Small Fraction of GI Patients Drive More than 50% of Hospital Costs.
Targeting populations at highest need could improve outcomes, save money. As in other medical conditions, a small fraction of high-need, high-cost patients with gastrointestinal (GI) and liver diseases contribute disproportionately to hospitalization costs, according to a nationwide database analysis published in Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. The study found that across five common diseases, patients in the […]
Peer Support Helps Reduce Mental Crisis Readmissions.
A personal peer-support worker also improved satisfaction with mental health care. Peer-supported self-management can help reduce readmission rates in individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, researchers reported. In a randomized controlled trial, only 29% of individuals who were involved in a peer-support program were readmitted to acute care within the year compared with 38% of […]
Is treating depression the answer to solving the opioid crisis?
Mental illness plays a major role in our current national opioid crisis. Of more than 115 million prescriptions for opioid medications in the United States, more than 51% were for persons with a mental illness. Further, depression is known to double the likelihood that a person will use opioids. And conversely, use of opioids doubles […]