Focus of the Week

January 16, 2019
Breast cancer risk estimation models identify women who are at high risk based on a variety of factors, and women who are identified as being at high risk may be able to reduce their chance of breast cancer through preventative measures such as prophylactic surgeries or chemoprevention medications. However, uptake of these preventative treatments varies among racial groups, new research from The Ohio State University finds that racial disparities in healthcare are to blame.
January 15, 2019
Patients with cancer who have comorbidities are less likely to have clinical trial discussions, be offered a clinical trial, and participate in a clinical trial, according to a new study.
January 14, 2019
While depression and diabetes have been linked previously, the study from Hong Kong examined the effects of an early diagnosis of type 2 diabetes on hospitalization over time.
January 11, 2019
One-time curative treatments provide a huge challenge to health systems that were not created with them in mind. Despite having no approved treatments, bluebird bio has proactively released a model to pay for these one-time cures in a way that provides value to patients and the health system.
January 10, 2019
Rules around Medicaid work requirements can’t be fixed in such a way that would allow states to implement them without the negative effects of people losing health coverage, according to a report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
January 09, 2019
For the 25th consecutive year, the cancer mortality rate in the United States has declined, according to The American Cancer Society’s annual report on cancer rates and trends. The overall 27% drop in mortality rate translates into 2.6 million fewer deaths from cancer between the years 1991 and 2016.
January 08, 2019
While rising costs of brand-name drugs are largely a result of existing drug price inflation, rising costs of specialty drugs and generics are mostly driven by new product entry.
January 07, 2019
Research and regulatory gaps in the use of marijuana will only grow unless the scientific community and policy leaders fill the void, according to a commentary series in Annals of Internal Medicine on marijuana’s rising availability.
January 04, 2019
Hospitals that are participating in Medicare’s mandatory bundled payment model for hip and knee replacements reported a decrease in spending per episode of $812 compared with control hospitals not participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) program.
January 03, 2019
The year 2019 will finally be when the healthcare industry, particularly payers and providers, finally begins to catch up to other industries in terms of giving the consumer what they want.
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