Focus of the Week

August 01, 2019
Female patients who are homebound with advanced Parkinson disease (PD) are more likely to lack any caregiver and more likely to be single or widowed, according to a report published this week.
July 31, 2019
High costs of care, particularly for prescription drugs, dominated a discussion of cancer care at the state level during the June 27, 2019, National Comprehensive Cancer Network Policy Summit in Washington, DC.
July 30, 2019
CMS announced changes to make it easier for the consumer to know what they are paying for in healthcare and for physicians to manage chronic conditions.
July 29, 2019
The University of Michigan Center for Value-Based Insurance Design (V-BID), in collaboration with a group of healthcare stakeholders, has announced the details of V-BID X, a template for reducing cost sharing for certain high-value services and raising cost sharing for certain low-value services while not increasing premiums or deductibles.
July 26, 2019
Some cancers, such as breast cancer and leukemia, were well-funded compared with their incidence, mortality, and person-years of life lost, while others, such as gastrointestinal and brain cancers, were all poorly funded.
July 25, 2019
A new report from the HHS’ Office of the Inspector General praises 20 high-performing accountable care organizations (ACOs) for the strategies they are using in the shift to value-based care.
July 24, 2019
A recently published study used linguistic analysis to investigate communication gaps between patients with Parkinson disease and physicians about off periods using a database containing dialogues recorded during regular office visits. Not only did the recordings show 4 specific areas that need improvement, they also showed a care gap between what the physicians thought they did and what actually happened.
July 23, 2019
Patients were 16% more likely to have a cardiovascular event if their prescription was rejected and 21% more likely to have a cardiovascular event if they did not fill their prescription.
July 22, 2019
The bill would reduce prices up to 75% based on anticipated 2020 levels, according to Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, the lead sponsor.
July 19, 2019
When it comes to performing high-risk procedures, the majority of hospitals do not perform them often enough to meet safety standards, according to a new report from The Leapfrog Group.
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