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In the war on this country’s opioid epidemic, physicians deemed “super-prescribers” have come under fire for dispensing opioids for long-term use when a medical situation warrants a shorter course, or for refilling prescriptions for patients who may be struggling with …

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Each year, more than one million people in this country develop a serious condition known as sepsis, and for around half of them, it proves fatal. Sepsis begins with the body’s natural response to combating infection (pneumonia and urinary tract …

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If it’s really the thought that counts, then universal healthcare in the Golden State would count for more than what some experts are seeing as a pipedream. And actually, the Healthy California initiative that would eliminate insurance premiums, deductibles, and …

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A Medicaid rule adopted in 2014 that establishes a federal standard for quality of patient care beyond the institutional setting just got a new start date. Originally slated to go into effect in 2019, the states now have until 2022 …

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It’s a Catch 22: patients in remote or rural settings are among those that stand to benefit most from telehealth programs, and yet the areas in which they live are often the least likely to have the basic technology that …

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It’s safe to say that W. David Bradford has marijuana on his mind. As an economist with the University of Georgia Department of Public Administration and Policy, he has spent the last several years analyzing how medical cannabis affects prescription …

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Amidst the ongoing, tumultuous uncertainty around healthcare in Washington, there’s been a buzz here at home that, whatever the future outcome, is impossible to ignore for now. A bill is before the California Senate that would bring a single-payer healthcare …

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Any dentists or oral surgeons who’d always hoped to be referred to as “super” and recently received letters from Aetna may be wishing they’d been more specific. The Connecticut-based insurer identified nearly 500 dentists and half that number of oral …

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