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Why We Can’t Punish Our Way Out of the Addiction Epidemic

More investment in rehabilitation and less reliance on incarceration and other punitive measures improves outcomes for those suffering from addiction
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How to Fix Part B Drug Fail-First Policies that Harm Seniors

Adding step-therapy to Medicare Advantage Part B drugs can delay access to effective medications putting patients at risk. 3 easy tweaks can mitigate the risk.
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Lowering Cost-Share for High Value Meds Improves Adherence

A recent study shows that value-based insurance desig reduces consumer cost-sharing for clinically indicated medications and increases adherence without changing total spending.
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High-Value Healthcare: Is It the Wave Of The Future?

There's a growing number of providers committed to delivering high-value care & a group of purchasers willing to go around traditional arrangements to access it.
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Who Really is the Enemy of the People?

HIstory (from Nero on) teaches us that we should be alarmed about President Trump's escalating rhetoric about the media being the enemy of the people.
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Will the Medicare Donut Hole Continue to Shrink?

The Medicare Donut Hole coverage gap is present in most Medicare plans but it has been getting smaller in recent years. Here's what to expect in 2019.
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The State of U.S. Healthcare: An Iron Cage of Bureaucracy

Even as Americans are forced to resign to healthcare costs that have reached an all-time high, it is indisputable that patients continue to pay more while receiving less. Administrative costs related to wasteful bureaucracy is a major contributor.
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Racist Rant: Why Do You Hate Us? Because You Are Mexicans

A racist rant made me recall my visit to the Museo de Memoria y Tolerancia in Mexico City-a profoundly moving experience. The one emotion I hadn't expected was shame.
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What Helps to Ensure Cooperation in Diverse Societies?

A study of post-war Bosnia provides insights into what helps (and what doesn't) when it comes to ensuring cooperation in diverse societies. The findings are highly relevant to the divisiveness in U.S. society today.
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Denying Coverage for Emergency Care is a Danger to Patients

New health insurance policies that deny coverage for emergency care after patients have already been seen and evaluated means that they will have to determine for themselves whether their symptoms are an emergency or be at risk for large bills. Keep in mind that it's hard to do even if you are a doctor.
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Toxic Chemicals Are a Threat to the Health of Our Children

Prenatal exposure to toxic chemicals is linked to preterm birth, birth defects, childhood cancer, obesity, diabetes, asthma, & lasting harm to the brain. SafetyNEST, a startup whose mission is to be the most trusted source for pregnant women & their healthcare providers, helps safeguard babies’ against everyday toxic chemicals.
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Can Facebook Be Trusted To Decide What We Should See?

In the midst of the brouhaha about breaches of data privacy, Facebook is also taking on the challenge of weeding out fake news and hate speech. But, can we trust them to do it right? There is a fine line between thoughtful content curation and censorship.

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