Health System

What We’re Reading: UK Variant Potentially Deadlier; Partisan Gap in Vaccine Hesitancy; Efforts to Curb Rising Drug Prices

February 15th 2021, 3:22pm


British scientists report research linking a UK coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) variant with higher risk of hospitalization and death; polls highlight the partisan gap among Americans willing to be vaccinated against COVID-19; state legislators nationwide are targeting legislation to curb rising drug prices.

Humana, IBM Watson Health Collaborate to Improve Health Benefit Transparency

February 11th 2021, 1:00pm


Humana and IBM Watson Health collaboration to streamline access to accurate information on benefits and health care costs for Humana employer group members, agents, and employers.

Examining VBID's Role in the COVID-19 Pandemic Response and Beyond

February 10th 2021, 6:30pm


Experts outlined the impact value-based insurance design (VBID) has had on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic response and future potential applications of the model.

What We’re Reading: ACA Expansion in Democrats’ COVID-19 Bill; Vaccine Hesitancy, Refusal; CanSino Vaccine Reports Efficacy

February 9th 2021, 3:42pm


House Democrats include a major expansion of Affordable Care Act (ACA) subsidies in their proposed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) relief package; differences between vaccine hesitancy and refusal are spotlighted; CanSino Biologics’ 1-shot vaccine is 65.7% effective against symptomatic COVID-19 cases.

The Role and Rationale for Oral Options in the Treatment of Metastatic Breast Cancer

February 8th 2021, 5:00pm


Breast cancer oncologists explore more recent advances using oral chemotherapies to treat metastatic breast cancer.

Socioeconomic Status May Determine Patient Survival From Multiple Myeloma

February 6th 2021, 4:45pm


Patients’ socioeconomic status is a significant factor in predicting survival rates for multiple myeloma, according to a new study.

FDA Approves Less Toxic Liso-Cel in R/R Large B-Cell Lymphoma

February 5th 2021, 9:30pm


A CAR T-cell therapy that promises fewer side effects, and possibly lower hospital costs, wins approval after lengthy delays.

Employer Health Centers Expand Virtual Care Services Amid Pandemic

February 4th 2021, 10:23pm


A survey by Willis Towers Watson found that nearly half of employer onsite and near-site health centers expanded virtual care services during the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic, including in chronic condition management and behavioral health.

HIV May Increase Risk of Severe COVID-19 Infection

February 3rd 2021, 4:00pm


With New York being at the crossroads of the HIV epidemic and the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, a group of researchers wanted to know what, if any, correlation there was between the 2 disease states.

Drop in Cardiovascular-Related Deaths Possibly Linked to Economic Improvement

February 2nd 2021, 4:00pm


An investigation of economic data from 3123 US counties, from 2007 to 2016, indicates that the cardiovascular mortality drop the authors saw may be a result of improved economic conditions.