Focus of the Week

September 24, 2018
Heart failure hospitalization has been a target for accountable care organizations seeking to find ways to cut costs from the healthcare system. But it remains to be seen how many of the estimated 2 million patients would gain access to the device if it received an expanded indication and payer coverage.
September 21, 2018
A majority of US physicians have a pessimistic view about the future of medicine, believe value-based payments won't improve quality of care or reduce costs, and treat patients with social conditions that impact their health.
September 20, 2018
A new issue brief from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reports on healthcare and recovery efforts 1 year after Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands (USVI), with residents still struggling to regain what they lost, a lack of capacity due to damaged facilities or lack of staff, and financing woes that will make moving forward difficult if they are not addressed.
 
September 19, 2018
While it is well understood that psychological distress is a major side effect of cancer and its treatment, and that stress can have a strong impact on patients’ quality of life, a new study indicated that stress is linked with markers of more advanced disease in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), the most common form of leukemia among adults.
September 18, 2018
With general consensus that those 70 years and older should not be routinely screened for prostate cancer, researchers argue that their study results identify an area for cutting low-value services to reduce healthcare spending.
September 17, 2018
The study by the National Institute on Aging produced a few surprises and was stopped early when aspirin showed no benefit.
September 14, 2018
Research has shown nonemergency medical transportation can be essential for patients in rural areas, as well as the poor, elderly, and chronically ill. In a Health Affairs blog post, authors from CareMore Health show how the company has found success with Lyft after a pilot program it ran in 2016.
September 13, 2018
Researchers determined the incidence and timing of rare, fatal side effects from immune checkpoint inhibitors, and said the number is still extremely low.
September 12, 2018
Researchers from the University of Utah explain that patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) were more than twice as likely to develop early-onset Parkinson disease or a related basal ganglia and cerebellum disease than peers who do not have ADHD. Among patients with more severe disease who are prescribed stimulant medications to control their ADHD, the risk was 6- to 8-fold higher.
September 11, 2018
While the rate remains unchanged from 2016, there was an observed shift from prescription opioids to other drugs and dangerous drug combinations.
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