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Innovating beyond rising U.S. healthcare costs
As nearly any employer, provider or consumer that touches the U.S. healthcare system can attest, decades of rising healthcare costs have put pressure on family budgets, businesses and taxpayers alike. The price of medical care is the single biggest factor behind U.S. healthcare spending, accounting for 90 percent of the $3 trillion spent annually on healthcare in this country. This spending reflects the cost of caring for people with long-term medical conditions, an aging population and the inc reased… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - November 20, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City Source Type: news

Burdened By High Medication Costs? Your Boss May Be Able To Help
Reference pricing is an important way to combat high healthcare costs without regulating prices or strictly limiting patient choice. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 17, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Virtual models tackle EU healthcare challenges
Healthcare costs across Europe are increasing, with an ageing population and the burden of treating chronic diseases consuming valuable resources. EU-funded researchers have used Model-Based Therapeutics (MBT) - a process whereby computer models of the human body, patient data and automation are combined - to create new treatments for common medical problems that improve patient well-being and save money. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - November 15, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

Medtech Employers Need to Keep Pace with Job Market
The medical device and diagnostics industry is a smart place to build a career. Professionals working in the field say they enjoy the work for the chance to pioneer new medical advances, to solve challenges, and to make a positive impact for patients. For the past few years, medtech employees have been able to call the shots, with an abundance of well-paying, meaningful roles and continued growth in the sector. As the trend toward crossover with consumer tech continues and as other industries piles on cool perks, high salaries, and prestige, leading medtech recruiters are urging medtech companies to keep an eye on their ke...
Source: MDDI - November 14, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Marie Thibault Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Why Investing In Better Primary Care Failed To Save Money
There's a lack of convincing evidence that better primary care for chronically ill patients lowers U.S. healthcare costs. (Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News)
Source: Forbes.com Healthcare News - November 10, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Peter Ubel, Contributor Source Type: news

Zebra Medical Vision to host AI1 image analytics on Google Cloud
Israeli machine-learning radiology firm Zebra Medical Vision said it will be uploading its radiology algorithms to the Google (NSDQ:GOOG) Cloud as part of the AI1 automated imaging analytics tools offering it announced last month. The AI1 analytical platform includes a deep learning engine system that can detect various medical findings from image scans on its own, including the detection of liver, lung, cardiovascular and bone disease. The Israel-based company also said said it is planning to introduce new capabilities that would cover breast cancer, lung cancer, brain trauma, hypertension and oth...
Source: Mass Device - November 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Health Information Technology Imaging Zebra Medical Vision Source Type: news

NanoVibronix touts lowered UTIs in interim UroShield study results
NanoVibronix (NSDQ:NAOV) today released interim results from a trial of its UroShield ultrasound device designed to prevent bacteria and biofilms from forming on urinary catheters, touting a low rate of catheter-acquired urinary tract infections. The Uroshield device from the Elmsford, N.Y.-based company is designed to decrease pain and discomfort associated with urinary catheter use while also preventing bacterial colonization and biofilm on indwelling catheters to reduce UTIs. The 51-patient trial examined patients at 5 nursing facilities, with 26 patients being treated with the UroShield and 25 in a control group r...
Source: Mass Device - November 8, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Catheters Clinical Trials Urology nanovibronix Source Type: news

Low value surgical procedures should be avoided to reduce costs and improve patient care
(Wiley) Reducing the use of 'low value' interventions that deliver little benefit is vital to cut healthcare costs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - November 8, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

HeartFlow wins CMS new tech payment classification for FFRct analysis
HeartFlow said today that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized a new technology ambulatory payment classification for its HeartFlow FFRct analysis designed to help diagnose suspected coronary artery disease. Under the newly finalized payment decision, Medicare-enrolled hospitals will be eligible for reimbursements of $1,450.50 for each technical component of the FFRct analysis. The new rules are set to take effect on January 1, 2018. “CMS’s decision to assign a New Technology APC for FFRct technology for Medicare recipients is a recognition of the value of this technology and its demo...
Source: Mass Device - November 6, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Blood Management Business/Financial News Diagnostics HeartFlow Source Type: news

Multiple illnesses and end-of-life care drive high healthcare costs in old age
Expert commentary is provided for a cohort study which found that total per person healthcare costs increased from age 80 years, reaching a maximum in the 90-94 age range. This underscores the idea that we should move towards a preventative person centred model of care. (Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH))
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - October 27, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

ResMed lifts on FY2018 Q1 sales beat
Shares in ResMed (NYSE:RMD) have risen in after-hours trading after the medical device maker beat expectations on Wall Street with its 1st quarter fiscal year 2018 earnings results. The San Diego, Calif.-based company posted profits of $86.1 million, or 60¢ per share, on sales of $523.7 million for the 3 months ended September 30, seeing the bottom line grow 13.2% while sales grew 12.5% compared with the same period during the previous fiscal year. Adjusted to exclude 1-time items, earnings per share were 66¢, just in line with consensus on Wall Street, where analysts expected to see sales of $505.6 million....
Source: Mass Device - October 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News MassDevice Earnings Roundup ResMed Inc. Source Type: news

Report calls for better mental health support in the workplace
"Up to 300,000 people with long-term mental health problems have to leave their jobs each year, a report says," writes BBC News. This was just one of the UK media outlets that published the findings of a report looking at the extent of mental ill health in the workplace, and the related economic and social costs. Most of the media led with headlines stating that 300,000 people with long-term mental health conditions leave work each year – twice the rate of those without mental health conditions. The loss to the economy was estimated to be up to £99 billion a year, including lost productivity output, t...
Source: NHS News Feed - October 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Mental health Source Type: news

Can Hospitalists and ED Staff Drive Down Healthcare Costs? Can Hospitalists and ED Staff Drive Down Healthcare Costs?
Telemedicine, ED staff working with hospitalists, and improving patient handoff can improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs, Drs Robert Glatter and Sherri L. Sandel say.Medscape Emergency Medicine (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - October 24, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Emergency Medicine Commentary Source Type: news

Health Mart and APCI Celebrate Pharmacists on Florida Independent Pharmacy Day
LAKELAND, Fla., October 23, 2017 — Florida Independent Pharmacy Day celebrates the contributions of independent pharmacists in reducing healthcare costs and improving patient care. Health Mart and American Pharmacy Cooperative, Inc. (APCI) have invited Florida legislators to visit pharmacies across F... (Source: McKesson News)
Source: McKesson News - October 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Drug Companies Make Eyedrops Too Big — And You Pay for the Waste
(MedPage Today) -- Another reason healthcare costs are so high (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 21, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Ageing Asia: What Does the Future Hold?
Conclusion To effectively meet the meets of the growing elderly population over the next few decades, it is crucial that we understand what socio-economic, cultural and political factors will drive their healthcare decision making, especially where out-of-pocket payment will be required.  Market research, grounded in local knowledge and expertise, is a key means of achieving this understanding. Whether via patients directly (recognizing the technological or capability limitations that may exist in the elderly population), or their caregivers (noting that the family has traditionally played an important role in provid...
Source: EyeForPharma - October 16, 2017 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Marc Yates Source Type: news

Nearly 40 percent of U.S. adults are obese: Study
Almost forty percent of adults in the U.S. are obese, continuing an epidemic of obesity that's expected to lead to sicker Americans and higher healthcare costs. (Source: Health News - UPI.com)
Source: Health News - UPI.com - October 13, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for October 12, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. UVC LEDs: Energizing a new generation of portable, healthcare disinfection devices According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), one in every 25 hospital patients in the U.S. will contract a hospital-acqu...
Source: Mass Device - October 12, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

UVC LEDs: Energizing a new generation of portable, healthcare disinfection devices
Mark Pizzuto [Image from Crystal IS]Mark Pizzuto, Crystal IS According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), one in every 25 hospital patients in the U.S. will contract a hospital-acquired infection (HAI) during their visit. Often expensive and sometimes fatal, HAIs are adding billions to the country’s already bourgeoning healthcare costs. For decades, hospitals and other healthcare facilities have employed ultraviolet germicidal irradiation systems (more recently referred to as germicidal UV or GUV), equipped with low-pressure mercury vapor lamps as an added layer of disinfection for a variety o...
Source: Mass Device - October 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Danielle Kirsh Tags: Sterilization / Calibration Crystal IS MedTech UV Source Type: news

Cell-free heart valve offers promise of normal life
EU-funded researchers have developed and tested a way to make human heart valve implants more tolerable and longer lasting, enabling recipients of all ages to avoid follow-up surgery and live largely normal lives, cutting hospital stays and healthcare costs. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)
Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre - October 11, 2017 Category: Research Source Type: news

PodMed: A Medical News Roundup From Johns Hopkins (with audio)
(MedPage Today) -- This week's topics include how the Zika virus changed, outcomes after surgery and health literacy, e-cigarettes and healthcare costs, and a reaction to tattooing (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 7, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Do Physicians Make Too Much Money?
(MedPage Today) -- Peter Ubel, MD, urges scrutinizing physician pay as part of controlling healthcare costs (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - October 3, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

SNAP reduces healthcare costs in low-income adults
(Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News)
Source: PharmacoEconomics and Outcomes News - October 1, 2017 Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: news

Cardinal Analytx closes $6.1m Series A funding round
New machine learning company Cardinal Analytx closed a $6.1 million Series A financing round to fund the development of its healthcare technology with data science, engineering and clinical capabilities. Investors included Cardinal Partners, Premera Blue Cross and the Stanford-StartX Fund. To reduce the costs associated with health insurance, the company developed a machine learning platform that uses artificial intelligence-based predictive modeling and intervention recommendations to identify potential high-cost members and provide customized medical recommendations. The information allows care managers and clinical team...
Source: Mass Device - September 27, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Alex Beall Tags: Funding Roundup Health Information Technology Software / IT Wall Street Beat cardinal analytx Source Type: news

SNAP Tied to Lower Healthcare Costs
(MedPage Today) -- More generous food assistance could ease states'Medicaid budget burden (Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics)
Source: MedPage Today Pediatrics - September 26, 2017 Category: Pediatrics Source Type: news

SNAP Food Aid Program Tied To Lower Health Spending For Poor
"SNAP, which is not a healthcare program, nevertheless seems to have an effect on healthcare costs." (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - September 26, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

How Artificial Intelligence Could Save Healthcare
They say the only two certainties in life are death and taxes, but you could also make an argument for adding rising healthcare costs to the list. “There is no end in sight to the amount of healthcare spending because it scales with multiple on the population,” Josh Makower, MD, general partner venture capital firm New Enterprise Associates (one of the top 10 medtech VC firms), told an audience at the Medtech Conference in San Jose yesterday. Speaking on a panel about the future of healthcare delivery at the event hosted by medtech industry trade group AdvaMed, Makower went on to assert that medical devices and...
Source: MDDI - September 26, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Jamie Hartford Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

Warming climate could increase bacterial impacts on Chesapeake Bay shellfish, recreation
(NOAA Northeast Fisheries Science Center) Researchers have found that three common species of Vibrio bacteria in Chesapeake Bay could increase with changing climate conditions by the end of this century, resulting in significant economic and healthcare costs from illnesses caused by exposure to contaminated water and consumption of contaminated shellfish. The study, the first to apply a new way of downscaling global climate models to the Chesapeake Bay, was conducted by NOAA scientists and colleagues and published in GeoHealth. (Source: EurekAlert! - Biology)
Source: EurekAlert! - Biology - September 26, 2017 Category: Biology Source Type: news

Computer-based versus in-person interventions for preventing and reducing stress in workers
Chronic exposure to stress has been linked to several negative physiological and psychological health outcomes. Among employees, stress and its associated effects can also result in productivity losses and higher healthcare costs. In-person (face-to-face) and computer-based (web- and mobile-based) stress management interventions have been shown to be effective in reducing stress in employees compared to no intervention. However, it is unclear if one form of intervention delivery is more effective than the other. It is conceivable that computer-based interventions are more accessible, convenient, and cost-effective. To co...
Source: Current Awareness Service for Health (CASH) - September 25, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Republicans Eye Last-Ditch Attempt to Repeal Obamacare, Again
Just two weeks ago, the forecast for Republicans was bleak: the GOP had dramatically failed to repeal Obamacare earlier in the summer, and reports of tension on Capitol Hill made it seem unlikely they would pull it together. But in a startling reversal of fortune over the last week, Republicans lawmakers have resuscitated a new effort to dismantle the Affordable Care Act. The bill in question, Graham-Cassidy, named for its co-sponsors Sen. Lindsey Graham and Rep. Bill Cassidy, has earned the White House’s backing, and received tacit support on Tuesday from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. “It is better ...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 20, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Affordable Care Act Congress Donald Trump Health Care Healthcare Lindsey Graham Mitch McConnell Obamacare Source Type: news

Here ’s How the Latest Attempt to Repeal Obamacare Would Work
The latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act is getting a second wind as it approaches its final deadline. With less than two weeks before a budgetary deadline that would allow the bill to pass with a simple majority, the so-called Graham-Cassidy bill is within a handful of votes from passing. Named for its sponsors: Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Rep. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, the bill would devolve the current system and let red and blue states go their own way on health care, while cutting federal support over time. It’s a sweeping proposal. Right now, the federal government pays about $110 bil...
Source: TIME.com: Top Science and Health Stories - September 19, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Nash Jenkins Tags: Uncategorized Congress Healthcare John McCain Lindsey Graham Obamacare Source Type: news

4 things to know about the top drivers of rising healthcare costs
As a physician as well as a regional president with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texa s (BCBSTX), I am often asked: Why is health care so expensive? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that important question due largely to the complexity of the U.S. health care system. However, there are some current realities – from hospital consolidation to free-standing emergency rooms to prescription drugs prices – which employers as well as their employees should know to understand what is contributing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Dr. Esteban L ópez Source Type: news

4 things to know about the top drivers of rising healthcare costs
As a physician as well as a regional president with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas  (BCBSTX), I am often asked: Why is health care so expensive? Unfortunately, there is no easy answer to that important question due largely to the complexity of the U.S. health care system. However, there are some current realities – from hospital consolidation to free-standing emergency rooms to prescription drugs prices – which employers as well as their employees should know to understand what is contributing… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - September 18, 2017 Category: American Health Authors: Dr. Esteban L ópez Source Type: news

Life-saving post-ER suicide prevention strategies are cost effective
(NIH/National Institute of Mental Health) Three interventions designed for follow up of patients who are identified with suicide risk in hospital emergency departments save lives and are cost effective relative to usual care. A study led by researchers at the National Institute of Mental Health modeled the use of the approaches in emergency departments and found that all three interventions compare favorably with a standard benchmark of cost-effectiveness used in evaluating healthcare costs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - September 15, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Left to Their Own Devices: The Promise and Dangers of IoT-Connected Medical Devices
Connected medical technology has arrived at the most opportune time. Insurance companies, now required to cover people with preexisting conditions, have needed some way to lower the costs of healthcare to balance the expense associated with higher-risk individuals. Connected devices help address this exact problem. iRhythm, for instance, manufactures a device that monitors cardiac activity and relies on machine learning for analysis. Products like these help providers treat more patients while consuming fewer resources. There are also offerings that help doctors monitor patient condition remotely so both parties can s...
Source: MDDI - September 11, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Catherine Wagner Tags: Medical Device Business Source Type: news

On Capitol Hill, Gov. Baker Touts Mass. As Example For Healthcare Reform
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS) — In his testimony Thursday on Capitol Hill, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker stressed the need for bipartisan solutions in making necessary healthcare reform. “Massachusetts has achieved near-universal coverage, with the highest rate of individuals with health insurance in the nation,” he said during his testimony. “And that’s because we’ve been working and re-working it for more than ten years.” Gov. Charlie Baker testifies about healthcare before a congressional panel. (WBZ-TV) Baker was among a bipartisan group of governors testifying before the U.S. Sena...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - September 7, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health Local News Syndicated Local Capitol Hill Charlie Baker Congress Elizabeth Warren Healthcare Washington D.C. Source Type: news

Anthem move shows how payors are 'steering' patients
In an effort to contain healthcare costs, insurers are resorting to "steering,"...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: Study documents decline in imaging use since 2001 3 reasons to re-evaluate your prior authorization strategy How to avoid radiology claim denials: Authorization The top 3 reasons for radiology claim denials Not all clinical decision support software is created equal (Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines)
Source: AuntMinnie.com Headlines - September 1, 2017 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Novant Health bends its own healthcare cost curve
For nearly a decade, the national imperative has been clear: hospitals, providers and insurers must work together to improve healthcare quality and access, all while lowering the cost. Today, more Americans have insurance than ever before, and studies show that quality is improving in many parts of the country. However, lowering healthcare costs has seemed nearly impossible. In 2016, Novant Health changed that. For the first time in the organization’s history, Novant Health pr ovided care for its… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care News Headlines - September 1, 2017 Category: Health Management Authors: Kati Everett Source Type: news

Novant Health bends its own healthcare cost curve
For nearly a decade, the national imperative has been clear: hospitals, providers and insurers must work together to improve healthcare quality and access, all while lowering the cost. Today, more Americans have insurance than ever before, and studies show that quality is improving in many parts of the country. However, lowering healthcare costs has seemed nearly impossible. In 2016, Novant Health changed that. For the first time in the organization’s history, Novant Health pr ovided care for its… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - September 1, 2017 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Kati Everett Source Type: news

HeartFlow wins positive policy decisions from 3 BCBS providers
HeartFlow said today it won positive medical policies for its HeartFlow FFRct fractional flow reserve analysis system from 3 separate Blue Cross Blue Shield providers. The Redwood City, Calif.-based company said that Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Shield of California and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama issued positive medical policies supporting the use of the FFRct technology following coronary computed tomography angiograms for members with stable chest pain. The new positive decisions affect a total of 43 million individuals covered by the 3 companies, joining over 28.5 million individuals already covered by...
Source: Mass Device - August 31, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Fink Densford Tags: Business/Financial News Cardiovascular HeartFlow Source Type: news

Hefty Price for HPV+ Oropharyngeal Cancer (CME/CE)
(MedPage Today) -- Healthcare costs approaching $140,000 for 2 years of care (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - August 25, 2017 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions climbed 377 percent from 2007 to 2016
(FAIR Health) Private insurance claim lines with diagnoses of anaphylactic food reactions rose 377 percent from 2007 to 2016, according to data from FAIR Health, a national, independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing transparency to healthcare costs and health insurance information. Consulting its database of over 23 billion privately billed healthcare procedures, FAIR Health investigated food allergies and anaphylaxis, a severe, life-threatening allergic reaction that certain foods, as well as other substances, can induce in susceptible individuals. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)
Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health - August 21, 2017 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Fidelity Study Predicts Baby Boomer Medical Laboratory Personnel and Pathologists May Defer Their Retirements Due to Increased Healthcare Costs
Rising out-of-pocket healthcare costs could force older clinical laboratory workers to put off retirement plans altogether, even when on Medicare For the past decade, anatomic pathology laboratory executives have been bracing for an expected avalanche of retiring baby boomer medical technicians, histotechnologists, cytotechnologists, clinical chemists, and pathologists who are reaching retirement age. However, rising out-of-pocket […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 18, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Adam Stavisky clinical laboratory Commonwealth Fund Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

MassDevice.com +5 | The top 5 medtech stories for August 17, 2017
Say hello to MassDevice +5, a bite-sized view of the top five medtech stories of the day. This feature of MassDevice.com’s coverage highlights our 5 biggest and most influential stories from the day’s news to make sure you’re up to date on the headlines that continue to shape the medical device industry. Get this in your inbox everyday by subscribing to our newsletters.   5. 7 diagnostic devices to boost healthcare in the developing world The World Health Organization estimates that a quarter of death and disease globally is caused by hazards and environmental burdens in developing countries with l...
Source: Mass Device - August 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: MassDevice Tags: News Well Plus 5 Source Type: news

CMS proposes rolling back bundled payment programs
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services this week proposed rolling back a trio of bundled payment pilot programs aimed at lowering healthcare costs and improving outcomes. The federal health insurer announced its 5-year “Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement” program in July 2015, saying it would involve more than 800 hospitals in 75 geographic areas. The CJR program, which went into effect in January 2016, bundles payments for hip and knee replacements from hospital admission to 90 days after discharge. The payment covers “all related items and services paid under Medicare Part A an...
Source: Mass Device - August 17, 2017 Category: Medical Devices Authors: Brad Perriello Tags: Healthcare Reform Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Reimbursement valuebasedhealthcare Source Type: news

Abortion After-care Costs Driven Up by Scarcity of Nearby Clinics Abortion After-care Costs Driven Up by Scarcity of Nearby Clinics
The absence of a nearby abortion clinic drives up healthcare costs, a study of California's poor has found.Reuters Health Information (Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines)
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news

When Abortion Clinics Close, Healthcare Costs Go Up
Women who don't have a nearby abortion clinic seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms, driving up cost. (Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post)
Source: Healthy Living - The Huffington Post - August 16, 2017 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news