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Live Updates from 15th Annual Patient Assistance & Access Programs

Because this blog is all about increasing access, lowering costs, and improving patient outcomes, we think there’s no better place for us to share ideas that work than to report live from the 15th Annual Patient Assistance & Access Program, in Baltimore, March 5-7.  Check back often as we publish … (read full article)

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A Shot of Courage for Those Who Fear Needles

This is the first of a two-part series on what’s working to prevent and address needle fear. Most people don’t enjoy shots. But for those with needle phobia, the fear of shots can be so severe that they actively avoid medical procedures involving injections, and in extreme cases avoid medical … (read full article)

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Smoking Out Nicotine Addiction: What’s Working in the War on Cigarettes

With CVS Pharmacy’s recent announcement that cigarettes and other tobacco containing products will no longer be sold in its stores, Real World Health Care has been crunching the numbers on the success of anti-tobacco efforts and reviewing recent advances in smoking cessation. Here’s what we’ve found: #1. Smoking still holds … (read full article)

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What’s Getting Lost in the Health Care Debate?

Health care has never been more highly politicized than today. Last year, it was central to the third longest government shutdown in U.S. history. This week, it consumed a large chunk of President Obama’s State of the Union address. Every day, we are inundated by news of health exchange website … (read full article)

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The Hospital Fast Food Debate: How a Simple, Low-cost Idea can Improve What People in Hospitals Eat

Back in April 2012, nearly two dozen hospitals that host fast food restaurant chains received a letter from an advocacy group asking them to evict their fast food tenants and to “stop fostering a food environment that promotes harm, not health.” But as it turns out, many of these outlets … (read full article)

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Should clinicians replace medication with an ancient spiritual practice?

Researchers from Johns Hopkins University sifted through over 18,000 studies on a potential treatment for pain, anxiety and depression, narrowing their meta-analysis to 47 scientifically rigorous clinical trials. The results, published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine, revealed what many have experienced over thousands of years: while it’s not a … (read full article)

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It’s Not Over Yet: Addressing Part Two of the Door-to-Balloon Time Initiative’s Success

From the very first sign of a heart attack, the clock starts ticking in the race to save a patient’s heart muscle and even his or her life. Thanks to technology and finely tuned systems of heart attack care that are now available in communities throughout the United States, we … (read full article)

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Why We Give to HealthWell Foundation – and Why You Should Too

As the head of a communications strategy shop that helps clients in science, technology, and health care, I encounter a seemingly endless number of organizations that want to do good for society and the planet.  Why then have the WHITECOAT Strategies employees – who serve as editors of Real World … (read full article)

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Why Revenue Matters to Patient Care

What approaches can pharmacists embrace to more effectively adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of U.S. health care? It’s exactly this question that Philip E. Johnson, RPh, FASHP, the oncology director for Premier, Inc, a health care improvement company, explores in the December edition of Pharmacy Practice News: “Protecting oncology … (read full article)

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President Obama Urges “Millenials” to Sign up for Coverage under Affordable Care Act

In recent days the Obama Administration has been intensifying outreach efforts to increase the number of young people who enroll for insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before the March 31, 2014 deadline. During a speech in Boston on Oct. 30, President Obama pushed back against criticism of … (read full article)

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