HHS forum takes on issue of high prescription drug costs; Aetna, CHOP partner for pediatric care ACO;

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> The Department of Health and Human Services convened experts and other stakeholders for a daylong forum Friday to discuss the hot-button issue of rising prescription drug costs, ABC News reports. Article

> Humana has earned a position on the S&P Climate Disclosure Leadership Index by disclosing high-quality carbon emissions, energy data and a strategy to address climate change-related risks through CDP's climate change program. CDP is an international not-for-profit that drives sustainable economies. Announcement

> Aetna has partnered with Children's Hospital of Philadelphia for the insurer's first pediatric accountable care organization, under which it will reward physicians for meeting quality measures, lowering costs and increasing patient satisfaction. Announcement

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> Non-opioid users who were prescribed painkillers upon hospital discharge were nearly five times more likely to become chronic opioid users after a year than patients not prescribed opioids when discharged, a recent study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found. Article

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> "Big data" informatics, made possible by the rapid growth in electronically recorded data, will transform the practice of medicine and can provide solutions to many of the challenges faced by the field of radiology. Article

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