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Wait Times Have Improved in VA Health Care System

January 18, 2019. 7:00 PM CST. Wait times similar to private sector in 2014 but shorter overall and in some specialties in 2017 Read article

OTHER JOURNAL ARTICLES

One in Five Back Pain Patients Experience Persistent Pain

January 14, 2019 Significant differences seen in patterns of medication, health care use across back pain trajectories

Prices Still Explain High U.S. Health Care Spending

January 11, 2019 Health care prices explain difference in spending between United States and other countries

Private Equity Acquisition of Physician Practices Discussed

January 10, 2019 Critics warn private equity firms might focus on increased profitability at expense of patient care

Many Female Health Care Workers Live in Poverty

January 09, 2019 Half of black and Latina female health care workers earn less than $15/hour

Increase in Brand-Name Drug Cost Mainly Due to Existing Drugs

January 09, 2019 Rising costs of oral, injectable generic and specialty drugs mostly driven by new product entry

Costs Higher for Those With Comorbid Noncommunicable Diseases

January 08, 2019 Health expenditure greater for person with two diseases simultaneously than for the diseases separately

Medical Marketing Has Increased in Past 20 Years

January 08, 2019 Considerable increase seen from 1997 through 2016, especially in direct-to-consumer advertising

ACA Coverage Gains Could Erode Without Individual Mandate

January 08, 2019 However, individual market in California not expected to destabilize because of mandate penalty

Cancer Death Rate in U.S. Decreased Continuously From 1991 to 2016

January 08, 2019 Socioeconomic inequalities are widening, but racial gap in cancer mortality narrowing slowly

Children Reaching Bone Maturity Earlier

January 04, 2019 In hand and wrist bones, epiphyseal fusion is initiated, completed earlier now than a century ago

Early Classification Predicts One-Year Trauma Outcomes

January 04, 2019 Six-week assessment of risk, protective factors explains one-year functional, health outcomes

Antidepressant Use in Seniors Linked to Risk for Hip Fracture

January 03, 2019 Odds ratio highest 16 to 30 days before Rx filled

Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model Cuts Costs

January 02, 2019 Institutional spending decreased more in hospitals in treatment areas versus control areas

No Increased Fracture Risk With Canagliflozin in Type 2 Diabetes

January 02, 2019 Rate of the primary outcome was similar for canagliflozin, glucagon-like peptide-1 agonist

Effect Sizes Uncertain for Meds Versus Placebo in Knee OA

December 28, 2018 Meta-analysis: large uncertainty versus placebo for all medications for pain relief