Health Innovation News

By the Health Innovation Program | The Health Innovation Program at the University of Wisconsin. Integrating healthcare research and practice. www.hip.wisc.edu

How pharmacists can help solve medication errors

<b>(AP Photo/Toby Talbot)</b><p>Patients are often overwhelmed by medications, especially when they leave the hospital<p>B. Joseph Guglielmo<p>August 18, 2018 8:00am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published on The Conversation.<p>In today’s health care system, no one person — maybe not even you — knows exactly what …

Pharma

States Rush to Rein In Prescription Costs, and Drug Companies Fight Back

WASHINGTON — States around the country are clamping down on pharmaceutical companies, forcing them to disclose and justify price increases, but the drug manufacturers are fighting back, challenging the state laws as a violation of their constitutional rights.<p>Even more states are, for the first …

Health Care

In San Francisco, Opioid Addiction Treatment Offered on the Streets

The addiction treatment program at Highland Hospital’s emergency room is only one way that cities and health care providers are connecting with people in unusual settings.<p>Another is in San Francisco, where city health workers are taking to the streets to find homeless people with opioid use …

Drug Addiction

This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.

OAKLAND, Calif. — Every year, thousands of people addicted to opioids show up at hospital emergency rooms in withdrawal so agonizing it leaves them moaning and writhing on the floor. Usually, they’re given medicines that help with vomiting or diarrhea and sent on their way, maybe with a few numbers …

Medicine

Opinion: The link between more seniors filing for bankruptcy and the unraveling social safety net

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement. His weekly column, “Ask Phil,” aims to help</i> …

Health Care

The U.S. needs more home care workers. Is this the solution?

<b>William Brangham:</b><p>Many of us say we want to stay at home as we grow into old age.<p>But as economics correspondent Paul Solman recently reported, the …

Social Issues

Effort to diversify medical research raises thorny questions of race

It’s a summer Saturday morning and more than 160 people are packed into a windowless classroom beneath a Lower Manhattan street. Organizers had …

Genetics

Do prescription drug middlemen help keep prices high?

<b>HARI SREENIVASAN:</b><p>If you have health insurance, and it comes with a prescription drug plan, chances are, it’s managed by something called a “pharmacy …

Pharma

Promoting the HPV vaccine doesn’t lead to more teen sex, study shows

Teens are no more sexually promiscuous in states that have passed legislation promoting the HPV vaccine than those living in states that have not, …

Public Health

What to ask about your employer health coverage after age 65

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> <i>Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement. His weekly column, “Ask Phil,” aims to help</i> …

Health Care

Purdue Pharma’s Sales Pitch Downplayed Risks Of Opioid Addiction

Two decades ago, Purdue Pharma produced thousands of brochures and videos that urged patients with chronic pain to ask their physicians for opioids …

Medicine

CVS 'video visits' represent a genuine improvement to the healthcare system

Video healthcare, or “telehealth,” is taking a big step toward the mainstream as pharmacy giant CVS Health rolls out internet access to its MinuteClinic treatment facilities in California and a handful of other states.<p>This is a big deal, representing a smart use of technology to make healthcare …

Health Care

NYU Medical School Plans Free Tuition For Those Studying To Be Doctors

In a move it said was to address the large cost of entering a career in medicine, New York University's School of Medicine said Thursday that it will offer full scholarships to all current and future students in its doctor of medicine program.<p>NYU said it was the "only top 10-ranked" medical school …

College & University

Hospitals Battle For Control Over Fast-Growing Heart-Valve Procedure

When Medicare in 2011 agreed to pay for a procedure to replace leaky heart valves by snaking a replacement through blood vessels, the goal was to offer relief to the tens of thousands of patients too frail to endure open-heart surgery, the gold standard.<p>To help ensure good results, federal …

Health Care

Social Determinants As Public Goods: A New Approach To Financing Key Investments In Healthy Communities

The tenuous survival of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the 2017 tax cut and 2018 spending increases, and the disappointing cost savings from ACA …

Health Care

With Scarce Access To Interpreters, Immigrants Struggle To Understand Doctors' Orders

Long before he began studying for a career in health care, Marlon Munoz performed one of the most sensitive roles in the field: delivering diagnoses to patients.<p>As an informal interpreter between English-speaking doctors and his Spanish-speaking family and friends, Munoz knew well the burden that …

Health Care

New Massachusetts Law Offers Fresh Approach To Caring For Alzheimer’s Patients

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON, August 15, 2018 (State House News Service) — A new state law aims to change the way Alzheimer’s Disease diagnoses and treatment …

Health Care

Moving the U.S. Health Care System to a Value-based Approach | American Medical Association

David Nash, MD, is the founding dean of the Jefferson College of Population Health in Philadelphia, the first college of its kind in the country. A …

Health Care

Form Follows Funding: Opportunities For Advancing Outcomes For Complex Care Patients Using Alternative Payment Methods

For decades, the share of US spending going to health care costs has continued to grow. New treatments, many of which have helped Americans live …

Health Care

India Aims For The World's Biggest Health Care Overhaul

In the marble halls of Mumbai's Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital, patients are greeted by chandeliers and floor-to-ceiling French windows.<p>There are autism and Alzheimer's clinics, genetic testing, clinical trials of new drugs and private rooms. Spinal injuries are treated in a special robotics …

Health Care

The CMS Proposal to Reform Office-Visit Payments

The Medicare payment policy for evaluation and management services — the most commonly billed type of physician services in the United States — has …

Health Care

Interventions to promote cardiometabolic health and slow cardiovascular ageing

1.<p>Lavie, C. J., Arena, R., Alpert, M. A., Milani, R. V. & Ventura, H. O. Management of cardiovascular diseases in patients with obesity. <i>Nat. Rev.</i> …

Diabetes

We’re in a new age of obesity. How did it happen? You’d be surprised | George Monbiot

The thrill of disapproval chimes disastrously with industry propaganda. We delight in blaming the victims<p>When I saw the photograph I could scarcely believe it was the same country. A picture of Brighton beach in 1976, featured in the Guardian a few weeks ago, appeared to show an alien race. Almost …

Will Power

What Data Scientists Really Do, According to 35 Data Scientists

Modern data science emerged in tech, from optimizing Google search rankings and LinkedIn recommendations to influencing the headlines Buzzfeed editors run. But it’s poised to transform all sectors, from retail, telecommunications, and agriculture to health, trucking, and the penal system. Yet the …

Machine Learning

The Large Hidden Costs of Medicare’s Prescription Drug Program

At a glance, Medicare’s prescription drug program — also called Medicare Part D — looks like the perfect example of a successful public-private partnership.<p>Drug benefits are entirely provided by private insurance plans, with generous government subsidies. There are lots of plans to choose from. …

Health Care

Our doctors are too educated

<i>Akhilesh Pathipati is an ophthalmology resident at Harvard University's Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.</i><p>I had just finished an eye examination for one of my patients and swiveled around to the computer. It was clear that he needed cataract surgery; he was nearly blind despite his Coke-bottle …

Medicine

The Big Number: 2.5 million teens report having had a concussion in one year

A jolt or blow to the head can cause a concussion, a type of traumatic brain injury that about 2.5 million teens, or 15 percent of U.S. high school students, say they sustained during a recent 12-month period while participating in sports or physical activity, according to a report from the Centers …

The Brain

Wisconsin university to offer course on treating inmates

The University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health will offer a new course to teach future doctors how to treat a growing …

Public Health

How Cleveland Clinic Aims to Shape Population Health

After building a global reputation for providing complex, specialized care, the health system is building a care model that is designed to better …

Digital Health