6 tips on how to prepare for healthcare costs in retirement
A 65-year-old couple can expect to pay $404,253 for medical care during retirement, while a 55-year-old couple planning to retire 10 years from now will be looking at a healthcare bill of $498,962. Admittedly, these can be sobering numbers, but don’t panic. Here are six tips for getting an early jump on paying for healthcare as you enter your golden years. 1. Don’t just save — save with a plan. Psychological studies have shown that abstract goals are harder to achieve than concrete o nes.… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - October 18, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: U.S Bank Wealth Management Source Type: news

Radiologists influence cost of incidental MRI follow-up
When radiologists find incidental pancreatic cysts on MRI scans, patients can...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Contrast US more accurately types pancreatic lesions Incidental imaging findings boost healthcare costs USPSTF seeks comment on pancreatic cancer guidance PET/MRI head scans reveal important incidental findings Primary care doctors want help with incidental findings (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - October 15, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

CVS, Aetna Win U.S. Approval for $69 Bln Merger CVS, Aetna Win U.S. Approval for $69 Bln Merger
Pharmacy chain CVS Health Corp won U.S. antitrust approval for its $69 billion acquisition of health insurer Aetna Inc, the Justice Department said on Wednesday, paving the way for a combination the companies say can help cut soaring U.S. healthcare costs.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - October 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Family Medicine/Primary Care News Source Type: news

Community-based techniques to tackle obesity
Obesity - a leading cause of preventable illness and death - has soared in Europe in recent decades. Analysis by EU-funded researchers has helped identify integrated, community-based approaches to tackle the problem. The findings could foster new ways to save lives and cut healthcare costs. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 11, 2018 Category: Research Source Type: news

Adverse childhood experiences and healthcare costs in adult life - Loxton D, Townsend N, Dolja-Gore X, Forder P, Coles J.
The current study aims to present the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences and examine the healthcare costs associated with primary, allied, and specialist healthcare services. The Australian Longitudinal Study on Women's Health is a general health ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - October 8, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

Little Things Matter for Healthcare Costs
(MedPage Today) -- Medicare rules sometimes get in the way of efficiency, senators told (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 3, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Medical Bankruptcy Is Much Less Common Than Elizabeth Warren Tells You
Reducing people's exposure to healthcare costs won't necessarily have a huge impact on bankruptcy rates. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - October 3, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Gilead to launch generic versions of its hepatitis drugs
Gilead Sciences Inc said on Monday it plans to launch generic versions of its hepatitis C drugs in the United States, at a time when regulators are looking to lower healthcare costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 24, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Paying People To Lower Their Cholesterol Works But Is It Cost-Effective?
Offering financial rewards to patients who lower their bad cholesterol by adhering to statin regimens could help prevent heart disease, but there are lingering questions about whether such a strategy is worth the added healthcare costs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - September 14, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Arlene Weintraub, Contributor Source Type: news

Motus GI wins FDA nod for Pure-Vu slim colonoscopy sleeve
Motus GI said today that it won FDA 510(k) clearance for its Pure-Vu slim sleeve as part of its Pure-Vu system, intended for use during slim colonoscopies. With the clearance of the Pure-Vu slim sleeve, Motus GI said that the Pure-Vu system is now cleared for the full range of procedures in the colonoscopy market, with an estimated 30% of procedures performed with a slim colonoscope. The Pure-Vu slim sleeve was designed to be compatible with smaller diameters and more flexible slim colonoscopes and features additional enhancements to its low friction lubricious coating tech to aid in navigation, the Ft. Lauderdale, Fl...
Source: Mass Device - September 13, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: 510(k) Diagnostics Food & Drug Administration (FDA) Regulatory/Compliance MOTUS GI Source Type: news

Youth Soccer Injury Prevention Program Saves Healthcare Costs Youth Soccer Injury Prevention Program Saves Healthcare Costs
An injury prevention program tailored to children's soccer is not only more effective than typical warmups and stretches at keeping players safe, it's also associated with lower healthcare costs, a Swiss study suggests.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - September 11, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Public Health & Prevention News Source Type: news

Hospitals saved money under Medicare bundled-payment program
Medicare payments for lower extremity joint replacement care fell by 3.3% among participating hospitals compared to a control group in the first year of a bundled payment pilot program, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Quality of care was maintained in both settings, the federal health insurer said. CMS required all hospitals in 67 geographic areas to participate in the five-year “Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement” (CJR) program aimed at lowering healthcare costs and improving outcomes. The program went into effect in January 2016 and bundles payments for hip and ...
Source: Mass Device - September 11, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Wall Street Beat Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Reimbursement value-based healthcare Source Type: news

Here's one reason why US healthcare costs so much
(University of Chicago Booth School of Business) New research from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business finds that Medicare could save about $4.6 billion a year--with no harm to patients--by simply eliminating the concept of long-term care hospitals and reimbursing the institutions as skilled nursing facilities instead. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 11, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Amazon-Berkshire-JPM healthcare bet taps Comcast ’ s Stoddard for COO | Personnel Moves, Sept. 10, 2018
Amazon-Berkshire-JPM healthcare bet taps Comcast’s Stoddard for COO The healthcare joint venture started by Amazon (NSDQ:AMZN), Berkshire Hathaway and J.P. Morgan tapped former Comcast executive Jack Stoddard to be its COO, reporting to CEO Dr. Atul Gawande. Stoddard was a co-founder of Accolade, a startup backed by the cable giant that helps workers manage their health benefits, and was also in on the creation of Optum, later acquired by UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:UNH), CNBC reported. Gawande was tapped to lead the still-unnamed venture in June. It’s unclear exactly what the JV’s goal is, but JPM CEO ...
Source: Mass Device - September 10, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Business/Financial News Amazon Berkshire Hathaway conformis DarioHealth Corp General Electric gerresheimer JP Morgan Chase Lantheus personnel-moves Phillips-Medisize royalphilips second-sight-medical starkey Source Type: news

Youth soccer injury prevention program saves healthcare costs
(Reuters Health) - An injury prevention program tailored to children's soccer is not only more effective than typical warmups and stretches at keeping players safe, it's also associated with lower healthcare costs, a Swiss study suggests. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - September 7, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

A population-based study of treated mental health and persistent pain conditions after transport injury - Giummarra MJ, Black O, Smith P, Collie A, Hassani-Mahmooei B, Arnold CA, Gong J, Gabbe BJ.
This study aimed to characterise the incidence, profile and ... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 31, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news

Reimaging Pediatric Epidural Hematoma Rarely Changes Management Reimaging Pediatric Epidural Hematoma Rarely Changes Management
In children with traumatic epidural hematoma (EDH), limiting repeat head CT to those with abnormal neurologic symptoms or mass effect on initial exam could reduce unnecessary imaging by more than half, curbing ionizing radiation exposure and healthcare costs, researchers say.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines)
Source: Medscape Radiology Headlines - August 29, 2018 Category: Radiology Tags: Pediatrics News Source Type: news

Breast cancer takes financial toll beyond treatment
High healthcare costs continue to burden women after they have been treated...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Breast cancer patients face financial burdens Online tool offers breast cancer treatment education Women don't know about breast cancer treatment options Breast cancer treatment varies in cost-effectiveness ASTRO: Rad therapy doesn't increase lymphedema risk (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - August 27, 2018 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Comparison of the '11+ Kids' injury prevention programme and a regular warmup in children's football (soccer): a cost effectiveness analysis - R össler R, Verhagen E, Rommers N, Dvorak J, Junge A, Lichtenstein E, Donath L, Faude O.
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate a potential reduction in injury related healthcare costs when using the '11+ Kids' injury prevention programme compared with a usual warmup in children's football. METHODS: This cost effectiveness analysis was based on data c... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - August 24, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Adolescents Source Type: news

New Device Allows for Real-Time In-Home Patient Monitoring and is FDA Cleared
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 15, 2018 -- VitalConnect, Inc., a leader in wearable biosensor technology for wireless monitoring, today announced the launch of VistaTabletTM, which ushers in the next-generation of its Vista SolutionTMplatform for real-time patient monitoring. VitalConnect is the leading digital health patient monitoring company with U.S. FDA clearance for both hospital and in-home solutions. The mobile interface of the VistaTablet offers healthcare providers and patients unprecedented access to vital sign data continuously acquired by the VitalPatch® wearable biosensor regardless of ...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: VitalConnect Tags: News Press Releases Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

New Device Allows for Real-Time In-Home Patient Monitoring and is FDA Cleared
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 15, 2018 -- VitalConnect, Inc., a leader in wearable biosensor technology for wireless monitoring, today announced the launch of VistaTabletTM, which ushers in the next-generation of its Vista SolutionTMplatform for real-time patient monitoring. VitalConnect is the leading digital health patient monitoring company with U.S. FDA clearance for both hospital and in-home solutions. The mobile interface of the VistaTablet offers healthcare providers and patients unprecedented access to vital sign data continuously acquired by the VitalPatch® wearable biosensor regardless of ...
Source: JEMS Special Topics - August 22, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: VitalConnect Tags: News Press Releases Mobile Integrated Healthcare Source Type: news

Renovia Brings in $42.3M for Its Series B Round
Boston-based Renovia has just brought in a rather sizeable financing. The company has raised about $42.3 million in a series B round. The financing will accelerate clinical research, development and new digital therapeutic device launches that are focused on pelvic floor disorders. The series B financing was led by Perceptive Advisors and Ascension Ventures, with participation from Longwood Fund, Inova Strategic Investments, Cormorant Asset Management, OSF Ventures and Western Technology Investment. BayCross Capital Group acted as an advisor to Renovia. “Combining our innovative and proprietary sensor tec...
Source: MDDI - August 22, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Business Source Type: news

Renovia is flush with cash after $42m Series B
Women’s health company Renovia has raised $42.3 million in financing to support clinical trials, product and corporate development and future commercial launches, the company said in a statement. The funding includes $32.3 million in Series B equity and $10 million in venture debt. An SEC filing in July revealed that the company had raised $25.3 million in equity financing. Boston-based Renovia created and produces the Leva pelvic floor strengthening system designed to aid individuals suffering from pelvic floor disorders. The system contains sensor technology that allows the user to see the position o...
Source: Mass Device - August 21, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nancy Crotti Tags: Blog Business/Financial News Women's Health renovia Source Type: news

FDA approves Teva's generic of Mylan's EpiPen
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd's generic version of Mylan NV's life-saving allergy injection, EpiPen, at a time when regulators are looking to lower healthcare costs. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - August 16, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

People Are Raising $650 Million On GoFundMe Each Year To Attack Rising Healthcare Costs
One in three campaigns through GoFundMe are for medical costs. A number of the GoFundMe campaigns are for people who do not have health insurance. Since health insurance is now guaranteed issue, should we fund people who did not fulfill their responsibility to obtain coverage? (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - August 13, 2018 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Carolyn McClanahan, Contributor Source Type: news

In Vivo Sensors: More than a Space-Age Fantasy?
Why don’t we have in vivo sensors sprinkled around our bodies? How long until we stop investing in temporary ex vivo sensors and start investing in permanent in vivo ones? What technological barriers are in the way? Where would they go for maximum usefulness? What would be the benefit? Numerous medical device developers are investing in ex vivo sensors for a variety of applications, from wearables that support wellness, to outpatient tracking or non-invasive single-use diagnostics. I’ve been on a bit of a sci-fi kick lately, and it seems a pretty common motif that in the (fictional) futu...
Source: MDDI - August 9, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Nigel Syrotuck Tags: Digital Health Source Type: news

BrainScope Receives Prix Galien Award Nomination for Its Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment Product
BETHESDA, Md.--BrainScope today announced its second consecutive nomination for the 2018 Annual Prix Galien USA Awards for “Best Medical Technology” product. Its flagship BrainScope One product is a multi-modal, comprehensive, handheld capability to help clinicians objectively and rapidly assess and triage head injured patients directly at the point of care. BrainScope’s innovative technology addresses a vast market need for the global epidemic of mild head injury, which impacts more people each year than stroke and heart failure combined. BrainScope One is the first FDA-cleared medica...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - August 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brainscope Tags: Trauma Product Announcements News Industry News Source Type: news

BrainScope Receives Prix Galien Award Nomination for Its Concussion and Traumatic Brain Injury Assessment Product
BETHESDA, Md.--BrainScope today announced its second consecutive nomination for the 2018 Annual Prix Galien USA Awards for “Best Medical Technology” product. Its flagship BrainScope One product is a multi-modal, comprehensive, handheld capability to help clinicians objectively and rapidly assess and triage head injured patients directly at the point of care. BrainScope’s innovative technology addresses a vast market need for the global epidemic of mild head injury, which impacts more people each year than stroke and heart failure combined. BrainScope One is the first FDA-cleared medica...
Source: JEMS Patient Care - August 2, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Brainscope Tags: Trauma Product Announcements News Industry News Source Type: news

MDxHealth ’s Liquid Biopsy Test Proven to Be Cost-Effective
This study demonstrated that routine use of SelectMDx to guide biopsy decision-making improves health outcomes and lowers healthcare costs associated with prostate cancer risk assessment in a population of U.S. men," Dr. Matthew Resnick from the departments of Urologic Surgery and Health Policy at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN, said in a release. "We believe that this strategy improves the value of conventional risk assessment strategies through improvements in both quality and cost, the numerator and denominator of the health care value equation." Liquid biopsy has been an extremely ho...
Source: MDDI - August 2, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Omar Ford Tags: Testing 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:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - August 1, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Kate Perreault Source Type: news

Only 10 percent of non-dialysis kidney patients ever see a dietitian
(Loyola University Health System) In patients with chronic kidney disease, medical nutrition therapy can slow the progression and significantly reduce healthcare costs. But 90 percent of non-dialysis kidney disease patients never meet with a dietitian, according to a report in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 1, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ding Dong the Device Tax Is (Almost) Dead, Again
The House of Representatives took a big step Tuesday toward kicking the 2.3% medical device tax to the curb for good. The tax, which was included in the Affordable Care Act in 2010 has been highly criticized on both sides of the aisle as being bad for medical innovation. “Today's vote is a win for American innovation, American jobs, and most of all for American patients, who benefit from the life-changing innovations our industry produces every day," said Scott Whitaker, president and CEO of the Advanced Medical Technology Association (AdvaMed). When U.S. lawmakers reached a deal in January to end a government s...
Source: MDDI - July 24, 2018 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Amanda Pedersen Tags: Business Source Type: news

Bad career choice?
By Rukhsana ShahJul 23 2018 (Dawn, Pakistan)As with so many other professions, nursing remains a neglected line of work, despite its practitioners being responsible for the treatment, safety and quick recovery of patients, as well as post-op management and specialised interventions. Doctors need them because no doctor can care for each patient. Rukhsana ShahAccording to the latest Economic Survey, there are 208,007 doctors and 103,777 nurses in the country. This reflects a ratio of one doctor to less than 0.5 nurses, while the recommended ratio is 1:4. This should not be surprising as 90 per cent of nurses here are females...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - July 23, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Rukhsana Shah Tags: Health Source Type: news

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