Focus of the Week
January 19, 2018
Five health systems are coming together to form a new nonprofit generic drug company that will addressing rising generic drug costs and drug shortages at hospitals.
January 18, 2018
CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the administration will review the so-called Stark Law, which was enacted to prevent independent physicians from referring Medicare patients to facilities where they have a financial benefit.
January 17, 2018
Republican Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is calling on regulators and Southern Illinois University to account for reports that a researcher conducted rogue trials of an experimental herpes vaccine.
January 16, 2018
The FDA has launched a new pilot program that will evaluate whether disclosing certain information within clinical study reports following approval of a new drug application enhances public access to drug approval information, according to a statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD. The agency is also working to add a trial's ClinicalTrials.gov identifier number to the agency’s materials for future drug approvals.
January 15, 2018
Chris Christie vowed to devote his final year as New Jersey's governor to fighting opioid abuse. A veteran advocate says Christie has accomplished more than people realize, and his use of the bully pulpit should not be underestimated.
AI Can Help in Healthcare, but Normal Intelligence Is Still Needed, Panelists Say at JP Morgan Conference
January 12, 2018
Artificial intelligence (AI) can be trained with data sets to recognize patterns and improve healthcare outcomes. But first, healthcare needs to get better at using normal intelligence to solve problems, said panelists at the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, California.
Mid-Atlantic Hospitalist Group Expands With Like-Minded Firm, Expects 2018 to See Additional Growth Opportunities
January 11, 2018
Adfinitas Health, the largest private hospitalist group in the Mid-Atlantic region, describes how its first acquisition complements its advanced pactice provider (APP) staffing model as it looks to continued opportunities in 2018.
January 10, 2018
Alex Azar, President Donald Trump’s nominee to be the next secretary of HHS, suggested during his testimony before the Senate Finance Committee that pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) would be the most effective tool to negotiate for lower drug costs, and said that PBMs should negotiate physician-administered drugs covered under Medicare Part B.
January 09, 2018
A report from the American Cancer Society estimated new cancer cases and deaths for 2018 and took a look at the most recent data to determine cancer incidence through 2014 and mortality through 2015.
January 08, 2018
The study confirms reports heard throughout the country in the years since implementation of the Affordable Care Act.