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Insurance Companies Protect Patients or Profits? Print E-mail
Written by Jeffrey Herschler   
Tuesday, 10 July 2018 16:56
A patient came to see me with lower abdominal pain. Was she interested in my medical opinion? Not really. She was advised to see me by her gynecologist who had advised that the patient undergo a hysterectomy. Was  this physician seeking my medical advice? Not really. Was this patient coming to see me as her day was boring and she was bored and needed an activity? Not really. After the visit with me, was the patient planning to return for further discussion of her medical status? Not really.

So, what was going on here? What had occurred that day was the result of an insurance company practice that I had thought had been properly interred years ago.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 July 2018 17:07
Ohio health system says it cut opioid prescriptions for acute pain by 62% Print E-mail
Written by Tina Reed | Fierce Healthcare   
Friday, 06 July 2018 16:23
An electronic medical record system is being credited with helping a public health system in Ohio reduce its opioid prescriptions for acute pain by more than 60% in the last 18 months. Officials from Cleveland-based MetroHealth System said they also cut opioid prescriptions by 25% for chronic pain. In all, they estimate they cut opioid prescriptions by 3 million pills. How'd they do it? Officials pointed to the alerts they set up in the EMR system. In particular, those alerts for prescribers were set up to flag patients who may be at risk for addiction to guide them toward alternative drugs and lower doses.
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Last Updated on Friday, 06 July 2018 16:24
Cost Issues Prevent a Quarter of Patients From Taking Insulin Print E-mail
Written by Becky McCall | Medscape   
Tuesday, 26 June 2018 17:08
6.23.18 - Orlando - Cost issues related to insulin use prevent a full quarter of patients with diabetes taking insulin as prescribed, and this is associated with poorer glycemic control, shows a new study. Low to middle income patients were worse off, the data indicate. Patients in the $25,000 to $99,000 income bracket were significantly more likely to underuse insulin because of cost barriers, Darby Herkert, BS, from Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, reported here today at the American Diabetes Association (ADA) 2018 Scientific Sessions.  
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Last Updated on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 17:11
WHO releases new International Classification of Diseases Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 18 June 2018 16:54
The World Health Organization (WHO) has just released its new International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11).
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Last Updated on Monday, 18 June 2018 16:57
'End of an Era' for Chemo in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Print E-mail
Written by FHI's Week in Review   
Monday, 04 June 2018 16:48
Liam Davenport reports for Medscape on June 03, 2018 that most patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) can now avoid having chemotherapy as a first-line treatment, after a large, randomized trial showed that immunotherapy with the programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) blocker pembrolizumab (Keytruda, Merck) is effective even in patients with minimal PD-L1 expression.
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Last Updated on Monday, 02 July 2018 16:31
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