Access to Low-Cost Sovaldi: Pharmacy Tourism
The global price discrimination with Sovaldi has brought to light "pharmacy tourism" - patients trying to acquire the same drug at as much as 1% of the price of the drug in the US market.
Forcing Leukemia Cells to Behave
During laboratory experiments, while growing these leukemic cells, the authors observed that some of the cancer cells in culture were changing shape and size into what looked like macrophages. Subsequent experiments confirmed that by manipulating some of the transcription factors, these human cancer cells could be transformed into macrophages, which can engulf and digest cancer cells and pathogens.
Medicaid Expansion Improved Diabetes Detection, Study Finds
The study, conducted by the national laboratory Quest Diagnostics, found that in states that expanded Medicaid, he number of Medicaid enrollees with newly identified diabetes rose by 23%, to 18,020 in the first 6 months of 2014, from 14,625 in the same period in 2013.
Workplace Insurance Enrollment Unaffected by the ACA
There has been much hand wringing over the health law requirement that large employers this year offer insurance to workers who put in 30 or more hours a week or face penalties for not doing so. A new study found that so far there’s little cause for concern.
Seeking Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program
The federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program will run out of money on September 30. Until recently, Congress showed little interest in paying for it. But this week, the House agreed on a bill that would continue the $13 billion program in its current form through 2017.
Biogen's Alzheimer’s Drug Sharply Slows Cognitive Decline
An experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease sharply slowed the decline in mental function in a small clinical trial, researchers reported Friday, reviving hopes for an approach to therapy that until now has experienced repeated failures.
SGR Fix Bills Include Proposed Health IT Changes
A bipartisan coalition in the House and Senate introduced identical bills that repeal Medicare's notorious formula for setting physician pay and, have implications for health information technology.
Managed Care Minute: March 21, 2015
A one-minute look at managed care news during the week of March 16, 2015, including bills from Congress to fix the sustainable growth rate formula and anticipation over the PCSK9 inhibitors.
House, Senate Introduce Bills to Fix SGR
The agreement would put an end to 17 straight fixes to the sustainable growth rate that have not found a permanent solution for addressing the Medicare cost cuts envisioned in the original legislation.
Stakeholders Provide Insight on the Oncology Care Model
Payers, oncologists, and oncology policy experts provide their feedback on the Oncology Care Model developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, which aims to link payment to the quality of care, improve access to care, and enhance information sharing.
Coalition Looks at ACO Formation, Safer IT, and Healthcare of the Future
The ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition, an initiative of The American Journal of Managed Care, launched a little over a year ago to give stakeholders focused on accountable care opportunities to share ideas on how to move from volume- to value-based models. The Coalition’s most recent Web-based session shows how meetings have evolved to highly detailed discussions of how organizations are making those transitions.