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News Brief | February 11, 2020

Practice Transformation Lown releases Medication Overload action plan Over the next decade, expect more than 4.5 million hospitalizations of older adults due to serious medication side effects, warns The Lown Institute. In response, it released Eliminating Medication Overload: A National Action…

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GTMRx Institute identifies optimizing medication use as the decade’s most urgent, promising opportunity to save lives and money

Call to action for a coordinated, team-based, systematic approach to medication use unites clinicians, advocates, diagnostics, health and tech industries WASHINGTON, DC – Feb. 6, 2020 –The Get the Medications Right Institute (GTMRx) is issuing a call to action for health care stakeholders to optimize medication use as a way to save lives and save money when it…

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News brief | February 4, 2020

Practice Transformation AI: The new stethoscope? Bertalan Meskó, MD, PhD, of the Medical Futurist Institute, sees no contradiction between artificial intelligence and the art of medicine. In the Journal of Medical Internet Research, he writes, “While digital health technologies might be…

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News brief | January 28, 2020

Practice Transformation CDC: Five 2019 studies with direct impact on clinical practice In a recent paper, The Genomic Medicine Working Group of the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research of the National Human Genome Research Institute identified the most…

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News brief | January 21, 2020

Practice Transformation A CMM primer for docs Last month’s Minnesota Physician offered a primer on comprehensive medication management, summarizing some of the evidence and explaining how CMM expands the primary care interprofessional team. Pharmacists have long been core members of interprofessional teams…

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News brief | January 14, 2020

Practice Transformation VA: A model for drug policy? The VA pharmacy benefit provides a model for reform to address the crisis in prescription drug affordability, according to a paper published in Health Affairs. The VA model involves a combination of regulation, negotiation…

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News brief | January 7, 2020

Practice Transformation New BCBS policy could change how infusions are delivered Effective Jan. 1, BCBS of Tennessee will no longer reimburse providers for some specialty infusion drugs. Instead, it requires providers to get the drugs through a specialty pharmacy in…

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