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This ED treats substance misuse. Here's how.

December 19, 2018

While emergency departments (EDs) traditionally have not had much to offer patients with substance use disorders, Massachusetts General Hospital has adopted a program to start treatment for opioid use disorder in the ED.

Alexander is retiring, but he's setting his sights on health care in his last term

December 18, 2018

Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.)—chair of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee—has announced that he will not run for re-election in 2020, and a person familiar with Alexander's thinking says the senator could focus on health care during his last term.

This nurse carries naloxone to save lives—but she's been denied life insurance because of it

December 18, 2018

Isela, a nurse at Boston Medical Center's substance use disorder treatment program, was denied life insurance when the insurer learned she has a prescription for naloxone—which the nurse carries not for herself, but as part of a public health effort to help save people from overdoses.

Fentanyl is now the deadliest drug in the US. Could it also become 'a weapon of mass destruction?'

December 14, 2018

Fentanyl was the deadliest drug in the United States in 2016, according to the latest CDC data—and national security experts say the drug's lethal potency could make it an ideal weapon of mass destruction.

The healthiest (and least healthy) states, mapped

December 13, 2018

Hawaii is the healthiest U.S. state, according to the United Health Foundation's latest rankings, which considers 38 measures related to clinical care, policies, health outcomes, and more.

Alcohol deaths are rising in the US—but why?

November 28, 2018

More people die each year from alcohol than opioids, and the number of alcohol-related deaths in the United States is rising—especially among women.

The 254 'Most Wired' hospitals, according to CHIME

November 26, 2018

The College of Healthcare Information Management Executives' 2018 "Most Wired" list recognizes over 250 hospitals for their success in health IT adoption.

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