One of the most vexing problems in managed care is the lack of pricing transparency: patients can't act like consumers when they don't have information on what they are buying. This week, the need for healthcare pricing transparency took center stage in several places.
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.