Where healthcare challenges find solutions
The dog days of summer have arrived—running from July 3 to Aug. 11, according to the Old Farmer's Almanac. The 40-day stretch typically coincides with the hottest days of the year. Perfect for sitting by the pool, lake or ocean. But don't forget that sunscreen, or better yet, head-to-toe UV-blocking swimwear. »
On June 26, voters made Oklahoma the 31st state to legalize some form of medical marijuana. Nine of those states (and the District of Columbia) also have approved recreational use, so the legalized pot trade has become big business. In the eyes of the feds, all of this activity is still against the law.
Although healthcare costs continue to rise, the number of Americans having trouble paying their bills dropped between 2011 and the first half of 2017. Some of that can be attributed to increased coverage via the Affordable Care Act. Still, medical debt continues to be a pervasive problem.
The high-profile deaths this month of celebrity designer Kate Spade and TV personality Anthony Bourdain pushed suicide into the national spotlight. Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the nation.
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb has quieted many of his critics. An unprecedented level of transparency and public disclosure has garnered support from across the industry.
Webinar: Rethinking Standardization — Leveraging your team, clinical partnerships, and data to drive quality and patient value
Reducing variation in care is now more important than ever, and can impact tens of millions of dollars in savings while improving outcomes and efficiencies. Yet, despite varied recommendations, truly sustainable strategies are still elusive. It's time to rethink common avenues of standardization to leverage the skills, experience, and perspectives of all team members.
Total compensation paid to the leaders of the largest not-for-profit healthcare associations exceeded $1 million in at least 15 instances, according to IRS Form 990 tax filings for 2016.
Drug shortages continue to keep providers across the nation scrambling to find options for patient care. A new survey from the American College of Emergency Physicians found that 9 in 10 doctors are taking time away from patients as they search for alternative therapies.
In laying out the Trump administration's strategy for reducing drug prices, HHS Secretary Alex Azar suggested pumping up Medicare Part D by moving some expensive drugs out of Part B.
Healthcare continues to be a job generator, adding a net total of 24,000 positions in April alone. But the news isn't all rosy. Major shortages are expected in some critical areas over the next decade, including a potential gap of 121,000 physicians by 2030.
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