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UC San Diego School of Medicine study compares payments among different specialties

UC San Diego School of Medicine study compares payments among different specialties

The Physician Payments Sunshine Act, passed under the Affordable Care Act, requires all pharmaceutical and medical device companies to report payments to physicians, including consulting fees, gifts, speaking fees, meals, travel and research grants. This information is searchable to the public on a database called Open Payments, managed by the Centers for Medicare & Medical Services. [More]
Study finds 50% drop in uninsured hospital stays in Medicaid expansion states

Study finds 50% drop in uninsured hospital stays in Medicaid expansion states

Just six months after opening up health insurance to more low-income people, states saw a huge drop in the amount of care their hospitals provided to uninsured patients, and a rise in care for people with coverage, a new study finds. [More]
Study supports open and patient-centered visitation guidelines in critical care settings

Study supports open and patient-centered visitation guidelines in critical care settings

Watching the clock is becoming an outdated part of visiting a patient in intensive care, as more hospitals ease restrictions and develop more flexible policies focused on the preferences and needs of each patient. [More]
New perioperative guideline released for optimal management of geriatric patients

New perioperative guideline released for optimal management of geriatric patients

Responding to the needs of the country's growing older adult population, a new collaborative best practices guideline was released today for optimal care of older adults immediately before, during, and after surgical operations (a timeframe known as the "perioperative" period). [More]
Non-medical workers can identify patients at risk for hospitalization

Non-medical workers can identify patients at risk for hospitalization

Nearly 20% of hospitalizations by Medicare beneficiaries are followed by readmission within 30 days, costing billions of dollars in healthcare costs. Existing approaches to identify patients at risk for hospitalization are limited to episodic claims data. These claims-based approaches often fail to detect avoidable and costly admissions in the blind spot between doctor visits. [More]
Carondelet Health Network and Abrazo Community Health Network to stay in BCBSAZ network in 2016

Carondelet Health Network and Abrazo Community Health Network to stay in BCBSAZ network in 2016

The local, independent insurer Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona announced that Carondelet Health Network and Abrazo Community Health Network will remain part of the BCBSAZ network in 2016. The negotiations came to a close when Tenet Healthcare, the controlling entity for the two hospital systems, accepted a four-year deal. [More]
HealthWell Foundation opens new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from RCC

HealthWell Foundation opens new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from RCC

The HealthWell Foundation, an independent non-profit that provides a financial lifeline for inadequately insured Americans, today announced it has opened a new fund to provide financial assistance to Medicare patients suffering from renal cell carcinoma (RCC). [More]
Harmony Health Plan of Illinois to donate $10,000 to Kidz Korna

Harmony Health Plan of Illinois to donate $10,000 to Kidz Korna

Harmony Health Plan of Illinois, Inc., a subsidiary of WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG), will give $10,000 to Kidz Korna to help make the holidays special for 10,000 low-income children in Chicago's Englewood community. [More]
Study: Low-dose CT screening can reduce lung cancer mortality by 20% in high-risk population

Study: Low-dose CT screening can reduce lung cancer mortality by 20% in high-risk population

A national study involving 53,000 patients and 11 institutions (including Wake Forest Baptist) compared CT screens with chest X-rays and found that the scanning reduced lung cancer mortality by 20 percent in this high-risk population. [More]

New survey shows how patients, pharmacists benefit from med sync programs

A recent survey of National Community Pharmacists Association member pharmacies utilizing NCPA's Simplify My Meds (SMM) program documented how both patients and pharmacists benefit from medication synchronization programs, or "med sync." [More]
HealthCare Partners Medical Group receives IHA Medicare Advantage 4.5 Star Award

HealthCare Partners Medical Group receives IHA Medicare Advantage 4.5 Star Award

DaVita HealthCare Partners, a leading independent medical group in America and leading provider of kidney care services, today announced that HealthCare Partners Medical Group has received the Integrated Healthcare Association's Medicare Advantage 4.5 Star Award. [More]
Turing Pharmaceuticals emphasizes continued availability of Daraprim

Turing Pharmaceuticals emphasizes continued availability of Daraprim

Turing Pharmaceuticals AG, a privately-held biopharmaceutical company focused on developing and commercializing innovative treatments for serious diseases and conditions, today emphasizes the continued availability of Daraprim and cautions healthcare providers of proposed alternatives to Daraprim. [More]
NITOS coding platform allows users to examine role and value of medical imaging

NITOS coding platform allows users to examine role and value of medical imaging

A new free resource allows researchers to use Medicare and other payer claims databases to identify and meaningfully characterize medical imaging by noninvasive or invasive procedures, modality, body region and clinical focus. Developed by the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute, the Neiman Imaging Types of Service (NITOS) coding platform is an open source classification system, allowing users to readily extract utilization and cost data to examine the role and value of medical imaging. [More]
Reducing cost for screening does not increase colorectal cancer screening rates

Reducing cost for screening does not increase colorectal cancer screening rates

Making colonoscopy available at no cost to eligible Medicare beneficiaries under the Affordable Care Act did not increase the number of people in this target population who regularly undergo the procedure, says a new large scale national study from University Hospitals Case Medical Center Seidman Cancer Center. [More]
Stanford study finds that overprescription of opioids goes beyond ‘pill mill’ prescribers

Stanford study finds that overprescription of opioids goes beyond ‘pill mill’ prescribers

Most prescriptions for opioid painkillers are made by the broad swath of U.S. general practitioners, not by a limited group of specialists, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. [More]
Executive Care earns recognition as 2015 HomeCare Elite Top Agency

Executive Care earns recognition as 2015 HomeCare Elite Top Agency

Greystone Home Health of Columbus d/b/a Executive Care, part of the Greystone Health Network, has earned recognition as a 2015 HomeCare Elite Top Agency. The home health provider earned Top Agency status in 2014, and continues to be recognized as one of the top-performing home health agencies in the United States. [More]
VistaPharm announces launch of Potassium Chloride Solution

VistaPharm announces launch of Potassium Chloride Solution

VistaPharm today announced that it has launched Potassium Chloride Solution, USP, 10% in Unit Dose. The product is supplied to the market in a 50 count case of 30mL unit dose cups. [More]
Study may help guide patients and physicians to determine appropriate treatment option for early breast cancer

Study may help guide patients and physicians to determine appropriate treatment option for early breast cancer

In a review of guideline-concordant treatment modalities for women with early stage breast cancer, mastectomy and reconstruction had the highest rate of complications and complication-related costs, regardless of age. It was also the most expensive treatment option in a younger patient population, according to a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
Postponing chemotherapy may increase risk of death for triple-negative breast cancer patients

Postponing chemotherapy may increase risk of death for triple-negative breast cancer patients

Postponing the start of adjuvant chemotherapy for more than 90 days following surgery may significantly increase risk of death for breast cancer patients, particularly those with triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), according to a new study from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. [More]
Economic and racial barriers impact treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis

Economic and racial barriers impact treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis

In the first known study to examine the prevalence and treatment of psoriasis in older Americans, experts from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have found that black patients receiving Medicare are less likely to receive biologic therapies -medications derived from human or animal cells or tissues - for the treatment of moderate to severe psoriasis than white patients. [More]
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