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How Abuse Deterrent Medications Are Impacting Opioid Overdoses

In 2011, the number of deaths associated with opioid overdose reached nearly 17,000 while the amount of emergency room visits exceeded 490,000. The FDA considers the development of abuse-deterrent formulations (ADF) to be a public health priority and is encouraging research to do so. The reason why is clear: Some have proven to save hundreds of millions of dollars while slicing reports of abuse nearly in half. Full Story

Analyzing The Public Exchange’s Second Year: How Is It Faring In North Texas?

Prices in the second year of the public exchange in North Texas are still low, shattering the predictions of many experts. The dramatic cost increases that many feared, and the concern that insurance carriers would not participate, never materialized. On the contrary, premiums for Year 2 of the exchange are competitive and the number of participating insurance carriers has increased. Full Story

Be Sure To Ask Your Doctor If The New Fad Medicine Is Right For You

You’ve probably seen ads on television for the latest new medications that will cure whatever ails you. They usually feature happy, smiling people living active, healthy lifestyles, presumably because they used the medicine being peddled. The ads typically include a lengthy recitation of possible side effects. Full Story

Mobilizing Dallas-Fort Worth’s Substantial Indian Physician Population To Foster Innovation

The onslaught of shifting healthcare regulations and payment reform, the increased emphasis on quality and accountability as well as the need for more coordinated patient care have identified several deficiencies that existed for decades in our healthcare system. With those challenges, however, opportunities have emerged. That’s where health entrepreneurship comes into play. Full Story

What Does Trade Legislation Have To Do With Medicare?

The healthcare landscape is changing as we move toward coordinated patient care with a “triple aim” of better health, better care, and better value. To encourage transformation, it is important for laws and regulations to keep pace. All governmental agencies need to work collectively to support this healthcare transformation. Full Story

The Impact Of The Literal Tons Of Food Waste At U.S. Hospitals

As a nation, 40 percent of the food we produce is wasted from farm to landfill. Now imagine how much food is wasted within the healthcare industry, where hospital food is notorious for being, well, hospital food. According to Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. hospitals generate about 170,000 tons of food waste annually. Further, food waste is estimated to be responsible for 20 percent of all methane emissions, a greenhouse gas the EPA deems to be 20 times more harmful to the environment than carbon dioxide (CO2). Though most hospitals have well established, fundamental sustainability activities like recycling programs, tackling food… Full Story

Anatomy of a Lawsuit Part II: Experts, Mediation, And Other Relevant Factors

My last blog installment, “Anatomy of a Lawsuit,” addressed the first part of the litigation process: initiation of the lawsuit, filing your answer, the 120-day expert requirement, written discovery, and depositions of the parties and fact witnesses. This blog entry picks up where we left off, addressing experts (designation and depositions), mediation, and other factors that will play into your case. The third, and final, entry will address dispositive motions and other motions impacting the outcome of your case, and the trial process. Experts: The “Heart” of your case Aside from preparing for and giving your deposition testimony, the most… Full Story

Children’s CEO Durovich On The Need To Prioritize And Renew CHIP

The Editorial Board of the venerable New York Times recently saw fit to call for a renewal of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in its current form. Children’s Health wholeheartedly endorses this viewpoint on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of Texas children who rely on the program to give them a start on a productive and healthy future. This meaningful primary healthcare access is inextricably linked to the future of our vibrant state and country. Raising healthy children requires a strong system that supports their health and wellness from the day they are born. CHIP is a critical… Full Story