In order to get the most out of EHRs, providers need to think outside the box—the box in this case being CMS’ meaningful use requirements. Providers who strategically implement EHRs tend to have a much more positive view of them.
Baby boomers and millennials are the hardest hit by the heroin and opioid epidemic. Boomers, born between 1946 and 1964, top the list, having 27% greater chance of dying from prescription opioids than people born in 1977 and 1979, the baseline group. They also have a 33% chance of dying from a heroin overdose.
The Pew Charitable Trusts says that “health spending per inmate varied dramatically in fiscal 2015, as it had in past years—from $2,173 in Louisiana to $19,796 in California.” Pew researchers could not determine what exactly causes the variation.
CMS chief Seema Verma wants to reshape the entitlement program that covers about 62 million people. Verma endorses “community engagement”—work or community service— as a condition for “able-bodied” people to get Medicaid coverage and accused the Obama administration of the “soft bigotry of low expectations” for opposing such a requirement.
Opioids remain the go-to products because they target the mu opioid receptor, which has been shown to be the most effective pathway to reduce pain. The holy grail for drug developers is an agent that stifles pain without producing the euphoria and addiction of opioids.
The rate of developmental disabilities for children ages 3 to 17 in the United States rose from 5.76% in 2014 to 6.99% in 2016, according to the CDC. The prevalence of children who had been diagnosed with a developmental delay other than autism spectrum disorder or intellectual disability also increased from 3.57% to 4.55%.