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The most recent Kaiser Health Tracking Poll was conducted during an exceptionally violent week. Concerns about terrorism and gun policy outranked jobs and the economy and healthcare as voter priorities.
A new study in the June 2016 issue of JAMA Internal Medicine found that between 2010 and 2012, an estimated $73.0 billion in excess of generic cost was spent on brand drugs within the same class.
The authors say patients with cancer and dementia were more likely to have palliative care consultations and DNR orders.
The Pew Charitable Trusts has proposed several ideas to address substance use disorders by focusing on developing and supporting policies such as the proposed rule to increase the patient limit for qualifying physicians to treat opioid use disorders.
Faulty assumptions about the best ways to address the needs of minority patients may be lead to racial and ethnic disparities in the treatment of mental health and substance use disorders.
The top stories in managed care this week included coverage of JAMA’s special issue on healthcare transformation under the ACA, changes in the proposed 2017 Physician Fee Schedule promoting value-based care, and more.
Despite their known risk, only half the women over 85 years of age in a cohort being evaluated had their baseline bone density tested prior to initiating treatment.
Physician groups like some part of the new fee plan but find other overly burdensome.
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