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Exploring innovative alternatives to pain management

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Health care organizations across the country are grappling with the staggering cost of opioid addiction. In 2012, the cost of inpatient hospitalizations related to opioid abuse reached $15 billion. Three out of four Americans who are addicted to heroin were introduced to opioids through prescription drugs taken for pain. Many patients who leave the emergency department with opioid prescriptions risk becoming dependent.

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Cyberattack readiness: The impacts of an attack may be larger than you think

by Mark Ford, Principal, Deloitte & Touche LLP

In an era when connectivity is paramount, organizations have long focused on keeping personal data secure. Companies and stakeholders are beginning to acknowledge that cyberattacks are not only likely, but perhaps inevitable – and unfortunately, life sciences and health care organizations are at higher risk than other industries. A personal health record can sell for up to $50 on the black market,

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First human trials of the genome-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 may be moving forward

by Doug Beaudoin, Principal, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Last month, the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee approved the first human trials of the genome-editing technology CRISPR/Cas9 for creating genetically-altered immune cells to attack three types of cancer. The next step is to seek approval from the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the medical centers where the study would be conducted. If approved,

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Can MACRA and payment reform restore the joy of practicing medicine?

by Randolph Gordon and Sara Larch, Deloitte Consulting LLP

Industry pressures and policy changes have increasingly redirected physicians’ and other health care clinicians’ time, energy, and resources from their first priority: providing the highest quality care possible. Implementation of electronic health records (EHRs), new payment models such as shared savings programs and the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), varied and extensive quality and metrics reporting mandates,

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Please rate your stay: A better patient experience is associated with higher hospital margins

by Mitch Morris, MD, Vice Chairman and Global Leader, Health Care Sector, Deloitte LLP

How would you rate the comfort level of your room? How comfortable was your pillow? How would you rate the noise level during your stay? Were the staff friendly to you?

These are all questions you may have been asked after a recent stay at a hotel. Increasingly, these are also the questions that many organizations are asking patients after their stay at a hospital.

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