How bad are the Obamacare price hikes? Not as bad as you may think

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Premiums on the ACA exchanges will rise by an average of 25% next year. That’s a big jump. How will people afford it? Fortunately, very... Read more

The nurse will see you now: advanced practice nurses and retail-based clinics are meant for each other

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Since their debut in 2000, retail-based convenient care clinics, which operate in pharmacies and other high traffic retail outlets, have experienced... Read more

To improve health care value, we need to know what we are paying for

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Along with improving quality, cost containment is vital to redesigning American health care to increase value. The problem of uncontrolled... Read more

When it comes to surgery, a (specialized) practice makes perfect

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The mantra “practice makes perfect” may carry additional weight in the medical community. A recent study found lower mortality... Read more

Obamacare’s missing ingredient - value based purchasing

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Obamacare has flaws. Its first few years have largely dealt with getting uninsured folks affordable insurance. However, the cost of insurance... Read more

Bigger than Obamacare: another health care game changer will soon take effect

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In 2015, Congress passed the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The law has largely flown under the radar of most people... Read more

Talking to your doctor about prescription pain medications

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At some point, most of us have been prescribed an opioid-based pain medication such as hydrocodone (Vicodin) or oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet)... Read more

Will Pennsylvania’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program reduce opioid abuse?

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More than 3,500 people died last year from drug overdoses in Pennsylvania (one of the highest overdose rates in the nation). In response, Pennsylvania... Read more