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Dr Don Berwick Discusses AF4Q and the 2016 Presidential Election
Getting people to change their mentality when it comes to their health is a very difficult prospect, but one that researchers attempted to tackle as part of the Aligning Forces for Quality (AF4Q), explained Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, president emeritus and senior fellow of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Berwick served as the special guest editor for the supplement publishing results of the AF4Q initiative.
For years, researchers have looked for a solution that would mean fewer injections for those with type 1 diabetes.
While Mylan has steadily increased the price of EpiPens since 2007, the uproar from consumers is more recent. This suggests that for several years, payers masked the cost of the product, but that has changed with the popularity of high deductible plans.
A majority of hospitals that may be required to participate in the new Medicare cardiac bundled payment models would not experience losses or gains over $500,000 per year, according to a recent analysis by Avalere Health.
Researchers from Italy and France have coauthored an article in the New England Journal of Medicine that blames novel diagnostic technologies, increased access to healthcare services, and increased medical surveillance for the thyroid cancer epidemic around the world
What we're reading, August 24, 2016: Tennessee signed off on high premium hikes as its exchange is close to collapse; 5 states sue the Obama administration over a transgender healthcare policy; and a new non–travel-related Zika case is identified in Tampa Bay.
Karin VanZant Suggests Looking at the US Health System from a Macro Perspective
Karin VanZant, executive director of Life Services at CareSource, explained that 1 issue in trying to improve the US healthcare system overall is that stakeholders are not taking a macro perspective approach. She said that what individuals and industry stakeholders should be focusing on is overall American well being, which includes aspects like housing and food access.
Governor Phil Bryant's opposition to expansion contrasts with his public support for other healthcare initiatives, such as a new diabetes research center and telehealth research.
The recommendation comes after a review of evidence of how sugar consumption affects children's health. FDA is scheduled to add information on added sugar to food labels in 2018.
A new study by researchers at the Institute of Cancer Research has substantiated that hormone replacement using estrogen and progesterone increases the risk of breast cancer, especially with longer use.
What we're reading, August 23, 2016: Republicans in Congress indicate they may be willing to fix the Affordable Care Act instead of repeal it once President Obama is out of office; an Alzheimer's drug receives fast-track designation from the FDA; and Pfizer to acquire Medivation.
Lonny Reisman on the Complexities of Improving Medication Adherence
Medication adherence is a complex issue, and Lonny Reisman, MD, CEO of HealthReveal, emphasized the importance of better understanding what methods or strategies will help motivate patients to do what is in their best interest.
A new report by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute recommends a bundled payment model for breast cancer screening, with the objective of improved patient care and a more efficient use of healthcare resources.
A $245 million priority review voucher is essentially wasted, not over the therapy, but the delivery device.

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The authors found that comorbidity burden and the direction of behavioral change influence the relationship between adherence and medical spend. This could affect the cost-benefit considerations of medication adherence programs.
This issue of Evidence-Based Oncology is dedicated to understanding the implications, scope, and opportunities within the realm of cost sharing in oncology.
Financial burden is a potential nonclinical adverse event in cancer patients. As patients, especially those in the lower income ranges and the middle class, struggle to meet their medical bills, the likelihood of them skipping doses or doctor’s visits is quite high.
Reducing barriers to hematopoetic stem cell (HPC) transplant is critical to supporting patients with one of the more than 70 blood cancers and other blood disorders (such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myloplastic dysplasia) for which a transplant may be the only therapy remaining with curative intent.
Young adult (YA) cancer survivors are hit the hardest in the wallet by their treatment. The average net worth of YAs who have received grants from The Samfund is a staggering –$35,000, while their counterparts in the general population is $68,000
Precision oncology, or the clinically and financially efficient use of genomically matched treatments and clinical trials, is evolving as a potentially important starting point for cancer care within successful alternative payment models.
Since 2005, American Cancer Society has sponsored the Health Insurance Assistance Service, a unique initiative to help cancer patients navigate the private coverage system and to educate policy makers about how coverage works for patients with this serious and chronic condition.
When it comes to health coverage, most Americans face an unnerving reality—they have no idea what is covered under their health insurance policy until after they are affected by illness or disease.
A study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that patients who have access to the prices charged by a testing laboratory, as well as reference pricing, choose lower-cost laboratories, a move that results in overall cost savings.
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