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Cardiology Consultation in the Emergency Department

Re-hospitalization after discharge for acute decompensated heart failure is a common problem. Low-socioeconomic urban patients suffer high rates of re-hospitalization and often over-utilize the emergency department (ED) for their care. We hypothesized that early consultation with a cardiologist in the ED can reduce re-hospitalization and health care costs for low-socioeconomic urban patients with acute decompensated […]

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Physician Exposure to Direct-to-Consumer Pharmaceutical Marketing

The American Medical Association’s 2015 recommendation to ban direct-to-consumer advertising (DTCA) of prescription drugs reflected a strong consensus that this form of marketing is a significant contributor to increased drug costs. It is well documented that many patients request drugs they have seen advertised on television and that physicians often acquiesce to these requests.1, 2, 3, 4 But the […]

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Caveats to Consider When Calculating Healthcare Value

Concerns about the impact of healthcare costs on the economy and the exploration of new reimbursement models have colluded to encourage a transition “from volume to value” in US healthcare. “Volume” meant that healthcare providers received a payment for providing a particular service, regardless of outcomes or need; healthcare reimbursement has been volume-based for 50 […]

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48% of US Population Will Have Chronic Disease by 2020

  Chronic disease accounts for 7 of every 10 deaths in the United States and more than 75% of total health care costs. Among people 65 years old and older, over 92% suffer from one or more chronic diseases. By 2020, it is estimated that 48% of the total population will have chronic disease. In […]

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Food Insecurity Is Linked to Medication Underuse

Chronically ill adults who reported food insecurity in their household (not having consistent access to food due to lack of financial stability) were significantly more likely to report cost-related medication underuse, according to a new study in Spanking-Videos,. The term cost-related medication underuse refers to taking less medication than prescribed, or […]

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