Focus of the Week
July 04, 2018
While measures implemented by CMS in 2017 stabilized the individual marketplace and improved performance of health insurance exchanges, those without federal subsidies have limited coverage options, according to the reports.
July 03, 2018
Project Baseline, launched a year ago in April, was brought to life by Duke University School of Medicine, Verily, Stanford Medicine, and Google to better understand the transition from health to disease and shift healthcare in the United States from reactive to proactive.
July 02, 2018
Although most practices participating in CMS' Oncology Care Model (OCM) are among the most sophisticated in the country, they've run into challenges and have identified areas for adjustment in the 5-year pilot.
Population-Level Health Initiatives Can Improve Health and Reduce Risk of Heart Disease in a Community
June 29, 2018
Findings from a 10-year research project show that implementing health initiatives at a population level can improve health and reduce the risk of heart disease for an entire community.
June 28, 2018
Payers have been rolling out disease management programs as a way to both control costs and improve outcomes for patients with chronic diseases, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, diabetes, and others. But what happens to health outcomes when components of care considered COPD disease management in the United States are considered part of usual care elsewhere in the world?
June 27, 2018
A new research study from the Baylor College of Medicine finds that vaccine nonmedical exemption rates are inversely associated with vaccine coverage—especially for measles, mumps, and rubella—in certain geographic locations, which can increase the likelihood of preventable outbreaks in those regions.
June 26, 2018
HHS Secretary Alex Azar appeared before the Senate Committee on Finance today to discuss the Trump administration’s efforts to drive drug innovation and affordability, answering a slew of questions revolving around the "American Patients First" blueprint, increasing generic and biosimilar competition, and value-based pricing.
June 25, 2018
During remarks at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Policy Conference, FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, called for more data sharing and explained how the FDA is working to modernize the clinical trial process.
June 22, 2018
Enrollment in Medicare Advantage plans has grown sharply to cover one-third of all Medicare beneficiaries. During that growth, customer satisfaction with these plans remains stable, according to a new report from J.D. Power.
June 21, 2018
As CMS proposes to alter how it reports patient safety data, the Leapfrog Group released a report saying more hospitals are reporting infections since 2015.