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EHRs help detect inpatients at imminent risk of dying

Electronic health records can help identify hospitalized patients at risk of death, according to a new study in  The American Journal of Medicine.

Couples who pledge in sickness and in health, often have similar health concerns

As they age together, longtime couples often change biologically to become more like their partners, researchers from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have discovered. 

Indianapolis nurses create program to cut back on rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers

A team of nurses at an Indianapolis hospital reduced the rate of hospital-acquired pressure ulcers by more than half, cutting related costs by about $700,000 a year.

Physicians and insurers clash over practice to cut costs of prescription drugs

It's called "step therapy" and the practice, which is meant to cut the costs of prescription drugs, is causing conflicts between physicians and insurers, according to a report by KRCU radio in Missouri.

Researchers: OpenNotes strengthens patient-doctor relationships

Transparency via the OpenNotes initiative is creating stronger patient-physician relationships in the face of concern that note sharing might be offensive to patients, new research shows.

Zika: CDC monitors 270 women who have tested positive for virus

More than 270 pregnant women in the United States and its territories have tested positive for the Zika virus, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Seniors get better care at lower cost in Medicare's house calls pilot

A government demonstration project has reduced the cost of caring for seniors by 17 percent and also cut emergency department visits and hospital readmissions, according to  Kaiser   Health   News.    

System provides doctors with instant drug history information

Doctors cite myriad reasons for not taking advantage of state prescription drug databases, even though health officials encourage the use of such tools more than ever in light of the country's opioid crisis.  

Keep proposed MACRA changes in perspective

Worries over the consequences of value-based payment methodologies in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act obscure significant improvements the rule makes over the status quo, writes Bob Doherty, senior vice president of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the American College of Physicians, in an article published in  MedPage Today.

Medical errors fell in last decade

Initiatives to reduce medical errors, the nation's third-leading cause of death, have made progress, according to research published in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's  Chartbook on Patient Safety.