Unplanned hospital readmissions occur when a patient is discharged from a hospital and then returns to the hospital within a certain time frame due to an unplanned medical issue. These readmissions can be costly for both the patient and the healthcare system. To reduce the number of unplanned hospital readmissions
A record number of laws have been passed by states this year to increase affordability and access to prescription drugs, according to Kaiser Health News.
The American Medical Association on Sept.9 released a report to guide policymakers and states in responding to the opioid epidemic, detailing successful strategies and lessons learned in Colorado, Mississippi, North Carolina and Pennsylvania.
A new study on guidelines aimed at lowering opioid prescriptions to prevent addiction shows the potential success — and challenges — of changing prescribing habits, according to NPR.
Though the U.S. Justice Department has used data analytics to comb through prescription and billing information to detect healthcare fraud for several years, its recent data-driven approach to tackling the opioid crisis may be its most successful yet.
CMS released three proposed rules on July 29, which include payment updates for outpatient and physician services and expanded price transparency initiatives.
A new study provides more evidence that America’s ongoing opioid epidemic was fueled by doctors prescribing more painkillers than patients needed — leading to what’s now the deadliest drug overdose crisis in US history.
Two-thirds of drug deaths around the world were caused by opioids in 2017, and that proportion was even higher in the U.S., where overdose deaths reached a new high, according to a report from the United Nations.