Focus of the Week

November 30, 2018
New reports from the CDC have highlighted troubling increasing trends in suicides and drug overdose rates as life expectancy in the United States declined.
November 29, 2018
With health policy increasingly transferring to the state level, what’s the most effective way for states to cover the majority of their population through affordable health insurance leveraging public funds? On a day when the Trump administration unveiled 4 ways states can request Section 1332 waivers, some of which are aimed at avoiding key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), an advocacy organization released its own proposal to cover more of the uninsured and lower health insurance costs.
 
November 28, 2018
A study published this week suggests that some anticancer treatments speed up the biological aging process, and this aging effect could be linked to the cognitive decline experienced by patients undergoing cancer treatment. 
November 27, 2018
While team-based approaches to primary care transformation provide benefit to patients with chronic illness by reducing acute care utilization, it may lead to higher use among healthier patients.
November 26, 2018
Findings showed that children in primary care who received guidance on managing their weight over a year did as well as those who received treatment in major research clinics. The results are encouraging, given the rise in obesity around the globe.
November 23, 2018
Chronic diseases remain a significant challenge for older Americans, and Humana is using a holistic approach, leveraging value-based reimbursement models, to improve health outcomes and quality measures for the insurer’s Medicare Advantage (MA) members, according to a new Humana report, “The Intersection of Health + Care.”
November 22, 2018
With the possible release of 2 therapies for peanut allergies on the horizon, the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) is opening up a review looking at the effectiveness and value of these potential treatments and oral immunotherapy (OIT) regimens.
November 21, 2018
Even if gene therapies do prove to be cost-effective in providing patients with much-needed treatments for genetic diseases, the question of how to pay for these therapies remains largely unanswered. 
November 20, 2018
During a case study, employees were more willing to have less robust coverage in areas like dental, vision, and diagnostic benefits so that the group could have access to more comprehensive mental health and maternity services.
November 19, 2018
A 2015 study sponsored by the National Institutes of Health made a change in blood pressure guidelines seem inevitable. But there is disagreement between the standards promoted by societies for family physicians and those for cardiologists, leading to confusion for those in daily practice.
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