IBM's Watson Impacts All Aspects of Discovery Research
Improved cognitive computing by the supercomputer has accelerated the pace of scientific breakthroughs by discovering previously unknown connections in Big Data.
HHS Announces ACA Funding for Patient-Centered Homes
Obama administration has granted over $35 million to support facility improvements in 147 health centers nationwide to deliver better coordinated care.
Value in Cancer Care: AJMC Publishes ASCO Conference Coverage, Statement from Chief Medical Officer
Evidence-Based Oncology, a news publication of The American Journal of Managed Care, this week published coverage from the 50th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The regular issue of Evidence-Based Oncology, published with the ASCO special issue, features a statement on ASCO’s value initiative from Chief Medical Officer Richard L. Schilsky, MD.
Regional Payer-Provider Dispute Could Prove Unhealthy
UniNet and BCBS of Nebraska are negotiating over the renewal terms of a contract that is to expire end of August. Failure of talks could leave several hospitals and physicians out-of-network for Blue Cross members.
Kaiser's New Tool to Track the US Global Health Budget
The interactive tool provides historical trends as well as tracks funding levels across programs, US agencies, and initiatives.
Tracking Spending Among the Commercially Insured
Recent growth in health care spending for commercially insured individuals is due primarily to increases in prices for medical services, rather than increased use, according to a new study led by researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, published today in the American Journal of Managed Care.
Behavior Counseling for Obese and Overweight, Says USPSTF
The recommendation, based on a review conducted by KPRA EPC, identified significant changes in metabolic parameters like glucose, blood pressure, and LDL, following counseling, among individuals with cardiovascular risk factors.
Kids With Hypertension Have $1,000 A Year in Added Healthcare Costs, AJMC Study Finds
While the problem of childhood obesity has received attention, the connections among childhood obesity and hypertension, and their associated costs, have received less scrutiny. A new study in The American Journal of Managed Care estimates healthcare costs related to high blood pressure and body mass index in children and teens.
Joe Jimenez, Novartis CEO, Doesn't Expect An Early Impact of Biosimilars
Sandoz, the companies generics unit, recently submitted an application with the US FDA for approval of it's biosimilar filgrastim; it's the first-ever biosimilar application with the FDA.
Cancer Screening Rates Influenced by Medicaid Reimbursement
The study, published in the journal Cancer, identified a direct correlation between Medicaid payout for office visits and cancer screening in several states.
Medicare ACOs Can Learn Lessons From Earlier Demo Project
The precursor to Medicare's large and growing accountable careprogram ran five years and ended the month after the Affordable Care Act became law. The results, summarized in a new report, have proved prescient and may inform policy changes the CMS is expected to issue soon.
Pfizer-Merck Immunooncology Collaboration Announced
Following the news that pembrolizumab may be approved earlier than expected, Pfizer and Merck have announced a partnership to evaluate the PD-1 inhibitor in combination with Pfizer's Xalkori.
HHS Announces New Head of
Kevin Counihan, who has been in charge of Access Health CT, Connecticut's health insurance exchange, has extensive private and state-run health care.
New Head of Is Connecticut’s Counihan
Kevin Counihan, the head of Connecticut's health insurance marketplace, will be the new CEO of, the website that 36 states use to sell Affordable Care Act insurance, the administration announced at noon today.
Coalition Invites Mount Sinai ACO to Share Lessons Learned About Improving Diabetes Outcomes
The American Journal of Managed Care’s ACO Coalition, now at 100 members, gives healthcare leaders a way to share ideas for improving population health. A recent Web-based exchange involving Mount Sinai ACO’s diabetes strategy showed how the initiative is working to spread good ideas across the country.
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Medicaid and CHIP Plans to Cover Autism Services for Children
The CMS directive could mean ABA (applied behavior analysis) coverage, which is quite effective in autistic children.
Using the Internet to Recruit Participants in Personalized Trials
The University of Colorado is trying to recruit patients on the internet for a trial to test ponatinib in a rare form of lung cancer.
DepoVax Technology Proves Effective in NIH-Sponsored Ebola Vaccine Study
The study, conducted in cynomolgus monkeys, explored several candidate vaccines from NIAID's preclinical services program.
University of Alabama Offers eMedicine
The service is aimed to provide the state’s first online service to treat common medical conditions.
Who Pays for Drugs When A Patient Enters Hospice? It’s About to Get Complicated for Part D Plans
Hospice has long been seen as a solution to achieving both quality of care and cost control at the end of life. The arrival of Medicare Part D has raised concerns that some drugs are paid for twice, but efforts to fix the problem will shift some burdens on to Part D plans, according to The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits.
The State of Oregon Sues Oracle
The lawsuit, which was a long time coming, names top executives within Oracle, and claims damages as much as 240 million and penalties as high as $480 million for each allegation of wrongdoing.
ACA May Reduce Refunds
Millions helped by Obama health law may get hit with reduced tax refunds unless they act soon.
Merck's PD-1 Inhibitor May be Approved Earlier Than Anticipated
Pembrolizumab was expected to be approved by October, but the turnaround might be much earlier.
High-Value Providers Beget More Competition, pPayer Pilot Suggests
Access to prices and just a bit of nudging seems to not only help members find the best deals on elective health services like imaging but also spur some competition among providers.