become frail; NIH introduces pediatric palliative care campaign;

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> Akron Children's Hospital in Ohio will honor current and former patients by spray-painting their names on the walls of its new building as part of the "Graffiti Project," the hospital has announced. Statement

> Low-income victims of heart attacks are twice as likely as the wealthy to become frail afterward, according to a new study in the International Journal of Cardiology. Abstract

> The National Institute of Nursing Research, part of the National Institutes of Health, has launched an initiative to promote the use of palliative care for seriously ill children, AHA News Now reports. Article

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> To help policymakers ensure adequacy of Medicaid provider payments, the U.S. Government Accountability Office assessed how widely state Medicaid payments vary for the same services, and how closely Medicaid provider payment rates calculated from claims data match rates reported in states' Medicaid fee schedules. Article

> Despite entrenched opinion that the Affordable Care Act is a costly mistake, healthcare reform is flourishing in 14 states where officials support it and deploy administrative resources to further its success, according to a Scholars Strategic Network study by Harvard University's Theda Skocpol. Article

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