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Health Care Week in Review: Jobs in Health Care Rising, Medication Reconciliation Program, New Opioid Bill

Here's The Latest in Health Care:


• The health care industry is continuously driving job growth in the U.S. In June, approximately 39,000 health care jobs were added to the economy, according to the Department of Labor. This upward trajectory falls in line with gains in ambulatory health care services of 19,000 and hospitals adding 15,000 jobs.  Source

• Participants of an insurer-led care transition program led mainly by pharmacists, saw a 50 percent reduced relative risk of readmission within 30 days of discharge by identifying high risk readmission patients and reconciling medication lists. One study noted that adverse drug events contribute to two-thirds of 30-day readmissions.  Source

• The senate is set to approve a bill that intends to reframe opioid addiction as a health problem as opposed to a crime. The bill will allow the Department of Health and Human Services to give grants to organizations on a state and community level for improving or expanding treatment and recovery programs. The House and Senate Republicans agreed to a version of the bill that will likely fund only about half of President Obama's requested $1.1 billion to help pay for more addiction initiatives and treatment programs. Source

 

On The Front Lines:


This week, Android took back .04 percent of the mobile device pie from Apple. With an enticing Buy One Get, One Free offer from AT&T, it's no surprise that Android is ahead this week.

FINAL RESULTS:


iOS: 90.19%
Android: 9.81%

Each Friday, Signor Goat reports the latest from the week in health care alongside the front lines of the iOS-Android wars among pMD's physician charge capture users. Check back next Friday for your dose of our little medical corner of health care news.
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