Healthcare News & Insights

Texts from providers help chronically ill patients

As healthcare providers are looking into new ways to engage patients and interact with them, a study shows the benefits text messaging can have for patients and their doctors. 

10 hospitals now offer special addiction residencies

Growing interest in treating addiction as a medical issue, not a mental health issue, is behind the new program.

Study: Expanded tele-care programs can save more money

Expanding telephone-based care management programs to larger groups of patients can lower total health care costs.

Study: Many chronic childhood illnesses resolve on their own

A new study indicates health care providers may want to rethink how they handle children with seemingly chronic conditions like asthma.

Should you pay patients to take their pills?

A controversial idea is gaining ground in medicine: Paying non-compliant patients to take their meds.

Personal health records create better-informed patients, improved care

A new survey indicates the increasing availability of personal health records (PHR) helps patients take better care of themselves and better understand the care and treatments they receive.

Telehealth: Who’s using it and how

A recent survey shows most health care providers are using telehealth with some success. But getting paid for it remains an on-going battle for many.

Medical marijuana is….like….complicated

In states that allow the use of medical marijuana, there are new questions about how well some doctors and pharmacies make sure that only patients with serious medical issues get  prescriptions.

$700 billion in waste: Where’s it coming from — and why?

The recent report that tagged health care waste at roughly $700 billion per year should come as a surprise to no one. But some of the causes of that waste might.

EHRs in rural areas have huge impact on improved patient care

There’s new evidence that EHRs significantly improve overall care in rural areas by allowing health care providers to work with more patients in the same amount of time.