Merck lowers prices of some drugs after Trump calls out industry
Merck& Co on Thursday announced price cuts to some of its medicines, including a 60 percent reduction to a little-used hepatitis C treatment, after U.S. President Donald Trump criticized drugmakers for failing to help reduce healthcare costs for consumers. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Prioritizing mental health will decrease medical healthcare costs: OPINION
Talking about mental health needs to become a priority, or it will keep costing everyone. (Source: ABC News: Health)
Source: ABC News: Health - July 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Health Source Type: news

Medtronic Pumps Confidence in MiniMed Through Performance Guarantee
Medtronic has been leading the industry in the charge toward value-based care, and its efforts have been paying off in spades, as MD+DI has recently observed. Now, the company has found yet another way to stay ahead of the curve. The company recently launched a new performance guarantee program around its MiniMed 670G insulin pump. The new program is an outcomes-based offering for payers and employers designed to mitigate costs for diabetes-related complications. With this guarantee, Medtronic said it will provide flat-fee reimbursements of up to $25,000 per pump over four years for qualifying diabetes-related inpatient ho...
Source: MDDI - July 18, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Zebra Medical Vision wins FDA nod for Coronary Calcium Scoring algorithm
Israeli machine-learning radiology firm Zebra Medical Vision said this week it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Coronary Calcium Scoring algorithm. The company said the algorithm is designed to automatically calculate a patient’s Agatston equivalent coronary calcium score from ECG gated CT scans to improve assessments of patients at risk for coronary artery disease. “Identification of high-risk individuals is key to prevention Zebra’s algorithm could run on CT studies of the chest and potentially help identify people with cardiovascular risk sooner, allowing more effective treatment and overall reduc...
Source: Mass Device - July 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Cardiovascular Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Imaging Regulatory/Compliance Zebra Medical Vision Source Type: news

Featured Review: Nurses as substitutes for doctors in primary care
Delivery of primary healthcare services by nurses instead of doctors probably leads to similar or better patient health and higher patient satisfactionCurrent and anticipated problems such as ageing, increased prevalence of chronic conditions and multi-morbidity, increased emphasis on healthy lifestyle and prevention, and efforts to move care from hospitals to communities encourage countries worldwide to develop new models of primary care delivery. Interest in using nurses to expand the capacity of the primary care workforce to address these problems is increasing. The substitution of trained nurses (such as nurse practiti...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - July 12, 2018 Category: Information Technology Authors: Muriah Umoquit Source Type: news

Medtronic & #039;s Value-Based Partnerships are Paying Off in Spades
Dublin, Ireland-based Medtronic continues to lead the charge toward value-based care, and it's beginning to pay off in a big way.  One of the company's value-based care partners, UnitedHealthcare, has seen a 27% decline in the rate of preventable hospital admissions for Medtronic insulin pump users compared to patients on multiple daily insulin injections, according to an analysis of more than 6,000 members with diabetes on Medtronic MiniMed 630G and previous generation insulin pumps. And that's just in the first year of the partnership. The analysis included a mix of members using both standalone insulin pumps and pu...
Source: MDDI - July 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Governors and Mayors Across USA Join Good Days to Proclaim July 10 as...
Awareness Day Promotes Actions to Decrease Individual Risks and Lower National Healthcare Costs(PRWeb July 10, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/07/prweb15619602.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - July 10, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Could a Direct-to-Consumer Sensor Improve Adherence?
In March, Adherium received 510(k) clearance from FDA for over-the-counter (OTC) sales of its Smartinhaler sensor for AstraZeneca’s Symbicort aerosol asthma inhaler and is now preparing to sell its sensor-based solution directly to patients. The sensor, which has since been rebranded as Hailie, fits around a patient’s inhaler “a bit like a jacket,” explains CEO Arik Anderson. The Bluetooth-enabled sensor can be integrated into any inhaler and pairs with an app on a smartphone (see below right) to provide “coaching support” such as dosing reminders and alerts, he told MD+DI. It can c...
Source: MDDI - July 6, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

Africa:Mali Joins Call for Increased Efforts to End the Plight of Child Undernutrition
[African Union] The economy of Mali is losing 265 billion CFA francs (US$450 million) - more than 4 percent of annual GDP - to the effects of child undernutrition, a multi-agency study has found. The Cost of Hunger in Mali (COHA), blames the losses on increased healthcare costs, additional burdens on the education system and, further down the line, reduced workforce productivity. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - July 4, 2018 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Value-based reimbursement aims to lower costs and improve outcomes in healthcare
There ’s a simple explanation for why healthcare costs are rising at twice the rate of inflation: The fee-for-service reimbursement model incentivizes healthcare providers to focus on the volume of care, rather than the quality or outcome, and definitely not the cost. Fixing this broken system, howeve r, is not so simple. The fee-for-service model has become a perverse incentive, says Jeb Dunkelberger, director of value reimbursement strategy& innovation at Pittsburgh-based Highmark Blue Cross … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Olivia Barrow Source Type: news

Value-based reimbursement aims to lower costs and improve outcomes in healthcare
There ’s a simple explanation for why healthcare costs are rising at twice the rate of inflation: The fee-for-service reimbursement model incentivizes healthcare providers to focus on the volume of care, rather than the quality or outcome, and definitely not the cost. Fixing this broken system, howeve r, is not so simple. The fee-for-service model has become a perverse incentive, says Jeb Dunkelberger, director of value reimbursement strategy& innovation at Pittsburgh-based Highmark Blue Cross … (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Olivia Barrow Source Type: news

Heart Disease Exacts High Financial Toll on Low-Income Families Heart Disease Exacts High Financial Toll on Low-Income Families
One in four low-income families with a member with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease experience a high financial burden owing to out-of-pocket healthcare costs.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - July 3, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Cardiology News Source Type: news

This AI Just Beat Human Doctors On A Clinical Exam
Now the startup behind it claims tohave the cure to rising healthcare costs, with a blend of medical advice from humans and AI. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - June 28, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Parmy Olson, Forbes Staff Tags: NASDAQ:GOOG Source Type: news

Can Fresca & #039;s Sleep Apnea Device & #039;Curve & #039; the CPAP Compliance Problem?
    SAN CLEMENTE, Calif., June 25, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- FRESCA Medical, Inc., a privately held sleep solutions and connected health company, announced today that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted their de novorequest to market the CURVE™ Positive Airway Pressure delivery system for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  The de novo pathway is reserved for marketing approval of novel devices of low to moderate risk. The FRESCA system includes a dedicated flow generator, a lightweight and ergonomic air delivery hose, and a comfortable nasal pillow...
Source: MDDI - June 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Fresca Medical wins de novo nod from FDA for Curve sleep apnea device
Fresca Medical said today it won FDA de novo approval for its Curve positive airway pressure delivery system designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea. The Curve CPAP system includes a flow generator, air delivery hose and nasal pillow patient interface, the San Clemente, Calif.-based company said. The system also features the company’s SmartValve technology which it claims allows the system to treat OSA with less airflow than conventional CPAP systems. “Fresca Medical is committed to developing disruptive and effective technologies for sleep apnea sufferers who cannot tolerate the currently available therapies...
Source: Mass Device - June 25, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Regulatory/Compliance Respiratory frescamedical Source Type: news

Head of New U.S. Corporate Health Plan Cites Surgery as Biggest Cost Head of New U.S. Corporate Health Plan Cites Surgery as Biggest Cost
Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon who was named this week to head the company being formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to trim employee healthcare costs, on Thursday cited surgery as the single biggest U.S. healthcare cost and said there are ways to both cut costs and improve patient care.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

Head of new U.S. corporate health plan cites surgery as biggest cost
San Diego (Reuters) - Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon who was named this week to head the company being formed by Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase to trim employee healthcare costs, on Thursday cited surgery as the single biggest U.S. healthcare cost and said there are ways to both cut costs and improve patient care. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

WGS helps diagnosis and reduces healthcare costs for neonates in intensive care
(European Society of Human Genetics) Two studies looking at the effect of carrying out rapid genome sequencing on children born seriously ill, but where diagnosis is difficult, show that it can provide speedy answers and lead to appropriate treatment. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - June 15, 2018 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Good Days Unveils Special Website and Free Online Resources for...
Awareness Day Promotes Actions to Decrease Individual Risks and Lower National Healthcare Costs(PRWeb June 14, 2018)Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/06/prweb15563298.htm (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - June 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

How Cisco, Intel and others negotiating better health deals for their workers with Stanford
Silicon Valley tech giants — seeking ways to tackle rising healthcare costs while also offering competitive benefits that attract and retain top talent — are increasingly creating their own employee health care plans with the help of Stanford Health. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - June 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Jennifer Elias Source Type: news

Hypertension costly to patients, society
(Reuters Health) - Each year, U.S. adults with high blood pressure incur almost $2,000 more in annual healthcare costs, according to a new study (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

How freestanding emergency rooms impact your business ’ healthcare costs
If you think every time you turn around there is another standalone emergency room being built where an empty parking lot once stood — you aren’t that far off. Free standing emergency departments (FSEDs) — emergency rooms that are not attached to a hospital — have seen major growth in states such as Texas, Colorado and Arizona where a certificate of need for the development of new health care facilities is not required. But what do these freestanding ERs have to do with your business? They… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 11, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kate Perreault Source Type: news

Fed up with rising costs, big U.S. firms dig into healthcare
SAN JOSE, Calif. (Reuters) - At its Silicon Valley headquarters, network gear maker Cisco Systems Inc is going to unusual lengths to take control of the relentless increase in its U.S. healthcare costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Siemens, CVS, Athenahealth back new Pa.-based medtech accelerator
Siemens (NYSE:SI), CVS Health (NYSE:CVS) and Athenahealth (NYSE:ATHN) have joined on as backers of Smart Health Innovation Lab, a new Lancaster, Penn.-based medtech accelerator that opened this week. The accelerator was developed collaboratively by Aspire Ventures, Capital BlueCross, Clio Health and Penn Medicine Lancaster General Health, according to a press release. The incubator lab will provide a 12-week certification process to support innovative healthcare technologies. “We share a common vision with the Smart Health Innovation Lab to enhance collaboration and innovation across the healthcare eco...
Source: Mass Device - June 8, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Research & Development Athenahealth Inc. CVS Health Siemens Source Type: news

Kentucky Residents Struggle to Afford High Healthcare Costs; Express Bipartisan Support for a Range of Government Solutions
A survey of more than 900 Kentucky adults conducted from Feb. 7-Feb. 23, 2018, found that: 72% experienced healthcare affordability burdens in the past year, even more are worried about affording healthcare in the future; and many express strong bipartisan support for policymakers to address these problems. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 4, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Adherium looks to give doctors a window into their patients ’ lives
To control an asthma patient’s symptoms, doctors will prescribe an inhaler to stop symptoms from cropping up and a rescue inhaler to be used if patients find themselves in the middle of an asthma attack. “But if your rescue inhaler doesn’t give you the relief that you need, your next recourse is to go to the emergency room and get a breathing treatment. When you walk in that emergency room, the costs start at about $1,500,” medtech veteran Arik Anderson told Drug Delivery Business News. “These are avoidable healthcare costs.” The root of the issue is that people are not properly tak...
Source: Mass Device - May 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Drug-Device Combinations Pharmaceuticals Respiratory Wall Street Beat Adherium Limited AstraZeneca plc Source Type: news

With $20 Million In Funding, Propeller Health Partners With Aptar Pharma To Make Digital Medicines
Pharmaceutical companies are increasingly interested in digital therapeutics, which use data analytics--sometimes in combination with medications, to monitor patients and potentially improve disease outcomes and lower healthcare costs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - May 30, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Zina Moukheiber, Contributor Tags: NYSE:ATR Source Type: news

Adults with high blood pressure face higher healthcare costs
(American Heart Association) Adults with high blood pressure are estimated to pay almost $2,000 more in annual healthcare costs compared to those without high blood pressure. Nationally, annual healthcare costs for the US population with high blood pressure are estimated to be $131 billion higher compared to those without the disease. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 30, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Lumendi wins FDA nod for DiLumen IS endoscopic scissors
Lumendi said today it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its DiLumen IS endolumenal interventional scissors, now indicated for cutting, dissecting and cauterizing tissue within the digestive tract during endoscopic procedures. The Westport, Conn.-based company touted the sterile, single-use disposable, monopolar electrosurgical device as the fourth it’s developed, and said that it and its recently cleared DiLumen CT are intended to help improve access and therapy in the colon and reduce the need for surgical interventions. The recently cleared C2  is a second-gen Endolumenal interventional platform designed to en...
Source: Mass Device - May 29, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance Lumendi Source Type: news

Should Our Healthcare System Move to Single-Payer? Should Our Healthcare System Move to Single-Payer?
Physicians in favor of a single-payer system say it would reduce healthcare costs. Those opposed argue that it would lower physician reimbursement and create greater problems. Who's right?Medscape Business of Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - May 29, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care Commentary Source Type: news

Member Highlights: Poughkeepsie Public Library District, Poughkeepsie, NY
Library Speaker Series with the MidHudson Regional Hospital The Poughkeepsie Public Library District has offered a Health & Wellness speaker series, beginning in January 2018, presented by staff from the MidHudson Regional Hospital. All of the programs within this series discussed easy ways to implement suggested life-style changes into participants’ daily lives. Nancy Case, MS, RDN, CDN Paul Hanna, MD Syed Naqvi, MD, FAAC Corey Scurlock, MD, MBA Zubair M. Khan, MD, and Lisa McKevitt, RRT, RPSGT, RST Nutrition for a New Year (January 2018) – Presented by Outpatient Dietitian Nancy Case, MS, RDN, CDN, thi...
Source: NN/LM Middle Atlantic Region Blog - May 29, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Hannah Sinemus Tags: Member Highlights Source Type: news

Early physical therapy linked to reduced healthcare costs and opioid use in low back pain patients
(Wiley) In a Health Services Research analysis of patients with low back pain, when patients saw a physical therapist first, there was lower utilization of high cost medical services as well as lower opioid use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - May 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Even Higher-Income Americans are Frustrated with High Health Insurance Costs; Many Drop Coverage and Switch to Concierge Care; Clinical Laboratories May Be Affected by Trend
From reduced medical laboratory test ordering to dealing with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are impacted daily by rising healthcare costs. Until now, however, one demographic was not affected—affluent Americans. But that is no longer the case. According to Bloomberg, thousands of people—some earning more than $125,000 a year—are now […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 18, 2018 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement ACA Affordable Care Act anatomic pathology Apex Management Group clinical laboratory concierge care Dark Daily dark intelligence Source Type: news

AI can help tame America’s exploding healthcare costs
Autonomous technology can make clinical decisions, allowing for convenient diagnosis (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - May 15, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Early Palliative Care Curbs Costs, Especially for Cancer Early Palliative Care Curbs Costs, Especially for Cancer
Palliative care that begins within 3 days of hospitalization can significantly reduce healthcare costs, especially among cancer patients and those with multiple comorbidities.Medscape Medical News (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - May 10, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Hematology-Oncology News Source Type: news

Recipe to Save 700,000 Young Children a Year: Clean Water & Decent Toilets
This study adds to the evidence that the lives of hundreds of thousands of young children could be saved each year if these pillars of development were combined with other health interventions.WaterAid and Defeat DD are calling on governments and donors to align child health and water, sanitation and hygiene programmes, policies and financing to address this unnecessary health crisis more effectively and more efficiently. These investments create a positive cycle that builds human capital, strengthens economies, reduces future healthcare costs and contributes to national development.This July the UN’s Sustainable Dev...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - May 10, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Savio Carvalho Tags: Development & Aid Featured Global Global Governance Headlines Health Human Rights IPS UN: Inside the Glasshouse Poverty & SDGs TerraViva United Nations Water & Sanitation Source Type: news

Olympus inks co-development deal with Ai4gi for AI-supported colonoscopy solution
Olympus (TYO:7733) said today it inked a co-development deal with artificial intelligence joint venture Ai4gi which will give Olympus exclusive rights to offer Ai4gi’s AI solution designed for clinical decision support during colonoscopy screening and surveillance procedures. Ai4gi is a joint venture between Imagia and Satis Operations, Tokyo-based Olympus said. The company added that the co-development agreement is intended to improve clinical outcomes during colonoscopy procedures, reduce costs and improve quality of life for patients. “Ai4gi’s solutions to early colon cancer recognition are going ...
Source: Mass Device - May 7, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Software / IT ai4gi Olympus Source Type: news

Delayed calorie disclosure rule takes effect for U.S. food sellers
(Reuters) - Many restaurants, supermarkets, convenience stores and movie theaters across the United States are required starting on Monday to clearly display food calorie counts as part of a push to trim expanding American waistlines and control healthcare costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - May 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Merit Medical gets in on NinePoint ’ s NvisionVLE OCT
NinePoint Medical said today that it inked a long-term deal with Merit Medical (NSDQ:MMSI) division Endotek to distribute its NvisionVLE optical coherence tomography device that includes strategic investment of an unspecified amount. “NinePoint Medical is committed to providing GI physicians an elegant and cost-effective OCT imaging solution to enable early and accurate diagnosis,” president & CEO Christopher von Jako said in prepared remarks. “Merit Medical Endotek is the ideal partner as they have the reputation, clinical experience, and complementary product portfolio to grow this busines...
Source: Mass Device - May 1, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Endoscopic / Arthroscopic Imaging Wall Street Beat Merit Medical Systems Inc. NinePoint Medical Inc. Source Type: news

Fitbit Dives Deeper in Healthcare Through Google Partnership
Fitbit is continuing to make good on its promise to become more deeply entrenched in the healthcare market. The wearables giant has announced a collaboration with Google – a company that’s no stranger to teaming up with healthcare firms. San Fransisco, CA-based Fitbit said it intends to use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API to help integrate wearables further into the healthcare system, such as by connecting user data with electronic medical records. The companies said that connecting to the healthcare API can make it easier for clinicians and patients to collaborate on care, leading to better health outc...
Source: MDDI - April 30, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Digital Health Source Type: news

4 Trends Advancing Medtech
For the past 20 years, the Medical Design Excellence Awards have celebrated medical products that improve the quality and accessibility of healthcare. Our finalists this year carry on this tradition, while also keeping in step with today’s high-tech digital and consumer trends. With the help of our esteemed jurors, we have identified four key trends in this year’s group of finalists: risk reduction; faster, more-efficient healthcare delivery; the influence of the Internet of Things; and the consumerization of healthcare. We’ve been tracking a few of these trends in past awards programs, so they’re n...
Source: MDDI - April 27, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Daphne Allen Tags: MD & M East (New York) Design Source Type: news

86 million workdays lost to migraine in the UK every year
(Lancaster University) Migraine costs the UK economy £ 8.8 billion per year in lost productivity, a new report by the Work Foundation reveals.The equivalent of 86 million workdays are lost to migraine each year and close to £ 1 billion is spent on healthcare costs associated with the condition. It affects more than 23 percent of adults with almost 200,000 attacks happening in the UK every day -- making migraine the most common neurological reason for accident and emergency attendance. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 27, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Infection of the heart valves and healthcare costs on rise due to impact of IV drug
(Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions) A new study finds the number of patients hospitalized with endocarditis has increased dramatically over the last decade in a pattern that mirrors the increase in mixed drug use. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 26, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amazon, Chase and Berkshire Hathaway search for a healthcare chief
Amazon.com  Inc.’s new health care initiative with Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan Chase is expected to have a leader soon. According to Axios, a CEO for the partnership will be named over the next two months. Ever since the corporate giants went public in January about the partnership, details have been few and far between. Jamie Dimon, CEO of New York-based JPMorgan, unveiled some information in his annual letter to shareholders earlier this month. He addressed high healthcare costs,wellness… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - April 25, 2018 Category: Health Management Authors: Anthony Noto Source Type: news

Healthcare costs for adults with autism more than double those for general population
(Mary Ann Liebert, Inc./Genetic Engineering News) Researchers compared total annual healthcare costs for adults on the autism spectrum to costs for adults with attention-deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and adults in the general population and found them to be 20 percent and 70 percent higher, respectively. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Surgery recovery program slashes opioid use, benefits patients, cuts costs, study finds
(University of Virginia Health System) A special recovery program for thoracic surgery patients developed at the University of Virginia Health System is getting patients home sooner while decreasing both healthcare costs and opioid use, a review of the first year of the program shows. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - April 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Reducing complications and overall healthcare costs of hip fracture management: a retrospective study on the application of a Diagnostic Therapeutic Pathway in the Cosenza General Hospital - Loizzo M, Gallo F, Caruso D.
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic Therapeutic Pathways (DTPs) are multidisciplinary plans designed by each healthcare organization for a specific category of patients to reduce the variability of professional behaviors and to ensure greater safety and better overall ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - April 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Even the wealthiest Americans fear growing healthcare costs
A survey of more than 5,000 people from 10 countries with more than $1 million in assets found that Americans' views different significantly from those of people in other countries. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - April 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

The Type of Consumerism Healthcare Really Needs
For decades, many have been dreaming of a revolution in healthcare based on the premise that making patients more accountable for healthcare costs —making them “consumers”—will result in higher quality and lower costs. For many patients, it’s not a dream, it’s a nightmare. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 17, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sachin H. Jain, Contributor Source Type: news

MediMergent and FDA team up to tackle medication adherence
Healthcare data analytics company, MediMergent, and the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research reportedly gathered stakeholders from biopharma companies, pharmacies, health plans and regulatory agencies to propose strategies regarding medication non-adherence. Approximately half of all Americans with chronic diseases who need lifelong medications do not stick to their prescribed regimen six months after they begin therapy, according to MediMergent. It’s a problem that results in up to $300 billion in added healthcare costs, the company said. Get the full story at our sister site, Drug Delivery Business N...
Source: Mass Device - April 16, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Sarah Faulkner Tags: Big Data Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Pharmaceuticals medimergent Source Type: news