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Time for hospitals, physicians to get on board with transparency movement

Guest post by Kent Bottles, M.D., a lecturer at the Thomas Jefferson University School of Population Health To say there is a global disagreement about publicly reported ratings for physician and...

Cigna partnership targets opioid addiction, substance use

Cigna will provide the American Society of Addiction Medicine with two years of substance use claims data as part of a partnership to address substance abuse, particularly the growing problem of opioid addiction, according to an announcement released on Tuesday.

Medical errors officially the third leading cause of death in U.S., study finds

Medical error is the third leading cause of death in U.S., behind only heart disease and cancer, according to a study published in  The BMJ.

AHA16: Andy Slavitt says CMS wants to help hospitals drive change

As they discussed their health policy priorities Tuesday at the American Hospital Association's annual conference, two top officials in the Obama administration emphasized the federal government wants to collaborate with healthcare leaders as it strives to transform the delivery system.  

Opioid crisis: Insurers bear brunt of cost burden

As the opioid abuse and addiction crisis intensified, private and public insurers took on more of the cost, according to new research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published in  Health Affairs.

AHRQ: Care disparities persist despite progress

Despite improvements in both care access and care quality, a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality finds racial and economic disparities persist in healthcare.

Physicians should engage patients in conversation to assess mental health

Doctor-patient conversations about mental health aren't getting any easier, psychologist and author Richard Citrin, Ph.D., tells  Physician's Money Digest.

Shortages of key emergency care drugs persist, study finds

Even with legislation to improve shortages in the nation's drug supply, a shortfall remains for acute and critical care drugs, according to new research.

Experts debate the role of medication in treating opioid addiction

Every 20 minutes someone in the United States dies as the result of an opioid overdose, reports  WBUR.  And some experts question why providers rely on help from the pharmaceutical industry--by means of medications such as methodone, naltrexone and buprenorphine--to fix the problem of opioid addiction.

Opioid crisis: Hospitalizations, costs soared in last decade

The opioid abuse epidemic has already hit hospitals hard, mobilizing hospital leaders and prompting the federal government to allocate more than $500 million against it. Now new research published in Health Affairs finds the crisis has also hurt hospitals financially.