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Manufacturing firms fighting rising healthcare costs

By Rachel Abbey McCafferty, Crain's Cleveland Business  |  February 08, 2016

The most recent outlook survey from the National Association of Manufacturers listed rising healthcare-related costs as the second-largest “primary” business challenge, behind only unfavorable business conditions. But Cleveland-area companies say offering health insurance and other...

Blog: Opioid abuse in 1960s pales compared to today's overdose epidemic

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  February 08, 2016

Opioid drug abuse is reaching epidemic proportions, with thousands of deaths each year along with many more lives and families ruined—just ask any healthcare expert, public health researcher, politician or law enforcement official.

Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel

Senator scrutinizes pharma links on government pain panel

By Associated Press  |  February 08, 2016

Sen. Ron Wyden says he has "a number of concerns" about how panelists were selected and screened for an advisory panel on pain issues that includes government experts, outside academics and patient advocates.

News from other sources ...

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 08, 2016

Today's roundup of pharmaceutical and clinical practice news includes plans by the pharmaceutical industry's lobbying group to launch a major social media ad campaign aimed at lawmakers, reports that the efficacy of booster shots for pertussis wanes after just a year, differences in rates of PSA...

Heroin scourge changes role of police in hard-hit areas

By Associated Press  |  February 07, 2016

Communities across the country are taking new approaches to the scourge of heroin addicition, some that are redefining police roles. While some critics ask whether police are putting social work over law enforcement, authorities say that while they are stepping up efforts against dealers, they...

Colombia: 3,177 pregnant women with Zika; no microcephaly

By Associated Press  |  February 07, 2016

Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos said Saturday that there's no evidence Zika has caused any cases of the birth defect known as microcephaly in his country, though it has diagnosed 3,177 pregnant women with the virus.

New York moves to stop gay conversion therapy for youths

By Associated Press  |  February 07, 2016

New York is taking steps to stop therapists from trying to change young people's sexual orientation, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Saturday, joining a number of states that have acted against what's known as gay conversion therapy.

Using data to create custom care plans

Using data to create custom care plans

By Beth Kutscher  |  February 06, 2016

Managing large patient populations within value-based reimbursement models is placing new demands on clinical support staff to improve patient care coordination. It's created the need for software programs that go well beyond the typical electronic health record.

2016 ACHE Awards: Recognizing outstanding healthcare achievement

2016 ACHE Awards: Recognizing outstanding healthcare achievement

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 06, 2016

The annual awards presented by the American College of Healthcare Executives recognize accomplished industry leaders at various stages of their careers. Read profiles of this year's winners, who will be feted during ACHE's annual Congress on Healthcare Leadership set for March 14-17 in Chicago.

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