The plaintiffs are now defendants and vice versa in the drawn-out dispute over ACA birth control coverage.
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.
Transforming health care is harder than it looks. That’s partly because of a proliferation of pilot programs and point solutions that touch different parts of the elephant but fall short of actually unifying the vision. The time has come to make our way from volume to value.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ezekiel J. Emanuel’s Prescription for the Future is true to its title and proposes a five- to 10-year agenda for transforming expensive, wasteful American health care into a system that delivers high-value care. This is a qualitative book based on case studies that identify and systematize how to improve quality, patient experience, and cost.
A year ago you probably couldn’t find a Las Vegas bookmaker willing to give odds that the ACA would still be the law of the land in 2018. Turns out that repealing Obamacare and crafting a replacement acceptable to various factions of the GOP is not so easy.
Women are a key focus segment for health care organizations both because of the medical services they utilize as individuals and the influence they have on the health care of others. In one survey, 59% of women and 94% of working moms reported making or heavily influencing health care decisions for their entire families.