NOW AVAILABLE: AMCP Spring 2013 Conference Coverage
Highlights from The Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy's 25th Meeting & Expo, which took place on April 2–5, 2013, in San Diego, CA, are available in a newsletter published by The American Journal of Managed Care.
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Health information technology presents an exciting opportunity for researchers interested in applied work, according to Karen B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, MSc, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Although approved last September in the European Union, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence had refused to cover the drug at the company-dictated price, which resulted in patients paying out-of-pocket.
Sweeping changes to the way America delivers care at the end of life would better serve patients and their families while bringing the healthcare savings that managed care has long sought, according to the Institute of Medicine report, “Dying in America,” which was released yesterday.
Putting various branded drugs in “non-preferred” tiers and charging higher copays for them has been used for a number of years to steer consumers to use less costly medicines by giving them “skin in the game.” But authors writing for The American Journal of Managed Care are alarmed by the policies of some insurers that now have designated entire classes of widely used generic drugs “non-preferred,” leaving many patients without any low-cost treatment options for their diseases.
A study published today found that 16 major U.S. food companies that pledged to cut calories from foods sold consumers cut 6.4 million calories, or 10.6 percent, over a five-year period ending in 2012. Authors of the study say the results show that selling Americans healthier food need not be at odds with a healthy bottom line, and that “the results should encourage other manufacturers and retailers to follow suit.”