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Survey indicates opioid prescriptions have decreased

Physicians' progress to reverse the nation's opioid epidemic. American Medical Association.

Key clinical point: Prescriptions for opioids decreased by 22% over the last 5 years and did so in all 50 states.

Major finding: Providers dispensed almost 56 million fewer opioid prescriptions in 2017 than they did in 2013. The total number of prescriptions fell from a total of nearly 252 million in 2013 to 196 million in 2017.

Study details: The number of health care professionals registered for prescription drug monitoring programs more than tripled as well.

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CMS freezing of risk adjustment payments predicted to drive up insurance premiums, United States District Court Ruling Puts Risk Adjustment On Hold

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Software boosts accuracy of colonoscopies, Tripathi PV et al. DDW 2018 (Digestive Disease Week, 2018). Presentation 133.

Proposed fee schedule for 2019 could cut EHR hours, https://s3.amazonaws.com/public-inspection.federalregister.gov/2018-14985.pdf