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.
Morality rates for inpatient hospitalizations for opioid abuse quadrupled between 2000 and 2014, according to a study in Health Affairs. The mortality rates increased from 0.43% before 2000 to 2.02% in 2014. In 2016, 15,000 Americans died from heroin overdoses and 20,000 others died from overdoses from synthetic opioids.
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.
EA, although uncommon, is a complex and dangerous newborn birth defect with, until now, only chest surgical approaches. The Flourish Pediatric Esophageal Atresia Device is a remarkable alternative to traditional chest surgical procedures. No procedure or device is free of adverse events, but the results with this are so far impressive.
Accurate prognostic estimates can predict and document expected response to treatment, avoid ineffective and costly overtreatment, and facilitate meaningful discussions with lung cancer patients about the timing of best supportive care and hospice care when appropriate, thereby improving cancer care planning and quality scores.
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.