One-on-one education benefits patients who have joint replacement surgery; Adventist Health agrees to pay government $2M over chemo drug practices;

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> Patients are more satisfied and feel better prepared to leave the hospital after joint replacement surgery if they receive one-on-one education from a physical therapist and access to a custom web portal prior to the surgery, according to a new study at Hospital for Special Surgery. Study announcement

> The Altamonte Springs, Florida-based Adventist Health System Sunbelt Healthcare Corporation will pay the government $2 million to resolve allegations that patients were administered portions of single-dose vials of chemotherapy drugs that were left over from administrations to prior patients, according to Southwest Florida Online. Article

> The Boston Globe reports that he Veterans Affairs hospital in Jamaica Plain will reopen this week for limited care more than a week after three major water pipes burst in two hospital buildings, forcing the facility's closure. Article

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> Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey announced that it paid out approximately $3 million to 51 specialty medical practices as part of shared savings generated through its Episodes of Care program. Article

> The majority of health plans in the U.S. offer price transparency tools to consumers, nearly all of which include estimates for common surgical procedures, radiology services, and out-of-pocket costs, according to a survey published in the American Journal of Managed Care. Article

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