Health Policy Commission declines to lower healthcare spending target
While some say the spending target is reasonable, others think it should have been lowered to crack down on healthcare costs. (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 11, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Cassie McGrath Source Type: news

Steward sale, healthcare costs on tap for weighty HPC meeting
The state's Health Policy Commission is gearing up for one of its biggest meetings of the year, where it will tackle several of the biggest issues facing the local healthcare industry. (Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)
Source: Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines - April 11, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Authors: Cassie McGrath Source Type: news

Covid boosters are a gamechanger – if they are free for everyone
Only private jabs are available to most, but annual shots could reduce healthcare costs and prevent deathsCheaper private Covid jabs may end up as costly as pricier ones, say expertsPrivate Covid boosters are available for people who do not qualify to receive these vaccines on the NHS. But is it worth paying for a shot?With most people now having been exposed to Sars-CoV-2 through previous vaccination and/or infection, our immune systems are generally well equipped to recognise and kill the virus if we become infected.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)
Source: Guardian Unlimited Science - April 3, 2024 Category: Science Authors: Linda Geddes Science correspondent Tags: Coronavirus NHS Vaccines and immunisation Infectious diseases UK news Health Science Source Type: news

Integrating fall prevention strategies into EMS services to reduce falls and associated healthcare costs for older adults - Camp K, Murphy S, Pate B.
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to detail the implementation of fall prevention initiatives through emergency medical services (EMS) and associated outcomes. METHODS: Paramedics with MedStar Mobile Healthcare utilized the Stopping Elderly Acc... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 30, 2024 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Treating Kids' HCV Early May Boost Lifetime Health Outcomes and Save Money
(MedPage Today) -- Treating hepatitis C virus (HCV) earlier in kids was associated with better lifetime clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs compared with deferring treatment, a modeling study showed. Projected life expectancy was longest... (Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology)
Source: MedPage Today Gastroenterology - March 11, 2024 Category: Gastroenterology Source Type: news

Is semiannual mammo after breast conserving surgery necessary?
Annual mammography with a clinical exam -- rather than semiannual -- is “likely sufficient” for women who have undergone breast-conserving surgery and were treated with neoadjuvant therapy, a study published March 2 in Surgical Oncology Insight has found. Researchers led by Ton Wang, MD, from Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles found insufficient evidence supporting the use of semiannual mammography in these women, with less than 2% of women developing locoregional recurrence on routine surveillance. “Semiannual mammography is associated with unnecessary benign biopsies, which may increase health care costs ...
Source: Headlines - March 8, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Amerigo Allegretto Tags: Subspecialties Womens Imaging Breast Imaging Source Type: news

NFP Introduces TPNet ™, Its Price Transparency Tool for Employers, Payers and Third-Party Providers
TPNet delivers data-driven, actionable insights that help employers control healthcare costs NEW YORK, March 7, 2024 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- NFP, a leading property and casualty broker, benefits consultant, wealth manager and retirement plan advisor, announced today it has developed TPNet™,... (Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals)
Source: PRWeb: Medical Pharmaceuticals - March 7, 2024 Category: Pharmaceuticals Tags: PDT Source Type: news

Sexual activity as self-injury: a scoping review - Mellin JE, Young CC, Rew L, Zuniga J, Monge MC.
Suicide and other self-injurious behaviors (SIB) are significant causes of morbidity and mortality as well as healthcare costs. Sexual risk behaviors are associated with many SIB, and sexual activities may act as SIB as well. In this scoping review, we con... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - March 4, 2024 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Risk Factor Prevalence, Injury Occurrence Source Type: news

ECR: Implementing imaging referral guidelines shows positive impact
Implementing imaging referral guidelines not only supports value-based radiology but makes it easier to communicate with patients about low-value services, according to findings presented February 29 at ECR 2024. In an open forum, Yi Xiang Tay, of Singapore University Hospital's radiography and diagnostic imaging department, shared his team's research. It was the endnote of a series of sessions focused on optimizing radiology services. "Low-value imaging procedures result in an ineffective allocation of resources and imposes potential danger," Tay said. "This includes increasing patient costs, the rise of cancer, and inc...
Source: Headlines - March 1, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Liz Carey Tags: Practice Management Source Type: news

Commentary: The IRA ’s impact on medical innovation
The debate over drug-price negotiation policies, particularly those in the Inflation Reduction Act, has become the centerpiece of discussions about healthcare affordability, job creation and medical innovation. Finding a balance between making lifesaving medications affordable while sustaining the incentives for medical innovation is critical. There is no denying the need to alleviate the burden of healthcare costs today, but policy must consider the entire drug supply chain, and take steps to avoid … (Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - March 1, 2024 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Ari Fine Glantz Source Type: news

Deep-learning accelerated brain MRI improves stroke lesion detection
Deep learning-accelerated brain MRI improves the detection of acute ischemic lesions compared to conventional MRI because it offers better image quality and significantly decreased exam times, researchers have reported in a study published in Radiology.The technique could translate to better patient care in that it could improve imaging workflow and cut healthcare costs, wrote a team led by Sebastian Altmann, MD, of University Medical Center Mainz in Germany.Example of (A-D) noncontrast transverse plane conventional MRI (c-MRI) and (E-H) deep learning-accelerated MRI scans in a 75-year-old male participant with acute left-...
Source: Headlines - February 22, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Kate Madden Yee Tags: Artificial Intelligence Neuroradiology Source Type: news

PCCT improves assessment of coronary artery disease
Ultrahigh-spatial-resolution photon-counting detector CT (PCCT) improves the evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD) -- enabling the reclassification of disease to a lower category in 54% of patients, researchers have found. The technology could improve patient management and reduce unnecessary interventions, according to a team that included corresponding author Tilman Emrich, MD, of the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. The findings were published February 20 in Radiology. "Our study provides a glimpse into the potential impact of performing coronary CT angiography [CCTA] using ultrahigh spatial r...
Source: Headlines - February 20, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Kate Madden Yee Tags: Subspecialties Chest Radiology Source Type: news

Rotator Cuff Tears: Take Surgeons' Word That MRI Is Needed
(MedPage Today) -- SAN FRANCISCO -- Insurance companies' policies to refuse authorization of MRI scans to diagnose rotator cuff tears until patients have first tried physical therapy have probably raised overall healthcare costs as well as burdened... (Source: MedPage Today Radiology)
Source: MedPage Today Radiology - February 16, 2024 Category: Radiology Source Type: news

Use CT first to triage chest pain patients for revascularization
A "CT first" strategy is an effective way to determine if patients with stable chest pain need revascularization with invasive coronary angiography (ICA), researchers have found. The results could improve patient care by helping them avoid unnecessary ICA -- and could curb healthcare costs, said senior study author Markus Scherer, MD, of Atrium Health-Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute in Charlotte, NC. The study findings were presented February 1 at the American College of Cardiology (ACC) Cardiovascular Summit, underway in Washington, DC."While care must be individualized, for patients with unknown or unestablished ...
Source: Headlines - February 1, 2024 Category: Radiology Authors: Kate Madden Yee Tags: Subspecialties Cardiovascular Radiology Source Type: news

Integrative data analysis to identify persistent post-concussion deficits and subsequent musculoskeletal injury risk: project structure and methods - Anderson M, Claros CC, Qian W, Brockmeier A, Buckley TA.
Concussions are a serious public health problem, with significant healthcare costs and risks. One of the most serious complications of concussions is an increased risk of subsequent musculoskeletal injuries (MSKI). However, there is currently no reliable w... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - January 29, 2024 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Economics of Injury and Safety, PTSD, Injury Outcomes Source Type: news