National articles

The expanding role of pharmacists in a transformed healthcare system

Pharmacists practice in a variety of health care settings. Although they are most often associated with dispensing medications in retail pharmacies, their role is evolving to include providing direct care to patients as members of integrated health care provider teams. The critical role that medication management plays in treating chronic diseases suggests that the integration

New Alzheimer’s Assoc. report finds less than half of people with Alzheimer’s say they were told the diagnosis

The Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, released today, found that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor. In contrast, more than 90 percent of people with the four most common cancers (breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer) say

Bright Spots Project launched

The Foundation, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), are launching a new “bright spots” health research project. The goal is to learn about factors that support a culture of health in Appalachian communities and to determine if that knowledge can be translated into actions that address health disparities between Appalachia and

New report on mental health calls for better federal coordination

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), a non-partisan agency that reviews and provides oversight over federal programs, has issued a report emphasizing lack of coordination at the leadership level in the administration of federal programs for children, youth and adults with serious mental illness. The GAO’s report concludes that there has been poor coordination among the eight agencies

Tax time: Getting your financial house in order

After the sticker shock that accompanied last year’s tax code regulations, many will be happy that 2014 is going out on a quieter note. However, there are still some changes and lingering questions about a number of extenders that could adversely impact your bottom line on both a personal and professional basis. Tony Jones, CPA,

ATA addresses state telemedicine gaps

The American Telemedicine Association (ATA) undertook the unenviable task of capturing the complex policy landscape of 50 states with 50 varying telemedicine policies to create a telemedicine gaps analysis in two critical policy reports covering physician practice standards and licensure, and coverage and reimbursement.  Physician Practice Standards and Licensure According to the September 2014 ATA