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Rising drug costs are gut punch to hospital budgets, triggering staff and service cuts, other changes

According to a new study from the National Opinion Research Center, or NORC, at the University of Chicago, hospitals are badly suffering under the weight of drug prices and drug spending, which seem to be on a steady and often times steep upward climb. The study results show the average total drug spending per hospital… Read More »

Massachusetts Maternal Mortality Rates Rising: Opioid Abuse and Psychiatric Illness Play a Role

Pregnancy-associated mortality, defined as the death of a woman during pregnancy or within one year of the termination of pregnancy, is increasing in Massachusetts.  In 2012, there were 30.4 deaths/100,000 live births. In 2014, the rate increased by 33%, to 40.4 deaths per 100,000 live births. Because pregnancy-associated mortality rates have historically been relatively low… Read More »