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Many things that need to be refined in order to build successful learning health systems, including an infrastructure that supports learning and research and a better exchange of data and computer information.
Drug manufacturers often fail to stick to the 15-day timeframe of reporting serious adverse events to the FDA, a new study in JAMA Internal Medicine reports.
Although hospital readmissions can be difficult to predict, there is a link between the number of discharge medications prescribed to a patient and the risk of 30-day readmission.
Health plans and pharmacy benefits managers are expected to scrutinize the FDA approval to ensure that only those patients who truly need the drug get it.Drugmakers say discounts will cause the price to fall below the $14,600 annual wholesale price listed.
At the ongoing annual ACS NSQIP Conference in Chicago, physicians from the Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia presented a risk score tool that can predict a person's dependence on mechanical ventilation post surgery.
The HHS Secretary told the National Governors Association that she needed their help in fighting substance abuse and in moving the healthcare system from a volume-based to a value-based system.

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The need for spirometry before physicians can write an Afrezza prescription has been cited by analysts as an impediment to broader use of the inhaled insulin.
The CDC has found that some digital programs meet standards required to help payers deliver behavioral health programs for persons with obesity, or those who are overweight with at least 1 cardiovascular risk factor.
The authors undertook a literature search on treatment intensification in diabetes care to identify relevant research that has been published since 2000.
The potential of nurse practitioners is not being fully realized in primary care medical practices. Consequently, cost and quality gains are not being achieved.
This study examined the relationship among availability of an on-site, employer-provided primary care medical home, and health services use and health plan costs.
This article describes a study of an intervention to engage Medicare Part D beneficiaries in obtaining a comprehensive medication review.
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