Geisinger on Thursday announced the launch of a surgical redesign program aimed at expediting healing, improving pain management and reducing opioid use.
State officials say an overhaul is needed to improve mobile crisis response, incorporate local mental health services that already exist and, more broadly, put separate people in charge of financial and clinical decisions.
The study assigned 47 patients who were diagnosed with a chronic disease to visit with a second-year medical student for 45 minutes after seeing their physician. That one-on-one session measurably improved patients' attitudes and abilities in self-managing their care.
An American Heart Association conference over the weekend revealed a lot about what works and what does not for preventing heart attacks and other problems.