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How Price Transparency Can Control the Cost of Health Care

This article was originally posted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Top Takeaways Health care spending will total nearly 20 percent of the country’s gross domestic product (GDP) in the next five years. This snapshot delves into policies that may help curb the price of health care over time and[…]

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Trump over performed the most in counties with the highest drug, alcohol and suicide mortality rates

This article originally appeared in the Washington Post. THE BIG IDEA: A new study from Penn State University suggests a relationship between the opioid epidemic and support for Donald Trump.  The president-elect performed better than Mitt Romney in many places, but he fared best compared to the Republican nominee four years ago in the[…]

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Can a Death-Predicting Algorithm Improve Care?

This story originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal. Health-care experts often lament that one-quarter of all Medicare spending—$150 billion annually—goes to treating patients in their last year of life. But identifying those patients in advance and cutting back on futile care has been difficult. Can an algorithm help? A[…]

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Opioid crisis in Virginia is real, deadly

This story originally appeared in the Bristol Herald Courier.  Three days before Thanksgiving, Virginia Health Commissioner Marissa Levine proclaimed a public health emergency: She officially declared opioid addiction a “crisis,” which brings a host of public resources to the battle against this increasingly deadly foe. It’s a crisis Lt. Jon[…]

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