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High out-of-pocket costs linked to lower use of specialty drugs

High out-of-pocket costs linked to lower use of specialty drugs

"Specialty drugs" have become important treatment options for many serious and chronic diseases, and in some conditions like cancer they represent the only chance for long-term survival. [More]
Endocrine Society issues recommendations to improve care for people with diabetes

Endocrine Society issues recommendations to improve care for people with diabetes

To provide integrated care for people who have diabetes and may be at risk of developing related medical complications, the U.S. health care system needs to continue building effective multidisciplinary care team models, according to new recommendations issued by the Endocrine Society today. [More]
Increased travel distance to cancer treatment facility affects receipt of RT

Increased travel distance to cancer treatment facility affects receipt of RT

Increased travel distance to a cancer treatment facility negatively impacts the likelihood that patients with stage II/III rectal cancer will receive radiation therapy (RT) to treat their disease, according to a study analyzing 26,845 patient records from the National Cancer Data Base that was published in the March 2016 issue of International Journal of Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics, the official scientific journal of the American Society for Radiation Oncology . [More]
Evolent Health's Complex Care program validated by Care Innovations Validation Institute

Evolent Health's Complex Care program validated by Care Innovations Validation Institute

Today, Evolent Health announced that its Complex Care program, which focuses on high-risk chronic patients with extensive care management needs, has been validated by the Care Innovations Validation Institute, an organization that provides health care industry consumers with credible validation of population health outcomes. [More]
Vascular events in CML may not be linked to TKI therapy

Vascular events in CML may not be linked to TKI therapy

The increased risk of vascular events observed among elderly patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia, compared with patients without cancer, may not be driven by tyrosine kinase inhibitor therapy, US researchers suggest. [More]
Study finds disparities in discontinuing diabetes drug rosiglitazone following FDA safety alert

Study finds disparities in discontinuing diabetes drug rosiglitazone following FDA safety alert

Among older adults with diabetes, certain subgroups--including white patients and those with lower incomes--were slower to discontinue the diabetes drug rosiglitazone after a US Food and Drug Administration safety alert, reports a study in the April issue of Medical Care. [More]
Indego exoskeleton receives FDA certification for U.S. use

Indego exoskeleton receives FDA certification for U.S. use

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given clearance to market and sell the powered lower-limb exoskeleton created by a team of Vanderbilt engineers and commercialized by the Parker Hannifin Corporation for both clinical and personal use in the United States. [More]
Phase 3 study: Sarilumab monotherapy meets primary endpoint in active rheumatoid arthritis patients

Phase 3 study: Sarilumab monotherapy meets primary endpoint in active rheumatoid arthritis patients

Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. and Sanofi today announced that a Phase 3 monotherapy study met its primary endpoint demonstrating that sarilumab was superior to adalimumab (marketed by AbbVie as HUMIRA) in improving signs and symptoms in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at Week 24. [More]
Complex biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies lack evidentiary standards

Complex biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies lack evidentiary standards

Potentially useful biomarker tests for molecularly targeted therapies are not being adopted appropriately into clinical practice because of a lack of common evidentiary standards necessary for regulatory, reimbursement, and treatment decisions. [More]
PACE: A community-based long-term care model for elderly

PACE: A community-based long-term care model for elderly

A new article "A Case Exemplar for National Policy Leadership: Expanding Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE)," in the March 2016 Journal of Gerontology, chronicles the beginnings of PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) and outlines its rise to nationwide acceptance. PACE is a viable and sustainable model of community-based long-term care that provides coordinated and comprehensive services with an interdisciplinary patient-centered team model that is paid for through Medicare, Medicaid, and other insurers. [More]
RUVICA (ibrutinib) capsules approved for treatment-naïve CLL patients

RUVICA (ibrutinib) capsules approved for treatment-naïve CLL patients

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved IMBRUVICA (ibrutinib) capsules for treatment-naïve patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). [More]
AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, LSU Health New Orleans create new fellowship program

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, LSU Health New Orleans create new fellowship program

AmeriHealth Caritas Louisiana, a Medicaid managed care health plan serving Louisiana, and the LSU Health New Orleans School of Public Health, today announced the creation of a new fellowship program that each year will allow up to seven LSU Health New Orleans medical students who are also enrolled in the Master of Public Health (M.P.H.) degree program to spend four to eight weeks in the policy offices of Washington, D.C. organizations. [More]
HSS study examines cost-effectiveness of knee replacement surgery in high- and low-volume hospitals

HSS study examines cost-effectiveness of knee replacement surgery in high- and low-volume hospitals

If all patients scheduled for knee replacement were directed to high-volume hospitals for the surgery, it could save the U.S. healthcare system between $2.5 and $4 billion annually by the year 2030, according to a study at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. [More]
Health Catalyst, Partners HealthCare named recipients of Microsoft Health Innovation Awards

Health Catalyst, Partners HealthCare named recipients of Microsoft Health Innovation Awards

Health Catalyst and Partners HealthCare today announced they have been named recipients of Microsoft Corp.'s 2016 Health Innovation Awards. The organizations won the "Reinventing Productivity and Business Processes" category, which evaluates solutions that transform care delivery or population health by connecting clinicians and staff to new processes and insights. [More]
New study demonstrates role of hospital nurses in ensuring safe outcomes for surgical patients

New study demonstrates role of hospital nurses in ensuring safe outcomes for surgical patients

A new study from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing's Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research (CHOPR) shows that patients, who undergo elective hip and knee surgery in hospitals with inadequate nurse staffing and poor nurse work environments, are more likely to require re-hospitalization. [More]
Study reveals demographic and clinical disparities associated with substernal thyroid goiters

Study reveals demographic and clinical disparities associated with substernal thyroid goiters

Older patients, minorities, and male patients are more likely to develop substernal thyroid goiters that are difficult to remove surgically, putting them at risk for treatment complications and death, say researchers in the January 6 online in the American Journal of Surgery. [More]
Bundled payments for total joint replacements improve quality of care, outcomes in Medicare patient

Bundled payments for total joint replacements improve quality of care, outcomes in Medicare patient

Implementing bundled payments for total joint replacements resulted in year-over-year improvements in quality of care and patient outcomes while reducing overall costs, according to a new three-year study from NYU Langone Medical Center. [More]
Johns Hopkins researchers create new model to address patient safety, quality of care in outpatient centers

Johns Hopkins researchers create new model to address patient safety, quality of care in outpatient centers

When implementing a unified, whole care delivery system, a strong organizational framework that includes the participation of all staff members — from the board room to the community practice — is critical, Johns Hopkins researchers report. [More]
eviCore healthcare acquires Boston-based QPID Health

eviCore healthcare acquires Boston-based QPID Health

eviCore healthcare, a company committed to enabling better outcomes for patients, payers and providers through advanced medical benefits management, today announced that it has acquired Boston-based QPID Health. [More]
Graham School introduces new Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Informatics

Graham School introduces new Master of Science Degree in Biomedical Informatics

Biomedical informatics, one of the world's fastest-growing interdisciplinary fields, is the latest graduate degree program offered by the University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies. [More]
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