Author: Evan Trickett

The Opioid Crisis in the United States | HuffPost

“The opioid crisis is an emergency, and I’m saying officially right now it is an emergency. It’s a national emergency. We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money on the opioid

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For Texans with shocking medical charges, bill that governor signed can’t come soon enough

When Jay Garnett began to feel severe chest pain during a workout about a year ago, his son called 911. Garnett was having a heart attack. An ambulance rushed him to the nearest hospital in Denton, where doctors saved his

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Medical bills sometimes surprise with extra expenses – Washington Times

A Yale study, and an accompanying profile in The New York Times, made waves this month for exposing what’s called “surprise billing.” This occurs when a patient receives a high, out-of-network bill for care received at an in-network hospital. Amazingly,

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Yale research points to Dallas company for spike in costly hospital bills- Dallas News

Dallas-based emergency room staffing company EmCare is to blame for a surge in “surprise” medical bills in Texas and other states, according to health policy and economics researchers at Yale University. EmCare and Tennessee-based TeamHealth together make up a third of

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The Company Behind Many Surprise Emergency Room Bills – The New York Times

Early last year, executives at a small hospital an hour north of Spokane, Wash., started using a company called EmCare to staff and run their emergency room. The hospital had been struggling to find doctors to work in its E.R.,

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How does the EHR drive burnout? Let’s count the ways.

How does the EHR drive burnout? Let’s count the ways. By understanding this, we can develop countermeasures to lower the impact and reduce the risk of physician burnout. We’ve all seen the studies that show that for every hour we

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New study ranks Ohio 8th in the nation for doctors taking money from prescription opioid manufacturers

CLEVELAND, Ohio — One in five family doctors and one in 12 of all doctors have received payments from major drug companies hawking highly-addictive opioid painkillers that are, in part, at the root of America’s skyrocketing heroin epidemic, according to a new

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Industry Payments to Physicians for Opioid Products, 2013–2015 | AJPH

Objectives. To identify payments that involved opioid products from the pharmaceutical industry to physicians. Methods. We used the Open Payments program database from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to identify payments involving an opioid to physicians between August 2013 and

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Pilot program to reduce opioid deaths launches in Jacksonville, FL in October 

Jacksonville’s first pilot program aimed at reducing the city’s opioid overdose deaths should be operational by October. Through early intervention and wrap-around services, the program aims to reduce overdoses, deaths and recidivism, according to Raymond Pomm, medical director at Gateway

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ERs Can Improve Population Health in Rural Areas

 Emergency physicians in Michigan propose a new health care delivery model for rural populations that depends on a partnership between emergency medicine and primary care and seeks to reverse the trend of failing health in underserved parts of the country.  Their proposal

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