Population Health

Mental Health Mass Trauma
How to Address Mental Health after Mass Trauma

Firearm-related injuries account for more than $2.8 billion in direct emergency and inpatient care costs every year in the U.S. This does not include the indirect financial costs or emotional effects on patients and providers after incidents of mass trauma. Currently the U.S. is facing a potential shortage of physicians…

hospital outpatient procedures
Will the Rise of Outpatient Clinics Lead to Fragmented Care?

As medical technology advances, physicians are able to shift more procedures from outpatient to inpatient settings. However, hospital procedure prices can be prohibitive for patients, leading to a rise in the popularity of independent outpatient clinics and ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs). These outpatient centers offer patients lower costs and shorter…

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…

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…

maternal mortality
U.S. Maternal Mortality Rate Highest Among Developed Countries

On Monday, July 31, Definitive Healthcare’s news database reported a statewide probe into the recent rise in maternal mortality rates following the deaths of two women at MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham, Mass. Three weeks prior to this announcement, MetroWest released two statements. The first statement was in regard to…

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