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Opinions

Researchers explore patient-doctor conversations, best practices linked to opioid tapering

December 15, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Increased scrutiny of opioid prescribing for patients with chronic pain has led providers and healthcare organizations to consider opioid-dose reductions, known as tapering. Such actions can precipitate communication challenges for primary-care physicians. A new study, published in The Journal of […]


Opinions

Consumers who froze their credit reports could hit a glitch enrolling in insurance

December 13, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Some Americans who froze their credit reports following the big data breach this year at the credit-rating firm Equifax may be in for a surprise if they try to purchase insurance on the federal health law’s marketplaces. That freeze could […]


Opinions

Tax reform and health policy should be linked — just not via the individual mandate

December 11, 2017

Via: CNBC

As Republicans come to grips with the ramifications of their tax legislation, it is becoming clear that any hope of a revenue-neutral and conservative tax reform is fading. Complicating matters further, Republicans have combined health policy and tax reform in […]


Opinions

Biopharma Schizophrenia: High Demand For Innovation Vs. Pleas For ‘Me-Too’ Drugs

December 11, 2017

Via: Forbes

In a session called “Five Fixes For Healthcare” at the recent Forbes Healthcare Summit, concerns were raised about how innovative the biopharmaceutical industry really is. Dr. Laurie Glimcher, CEO of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, chided the industry saying that, when […]


Opinions

Opioids are a public health crisis: What your hospital can do

December 5, 2017

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

The opioid crisis is one of the main public health crises in the U.S., and hospitals are being impacted in many ways. From new restrictions on opiate prescribing to increases in opioid dependence for surgical patients, healthcare organizations must adapt […]


Opinions

5 Reasons Consumer Technology Companies Will Transform Healthcare

December 4, 2017

Via: Forbes

Whichever side you are on in the battle to repeal and replace Obamacare, recognize that the fight is not about fixing healthcare. It is over who pays for it. Neither Obamacare nor any of the recent Trumpcare alternatives will materially […]


Opinions

If worried about future medical costs, here are 3 ways to invest your way into health-care security

December 4, 2017

Via: CNBC

Health care has become one of the biggest — and most costly — unknowns during retirement. Financial advisors say ignore what you don’t know and prepare for the worst. The health-care debate in the United States has turned into a […]


Opinions

Most office workers find negative relationship between increased sitting time and health

December 1, 2017

Via: The Medical News

A James Cook University study has found nearly three quarters of office workers believe there is a negative relationship between sitting down all day at work and their health – and that bosses are crucial to helping solve the problem. […]


Opinions

Limited investment hampers medical device growth and innovation

November 30, 2017

Via: medicaldevice-network.com

Following a boom in large, transformative medtech mega-mergers over the past few years, the landscape for medical device deals calmed down in 2017. Though the total number of deals in 2017 to date remains stagnant, totaling approximately 2,700 deals each […]


Opinions

Doctors make big money testing urine for drugs, then ignore abnormal results

November 29, 2017

Via: The Medical News

In April 2014, state and federal drug agents raided Jeffrey Campbell’s medical clinic in Jeffersonville, Ind. Police cars blocked the parking lot as bewildered patients scattered and the agents carted off boxes of records from the doctor’s office. Some of […]


Opinions

Study highlights need to focus on all opioid prescribers to curb epidemic

November 29, 2017

Via: The Medical News

A cross-section of opioid prescribers that typically do not prescribe large volumes of opioids, including primary care physicians, surgeons and non-physician health care providers, frequently prescribe opioids to high-risk patients, according to a new study by researchers at the Johns […]


Opinions

Parents are not liable for medical debts of adult children on shared insurance

November 28, 2017

Via: The Medical News

Are parents responsible for adult children’s medical debts? Should people squeeze in appointments and expensive procedures before year’s end because of changes that might come with the GOP tax bill? Should consumers pay a broker to help them enroll in […]


Opinions, Regulatory

Here’s What It Would Cost to Fix the Opioid Crisis, According to 5 Experts

November 27, 2017

Via: Time Health

Some 50,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose in 2016, according to government estimates. That’s 137 people a day, or roughly one death every 12 minutes from prescription painkillers, heroin or the synthetic opioid fentanyl. You can’t put a price […]


Data Analytics, Information Management, Opinions

More patients looking for health care online: Boost your digital presence

November 22, 2017

Via: Healthcarebusinesstech

Patients are increasingly looking for health care online, so ensuring your organization’s internet presence remains top-notch is more important than ever. For many healthcare consumers, a hospital’s online presence is the first impression they get of your facility – so […]


Opinions

Problems with your hospital care? Speak up!

November 22, 2017

Via: The Medical News

My dad was in excruciating pain over Labor Day weekend, so my mom rushed him to the emergency room of a renowned university hospital. Doctors determined that he needed surgery that night, and luckily I was able to fly in […]