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High opioid doses, concurrent sedative use are key factors for overdose risk in Medicaid recipients

July 13, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Among Medicaid recipients taking prescription opioids, high opioid doses and concurrent treatment with benzodiazepine sedatives are among the key, potentially modifiable risk factors for fatal overdose, reports a study in the August issue of Medical Care. The journal is published […]


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What a U.S.-China trade war could mean for the opioid epidemic

July 6, 2018

Via: The Medical News

The American struggle to curb opioid addiction could become collateral damage in President Donald Trump’s showdown on trade. Trade tensions with allies were heightened by the White House announcement in March of tariffs on steel and aluminum imports. Now, another […]


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Patient balances after care continue steady rise

July 2, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The amounts that patients pay for healthcare services, after insurers settle with providers, continues to march upward, in part leading healthcare organizations to improve capabilities to handle new pressures on revenue cycle management. A recent study of patient balances after […]


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How Amazon’s entry into healthcare could impact the industry

June 29, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

Amazon’s plan to buy PillPack, an online pharmacy startup, will disrupt the status quo for traditional consumer-facing approaches for selling prescription drugs and medical supplies. PillPack’s pharmacy services and IT expertise, melded with Amazon’s retailing reach and domination, will inject […]


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The Biopharmaceutical Industry Provides 75% Of The FDA’s Drug Review Budget — Is This A Problem?

June 28, 2018

Via: Forbes

Caroline Chen of ProPublica has written a provocative article challenging the objectivity of the FDA in its approval of new drugs. Entitled: “FDA Repays Industry by Rushing Risky Drugs to Market”, Chen contends that the agency is beholden to the […]


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Amazon to acquire online pharmacy PillPack in a deal that could disrupt the US drugstore business

June 28, 2018

Via: CNBC

Amazon is acquiring online pharmacy PillPack in a deal that could shake up the drugstore industry. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. The companies expect the deal to close during the second half of the year. The deal is […]


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The problem with high drug prices isn’t ‘foreign freeloading,’ it’s the patent system

June 27, 2018

Via: CNBC

Americans continue to suffer the highest prescription drug costs of anyone in the world. One in four are unable to fill prescriptions due to high prices, according to a recent poll. And even though drug prices tripled over the last […]


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GE plans to spin off its health-care unit and shed its stake in Baker Hughes

June 26, 2018

Via: CNBC

General Electric on Tuesday it will spin off its health-care business and divest its stake in oil-services company Baker Hughes, leaving the once-sprawling conglomerate focused on jet engines, power plants, and renewable energy. The changes aim to reward battered shareholders […]


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Study finds growing support to allow pharmacists to write prescriptions

June 20, 2018

Via: The Medical News

Prescribing of medications has traditionally been restricted to physicians, but there is growing support to allow pharmacists to do so as well. A British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology review of a large number of studies in many countries reveals that […]


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Walgreens Partners With Humana On Primary Care For Seniors

June 19, 2018

Via: Forbes

Walgreens Boots Alliance and Humana say they are partnering to operate “senior-focused primary care clinics” inside drugstores. The deal announced Tuesday involves two Walgreens stores in the Kansas City, Missouri area. The clinics, which will open this fall, will complement […]


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Health execs not ready for societal, liability issues from AI

June 19, 2018

Via: Health Data Management

The vast majority of healthcare organizations lack the capabilities needed to ensure that their artificial intelligence systems act accurately, responsibly and transparently, finds a new survey by consulting and professional services firm Accenture. AI has the potential to be a […]


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Suicide Isn’t A U.S. Problem – It’s A Global Health Epidemic

June 15, 2018

Via: Forbes

In recent weeks suicide has been written about extensively in the United States, with high profile individuals giving a renewed focus to the tragic loss of life, taken by one’s own hands. And while advocates and educators of mental health […]


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The cost of your health insurance may hold steady next year. Thank the tight labor market

June 13, 2018

Via: CNBC

The tight job market has employers large and small rethinking their health benefits for 2019. According to researchers at PwC, the big goal next year is to try to insulate workers from rising health costs. For Atlantic Health System in […]


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Report: Medicare Goes Broke in 2026

June 6, 2018

Via: MedPageToday

Medicare’s financial condition has taken a turn for the worse because of predicted higher hospital spending and lower tax revenues that fund the program, the federal government reported Tuesday. In its annual report to Congress, the Medicare board of trustees […]


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Nurse Practitioners Boost Presence By 43% In Rural America

June 5, 2018

Via: Forbes

Nurse practitioners have dramatically increased their presence as the go-to primary care providers in rural America thanks in part to regulatory changes that allow patients to more easily see these health professionals. Nurse practitioners now account for 1 in 4 […]