Community Health Centers
Community Health Centers Show Billions in Medicare Savings

Every year, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) celebrates Community Health Centers Week. From August 12-19, the HHS acknowledged the impact that community health centers have on vulnerable and underserved populations by providing quality care regardless of patient ability to pay. Community health centers (CHCs) are community-based, patient-directed…

organ shortage
Chimeras Offer Solution to Organ Shortage

Earlier this month researchers announced the use of CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology to successfully eliminate a porcine retrovirus that served as a stumbling block in organ transplants between pigs and humans. Currently there are more than 117,000 people on the waiting list for an organ transplant in the United States….

Epilepsy management
U.S. Epilepsy Rates Continue to Rise

Epilepsy rates are rising in children and adults according to a new report from the CDC. The percentage of the U.S. population diagnosed with epilepsy rose from 0.8% in 2011 to 1.2% in 2015, totaling over 3 million adults and approximately 0.5 million children. Categorized as a spectrum disorder due…

Academic Medical Centers
The Unique Struggle of Academic Medical Centers

No sector of the healthcare industry has been spared from the disruptive effects of healthcare reform over the past several years, but academic medical centers have often been singled out as particularly vulnerable to the nationwide changes in health delivery. Academic medical centers (AMCs) not only tend to serve high-need…

Opioid Prescriptions
Curbing an Epidemic: How Providers Impact Opioid Use

Opioid addiction was recently declared a national emergency after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who leads the President’s Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis, likened the death toll to a “Sept. 11 every 3 weeks.” In 2015 alone, more than 52,000 Americans died of a drug overdose…

Knee replacement
CMS Proposes Joint Replacement Coverage at ASCs

CMS announced on August 5 that they are considering whether to provide coverage for hip and knee replacement surgeries at outpatient surgery centers. This kind of coverage could further incentivize patients to choose ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) over traditional hospitals for outpatient procedures, which worries some hospital leaders. Not only…

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