Population Health

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…

quality of care
Readmission Prevention Not Always Worth the (Financial) Cost

A recent study that has been covered in several news outlets proposes an interesting conclusion: hospital quality improvement initiatives that successfully reduce preventable readmissions may not always be cost effective. The study, “Economic Evaluation of Quality Improvement Interventions Designed to Prevent Hospital Readmission,” examined previous research on the cost and…

hospital-quality-of-care
Sociological Needs May Hold Key to Cutting Costs, Readmissions

CMS recently identified the 32 participants in its Accountable Health Communities Model, a five-year program designed to test the effectiveness of managing non-clinical health determinants of Medicare and Medicaid populations in order to improve outcomes and lower costs. The model is based upon the theory that social factors like stable…

Telemedicine
Telemedicine Growing in Adoption and Efficiency, but obstacles Persist

Given relatively recent advancements in technology and the greater availability of high-speed internet connections, telemedicine has found new applications in several aspects of clinical care, such as remote monitoring of patients with chronic conditions, virtual office visits, and transmission of patient data between specialists and primary providers. According to a…

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