Healthcare Use

Steps to Protect Your Computer From Hackers

Steps to Protect Your Computer From Hackers

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Medical practices can take a number of steps to make it more difficult to hack into their computer files.

Coding and Reimbursement: Effect of Physicians' Gender

Coding and Reimbursement: Effect of Physicians' Gender

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A study suggests that female physicians do not use as many codes as their male counterparts, resulting in a reimbursement gap.

America's Mental Health System Update

America's Mental Health System Update

Patients with a diagnosed psychiatric problem are at increased odds of being in the emergency department for more than 24 hours.

Correlation Between Medicaid Expansion and Increased Medicaid Revenue

Correlation Between Medicaid Expansion and Increased Medicaid Revenue

Hospitals in states with Medicaid expansions had an increase of $3.2 million in mean annual Medicaid revenue per hospital.

Copay Assist Programs Do Not Curb Drug Costs

Copay Assist Programs Do Not Curb Drug Costs

Despite offering assistance to those who cannot afford medications, programs create broader problems.

HIPAA Compliance: Encrypting Patient Health Information

HIPAA Compliance: Encrypting Patient Health Information

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HIPAA doesn't require providers to encrypt devices or electronic information, but many experts highly recommend it.

How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Worldwide

How the U.S. Health Care System Compares Worldwide

How does the U.S. health care system perform relative to other countries on various dimensions of efficiency?

"Frequent Flyers" in Emergency Department More Likely to Have Depression

"Frequent Flyers" in Emergency Department More Likely to Have Depression

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"Detecting depression in the emergency department is of utmost importance," Dr. Brickman and colleagues wrote in their publication.

Physician Incentive Program Fails in British Columbia

Physician Incentive Program Fails in British Columbia

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Incentive payments to doctors did not improve quality of care.

Increase in Treatment of Children with Autism Remains Modest Following Insurance Mandates

Increase in Treatment of Children with Autism Remains Modest Following Insurance Mandates

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The longer autism spectrum disorder insurance mandates remained in place, the more that mandate-associated treated prevalence increased.

LINKAGE Trial Ups Health Care Engagement In Addiction Treatment Patients

LINKAGE Trial Ups Health Care Engagement In Addiction Treatment Patients

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By taking better care of their health, researchers expect that LINKAGE participants will have better outcomes than usual care participants over time.

Zika Vaccines Reported Successful in Mice

Zika Vaccines Reported Successful in Mice

Clinical trials in humans are scheduled to begin later this year.

Elderly Patients Get Unnecessary End-of-Life Treatments

Elderly Patients Get Unnecessary End-of-Life Treatments

Today, most people in the developed world are in hospitals at the end of their lives.

Coprescribing Naloxone Helps Reduce Unintentional Opioid Overdose

Coprescribing Naloxone Helps Reduce Unintentional Opioid Overdose

Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that reverses the respiratory depression characteristic of opioid overdose.

Expanded Naloxone Access Could Help Curb Opioid Deaths

Expanded Naloxone Access Could Help Curb Opioid Deaths

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The Role of Psychiatrists as Naloxone Advocates

Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Complimentary Medicine

Americans Spend $30 Billion a Year on Complimentary Medicine

Use of yoga has increased dramatically over the years.

Costs Rise Substantially After Hospital Mergers

Costs Rise Substantially After Hospital Mergers

Average payment for patient admission increased more than 110% at hospitals that were part of the largest multi-hospital systems, compared with 70% at all other hospitals.

Four Distinct Patterns of End-Of-Life Healthcare Spending

Four Distinct Patterns of End-Of-Life Healthcare Spending

Overall, almost half of older Medicare beneficiaries who died in 2012 had persistent high spending throughout the final year of life.

Debating the Potential Impact of Single-Payer Health Care

Debating the Potential Impact of Single-Payer Health Care

How do we make healthcare more affordable, accessible, and higher quality?

Integrated Approach Best for Alzheimer's-Associated Agitation

Integrated Approach Best for Alzheimer's-Associated Agitation

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Nonpharmacologic management with multidisciplinary teams warranted due to lack of effective pharmacologic options.

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