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The most recent pattern of healthcare spending among Americans appears to show a divergence of expenditures trends for the wealthy, middle class, and poor, which suggests a redistribution of care toward wealthier Americans.
Some surgical procedures were associated with an increased risk of chronic opioid use among patients who had never used opioids prior to surgery.
This Week in Managed Care: July 30, 2016
This week, the top stories in managed care included the release of Medicare's Star ratings for hospital quality, a new proposal from CMS to require bundled payments for cardiac care, and an FDA panel recommended approving a continuous glucose monitoring system for dosing insulin.
Sharing information of diagnosis and treatment decisions reassured women newly diagnosed with breast cancer of their health choices, according to a new study published in JAMA Oncology.
The work with mice models revealed how the functioning of a key receptor affects the body's ability to burn fat.
A list of a few recent developments in the world of health information technology (Health IT).
While most the attention for reducing 30-day readmissions is with the Medicare population, the study shows that children's needs also demand attention.
What we're reading, July 29, 2016: a trans-Atlantic partnership has been formed to fight superbugs; the FDA halted blood collections in 2 Florida counties over Zika fears; and investigation confirms Zika cases in Florida were from local mosquitoes.
Recent coverage of our peer-reviewed research, in the healthcare and mainstream press.
What can a university do when students are getting the mumps, even though they were vaccinated as children? The CDC examines what happened at the University of Illinois.
A new study has found that combining ipilimumab with local peripheral treatments such as radiotherapy or electrochemotherapy can significantly better survival in patients with melanoma.
The study examined records for more than 124,000 people with type 2 diabetes over a 7-year period.
The number of state psychiatric beds still available to serve the nation’s most ill and potentially dangerous psychiatric patients is at its lowest level ever recorded, setting off a crisis of unmet need throughout the country.
To help clinics meet the objectives and reporting requirements of the Oncology Care Model (OCM), Flatiron Health has developed OncoEMR, a cloud-based electronic health record (EHR) coupled with an analytics tool.

From the Journals

Data from the phase 3 METEOR trial presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed that cabozantinib reduced the risk of death in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma by 34%, compared with everolimus.
Patients with lung cancer who participated in a Web-based system for reporting and tracking their symptoms achieved dramatic gains in survival compared with individuals who were followed with typical protocols, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology by a group from Israel that evaluated the price trend of 30 anticancer agents following their launch, found that prices may increase by as much as 44% even after adjusting for inflation.
During a health policy session at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Steven J. Katz, MD, MPH, discussed the Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay, and it's impact on recommendations for chemotherapy in early-stage breast cancer.
Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company highlights the challenges in managing conflicting state and federal laws, and balancing patient privacy interests against the state’s interests in healthcare reform.
An enhanced risk model incorporating medication use, prior healthcare utilization, and mental health with comorbid health conditions predicts healthcare utilization better than health conditions alone.
Shared medical appointments have the potential to improve clinic efficiency, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction when managing chronic rhinosinusitis.
In a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey secondary analysis, privately and publicly insured patients with diabetes were both more likely to meet quality indicators than the uninsured.
Early attempts to measure awareness of Choosing Wisely showed promising results. As the campaign and associated activities have grown, greater awareness and acceptance of Choosing Wisely among clinicians is anticipated.
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