Managed Care Minute: April 25, 2015

A one-minute look at managed care news during the week of April 20, 2015, including the how payment reform could hurt emergency care and Americans want the government to do something about high drug prices.

This week, a report from the Brookings Institute found that payment reform could have unintended consequences for emergency care. Greater adoption of alternate payment models could provide better support for non-emergency department physicians, thus reducing emergency department utilization.

Americans may still be divided on the Affordable Care Act, but a new Kaiser Family Foundation poll found that consumers are united in their desire to have the government to do something about high drug prices. They especially want protections for those taking drugs for chronic conditions like HIV, hepatitis, mental illness, or cancer.

Lastly, the newest issue of Evidence-Based Oncology is out and it is the first one with new editor-in-chief Joseph Alvarnas, MD. Read the full issue here.