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The uptick in BMI among professional baseball players coincides with the steroid era, although there were also advances in nutrition and training that could explain weight gain.
Based on ICER’s evaluation, a significant reduction in the wholesale acquisition cost (WAC) of approved checkpoint inhibitors would be necessary to achieve a pre-determined value-based price benchmark.
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While there have been large increases in the cost of new cancer treatments for patients with metastatic breast, lung, or kidney cancer, or chronic myeloid leukemia, researchers found that there were also large gains in life expectancy.
In the year since New Jersey regulators approved OMNIA, the state's health insurance market has experienced the same upheaval seen elsewhere: the number of options on the exchanges has shrunk from 5 to 2.
Susan Dentzer On Digital Medicine's Progress and Potential
Digital health programs like telehealth have already made progress in fields like mental health by expanding access and lowering costs, but there are opportunities to achieve much more in the future, according to Susan Dentzer, president and CEO of The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation.
During the fall meeting of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations (NAACOS) in Washington, DC, speakers from the government and from various ACOs across the country shared their insights into the success and opportunities of these delivery models. Here are 5 takeaways from the NAACOS fall conference.
Dr Mario E. Lacouture on Maintaining Quality of Life While Treating Melanomas
Patients with melanoma have more promising options than ever with the advent of targeted therapies and immunotherapies, said Mario Lacouture, MD, director of the Oncodermatology Program at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. His research aims to provide patients the best possible quality of life while taking these treatments, which can often have adverse effects.
What we're reading, September 30, 2016: HHS prioritized payments to Obamacare insurers over the Treasury; the CDC is concerned flu vaccinations may be down; and UnitedHealth Group and University of California come together for new partnership.
Dr Nellie Konnikov Discusses Teledermatology in the VA
Research has shown that care provided through teledermatology is comparable to that delivered in face-to-face appointments, and future dermatologists are being taught to deliver care this way to improve patient access to expert dermatological care, said Nellie Konnikov, MD, professor and chief of dermatology at the Boston Department of Veterans Affairs.
Dr Thomas C. Quinn Outlines Measures to Prevent HIV Infection
Focus on behavioral interventions to prevent HIV transmission has been unsuccessful but the more recent intervention of using antiretroviral drugs has more promise, said Thomas C. Quinn, MD, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health.
Researchers at the Mayo Clinic are recommending that premenopausal women with a low risk of ovarian cancer should be spared unnecessary comorbidities associated with bilateral oophorectomy.
The Abbott system allows physicians to gather up to 14 days' worth of glucose data without the patient having to interact with any device, or even calibrate it.
During the plenary session on the first day of the fall meeting of the National Association of Accountable Care Organizations, CMS' Sean Cavanaugh discussed the outcomes of the Medicare ACO programs and members of 2 successful ACOs joined him on stage to provide their input.

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The authors propose statewide programs that would expand the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program for all medications—not just opiates—in order to reduce outpatient medication errors.
Second of 2 parts: Coverage of the first half of the session appeared in the May issue of Evidence-Based Diabetes Management.1
Second of 2 Parts: See Part 1, in Evidence-Based Diabetes Management, coverage of Patient-Centered Diabetes Care 2016.
This study conducted a cost-benefit analysis of appointment-based medication synchronization for improving adherence in patients on chronic medications for hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes.
For some patients newly diagnosed with type 2 diabetes, skipping metformin monotherapy and going straight to fixed-dose combinations with a DPP-4 inhibitor or an SGLT2 inhibitor makes sense, evidence shows.
Compared with Japan, the United States has substantially less geographic variation in surgical outcomes, but it has higher variation in cost.
Two competing insulin / GLP-1 combinations, one from Sanofi and the other from Novo Nordisk, are under review at FDA.
Outpatient surgeries in the United States account for roughly 7% of annual healthcare expenditures. To exploit substantial opportunities to improve the value of outpatient surgical care, the authors composed an evidence-based care delivery composite for national discussion and pilot testing.
This article details strategies based on principles from psychology and economics that health systems may use to align with physicians.
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