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July 11, 2017            

By Mendy Hecht, Hamaspik Gazette

Teladoc spends $440M for consultation firm Best Doctors

Purchase, NY — New York-based telemedicine company Teladoc will be acquiring Boston-based medical consultation firm Best Doctors for $440 million.

The acquisition will add Best Doctor’s network of 50,000 specialists to Teladoc’s 3,100 physicians and therapists.  It also brings analytics, cognitive computing and patient-centric capabilities to support Teladoc’s telehealth platform—giving Teladoc a global footprint.

Hospitals see dramatic increase in opioid-related visits

Washington,D.C. — according to data released in late June by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ, inpatient and emergency room visits for opioid-related issues increased substantially from 2005 to 2014.

Emergency-room visits were up by nearly 100 percent, while inpatient visits increased by 64 percent.  Women are now just as likely as men to seek care at a hospital, according to the data.

The hospital visits varied widely by state. Maryland topped the list at 404 admissions per 100,000 residents while Iowa had a rate just under 73 per 100,000.