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February 6, 2019

Annual overdose deaths due to opioids are projected to reach nearly 82,000 by 2025—a 147 percent increase from 2015—and lead to approximately 700,000 deaths between 2016 and 2025, according to a study published in JAMA Network Open.  Most of the increase would be due to an increase in illicit opioid use rather than prescription opioids, researchers from Pennsylvania State University and Massachusetts General Hospital report.

Read more: JAMA Study Shows Growing Role of Illicit Drugs in Opioid Crisis

February 13, 2019

The Department of Health and Human Services has issued two new proposed rules designed to enhance interoperability across the health system, facilitate health data sharing and increase patient access to their health information.  The long-awaited proposals were announced this week as the Health Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS) launched its 2019 meeting in Orlando.

Read more: HHS Proposes Policy to Boost Interoperability, Patient Access to Health Information

January 30, 2019

The amount of time that clinicians and healthcare organizations are required to spend fulfilling federal documentation requirements regarding patient care is often cited as a major cause of burnout and stress among healthcare professionals. In an effort to simplify these requirements and relieve the strain, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) in November issued a draft strategy to reduce regulatory and administrative burden related to health information technology (HIT) and electronic health record (EHR) use.

Read more: ONC’s Strategy to Streamline HIT—AHA Gives Feedback

January 23, 2019

Soaring drug prices and persistent drug shortages during 2015-2017 led one-fourth of United States hospitals to reduce staff to cope with the financial pressure, according to a study commissioned by the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Federation of American Hospitals (FAH) and the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP).

Read more: Drug Prices and Shortages Taking a Toll on Hospitals: National Survey

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