Parkland Health gets $12M grant for patient data exchange portal; Brandeis report suggests using Rx monitoring data to reduce overdosing;

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> A $12 million grant will allow Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation, part of Dallas-based Parkland Health and Hospital System, to build a portal that will facilitate the exchange of patient data across both healthcare and social service sectors, Becker's Hospital Review reports. Article

> The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence at Brandeis University has issued a report recommending that medical insurers use prescription monitoring data to reduce the overdoses, deaths and healthcare costs associated with abuse of opioids and other prescription drugs. "At a time when the misuse and abuse of prescription opioids has reached epidemic levels, it's important that third party payers be able to use states' prescription monitoring data to make sure these drugs are prescribed appropriately," Peter Kreiner, principal investigator of the report, said in a statement. Announcement

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> For physicians, good body language conveys a lot more than friendliness--it can play a role in whether a doctor gets sued, according to research conducted by a Stanford University professor in 2002. Article

> If you don't want to depend on a hospital to fund a major technology or equipment purchase and can't quite pay out of pocket, a loan can be a viable option, Gray Tuttle, a principal with Rehmann's Healthcare Management Advisors, recently told Renal & Urology News. In many cases, financing may be the most affordable option, he added, when you consider factors such as income tax on practice profits and your expected return on investment compared to interest rates. Article

> Florida's House of Representatives passed a measure that would allow doctors to increase the number of physician assistants (PAs) they supervise from four to eight, despite concerns from some lawmakers that it would result in less physician oversight and supervision. Article

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