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local economic factors affect opioid prescribing to disabled medicare beneficiar




december 27, 2017 - for non-elderly americans on disability, local prescribing of opioid pain medications is significantly related to county-level economic factors like unemployment and income level, reports a study in the january issue of medical care, published by wolters kluwer.about half of medi...



medicare, medicare advantage physician rates nearly equal




medicare advantage plans managed by private insurers pay physicians prices that are similar to traditional medicare rates, according to a new usc-led study.more and more medicare beneficiaries are enrolling each year in medicare advantage, but experts knew little about their physician reimbursement ...



study examines opioid use in patients with rheumatoid arthritis




a new analysis indicates that the use of opioid pain medications in older us rheumatoid arthritis patients peaked in 2010 and is now declining slightly. by 2014, 41% of rheumatoid arthritis patients were regular opioid users. in the analysis of 2006-2014 medicare data on 70,929 rheumatoid arthritis ...



plastic surgeons get tips on managing opioid addiction risk




oct. 2, 2017 - opioid medications prescribed for pain management after plastic surgery may contribute to the ongoing opioid epidemic, according to a special topic paper in the october issue of plastic and reconstructive surgery®, the official medical journal of the american society of plastic surge...



medicaid expansion linked to increased prescribing of buprenorphine for opioid u




march 16, 2017 - states where medicaid coverage was expanded under the affordable care act have had a significant increase in prescribing of buprenorphine -- a medication that plays an important role in addressing the opioid epidemic, reports a study in the april issue of medical care. the journal i...



study examines home health care in medicare beneficiaries




according to an analysis published in the journal of the american geriatrics society, medicare beneficiaries receiving home health services who are dually enrolled in medicaid, live in a low-income neighborhood, or are black tend to receive care from lower-quality home health agencies and have highe...



significant racial disparities persist in hospital readmissions




a new study in the journal health affairs shows that, despite being designed to more effectively manage care and control costs, black patients enrolled with medicare advantage are far more likely to be readmitted to the hospital after a surgery than those enrolled on traditional medicare. furthermor...



study: patients only use about half of opioids prescribed after hysterectomy




ann arbor, mich. - doctors may be prescribing nearly twice the number of opioids than what the average patient needs after a hysterectomy, a new study suggests.researchers at the university of michigan tracked opioid use in roughly 100 women two weeks after undergoing a hysterectomy for benign reaso...



'pop drop' study finds more er visits & higher costs for older disabled patients




emergency room staff call it a "pop drop" - when a disabled older person comes in for medical attention, but it seems like the person who takes care of them at home is also seeking a break from the demands of caregiving. it's been hard to actually study the phenomenon. a new university of michigan s...



study reveals higher opioid use among cancer survivors




a new study found that opioid prescription use is more common in cancer survivors than in individuals without a history of cancer. this was true even among survivors who were ten or more years past their cancer diagnosis. published early online in cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the american canc...



nam special publication on how health clinicians can counter opioid epidemic




washington - halting the opioid epidemic requires aggressive action across multiple dimensions, including informed, active, and determined front-line leadership from health clinicians working in every setting throughout the nation, says a new national academy of medicine (nam) special publication de...



cvs pharmacy will limit prescriptions for opioids




with the 64,000 deaths from opioid overdoses last year alone, the medical community is struggling to contain the out-of-control opioid epidemic. now, cvs, one the nation’s largest pharmacy benefit managers that oversees prescription drug benefits for 90 million people through its cvs caremark plan...



lifestyle factors may affect how long individuals live free of disability




new research published in the journal of the american geriatrics society indicates that a healthy lifestyle may help reduce the duration of an individual's disabled period near the end of life.in the community-based study of 5248 older adults recruited at an average age of 73 and followed for 25 yea...



uc study examines opioid prescribing and practices in ohio emergency departments




cincinnati -- a survey led by a team of researchers at the university of cincinnati academic health center reports that the majority of ohio's emergency department (ed) administrators and physicians are in support of the most recent state guidelines for prescribing opioids, but challenges still exis...



new canadian clinical guideline for physicians tapers down use of opioids




image: this is an image of opioids. view more credit: mcmaster universityhamilton, on (may 8, 2017) -- canadian physicians are being advised to reduce their prescribing of opioid medication to patients with chronic non-cancer pain in a new guideline for clinical care that focuses on harm reduction...



new report presents national strategy to reduce opioid epidemic




washington - years of sustained and coordinated efforts will be required to contain and reverse the harmful societal effects of the prescription and illicit opioid epidemics, which are intertwined and getting worse, says a new report from the national academies of sciences, engineering, and medicine...



patients who get opioids in the er are less likely to use them long-term




image: a study in annals of emergency medicine finds that emergency physicians prescribe fewer opioids than other physicians and fewer of their patients become long-term users. view more credit: american college of emergency physicianswashington -- compared to other medical settings, emergency pat...



medicaid, medicare fraud: more than 400 charged in crackdown




the justice department charged more than 400 people across the country in a major crackdown on health care fraud, officials said thursday. the accused individuals cost the federal government $1.3 billion in false medicare and medicaid billings, according to authoritiesthe investigation focused on op...



new study reveals highest risk profiles for opioid overdose




image: this is the venebio logo. view more credit: © venebiorichmond, va. - april 13, 2017 - individuals suffering from a substance use disorder (sud) or depression are among those at highest risk for a serious prescription opioid overdose, according to a study published in pain medicine. the retr...



postsurgery guideline could reduce opioid prescriptions by as much as 40 percent




chicago (november 30, 2017): rising rates of opioid prescriptions have been linked to the opioid epidemic, and a significant number of opioid deaths have been linked to prescriptions written by surgeons. however, new study results suggest that a more vigilant prescribing guideline for surgeons could...



in medicaid patients, fatal overdose risk rises with opioid dose and sedative-hy




june 16, 2017 - among medicaid patients taking opioids for chronic pain, the risk of fatal overdose rises steadily with daily opioid dose, reports a study in the july issue of medical care. the journal is published by wolters kluwer.compared to low doses, overdose risk is up to five times higher for...



opioid tapering may improve outcomes for chronic pain sufferers




1. opioid tapering may improve outcomes for chronic pain sufferers abstract: http://annals.org/aim/article/doi/10.7326/m17-0598editorial: http://annals.org/aim/article/doi/10.7326/m17-1402urls go live when the embargo lifts dose reduction may improve pain, function, and quality of life for patients ...



new report finds growing number of people in ontario treated for opioid addictio




image: the rate at which people are being prescribed opioids to treat pain in ontario has stabilized while the amount of drugs they receive has declined considerably, according to a new... view more credit: courtesy of st. michael's hospitaltoronto, aug. 22, 2017--the rate at which people are bein...



black box warning slows, but doesn't stop, codeine for kids after tonsil removal




ann arbor, mich. - despite an fda black box warning against prescribing children codeine following tonsil and adenoid removal, 1 in 20 children undergoing these surgeries continued to receive the opioid, a new study suggests.the fda issued a warning regarding the significant safety risks of codeine ...



opioids: cdc releases map of most-prescribed counties




opioid prescriptions in the united states vary widely from county to county, according to a new report from the centers for disease control and prevention.the cdc's vital signs report, published on thursday, found that in 2015, 6 times more opioids per resident were doled out in counties with the hi...