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Role of Supply Chain Intermediaries in Steering Hospital Product Choice

July 11, 2024

In the US, over 95 percent of hospitals use Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs), or pooling alliances, to purchase medications, devices, and supplies. GPOs can reduce administrative burdens while lowering negotiated prices. However, more research is needed to understand whether GPOs reduce competition, for example by steering affiliated...

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Medicaid-Covered Peer Support Services Used by Enrollees With Opioid Use Disorder

July 10, 2024

Peer support services (PSS) play an increasingly important role in supporting recovery for people with substance use disorder (SUD). Through these services, peer support workers combine...

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Dangerous Variation or Patient-Centered Care? Palliative Care and Pain Providers' Comfort, Experiences, and Approaches when Treating Cancer Pain With Coexisting Aberrant Behaviors

June 14, 2024

The opioid epidemic in the United States has influenced numerous regulations and guidelines intended to mitigate opioid misuse. This misuse, also known as aberrant drug use behaviors (ADB), can include self-escalation of opioids, concurrent use of illicit substances, and drug...

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Reach, Acceptability, and Patient Preferences of a Mobile Health-Based Survey to Assess COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Among Patients Receiving Dialysis

June 13, 2024

Short message service (SMS) text messaging is the most frequently used mobile health (mHealth) technology, given its accessibility to older and medically complex patients. Since over 80 percent of patients receiving dialysis own mobile phones, mHealth-based technologies could be a promising means of survey administration among these patients.

In a study in Kidney Medicine,...

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Audio-Only Telehealth Use Among Traditional Medicare Beneficiaries

May 28, 2024

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicare expanded telehealth coverage for audio-only telehealth visits. However, Medicare reimbursement for these visits will expire after December 2024. A research letter in JAMA Health Forum from ...

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