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In his blog, a University of Chicago economist says that while non-adherence is a major source of waste in US healthcare—totaling approximately 2.3% of GDP—achieving the optimal level of adherence to treatments is more nuanced than strictly raising adherence rates.
In this Health Affairs blog, experts provide examples of payment reform in the emergency department that'd move away from the traditional fee-for-service, while at the same time improving outcomes at a lower cost.
Carolinas HealthCare System monitors ICUs in 10 of its hospitals from a command center near Charlotte. The command center is staffed 24/7 with a rotating crew of 7 to 9 nurses and doctors who specialize in critical care.
Insurers are expecting broad adoption of wearables by their industry within the next 2 years, according to a report from Accenture.
February's report from the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee called for an emphasis on plant-based diets and less red or processed meat. Protests from the meat industry followed, and the comment period was extended until Friday.
Medicare’s new payment formula is set to begin in 2019. The problem is no one’s agreed on standards for measuring quality or efficiency of patient care.
In collaborations with 14 cancer centers throughout the country, IBM will apply Watson Genomic Analytics, a cloud-based service, to implement evidence-based treatment decisions in oncology.
Based on their analysis of a mail-in questionnaire, researchers in Canada found that parents who had their daughters vaccinated differed from those who did not do so in perceived susceptibility to the disease, benefits and barriers of the vaccine, and cues to action.

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