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Long-term costs of Zika among the many unknowns of the virus

Long-term costs of Zika among the many unknowns of the virus

By Shannon Muchmore  |  July 23, 2016

History buffs and infectious-disease experts have already drawn links between the rubella outbreak in the 1960s and the current spread of Zika. But drugmakers today face greater regulatory hurdles, and the federal government has yet to dedicate funding to address the Zika epidemic.

Opioid crisis renews interest in osteopathic manipulation therapy

Opioid crisis renews interest in osteopathic manipulation therapy

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 16, 2016

Some new evidence suggests osteopathic manipulation therapy, or OMT, which involves moving joints and muscles through soft tissue stretching and pressure, can make a real difference for many patients, especially those with lower back pain.

U.S. drug czar to discuss pain management strategies

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 16, 2016

Since the start of the opioid drug abuse epidemic, health officials have promoted the role providers should play in solving the crisis by writing fewer prescriptions for opioid painkillers.

Data Points for July 11, 2016

Data Points for July 11, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  July 09, 2016

Data Points for the week of July 11, 2016, covered the following topics: high-deductible health plans, medical debt, uninsured Americans, greater out-of-pocket spending and insured adults who delay care because of costs.

Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

Most important best practice? Readers say partnerships targeting readmissions

By Jaclyn Schiff  |  July 09, 2016

Hospitals are concluding they have to work very closely with healthcare providers, community organizations, families and patients themselves if they're going to keep people out of hospital beds—the new mandate under Medicare and fast-growing models of value-based payment.

CMS proposes expanding diabetes-prevention model

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 09, 2016

In the proposed 2017 physician fee schedule, the CMS suggests expanding a program aimed at helping people avoid diabetes. The CMS suggests starting the program in 2018 and is seeking comment on whether to launch the effort nationally or in additional select markets.

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