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Study Finds Marked Increase in Marijuana Use among Pregnant Women

Use of marijuana by expectant mothers in the United States rose 62 percent from 2002 through 2014, raising concerns among researchers even as legalization of pot has spread.


A Push for Drug Price Transparency

A Kaiser Family Foundation poll in 2015 suggested nearly three-fourths of Americans consider drug prices unjustifiably high. Citing concerns about negative perceptions of drug pricing, the Health and Public Policy Committee of the American College of Physicians recently offered recommendations...


Motivating Factors: Potential Drivers of Future EHR Adoption

The EHR adoption rate among physicians in the United States is high — greater than 80 percent, according to federal government data — but with federal meaningful use (MU) incentives drying up, what will it take to get the holdouts on board?


Stubborn Death Rate Spurs Calls for Fresh Focus on Pancreatic Cancer

Pancreatic cancer is a paradox. It’s one of the deadliest cancers, yet it has one of the lowest research funding levels of all major cancer types. Scientists and advocates say those funding levels are due for a re-examination.


Tapping into Telemental Health to Address a Provider Shortage

Despite a number of barriers, industry observers and clinicians say telemental health is an effective method both for delivering care and dealing with the dearth of mental health service providers.


ICD-10: Where to Turn for Help

Is your hospital or health system behind the curve of ICD-10 implementation?


Need for Charitable Care Remains High Despite ACA Coverage Expansion

When the Health Insurance Marketplace launched in 2014, millions of previously uninsured Americans gained coverage. But implementation of the ACA does not appear to have decreased the public’s reliance on free and charitable care.


Raising Awareness in the Fight against Congenital Heart Defects

All parents experience a medley of emotions when their baby arrives and they take in the intricacies of that perfect, angelic face. Hope, pure love and sheer terror are commonly felt. The fear begins to deflate for most parents as they find that their child is strong and healthy. For one local family, however, that fear was actually substantiated after their second son arrived.


Murky World of Insurance Companies: Physicians and the Texas Prompt Pay Act

Can you think of anything more important than your health? 


‘Doc Fix’ Extended Through 2013

The American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 postpones a nearly 27 percent cut in Medicare reimbursement to physicians through December 2013, but hospitals will feel the impact over the next decade.