Medicare Advantage Enrollment Outpaces —and Nearly Overcomes— Traditional Medicare, New USC Study Finds
Medicare Advantage plans have seen a more than 300% increase in enrollment—with payment policy yet to catch up.
False Confidence in Blood Pressure Knowledge Undermines Intentions to Seek Care
Most Americans don’t know the meaning of 120-80 mm Hg, but think they do.
New Randomized Trial Shows Simple Letters Promote Better-Informed Opioid Prescribing
Letters successfully encouraged clinicians to check patients’ prescribing records, says study co-author Mireille Jacobson.
Telling Doctors Their Patients Fatally Overdosed Reduces Opioid Prescriptions Up to One Year Later
Those clinicians who received the letter wrote 7% fewer prescriptions than clinicians who hadn’t received the notification.
New Dialysis Studies Inform Delivery of Care, Ways to Improve Patient Outcomes
Researchers analyzed the effects of clinic ownership and dialysis timing on patient outcomes.
Traditional Vaccination Playbook Doesn’t Work with COVID
New study finds financial incentives and other behavioral nudges made little difference among certain groups.
No Surprises Act Will Likely Reduce Payments to Most Emergency Medicine Providers, According to New USC Analysis
A payment rule in the No Surprises Act will likely lead to lower rates for emergency medicine procedures.
Affordable Care Act Exchange Plans Negotiate Lower Hospital Prices Than Commercial Plans, According to New Schaeffer Center Analysis
ACA exchange plans on average paid 89% of what commercial group plans paid for both inpatient and outpatient procedures.
‘Nudges’ to Reduce Opioid Overuse Also Decrease Inappropriate Benzodiazepine Prescriptions
Informing physicians when a patient dies of an overdose may provide the needed “nudge” to improve prescribing practices.
Patient Preference for Medical Cannabis Products in the Absence of Clinical Guidelines
New analysis of New York data finds considerable variability in patient product choice, even for patients with the same condition.