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Physician Thought Leaders of Tomorrow Must Be Willing to “Rock the Boat”

What kind of individuals are best equipped to engage and lead other physicians in the coming years? Those who are willing to “rock the boat,” and then hold on to the sides of the boat even as it sinks, says … finish reading Physician Thought Leaders of Tomorrow Must Be Willing to “Rock the Boat”

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Embedding a Case Manager? Consider Workflow Changes, Training Needs

Continually monitoring skills and training needs and evaluating the workflow changes — operational, technological and cultural — inherent in an embedded environment are two important, ongoing challenges when working with embedded case managers, says Annette Watson, RN-BC, CCM, MBA, senior … finish reading Embedding a Case Manager? Consider Workflow Changes, Training Needs

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Marijuana Use May Increase Heart Complications in Young, Middle-Aged Adults

Marijuana may be bad for your heart health, and could even lead to death, especially among young to middle-aged adults, according to a French study reported in the Journal of the American Heart Association. Several serious cases of cardiovascular complications … finish reading Marijuana Use May Increase Heart Complications in Young, Middle-Aged Adults

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U.S. Fees for Drugs, Medical Procedures Still Exceed Costs in Surveyed Nations

The United States continues to have the highest fees for drugs and various medical procedures of those countries surveyed for the 2013 Comparative Price Report, according to results from the Data International Federation of Health Plans (IFHP) annual survey of … finish reading U.S. Fees for Drugs, Medical Procedures Still Exceed Costs in Surveyed Nations

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Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

Prescription drug use of both effective and risky drugs among Medicare patients varies throughout the United States, showing that location plays an important role in the quality and cost of medical care patients receive, according to a new report from … finish reading Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

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7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

A lack of social support is one of the chief barriers to medication adherence. If a patient has no friends or family to discuss their health and required medications with, they are more likely to skip them, says Thom Stambaugh, … finish reading 7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

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Blood Pressure Control Rates Nearly Double with Kaiser Permanente Program

Single pill combinations and consistent follow-ups with hypertension patients helped improve the rate of blood pressure control by nearly twice as much, according to a study at Kaiser Permanente, as reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). … finish reading Blood Pressure Control Rates Nearly Double with Kaiser Permanente Program

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Patient-Centered Medical Home Saves Michigan Blues $155 Million Over Three Years

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan saved an estimated $155 million in prevented claims costs over the first three years of its Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) program, according to an analysis published in the Health Services Research Journal. When physicians … finish reading Patient-Centered Medical Home Saves Michigan Blues $155 Million Over Three Years

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Health Centers Get Boost to Guide Uninsured Americans Toward Affordable Health Coverage

Over 1100 health centers across the country have received funds to enroll uninsured Americans in new health coverage options made available by the ACA, according to the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). The agency has allocated $150 million … finish reading Health Centers Get Boost to Guide Uninsured Americans Toward Affordable Health Coverage

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Specialty Pharmacies Pivotal in Improving Healthcare Outcomes, Lowering Costs

Kidney transplant patients who went to specialty pharmacies as opposed to retail pharmacies showed 30 percent lower post-transplant-related medical costs and 13 percent lower overall healthcare costs, according to a study published in the Journal of Managed Care Pharmacy. The … finish reading Specialty Pharmacies Pivotal in Improving Healthcare Outcomes, Lowering Costs

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