Category Archive: Patient Care & Outcomes

With a limited number of doctors, some patients buy Suboxone on the street

Some patients trying to break their addiction to heroin or prescription opioid painkillers are turning to the street to buy a drug that can help them, reports WNPRread more

Cigna’s new service company aims to help providers move to value-based care

Cigna has created a new service company, CareAllies Inc., to help providers achieve success under a variety of value-based and risk-sharing models, ease their administrative burden across payers and even launch their own health plans.

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George Washington University med students link medicine and health policy

Some future doctors are learning as much about the impact of health policy as they are about treating patients in the exam room, reports Kaiser Health more

Zika threat intensifies: Congress to negotiate funding while Miami prepares for outbreak

As public health officials brace for the potential spread of Zika in the United States this summer, the Senate said this week it will work with House leaders on a final bill to provide adequate funding to combat the more

Racial gaps persist in coverage, outcomes

Despite progress under the Affordable Care Act, major racial disparities exist within healthcare, according to the Kaiser Family more

New bill would require docs to report adverse events from medical devices to FDA

A bill introduced in Congress Wednesday would require doctors to report adverse events from medical devices to the U.S. Food and Drug more

Antibiotic stewardship programs reduce unneeded prescriptions, bacterial infections

As public officials continue to express concerns about the inappropriate use of antibiotics and the growth of drug-resistant superbugs, a new study finds that hospital stewardship programs can reduce the number of antibiotics prescribed to patients by …

One in 5 hospitals fall short on ‘never events’

Twenty percent of U.S. hospitals don’t have a policy for “never events”–serious medical errors or adverse events that should never happen to a patients–that meet a national patient safety watchdog’s standards, according to a new report.

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Patients and practitioners give thumbs up to Minnesota’s medical marijuana program

A survey by the Minnesota Department of Health found that almost all of the patients participating in the state’s medical marijuana program benefit from the treatment, according to a MinnPost report.

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Tips for attracting and retaining female physicians in rural areas

Tapping the voices of 25 women physicians practicing in rural areas from Vermont to California, a study published in Annals of Family Medicine reveals that in addition to reduced/flexible work schedules, successful doctors need supp…

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