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Patient drug use data at your fingertips

Patient drug use data at your fingertips

October 09, 2017

A platform by Appris Health provides an algorithmically generated risk score for each patient, giving providers an easy metric to gauge the odds that their patients are abusing opioids.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare | October 9, 2017  |  October 09, 2017

Pfizer and Cipla bring cheaper cancer drugs to Africa, HHS and the FDA struggle with information security, and happy healthcare marketing frustrates some patients.

Two hospitals evacuate amid Northern Calif. wildfires

By Associated Press  |  October 09, 2017

Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente both evacuated patients from their Santa Rosa, Calif., hospitals as wind-whipped wildfires threatened thousands of homes and destroyed nearby buildings.

Why one hospital system is cutting while bulking up

Why one hospital system is cutting while bulking up

By Kristen Schorsch  |  October 09, 2017

It may seem odd that Advocate Health Care is spending big on outpatient facilities while also cutting $200 million from its $5.6 billion budget. The bet, however, is that adding cheaper-to-run outpatient sites will woo more patients. More patients equals growth.

White House plans order to expand healthcare options

By Associated Press  |  October 09, 2017

President Donald Trump has long asserted that selling health insurance across state lines would trigger competition that brings down premiums for people buying their own policies. Experts say that's not guaranteed, partly because health insurance reflects local medical costs, which vary widely.

Lack of trustworthy data slows move to operational efficiency

Lack of trustworthy data slows move to operational efficiency

October 09, 2017

Boston Medical Center had the data to improve the provider's surgery block schedules but lacked the data and tools to efficiently take action. Those are common hurdles that have slowed providers' transition to more streamlined operations and lower costs.

Cleveland Clinic strengthening its global grip

Cleveland Clinic strengthening its global grip

By Lydia Coutré  |  October 09, 2017

Cleveland Clinic is cautiously optimistic that the system's new relationship with a group interested in building a hospital in China could develop into something more.

States worry as future of CHIP remains uncertain

States worry as future of CHIP remains uncertain

October 07, 2017

In an effort to avoid coverage loss for children and pregnant women, Senate and House committees passed bills to reauthorize the Children's Health Insurance Program. Partisan fighting in the House panel highlighted a big sticking point: how to pay for CHIP.

Editorial: Bad advice for chaotic times

Editorial: Bad advice for chaotic times

October 07, 2017

Dr. Price resigns, Las Vegas endures a massacre, Trump accuses Puerto Rican officials of playing politics, and its easy to think there is nothing to be done, but that is not true.

Happy thoughts could boost the flu shot's efficacy

Happy thoughts could boost the flu shot's efficacy

By Modern Healthcare  |  October 07, 2017

According to research by a team of health experts from the University of Nottingham in England, being in a positive mood when you get your flu shot can increase its protective effects.

Plan to scrap bundled payments will get industry scrutiny

Plan to scrap bundled payments will get industry scrutiny

October 07, 2017

The Trump administration has not been bashful about its desire to scale back several initiatives launched under its predecessor. Perhaps the most significant actions have been steps to reverse course on mandating that providers participate in various alternative-payment programs.


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