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High-need, high-cost (HNHC) individuals are defined as people of all ages living with clinically complex needs and functional limitations who also incur high health care costs or are likely to do so in the near future. Despite frequent...
This week, committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives used their power to shine a light on one of the most complex and opaque parts of the prescription drug equation: the practices of pharmaceutical benefit managers. These...
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should establish a three-digit hotline for suicide prevention and mental health crises “as soon as possible,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said Wednesday. Wyden cited statistics on suicides in Oregon...
Fostering Bright Futures (FBF) provides academic, social, and financial support to former foster youth pursuing a college education. Now, thanks to a major gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), the program...
Innovaccer's platform integrates data from EHRs, medical claims and lab systems to help hospitals, ACOs and other healthcare facilities extract actionable patient insights. With its new AI tool, healthcare organizations can use Innovaccer...
Every year, the United States collectively spends about $3.5 trillion on low-value care, and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) aims to combat this by determining what kinds of care are the most effective and efficient for patients....
In a shocking development that could transform the medical profession, the International Journal of Health Services published the findings of a study titled, “Primary care, specialty care, and life chances.” Using multiple regression...
California had just weeks to get a program that used medication to treat opioid use disorder up and running after receiving $90 million in federal grants in 2017. So officials found a model that was already working in Vermont, and...
Research shows that it takes approximately 17 years for evidence to become broadly adopted into clinical practice. In the case of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) therapy, a simple and painless treatment alternative to drilling dental caries...
As President Donald Trump continues to make clear that he wants to kill the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests that a big part of the ACA -- the expansion of the Medicaid program -- was linked with fewer cardiovascular-related...
Community health centers provide comprehensive primary care to medically underserved communities, regardless of patients’ insurance status or ability to pay. Health centers have enjoyed bipartisan support for decades, because they provide...
In rolling out a first-of-its-kind program to prevent diabetes, Medicare officials dashed the hopes of many startups in 2017 by deciding to exclude online health companies from participation. Since the program’s launch, however, large...
In her Health Affairs Blog post last fall, Sharon Brownlee lamented how frequently patients agree to treatments that they know little about. In the United States and elsewhere, clinicians have a clear ethical and legal responsibility to...
The Errors of Care Omission Survey may be effective at identifying critical omissions in the primary care setting, leading to increased prevention of patient harm, according to a study published in the Journal of Patient Safety. “Most...
The current devaluation of primary health care professionals has caused significant greed for specialties. The complexity of the selections for specialization has grown because of the need for an increasingly rigid choice for medical...
On April 2, 2019, in an effort initiated by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) and the Council for Academic Family Medicine (CAFM), more than 20 of our nation’s leading organizations, associations, foundations, and...
Healthcare services performed in outpatient settings grew from 11.1% of care visits to 12.9% between 2009 and 2017, according to a new Health Care Cost Institute report. Echocardiograms and drug administration saw the biggest increases in...
Health care spending is projected to grow to 19.4 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) by 2027, and big gaps in quality and access to care persist. This has motivated payers and providers to implement alternative payment models (APMs)...
The Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC) recently completed financing of its first project in Philadelphia: a 28,000-square-foot center that will provide primary care services and safe, respectful living accommodations for seniors...
The Academy has sent Congress its federal funding priorities for fiscal year (FY) 2020, emphasizing primary care's vital role in protecting and improving health in rural and other underserved areas and preventing chronic illness nationwide...

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