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CMS Announces Next Generation ACO Benefit Enhancement

Beginning in January, Medicare will pay for certain care management home visits under the Next Generation Accountable Care Organization Model. Next Generation participants and preferred providers who have initiated a care treatment plan for aligned beneficiaries will be eligible to receive up to two

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Study: Value-Based EHR Alerts Can Lower Costs, Complications

Embedding certain decision support alerts into hospital electronic health records can lower costs, readmissions and complications for patients, according to a study published recently in the American Journal of Managed Care. Researchers examined physician adherence to 18 real-time alerts embedded in a clinical decision support

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Report Examines Health Information Exchange by Physicians

Referrals, laboratory results, imaging reports and medication lists were the most common types of patient health information electronically exchanged by office-based physicians in 2015, according to a report released recently by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among office-based physicians who sent PHI electronically,

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Study: 1 in 6 Hospitals Stays in Large Group Market Result in a Surprise Medical Bill

Enrollees in large employer health plans with inpatient admissions receive an out-of-network medical bill approximately 18% of the time, according to an analysis released by Kaiser Family Foundation. Individuals who receive inpatient or outpatient care for mental health or substance use are much more likely

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Naloxone Use by EMS Providers Up 75% Over Four Years

Naloxone administration by emergency medical service providers increased 75% between 2012 and 2016, mirroring the trend in fatal opioid overdoses over the period, according to an analysis released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Young adults comprised a growing share of naloxone recipients

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SAMHSA Releases Spanish Toolkit to Prevent Opioid Overdoses

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has released a Spanish-language version of its Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit. Also available in English, the toolkit offers information and resources to help first responders, prescribers, patients/families and community members prevent opioid overdose. AHA also offers a toolkit to

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AHRQ Releases Opioid Management Toolkit for Primary Care Providers

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has released an online toolkit to help primary care practices improve care for patients taking opioids for chronic pain. Called Six Building Blocks, the toolkit offers a structured team-based approach to improvement in six areas: leadership and consensus;

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HRSA Announces Maternal and Child Health Innovation Challenges

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau is accepting submissions through Sept. 24 for its Preventing Childhood Obesity Challenge, which will award $375,000 in prizes to support low-cost and scalable innovative solutions to prevent childhood obesity in low-income families and

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NASEM Workshop on Preventing Medical Product Shortages in Disasters

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will host a public workshop Sept. 5-6 on “Medical Product Shortages during Disasters: Opportunities to Predict, Prevent and Respond.” The workshop will focus on information sharing, supply chain infrastructure and enhanced stakeholder collaboration, and will

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CDC: 1 in 4 U.S. Adults Has Disability

One in four U.S. adults has a disability that impacts major life activities, including 40 percent of adults age 65 and older, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The most common disability type – mobility, or serious difficulty walking

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