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A new study in this week’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report finds that people with arthritis are more likely to limit their activities due to their symptoms if they live in a rural county, indicating the need to offer targeted interventions to this population.
Leah Ralph: ACCC Concerned About Potential Impact of MedPAC Proposals
When MedPAC released several proposals to control Part B reimbursement costs, the ideas within them were not a surprise, explained Leah Ralph, director of health policy at the Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC). However, the ACCC has some concerns about how these proposals could impact cancer patients’ access to care.
Podcast: This Week in Managed Care—CBO Scores AHCA, and Other News
Every week, The American Journal of Managed Care® recaps the top managed care news of the week, and you can now listen to it on our podcast, Managed Care Cast.
Although providers might turn to PCSK9 inhibitors to treat patients at risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease or familial hypercholesterolemia for whom statins do not work, the initial denial rate for this therapy can be very high.
Michael Griffin's Health Policy Suggestion: Medicaid For All
Given the chance to suggest a healthcare policy change to lawmakers, Michael Griffin, president and CEO of Daughters of Charity Services, would recommend making Medicaid available to all Americans. Griffin said this would reduce cost while greatly expanding access.
This Week in Managed Care: May 26, 2017
This week, the top managed care news included the Congressional Budget Office's new score for the American Health Care Act; the White House released its fiscal year 2018 budget; and a cancer drug approval that is a first for the FDA.
Based on the results of the phase 2 ZUMA-1 trial in patients with refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma, Kite Pharma has submitted for, and received, a priority review for its chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-T cell treatment, axicabtagene ciloleucel.
A new study published in Diabetes Care investigates ways to prevent driving accidents among patients with type 1 diabetes, who may be at higher risk of having such mishaps.
Few people have adequate savings for long-term care, and most assume they will care for relatives and rely on family for their own care. A survey from the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research found support for family leave policies across members of both parties.
A panel discussion on biosimilars at the ISPOR 22nd Annual International Meeting compared the progress in the United States with Europe, which has had a 10-year head start on the market.
Coverage of our peer-reviewed research in the healthcare and mainstream press.
Lee Barrett Explains How Abundance of Health Data Increases Risk of Breaches
As the amount of healthcare data and information exchange continues to grow, so does the threat of data breaches and cyberattacks, according to Lee Barrett, executive director of the Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission.

From the Journals

Enrollees in Medicaid plans employing prior authorization policies for opioid medications may have lower rates of opioid medication abuse and overdose.
This study investigates the impact of state prescription drug monitoring programs on drug overdose mortality rates for all drug categories.
The healthcare burden of opioid abuse is substantial; abusers often have complex healthcare needs and may require care beyond that which is required to treat abuse.
Across many measures of Veterans Health Administration mental health care program characteristics, treatment continuity is most strongly and positively associated with patient satisfaction.  
This study utilizes a validated instrument to create case and control groups to measure the effect of the Veterans Health Administration (VHA)’s patient-centered medical home (PCMH) model on utilization patterns among veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
This study highlights disparities in care for diabetes and hypertension for individuals with serious mental illness compared with the general Medicaid and Medicare populations.
An interview with Daryl Pritchard, PhD, vice president for Science Policy at the Personalized Medicine Coalition, on the FDA's drug approval process, developments in the personalized medicine field, and reimbursement models that integrate diagnostics.
This study identified populations with non-cancer chronic pain to determine which patients may be more likely to receive an opioid prescription in an outpatient setting.
An overview of the FDA's Oncology Center of Excellence—a collaborative approach to the clinical approval process.
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