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Most docs support medical marijuana, but need training

As the legalization of medical marijuana expands, most U.S. physicians agree it has clinical benefits, but want more information on the medical science of cannabis and how it may help their patients, according to a survey of 1,544 doctors from  WebMD  and  Medscape.

Med management market to pass $1.6 billion by 2019

In addition to government initiatives driving more accountability in patient care, concerns around lowering medication errors and adverse drug events are steadily increasing the value of the global market for medication management, according to a new report.

New program aims to fix broken healthcare system

The Affordable Care Act aims to fix America's unstable healthcare system by improving care and cutting costs. Healthcare reform created the  Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to fix the broken system but critics aren't sure its effective, according to  MedCity News.

Holistic education led to dramatic improvements for diabetes patients

Hospitals that educate and empower diabetes patients through the use of  holistic techniques report the population experiences a dramatic drop in blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, a study from NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital's Ambulatory Care Network found.

Intermountain Healthcare puts critical care nurses in ambulance transports

Intermountain Healthcare launched a new emergency ground transportation program that places specially trained nurses in ambulances carrying critically injured patients,  reported.

Few eligible Part D enrollees receive drug therapy management

CMS requires that all Medicare Part D plans offer medication therapy management (MTM) to eligible consumers. But only 11 percent of those who are eligible for the service receive it, finds a new analysis from Avalere Health. 

WHO: Ebola now an international emergency

The deadly Ebola outbreak in West Africa is now an international health emergency that requires a coordinated global approach, according to the World Health Organization.

Is reference pricing in line with ACA goals?

While many health economists embrace  reference pricing as a way to reduce rising healthcare costs, some consumer advocates are skeptical.

3 ways to build an effective complex care management program

A new issue brief from the Commonwealth Fund offers several suggestions for creating an effective  complex care management  program, including choosing a model, working with patients and providers, and sharing patient data. 

Admitting privileges laws open new front in abortion battle

The next legal front in the abortion debate is flurry of state legislation requiring doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at area hospitals, Kaiser Health News reports.