Health Care Week in Review: Interoperability and the Opioid Crisis, Bundled Payments for Post-Op, Reducing Opioid Use in ERs, Role of Midwives

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Here's The Latest in Health Care:

•  The Senate Finance Committee is examining potential strategies that could improve care access and treatment quality surrounding the opioid epidemic. Interoperability is one of the major roadblocks to data sharing capabilities between states who participate in programs that monitor prescription drugs. Data access needs to be a seamless and streamlined process for providers.  Read More

•  There are major disparities plaguing post-surgical discharges across the country. Patients undergoing the same type of surgery are discharged home while a portion are sent to a post-acute facility. New payment programs such as bundled payments can address these disparities by calling for more studies on the specific needs of patient populations and meeting those needs.  Read More

•  Emergency rooms are a hot bed for pain and pain management. Patients who come to the ER for pain relief are often prescribed medications like Percocet or Vicodin, which have contributed to the rising opioid epidemic. Physicians are now looking for alternatives to help reduce opioid abuse. Ten Colorado hospitals successfully participated in a sixth-month pilot project aimed at reducing prescription painkiller use.  Read More

•  A new study recently found that empowering the roles of midwives in the U.S. could significantly boost maternal and infant health. Compared to many European and Scandinavian countries where midwives oversee most expectant and new mothers, severe maternal complications have more than doubled in the U.S. in the last 20 years.  Read More

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