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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 recentlyapprovedlong-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 that it 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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OIG Reports on CMS Failure to Address EHR Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (OIG) recently released another report on the use of electronic health records (EHR). This new report takes aim at the lack of integrity practices CMS and its contractors have established to address vulnerabilities in EHR technology. Last month, the OIG targeted hospitals […]

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