While the official death toll of Hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in September 2017, was estimated at 64 people, the actual count may be closer to 3,000, according to a new, independent study.
The replication crisis has been an elephant in the room for social scientists for the last few years—with many influential, bedrock studies appearing to be less rigorous than initially accepted. Some expected as many as two of every three studies couldn’t be replicated. While the social sciences are a bit adjacent to those in medicine, the implications of the latest research may help all fields improve best practices in designing and executing clinical studies.
While the healthcare market has evolved to better cater to consumers’ demands and offer specialized care, physicians are still referring patients in outdated ways. This costs health systems by increasingly sending patients to receive out-of-network services, according to a recent study by Kyruus, which surveyed 100 primary care providers and 100 specialists affiliated with U.S. health systems.
In fiscal year 2017, the Medicaid program doled out about $37 billion in improper payments, an increase from $29.1 billion in improper payments recorded in 2015, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.
A team of Australian researchers found those who consulted online resources had better interactions, because it led to more informed discussions while not undermining trust in diagnoses and treatment plans. Still, while the activity was generally considered positive, searches could increase patient anxiety.