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1. Study finds promising patient portal–related effects on health outcomes
Access to a patient portal can increase engagement in outpatient visits and reduce emergency room visits and hospitalizations in patients with multiple chronic diseases, according to a study published in PLOS ONE. ePharm Brief
 
 
 
2. Medicaid work requirements led to coverage loss in Arkansas, even with no employment changes
Thousands of adults in Arkansas lost insurance coverage in the first six months after Medicaid work requirements were implemented, with no change in employment, according to a new study from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. ePharm Brief
 
 
 
3. Smart speakers could monitor for heart attacks in people's sleep
Researchers at the University of Washington have developed a new tool to monitor people for cardiac arrest while they're asleep without touching them. ePharm Brief
 
 
 
4. ACA cuts to cost-sharing reduction payments actually helped affordability
A move by the White House in 2017, which was decried by many health policy analysts as an attempt to undercut the Affordable Care Act (ACA), had unanticipated consequences that improved the affordability of health insurance for Marketplace enrollees. ePharm Brief
 
 
 
5. Automatically generating medication lists from EHRs may pose safety risk
When it comes to keeping track of prescribed medications between clinic visits, many patients rely on printed medication lists automatically generated from EHRs. ePharm Brief
 
 
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