Telehealth Provides Rural Patients With Critical Preventative Care

From US News:

Telehealth, the process of accessing medical appointments through the internet, offers preventative and specialized patient care to many of the nation’s 62 million rural residents where hospitals are often lacking.

Rural residents who have been shut out of quality health care are often hardest hit by regulatory red tape.

“Rural Americans are older, sicker and poorer than their urban counterparts, and need these services,” said David Schmitz, president of the National Rural Health Association.

Experts said telehealth’s preventative care successes and ability to save the government money in the long-term will continue to make it a vital part of rural health care infrastructure for the foreseeable future.

U.S. hospitals set record for fast heart attack care

From the Post:

There’s never been a better time to be treated for a heart attack. U.S. hospitals have set a record for how quickly they open blocked arteries, averaging under one hour for the first time since these results have been tracked.

More than 93 percent of patients now have their arteries opened within the recommended 90 minutes of arrival.

White House Panel Recommends Declaring National Emergency on Opioids

From the NYT:

President Trump’s commission on the opioid crisis asked him Monday to declare a national emergency to deal with the epidemic.

The members of the bipartisan panel called the request their “first and most urgent recommendation.”

“With approximately 142 Americans dying every day, America is enduring a death toll equal to Sept. 11 every three weeks,” the commission members wrote, referring to the 9/11 terrorist attacks. “Your declaration would empower your cabinet to take bold steps and would force Congress to focus on funding and empowering the executive branch even further to deal with this loss of life.”

More than a third of U.S. adults prescribed opioids in 2015

From Reuters:

The United States needs to curb excessive opioid prescribing and improve access to pain management techniques, suggests a new government study.

Researchers found that more than one third of U.S. adults were prescribed the medications in 2015 and many also misused the drugs.