Premature births hit 15-year low; Home visits for newborns improve long-term health;

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> Preterm births in the United States fell to 11.5 percent in 2012, the lowest in 15 years, according to the March of Dimes' yearly Premature Birth Report Card. Report

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> Nurse home visiting for newborns can improve health outcomes over the next 12 months, according to a study published in Pediatrics. Abstract

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> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars to rooting out and preventing fraud in Medicare and Medicaid, but a new report shows HHS fraud prevention programs might not be effective. Article

> Why are the states succeeding while new issues keep preventing people enrolling in health plans through the federal marketplace? Article

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