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PracticeMax Acquires ServiceTrac to Offer Marketing and Survey Services

Building on an impressive run of 7 medical billing company acquisitions over the past 48 months, PracticeMax, has moved to broaden its value added solutions by announcing the acquisition of ServiceTRAC, Inc. of Scottsdale, Arizona. For over 18 years ServiceTRAC has been a leading provider of sales training, satisfaction research and consulting services for the […]

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FDA Proposes Extended-Release Hydrocodone as Schedule II Drug

This article reviews the current role of hydrocodone and puts the potential advantages and disadvantages of the recently approved long-acting hydrocodone preparation into perspective. The authors note that hydrocodone, a semi-synthetic opioid, has been used for decades as a short-acting analgesic, and it’s combined with acetaminophen or ibuprofen. The advantages of any hydrocodone product is […]

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New Care Model Targets High-Risk Patients with Comprehensive-Care Docs

New models of healthcare delivery emphasize team-based coordinated care, but a new idea being tested at the University of Chicago proposes a new, somewhat old-fashioned concept targeting high-risk patients: the comprehensive-care physician.In a clinical trial funded by the CMS Innovation Center, University of Chicago physicians are assigned patients identified as high risk for hospitalization and […]

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Growth of Senior-Specific EDs Holds Quality Promise But Raises Cost Issues

A small but growing number of hospitals are building emergency departments specifically for elderly patients at a time when the senior population is growing and hospitals are incentivized to develop new ways to prevent re-admissions and improve patient satisfaction. That trend made the ECRI Institute’s annual C-Suite Watch List of 10 clinical developments, tools and technologies that raise questions about […]

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