How Policy Gaps Fail People Who Inject Drugs and Contract Endocarditis

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Recent media reports suggest that healthcare providers around the country are grappling with how to respond to rising rates of endocarditis, a life-threatening infection caused by bacteria that enter the bloodstream and settle in the heart, linked to people who inject drugs. Reports in the New York Times and NPR describe the dilemma faced by physicians called on to perform repeat costly heart surgeries on patients who were re-infected with endocarditis as a result of ongoing illicit drug use.

Issue Briefs Offer Snapshot into Use of Health Information Technology Use by Hospitals, Health Systems

Issue briefs published by the American Hospital Association (AHA) present a snapshot of current hospital and health system use of health information technology with policy context and considerations.

GAO Report Documents Achievements by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation

The U.S. Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has met its goal of identifying, testing and improving new approaches to payment and delivery, according to a recently published review by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).