Vicarious Surgical Inc. and D8 Holdings Corp. Announce Definitive Business Combination Agreement
Vicarious Surgical is a next generation robotics company developing a disruptive technology with the goal of increasing the efficiency of surgical procedures, improving patient outcomes and reducing healthcare costs The transaction values the combined c... Devices, Surgery, Mergers & Acquisiitons Vicarious Surgical, robotic surgery (Source: HSMN NewsFeed)
Source: HSMN NewsFeed - April 15, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Cigna Subsidiary Evernorth Acquires MDLIVE as Demand for Telehealth Grows Among Insurers and Healthcare Consumers
COVID-19 pandemic has elevated virtual care into the mainstream, creating opportunities to increase access to care, including clinical laboratory testing, and drive down healthcare costs As the COVID-19 pandemic fuels demand for virtual healthcare, Cigna is acquiring telehealth provider MDLIVE in a move that may indicate the insurance giant anticipates virtual visits playing a major […] The post Cigna Subsidiary Evernorth Acquires MDLIVE as Demand for Telehealth Grows Among Insurers and Healthcare Consumers appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 14, 2021 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing cigna COVID-19 David Cordani Evernorth eviCore MDLIVE telehealth Tim Wentworth Source Type: news

Study shows tanning bed ban would reduce skin cancer rates in minors and cut healthcare costs
(Wiley) A recent study indicates that a US ban on the use of tanning beds among minors would prevent thousands of cases of melanoma in adolescents and would save millions of dollars in healthcare costs. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - April 12, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

This Startup Raised $40 Million To Build A ‘Mini-Kaiser Permanente’ And Lower Employee Healthcare Costs
Firefly Health is aiming to get small business owners, who are being crushed by rising employee healthcare costs, to switch to its plan. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - April 7, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Jennings, Forbes Staff Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Venture Capital /venture-capital Editors' Pick editors-pick Source Type: news

Study: Urgent-care centers result in higher overall healthcare costs
Urgent-care centers have increased healthcare costs, researchers at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine said in a report released Monday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Column: Let's do away with insurance networks. They're not lowering healthcare costs
A SoCal man sought mental health treatment during the pandemic. He couldn't find a single suitable therapist within his insurer's network. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: David Lazarus Source Type: news

Study: Obesity adds nearly $1,900 per year to healthcare costs
Adults with obesity incur $1,861 more in healthcare costs annually than those who maintain a healthy weight, according to an analysis published Wednesday by the journal PLOS ONE. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - March 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Livongo Duo ’s New Venture Takes Aim At Rising Employer Healthcare Costs
With Transcarent, Glen Tullman and General Catalyst ’s Hemant Taneja are applying the Livongo playbook to the employer-sponsored healthcare system. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 18, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Jennings, Forbes Staff Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Venture Capital /venture-capital Leadership /leadership Editors' Pick editors-pick Source Type: news

During Covid-19, Even People With Good Credit Feel Squeezed By Healthcare Costs
The strain of healthcare costs has gotten worse for everyone during Covid-19, even people with good credit, according to a report from the Center for the New Middle Class. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - March 16, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Deb Gordon, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Money /money Personal Finance /personal-finance Coronavirus Editors' Pick editors-pick Source Type: news

Children's preventive healthcare costs dropped under ACA: BU study
(Boston University School of Medicine) The Affordable Care Act (ACA) dramatically increased children's preventive healthcare while reducing out-of-pocket costs, according to a new Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) study. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - March 12, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase Close Haven Healthcare After Only Three Years in Operation
Despite high-hopes and much fanfare, the collaboration failed to transform healthcare and lower healthcare costs for everyday Americans as many anticipated it would Another anticipated “disruptor” to today’s healthcare market is closing its doors. Three years ago, in 2018, Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE:BRK.A), and JPMorgan Chase (NYSE:JPM) announced a joint venture to enter into […] The post Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JPMorgan Chase Close Haven Healthcare After Only Three Years in Operation appeared first on Dark Daily. (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 5, 2021 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Amazon Amazon Care anatomic pathology Berkshire Hathaway CB Insights clinical laboratory cli Source Type: news

Digital health company egnite launches with AI heart disease platform
With CardioCare already in its portfolio, egnite plans to develop more solutions that harness data science to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs.     (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - February 10, 2021 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Readers criticise private healthcare costs
Renewal premiums top the complaints prompted by James Max’s column (Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare)
Source: FT.com - Drugs and Healthcare - February 5, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

Why Telemedicine Is Much More Than A Digital Doctor ’s Office
This technology has the power to break down the barriers of time and distance. It can dramatically reduce healthcare costs and deliver top-notch medical expertise to people everywhere. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - February 1, 2021 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Robert Pearl, M.D., Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation business pharma Source Type: news

The cost of providing a community-based model of care to people with spinal cord injury, and the healthcare costs and economic burden to households of spinal cord injury in Bangladesh - Islam MS, Harvey LA, Hossain MS, Rahman MA, Costa PD, Liu H, Muldoon S, Taylor V, Billot L, Lindley RI, Biering-Sorensen F, Cameron ID, Jan S.
DESIGN: Descriptive. SETTING: Community, Bangladesh. OBJECTIVES: To determine the costs associated with providing a community-based model of care delivered as part of the CIVIC trial to people discharged from hospital with recent spinal cord injury... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 28, 2021 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Use Difficult Conversations to Provide Better Healthcare
Pretend you are a dust bunny behind the couch. Your life has meaning there, and you find happiness even though this is not what you expected. Times have been better, but things could be worse after all. The default in this world though is to be the fur on the back of a cat, not just some collection of fur, dust and house plant debris. Today, you have a problem and you need help. You aren’t exactly clear on what you want to happen, you just know that you need help. What arrives to your plea is a broom and a dustpan. The broom does not ask many questions – it just sees you as a dust bunny.  Unfortunate...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - January 19, 2021 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Justin Porter, RN, EMT-P Tags: Commentary Exclusives Patient Care EMT Healthcare Paramedic Source Type: news

Did you have a serious case of COVID-19? Tell us about the healthcare costs
We want to hear from people who had a serious case of COVID-19 and what the healthcare costs were like. (Source: L.A. Times - Health)
Source: L.A. Times - Health - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Maria L. La Ganga Source Type: news

The true cost of chemotherapy
(University of East Anglia) New research reveals the non-healthcare costs of chemotherapy for breast cancer patients.It includes the cost of lost productivity, work absence, and 'out-of-pocket' personal costs such as paying for transport and parking for treatment, the cost of wigs and new bras, and over the counter medications.The research team say that better targeting of treatment could help avoid placing unnecessary costs upon patients, their caregivers and wider society. (Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer)
Source: EurekAlert! - Cancer - January 4, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: news

End-of-life healthcare costs driven by chronic diseases, not age
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - January 1, 2021 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Symptom cluster profiles following traumatic orthopedic injuries: a protocol - Breazeale S, Dorsey SG, Kearney J, Conley S, Jeon S, Yoo B, Redeker NS.
Traumatic injuries affect millions of Americans annually, resulting in $671 billion in healthcare costs and lost productivity. Postinjury symptoms, like pain, sleep disturbance, anxiety, depression, and stressor-related disorders are highly prevalent fo... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - December 31, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

N.C. Business Group on Health on a mission to lower healthcare costs
NCBGH CEO says biosimilars — therapies developed to compete with biologic products once patents have expired — can reduce costs by promoting competition and add therapeutic options to the marketplace. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - December 24, 2020 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Trajan Warren Source Type: news

N.C. Business Group on Health on a mission to lower healthcare costs
NCBGH CEO says biosimilars — therapies developed to compete with biologic products once patents have expired — can reduce costs by promoting competition and add therapeutic options to the marketplace. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - December 24, 2020 Category: American Health Authors: Trajan Warren Source Type: news

Khosla-Backed Health AI Startup Raises $27.5 Million To Supercharge Primary Care
With his San Francisco-based startup Curai, Neal Khosla, son of billionaire investor Vinod Khosla, wants to dramatically reduce healthcare costs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - December 16, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Katie Jennings, Forbes Staff Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Science /science Consumer Tech /consumer-tech Enterprise Tech /enterprise-tech Billionaires /worlds-billionaires Editors' Pick editors-pick Source Type: news

Life expectancy and healthcare costs for patients with rheumatoid arthritis
(Wiley) A new study published in Arthritis& Rheumatology suggests that recent advances in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis have prolonged patients' lives but also increased healthcare costs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - December 9, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The cost of a single concussion in American high school football: a retrospective cohort study - Yengo-Kahn AM, Kelly PD, Liles DC, McKeithan LJ, Grisham CJ, Khan MS, Lee T, Kuhn AW, Bonfield CM, Zuckerman SL.
AIM: The potential financial burden of American football-related concussions (FRC) is unknown. Our objective was to describe the healthcare costs associated with an FRC and determine factors associated with increased costs. Methodology/results: A retro... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 20, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Sex, drugs, and TBI: the role of sex in substance abuse related to traumatic brain injuries - Oliverio R, Karelina K, Weil ZM.
Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) are a significant public health problem costing billions of dollars in healthcare costs and lost productivity while simultaneously reducing the quality of life for both patients and caregivers. Substance abuse is closely inte... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - November 18, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Alcohol and Other Drugs Source Type: news

South Africa: Finding Money to Fight Disease - the Case for Raising the Health Promotion Levy
[Daily Maverick] The recent budget policy statement shows South Africa finds itself in a very tight fiscal space where it has to navigate a global pandemic along with other health challenges such as rising rates of non-communicable diseases. Russell Rensburg argues that the Health Promotion Levy should be increased to 20% -- which will raise much-needed revenue that will contribute to preventing disease and reducing healthcare costs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - November 17, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

New research reveals potential treatment to delay and manage osteoarthritis
(Elsevier) Osteoarthritis (OA), a widely acknowledged cause of disability that affects patients' quality of life and has significant economic impact through healthcare costs and loss of earnings. In a novel study researchers have identified cytoplasmic localized histone deacetalyse 6 (HDAC6) as a promising therapeutic target to postpone development of and possibly treat OA using the HDAC6 inhibitor Tubastatin A. They report their results in The American Journal of Pathology, published by Elsevier. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Next President Needs A Broader Focus And A Better Model To Fix Healthcare
Both Donald Trump and Joe Biden agree that healthcare costs are a problem that must be mitigated. Their understanding that this is a top priority for voters is spot on. What misses the mark are the areas they ’re targeting to do so. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 30, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Rita Numerof, Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Source Type: news

Kenya: Why Pro-Poor Health Financing Reforms Miss Their Mark
[The Conversation Africa] Kenya has made several reforms in recent years intended to expand health service coverage to a wider population, and with a specific focus on the poor, and to reduce financial hardship due to healthcare costs. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)
Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine - October 23, 2020 Category: African Health Source Type: news

Trauma patients in the pediatric ICU: rational use of a limited resource - Arshad A, Polcari AM, Pinto NP, Slidell MB.
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Traumatic injuries are a leading cause of pediatric mortality; pediatric ICUs (PICUs) are an important but potentially limited resource associated with high costs. In an era of rising healthcare costs, appropriate resource utilization is... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 22, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Infants and Children Source Type: news

Added cost and time spent by patients with history of abuse in Florida emergency departments - Kurji N, Pracht EE, Langland-Orban B, Pracht K.
In this study, we investigate whether t... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 21, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Majority of Americans trust Biden to lead US healthcare system amid COVID-19 pandemic
(West Health Institute) Ability to manage the pandemic and reducing healthcare costs are equally important to Americans in determining their vote for president. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - October 8, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Prescription Drug And Healthcare Costs Are Rising
Without sustainable and effective solutions, healthcare prices will only continue to rise, inevitably making it more difficult for communities and individuals to achieve long-term success in healthcare outcomes. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 21, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Sai Balasubramanian, J.D., Contributor Tags: Healthcare /healthcare Innovation /innovation Business /business Source Type: news

First World Evidence Based Healthcare Day to take place on 20 October 2020
Today Cochrane andsix global leaders in evidence-based healthcare, led byJBI, are launching a worldwide initiative to create awareness of the need for better evidence to inform healthcare policy, practice and decision making in order to improve health outcomes globally.The inaugural World Evidence-based Healthcare (EBHC) Day will be held on 20 October 2020 and spotlights the global impact of EBHC on health research, policy, practice and patient outcomes.In 2020, EBHC is a worldwide movement with hundreds of organisations and tens of thousands of individuals working tirelessly towards improving the science and practice of E...
Source: Cochrane News and Events - September 14, 2020 Category: Information Technology Authors: Rachel Klabunde Source Type: news

Prediction of falls in acute care using the Morse Fall Risk Scale - Jewell VD, Capistran K, Flecky K, Qi Y, Fellman S.
The high number of patient falls occurring within acute care hospitals throughout the United States has led to increased patient impairment and contributed to rising healthcare costs. The Morse Fall Risk Scale is a commonly used assessment tool for predict... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - September 12, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Falls Source Type: news

CERENOVUS Launches New Suite of Technologies to Advance Stroke Treatment
IRVINE, CA – September 9, 2020 – CERENOVUS, part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies* today announced that it has launched CERENOVUS Stroke Solutions™, which includes a suite of three devices designed to aid physicians in clot removal procedures. The announcement was made during the virtual European Society of Minimally Invasive Neurological Therapy (ESMINT).Strokes are the second leading cause of death globally, and account for an estimated 140,000 deaths in the United States each year.[i],[ii] Over half of stroke survivors become chronically disabled placing an estimated $34 billion econo...
Source: Johnson and Johnson - September 9, 2020 Category: Pharmaceuticals Source Type: news

One in two Americans fear a major health event could lead to bankruptcy
(West Health Institute) As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to put lives and livelihoods at risk, 1 in 2 Americans say they fear a major health event could lead them to file for bankruptcy, marking a 5% increase since 2019. The new research comes from the West Health-Gallup US Healthcare Study, an ongoing series of surveys on the impact of high healthcare costs on American lives. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)
Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science - September 1, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Study: U.S. healthcare costs nearly double of other wealthy countries
Americans spend roughly twice as much annually on healthcare as those living in seven other high-income countries, according to an analysis published Thursday. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - August 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Healthcare costs increase after escalating HF symptoms
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - July 31, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Checkpoint inhibitor use increases healthcare costs in NSCLC
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - July 31, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Predictors of trauma high resource consumers in a mature trauma system - Morgan ME, Bradburn EH, Vernon TM, Gross B, Jammula S, Cook AD, Covaci A, Rogers FB.
BACKGROUND: Extended hospital length of stay (LOS) is widely associated with significant healthcare costs. Since LOS is a known surrogate for cost, we sought to evaluate outliers. We hypothesized that particular characteristics are likely predictive of tra... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 23, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Health services utilization, healthcare costs, and diagnoses by mild traumatic brain injury exposure: a Chronic Effects of Neurotrauma Consortium (CENC) study - Dismuke-Greer C, Hirsch S, Carlson K, Pogoda T, Nakase-Richardson R, Bhatnagar S, Eapen B, Troyanskaya M, Miles S, Nolen T, Walker WC.
OBJECTIVE: To compare Veterans Administration (VA) diagnoses, health services utilization and costs by mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) group (Blast-Related (BR) mTBI vs. non-Blast-Related (NBR) mTBI vs. no mTBI) among Operation Enduring Freedom(OEF)/Ope... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - July 15, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Burns, Electricity, Explosions, Fire, Scalds Source Type: news

Healthcare costs high after bullying in children and adolescents
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - June 30, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Systemic lupus erythematosus incurs high healthcare costs in US
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - June 30, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Healthcare costs lower with durable versus disposable insulin pumps
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - June 30, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Home modifications to improve function and safety in the United States - Keglovits M, Stark S.
In the United States, the older adult population will reach over 70 million by 2030. Impaired function and falls from unsupportive housing result in high healthcare costs. Due to the state of housing, there is a need for home modifications to support older... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 17, 2020 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Fitbit Continues its Race into Medtech with New EUA
Fitbit is continuing its rapid trajectory into the medtech industry with a new Emergency Use Authorization from FDA. The San Francisco, CA-based company said the EUA is for a low-cost emergency ventilator to help address patients’ needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said after seeing the need for ventilators, it applied its deep in-house expertise in advanced sensor development and hardware design to quickly create Fitbit Flow, an automatic resuscitator inspired by the MIT E-Vent Design Toolbox and based on specifications for Rapidly Manufactured Ventilation Systems. Fitbit said during develop...
Source: MDDI - June 5, 2020 Category: Medical Devices Tags: COVID-19 Business Source Type: news

Healthcare costs differ for metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - May 31, 2020 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

POCUS helps docs make timely decisions
Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) may help physicians make timely and accurate...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: POCUS provides unique advantages for COVID-19 imaging Italian team recommends ultrasound for kids with COVID-19 Doctors in Italy, Spain using ultrasound for COVID-19 POCUS in the ED translates to lower healthcare costs Handheld ultrasound market poised for next wave of growth (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - May 27, 2020 Category: Radiology Source Type: news