Focus of the Week

November 15, 2017
Medical health research spending in 2017 is likely to increase, primarily due to an additional $2 billion earmarked for the National Institutes of Health, but the long-term outlook for research and development is uncertain. The authors cite the current administration’s calls for large cuts to federal research funding across non–defense-related areas as a potential cause of reduced spending on health research.
November 14, 2017
A study published in JAMA analyzed 155 health conditions, 36 age and sex groups, and 6 types of care to determine the impact of population growth, population aging, disease prevalence or incidence, service utilizations, and service price and intensity on healthcare spending increases in the United States from 1996 to 2013.
November 14, 2017
The technology allows patients to send a signal to caregivers or physicians through a web-based portal.
November 10, 2017
While consumers must buy coverage or face penalties under the individual mandate for now, there is speculation that a Trump tax plan could remove this feature of the Affordable Care Act.
November 09, 2017
A recent report from Price Waterhouse Cooper’s Health Research Institute says that, while electronic health records have become ubiquitous in recent years, the systems still have significant room for improvement.
November 08, 2017
After the Maine Legislature passed legislation to expand Medicaid on 5 separate occasions and each time the bill was vetoed by the governor, the state's voters took the issue into their own hands this election day.
November 07, 2017
As the idea of accountable care gains traction worldwide, there are challenges participating physicians and organizations face. An article in Health Affairs introduced a comprehensive framework for implementing the healthcare model and provided 3 approaches for implementing accountable care utilized by 3 different countries.
November 06, 2017
The report from PwC states that people who met criteria for traditional Medicaid enrolled in larger numbers after the ACA, apparently with help from navigators.
November 03, 2017
The former CMS administrator, who coined the term the Triple Aim, spoke about what he sees ahead in technology and how uncertainty is affecting the healthcare quality movement.
November 02, 2017
The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has announced the receipt a 3-year grant, totaling $13.9 million, from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF).
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