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NHS payments to general practice, England 2016/17
NHS Digital has published details of NHS payments to individual providers of general practice services in England. Figures are given for the main payment categories which include “global sum” the minimum practice income guarantee (MPIG), balance of PMS expenditure, quality and outcomes framework (QOF) and enhanced services. (Source: NHS Networks)
Source: NHS Networks - September 21, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Lombard touts expected 50% cost reduction in restructuring effort
Lombard Medical Technologies (NSDQ:EVAR) said today it completed a restructuring of its business after implementing a plan to focus its sales efforts on the UK, Japan and China, as well as reducing operating and manufacturing costs as it seeks to breakeven with its cash flow. The UK-based company said that the restructuring is expected to result in a reudction of nearly $12 million in operating expenses next year when compared to last years expenditure levels, with costs reduced more than 50%. “During 2017, we have refocused sales and marketing activities in an effort to concentrate on our highest margin markets...
Source: Mass Device - September 14, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News lombardmedical MicroPort Scientific Source Type: news

Apple ’s New $1,000 iPhone X Is Luxuriously Out of Touch
You could be forgiven for seeing the iPhone as a functional and practical acquisition. The phone, after all, has revolutionized how we take pictures, order food, sign up for an exercise class, read the news, listen to music, communicate across thousands of miles through FaceTime and wait, as if reading tea leaves, as we watch the ellipses between exchanges with a new romantic partner. With each release of a new version, Apple makes its previous technology antiquated in mere seconds, thus shaming many of us to upgrade. For millions of us, the many capabilities of the iPhone make dropping several hundred dollars to acquire o...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 14, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Elizabeth Currid-Halkett Tags: Uncategorized Class iPhone tech technology Source Type: news

Business R&D performed in US reached $356 billion in 2015
Businesses spent $356 billion on research and development (R&D) performed in the United States in 2015, a 4.4 percent increase over the $341 billion spent in 2014. Of the total R&D expenditures in 2015, companies spent $22 billion (6 percent) on basic research, $56 billion (16 percent) on applied research, and $278 billion (78 percent) on development. The spending shares did not change from 2014. Those data points come from the Business R&D and Innovation Survey (BRDIS), ... More at https://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=243082&WT.mc_id=USNSF_51&WT.mc_ev=click This is an NSF News item. (Source: NSF News)
Source: NSF News - September 13, 2017 Category: Science Source Type: news

Medicare spending over $1B on drug with less efficacy
Researchers at Oregon State University found an expensive drug is driving up Medicare expenditures without evidence of greater effectiveness. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - September 11, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Expensive drug driving up Medicare expenditures without evidence of greater efficacy
(Oregon State University) Medicare spent more than $1 billion over a five-year period on a high-priced drug that has not been proven more effective for a collection of inflammatory conditions than much less expensive corticosteroids. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 11, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

How Aid in Cash, Not Goods, Averted a Famine in Somalia
Young girls line up at a feeding centre in Mogadishu. Credit: UN Photo/Tobin JonesBy Roshni MajumdarUNITED NATIONS, Sep 8 2017 (IPS)In February, when the government of Somalia sounded an alarm to the UN about risks of a famine in the country, the UN’s Office of Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), besides quickly shuffling a response team, was acting from a steep sense of history. The Office, instead of sending out massive aid packages, distributed cash vouchers to families who could spend it to buy goods according to their needs. The famine between the years 2010 and 2012, which killed more than a quarter of...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - September 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Roshni Majumdar Tags: Africa Aid Combating Desertification and Drought Development & Aid Economy & Trade Featured Food & Agriculture Headlines Health Labour TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Household Food Security in the United States in 2016 (September 2017)
This report presents statistics from the survey that cover household food security, food expenditures, and use of Federal food and nutrition assistance programs in 2016. (Source: PHPartners.org)
Source: PHPartners.org - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Financially struggling CCG has 'no plan' to hit deficit target
A clinical commissioning group that is in the capped expenditure process has said it has “no viable plan” to hit its control total this financial year. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 7, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

MEPS Data Users' Workshop - September 2017
September 19, 2017; Rockville, MD. AHRQ is conducting a full-day workshop to facilitate the use of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, Household Component (MEPS-HC) by the health services research community. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - September 7, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

DOE Advanced Nuclear Reactor Program Deemed Ineffective
According to a new report,  the Department of Energy’s program to develop advanced nuclear reactors has shifted priorities too often and overspent on facility upkeep. After $2 billion in expenditures, no advanced design is ready for deployment. (Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News)
Source: FYI: The AIP Bulletin of Science Policy News - September 5, 2017 Category: Physics Authors: awolfe Source Type: news

CCGs to stunt GP spending growth in national savings drive
Commissioners in Cheshire are set to cut the growth in their primary care budgets in response to the national capped expenditure process,  HSJ can reveal. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - September 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Falls in middle-aged adults presenting to emergency departments in Queensland, Australia: risk factor exploration (Safety-2016 abstract #94) - Li E, Clark M, Heesch K, Vallmuur K.
Background Falls represent a significant public health issue, with previous studies focusing on older adults. With an ageing population and corresponding escalation of health expenditure, the need to target the current and future health of middle-aged popu... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 4, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

Exclusive: Trusts hit by £500m unexpected inflation costs
NHS trusts are having to bear unexpected inflation costs of around £500m, which means the underlying financial gap between their income and expenditure has barely improved over the last year, policy experts have said. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - August 30, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

UPMC reports $14B in operating revenue for FY2017
UPMC reported operating revenue of $14 billion, net income of $991 million and operating income of $240 million for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday, spurred in part by new affiliations like UPMC Susquehanna. UPMC’s earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBIDA) was $732 million, and the system reported $6 billion in cash and investments, with a fiscal return of nearly 12 percent for the year. The system spent $589 million on capital expenditures in fiscal year 2017. The system's… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - August 30, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Lydia Nuzum Source Type: news

UPMC reports $14B in operating revenue for FY2017
UPMC reported operating revenue of $14 billion, net income of $991 million and operating income of $240 million for fiscal year 2017 on Tuesday, spurred in part by new affiliations like UPMC Susquehanna. UPMC’s earnings before interest, depreciation and amortization (EBIDA) was $732 million, and the system reported $6 billion in cash and investments, with a fiscal return of nearly 12 percent for the year. The system spent $589 million on capital expenditures in fiscal year 2017. The system's… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - August 30, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Lydia Nuzum Source Type: news

Nigeria: South African Minister Mocks Buhari, Other African Leaders for 'Health Tourism'
[Premium Times] South Africa's Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, on Monday scolded African leaders who seek medical care away from the continent, saying the culture has become a major drain on their countries health expenditures. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - August 30, 2017 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Report: Chinese medical device market growing faster than pharma
The medical device industry in China is experiencing rapid growth when compared to the global medtech market, as well as its  pharmaceuticals industry, according to a report from China Med Device. Between 2005 and 2015, the medical device market in China hit an annual growth rate of greater than 20%, according to the report, with demand for medical devices “expected to increase significantly.” In 2014 the medical device industry in China hit total sales of $387.4 million (Yuan 2,556 billion), up 20% year-over-year, beating the pharmaceutical industry’s growth for the year of 13%, according to the rep...
Source: Mass Device - August 29, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Distribution China Source Type: news

Reduced performance triggers turnover for nonprofit executives
(North Carolina State University) Nonprofit organizations that have declining expenditures -- an indication of reduced operations -- are more likely to seek new leadership, according to a new study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - August 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Sirtex swings to a loss after ‘ challenging ’ year
Shares in Australian cancer treatment developer Sirtex Medical (ASX:SRX) plunged more than 15% yesterday after the company posted a net loss of -A$26.9 million in 2016, compared to a profit of A$54 million the year before. Sirtex has faced a barrage of obstacles this year, including a number of clinical trials that failed to meet primary endpoints. The company’s full-year results were hit by a slowdown in sales growth of its SIR-Spheres Y-90 radioactive microspheres and by the costs linked to its restructuring efforts. In June, Sirtex said it planned to cut 15% of its workforce, estimating that it would sav...
Source: Mass Device - August 23, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Source Type: news

Parks After Dark turns Los Angeles County parks into safe havens for communities
A Los Angeles County recreational program created stronger ties within communities, improved relations between the community and law enforcement officers, and decreased crime,  according to a report by the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. The study also found that the program, called Parks After Dark, saved millions of dollars in policing and health care costs.The program was intended to make specific Los Angeles parks safer through positive community engagement by the Los Angeles County Sheriff ’s Department, while providing wider access to free recreation, health and wellness programs. The eff...
Source: UCLA Newsroom: Health Sciences - August 22, 2017 Category: Universities & Medical Training Source Type: news

HeartSciences wins CE Mark, launches MyoVista ECG in the EU
HeartSciences said today that its MyoVista high sensitivity electrocardiograph testing device won CE Mark and launched in Europe. The Westlake, Texas.-based company’s device measures the heart’s energy per heartbeat using Continuous Wavelet Transform, a type of advanced signal processing that provides doctors with a detailed visual description of a cardiac cycle’s energy distribution. Traditional resting ECG tech detects coronary artery disease less than 50% of the time, HeartSciences reported. “Currently, there’s a significant diagnostic gap in detecting heart disease early, resulting in a bu...
Source: Mass Device - August 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Cardiovascular Diagnostics Regulatory/Compliance heartsciences Source Type: news

How Paramedics helped BlueCross BlueShield of New Mexico Reduce ED Usage, Readmissions
The EMS profession has been suggesting Alternate Payment Models (APMs) for the services we provide for several years.  Many of us believe that the payment model used by most third party payers (Medicare, Medicaid, commercial insurers) provides what’s referred to as “perverse incentives," in essence forcing EMS to transport patients to an emergency department (ED) in order to be eligible for payment.  A recent article outlines a new initiative in New Mexico and a shift in thinking from some third party payers:   Since the program’s full launch in 2016, BCBSNM estimates that it saved $1...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 14, 2017 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Matt Zavadsky, MS-HSA, EMT Tags: News Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Navigating South Korea ’s Healthcare Paradox
In recent years, we have witnessed an explosion of interest among our pharmaceutical clients in conducting research in South Korea. Some emerging market analysts have suggested a ‘K’ should be added to BRIC, reflecting the country’s burgeoning economic status and its increasingly inclusion in global studies, not just regional Asia Pacific or emerging market studies. Indeed, there is ongoing debate about whether South Korea can still be considered ‘emerging’ as it i s a growing player in the pharmaceutical industry in its own right.   As well as looking at South Korea ’s health...
Source: EyeForPharma - August 11, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

Unstable housing to cost health care system estimated $111 billion over 10 years, study finds
(Boston University Medical Center) Unstable housing among families with children will cost the United States an estimated $111 billion in health and education expenditures over the next ten years, according to new research published by Children's HealthWatch based at Boston Medical Center. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Mayo Clinic contributes $28 billion to US economy, creates jobs nationwide
(Mayo Clinic) Today, Mayo Clinic released a societal impact report demonstrating the powerful effect the organization has on medical practice, patients and the American economy. The report -- a first-of-its-kind study for Mayo Clinic -- shows that Mayo Clinic contributed $28 billion to the US economy and created 167,000 jobs nationwide through its business expenditures and the employer multiplier effect. TEConomy Partners, LLC, a consulting firm that provides econometric analysis, conducted this study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 3, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Revenue Exceeds Expenditures for Many ABMS Member Boards
Change in net balance of American Board of Medical Specialties member boards grew from 2003 to 2013 (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry - August 2, 2017 Category: Psychiatry Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Pathology Source Type: news

Cost of Community Violence to Hospitals and Health Systems
American Hospital Association. 07/26/2017 This 19-page report presents the findings of a study of the financial impact to hospitals and health systems of dealing with all types of violence within their facilities and communities, to better illustrate the enormity of violence as a public health problem. It examines costs from the viewpoint of hospitals and health systems, identifying the expenditures and resource needs involved in responding to violence within their communities and workplaces. Chapters cover Prevention and Preparedness for Public and In-Facility Violence. (PDF) (Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disa...
Source: Disaster Lit: Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health - August 2, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: The U.S. National Library of Medicine Source Type: news

Board Certification Costs Called into Question (FREE)
By Amy Orciari Herman Edited by David G. Fairchild, MD, MPH, and Lorenzo Di Francesco, MD, FACP, FHM The American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) member boards are not meeting their " fiduciary responsibility to match revenue and expenditures, " researchers write … (Source: Physician's First Watch current issue)
Source: Physician's First Watch current issue - August 2, 2017 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Rising costs of old drugs increase Medicaid expenditure
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - August 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Bar expenditure by firms for referral fees to docs: CAG
The CAG has also recommended to CBDT to prescribe measurable parameters for assessment of charitable activities undertaken by private hospital trusts. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 28, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Poor spend a fortune on even basic healthcare
An AIIMS study showed that most patients, whether from the lower or middle class, were concerned about their out-of-pocket expenditure, which is high even in public hospitals. (Source: The Economic Times)
Source: The Economic Times - July 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Musculoskeletal disorder prevention dev Hinge Health raises $8m in Series A
Digital health startup Hinge Health raised $8 million in a Series A round to support its musculoskeletal disorder prevention and treatment technology. Funding in the round was led by European VC Atomico and joined by existing seed investors including Eleven Two Capital and the Vertical Group, according to VentureBeat. The San Francisco-based company’s tech, which operates around a series of wearable sensors, a smart-tablet and applications, looks to combat lower-back and joint pain. Hinge Health claims that lower-back and joint pain cost as much as $100 billion per year in the US alone, and that musculoskeletal disor...
Source: Mass Device - July 24, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News mHealth (Mobile Health) hingehealth Source Type: news

Cost of injury care in India: cross-sectional analysis of National Sample Survey 2014 - Tripathy JP, Jagnoor J, Prasad BM, Ivers R.
BACKGROUND: Injuries account for nearly 10% of total deaths in India and this burden is likely to rise. We aimed to estimate the out-of-pocket (OOP) expenditure and catastrophic expenditure due to hospitalisation or outpatient care as a result of any injur... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 22, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Stevens: Capped expenditure areas must 'get on with' savings
The NHS England chief executive has said organisations in the capped expenditure process “need to get on with” making planned savings, with the current search for further “hard choices” completed in most of them. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 17, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Health Service Use Unchanged From 1996 - 1997 to 2011 - 2012
Expenditures for various categories of medical services increased in almost every category assessed (Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge)
Source: Pulmonary Medicine News - Doctors Lounge - July 11, 2017 Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: Cardiology, Dermatology, Endocrinology, Family Medicine, Geriatrics, Gastroenterology, Gynecology, Infections, AIDS, Internal Medicine, Allergy, Critical Care, Emergency Medicine, Nephrology, Neurology, Nursing, Oncology, Ophthalmology, Orthopedics, ENT, Source Type: news

How FDA plans to help consumers capitalize on advances in science
By: Scott Gottlieb, M.D. We’re at a point in science where new medical technologies hold out the promise of better treatments for a widening number of vexing conditions. Over the last few decades, science has enabled fundamental advances in our understanding of the genetic and protein bases of human disease. These developments are already being translated into new medicines. In more cases, these treatments target the underlying mechanisms that drive different diseases. These advances hold out the promise of arresting and even curing a growing number of diseases. To build upon such opportunities, FDA will soon unveil ...
Source: Mass Device - July 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Blog FDA Voice Source Type: news

MEPS-HC Data Users' Workshop
September 19, 2018 Rockville, MD. This workshop will consist of lectures designed to provide a general overview of the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) along with lectures on MEPS-HC survey design, health care utilization, expenditures, medical conditions; and statistical issues and challenges researchers face while analyzing MEPS-HC data. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Medical expenditures rise in most categories except primary care physicians and home health care
This article was published in the July/August 2017 issue of Annals of Family Medicine research journal. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - July 10, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

NHS Funding and Expenditure
This briefing documents NHS expenditure since 1948. It also contains a summary of the structure of the NHS and how it is financed. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - July 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Bullying Takes Financial Toll on U.S. School Districts
Absenteeism by fearful kids linked to an extra $276 million in expenditures in California each year Source: HealthDay Related MedlinePlus Pages: Bullying, School Health (Source: MedlinePlus Health News)
Source: MedlinePlus Health News - July 6, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Regulators 'removed from reality' over capped expenditure
Two Healthwatch groups are urging regulators to put patients before finances after cash-strapped organisations were instructed to “think the unthinkable” to remain within restricted budgets. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 5, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Capped expenditure area CCG warns finances 'could deteriorate'
The clinical commissioning group covering one of the 14 areas subject to controversial new funding restrictions has warned its finances “could deteriorate” after identifying an “additional £15.2m of risk not included in [its] financial forecast”. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - July 4, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Pharmaceutical expenditure driven by costs not volume
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - June 30, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Trends in Enrollment, Offers, Eligibility and Take-Up for Employer-Sponsored Insurance: Private Sector, by State Medicaid Expansion Status, 2008-2015
This statistical brief uses data for private-sector establishments in the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component (MEPS-IC) to compare employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) trends across states that expanded Medicaid (expansion states) and states that did not expand Medicaid (non-expansion states). (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 28, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Regulators 'removed from reality' over capped expenditure
Two Healthwatch groups are urging regulators to put patients before finances after cash-strapped organisations were instructed to “think the unthinkable” to remain within restricted budgets. (Source: HSJ)
Source: HSJ - June 28, 2017 Category: UK Health Source Type: news

Backward elimination approach of regression model to decide the road safety policies across the states in India - Bokde ND, Gupta A, Kulat K.
OBJECTIVES: To observe the road traffic accidents pattern across the states in India and to conclude whether the expenditure on road and transportation infrastructure is really justified with the traffic safety across the country. To decide the road safety... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 24, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Engineering, Physics, Structural Soundness and Failure Source Type: news

The High Cost of Ageing
Veena S. Kulkarni is Associate Professor, Department of Criminology, Sociology, & Geography, Arkansas State University, U.S.; Vani S. Kulkarni is Lecturer, Department of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania, U.S.; and Raghav Gaiha is (Hon.) Professorial Fellow, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester, EnglandBy Veena S. Kulkarni, Vani S. Kulkarni and Raghav GaihaNEW DELHI, Jun 23 2017 (IPS)Evidence shows that health systems must be recast to accommodate the needs of chronic disease prevention. Disability is the umbrella term for impairments, activity limitations and participation restrictions. (Represen...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Veena Kulkarni Vani Kulkarni Tags: Aid Asia-Pacific Headlines Health TerraViva United Nations Source Type: news

Safety-net providers can adopt medical home models and improve primary care
(RAND Corporation) The medical home model of advanced primary care is being adopted by practices across the nation, but there have been questions about whether the approach can be accomplished in safety net settings. A new study finds that federally qualified health centers that participated in a program to help them adopt a medical home model were successful in doing so, but it did not decrease the use of specialty care, acute care services or Medicare expenditures. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - June 23, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news