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The report found that in-person coaching and digital formats with human coaching were both effective and delivered value. ICER's review comes as Medicare is creating reimbursement standards to take effect in January 2018.
A study by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, found that patients who have access to both the prices charged by a testing laboratory as well as reference pricing, they choose lower-cost laboratories, resulting in overall cost savings.
CMS will face the question of whether to approve Governor Matt Bevin's requests, which include work requirements, or see if he follows through on a threat to cancel Medicaid expansion for 450,000.
What we're reading, July 27, 2016: UnitedHealth and Aetna are looking to join California's Medicaid program; the World Health Organization is considering removing transgender identity from list of mental disorders; and medical schools rethink how to treat addiction.
A new review of Medicare prescription drug plans suggests that these plans need incentives that will push them to consider long-term outcomes and costs because they tend to consider only short-term clinical outcomes and costs related only to the pharmacy benefit.
Presented by The Atlantic at the Democratic National Convention, the forum saw members of Congress, a scientist, and a patient all call for more prevention and early intervention in a disease that could swamp the federal budget by 2050.
What we're reading, July 26, 2016: revenues from Gilead's hepatitis C drugs continue to fall; Arizona's plan to unfreeze enrollment in CHIP has been approved; and Colombia declares an end to the Zika virus epidemic.
The monoclonal antibody daratumumab (Darzalex) has been granted breakthrough designation, the second for this drug, for use in combination with either lenalidomide and dexamethasone or bortezomib and dexamethasone, for patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least 1 prior therapy.
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