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ICYMI: AR-15 wounds, opioid addiction prevention, readmission rates

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1. What I saw treating the victims from Parkland should change the debate on guns

A south Florida radiologist, who treated victims from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, explains how bullet wounds from an AR-15 vastly differ from typical handgun wounds. The AR-15 wounds are fatal because of the irreversible damage they cause.

Heather Sher, MD, hopes the deadly wounds from an AR-15 she just witnessed from the Parkland shooting are the last.  —The Atlantic

2. You’ve prescribed an opioid: Now what? 5 key strategies to prevent addiction

As the opioid crisis continues, it’s necessary for physicians to understand the factors that put patients at a higher risk of addiction, before they are even prescribed.

Caroline Carney, MD, chief medical officer at Magellan Healthcare in Arizona, gives providers five practical tips. —KevinMD

3. Lay-health workers reduce readmission rates in new study

Medicare, under the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, has been penalizing hospitals for excess readmission rates since 2013. In 2017, hospitals paid $528 million in penalties, roughly $108 million more than in 2016.

A new study reports lay-health workers, who act as a bridge between formal health services and patients, can reduce those rates drastically, especially with vulnerable patient populations.

Learn more about how lay-health workers can save hospitals money and keep patients healthier. — Healthcare Finance

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