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3 ways physicians can curb painkiller abuse

If there is any silver lining to the opioid abuse crisis, it's the way it's inspired creative solutions to address the problem. Here are three techniques that most physicians can adapt to serve their own patients' unique needs while reducing the risk of prescription drug abuse and dependence.

Half of uninsured Americans lack confidence when selecting health plans

Nearly half of uninsured Americans lack confidence when it comes to selecting the right health plan, while nearly two-thirds wish they had more information about health insurance terms,  according to a recent survey from nonprofit Enroll America.

Healthcare industry can't get no (patient) satisfaction

Even as the healthcare industry puts an increasing emphasis on customer service, a new report from the American Consumer Satisfaction Index finds that overall patient satisfaction has dropped. CEO talks challenges to running insurance exchanges CEO Kevin Counihan has some words of caution for state governments that may be tempted to build their own insurance exchanges.

Healthcare industry must empower patients to say no to unnecessary care

Healthcare journalism has morphed away from the standard articles about the new hospital CEO and breakthroughs in cancer research. Recent articles focus on the absurdity of our care delivery system....

Personalized medicine could fix patient non-adherence problem

Patients who don't follow the advice of their providers cause a significant amount of waste in the industry, accounting for 13 percent of overall healthcare spending. Improving adherence is a major priority for healthcare providers, but improvement efforts do not focus enough on what works best for patients, argues a  Forbes  column.

Healthcare provides too much low- and no-value care

Whether it's low-value or no-value care, America dispenses way too much of it, according to prominent surgeon and journalist Atul Gawande, M.D., although he sees a silver lining ahead.

PHRs should undergo mixed-method testing to improve usability

Patient engagement through electronic personal health records (PHR) should be evaluated in different ways to make them more useful for the intended consumers, according to a new study in  eGEMs  (Generating Evidence & Methods to improve patient outcomes).

Five percent of Medicaid enrollees run up nearly half of program's costs

The Medicaid program costs the U.S. taxpayers some $460 billion a year. And it appears just 5 percent of the program's enrollees account for nearly half of its costs, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

ACA will cost Kentucky hospitals $7B

Kentucky is the first Southern state to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but the healthcare reform law has Bluegrass State hospitals in dire straits, according to a new report from the Kentucky Hospital Association.