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Notification of patient overdose deaths reduces clinician opioid prescriptions

NIH-funded study shows clinicians reduced prescriptions following behavioral “nudge”.

NIH expands program that conducts large-scale clinical trials in real-world settings

Ongoing studies focus on many different diseases, including colon cancer, chronic pain and kidney failure.

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Can 'Social Determinants' Data Really Improve Patient Care?

Population-level research supports the concept, but benefit for individual patients less clear Fictional TV doctor Gregory House routinely ordered his team to break into patients' homes to find clues to their mystery ailments, perhaps revealing behaviors their patients failed to share. "Everybody lies," House often said. In what some suggest is another ethically questionable version of medical sleuthing, companies are now scanning public records that provide clues to individuals' "social determinants of health," or SDOH -- such as arrest records, bankruptcy filings, voter registration, address changes, and marriages and divorces -- that, in combination with traditional prognostic tools, may predict an individual's likelihood of future healthcare needs and costs.

MS Proposes Historic Changes to Modernize Medicare and Restore the Doctor-Patient Relationship

Proposed changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program would streamline clinician billing and expand access to high-quality care.

Final Recommendation Statement: Risk Assessment for Cardiovascular Disease With Nontraditional Risk Factors

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released today a final recommendation statement on risk assessment for cardiovascular disease (CVD) with nontraditional risk factors. The Task Force found insufficient evidence on whether additional methods of risk assessment provide more information than traditional measures of risk and help prevent heart attack or stroke. To view the recommendation and the evidence on which it is based, please go here. The final recommendation statement can also be found in the July 10 online issue of JAMA.