4/16/2015
U.S. spending on prescription medicines jumped 13 percent to $374 billion in 2014, the biggest percentage increase since 2001. | Read More
4/10/2015
The Illinois House of Representatives is considering a bill that would initiate an inmate’s Medicaid enrollment process 30 days before release from prison. | Read More
4/10/2015
Federal officials issued a proposed rule addressing how the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Act should apply to Medicaid managed care and Children’s Health Insurance Program plans. | Read More
4/10/2015
More than 44 million Americans visit their primary care provider each year for their annual physical, but according to a recent Kaiser Health News report, studies simply do not support the practice.   | Read More

WEEKLY TOP ARTICLES

4/16/2015

Congress approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in time to head off a 21 percent cut in the doctors' pay.

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4/16/2015

U.S. health regulators approved Amgen Inc's Corlanor to treat patients with chronic heart failure.

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4/9/2015

Budesonide effervescent tablets are at least as effective as budesonide viscous suspension for inducing remission in adults with eosinophilic esophagitis.

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4/9/2015

First-, second-, and third-degree relatives of people with inflammatory bowel disease have a significantly increased risk of developing the disease themselves.

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4/9/2015

Ovarian cancer in childhood and adolescence increases the risk of second primary tumors and lymphoma, according to a new study.

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4/9/2015

California lawmakers pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let their school-going children remain unvaccinated.

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Healthcare Reform

California lawmakers pushed forward a bill that would ban parents from citing their personal beliefs as a reason to let their school-going children remain unvaccinated.

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The increase in the number of insured Americans will only slightly raise demand for primary care and other healthcare services.

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As the Supreme Court takes on another case regarding subsidies under the ACA, patients and healthcare providers alike are bracing for what the outcome may be.

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Medicare/Medicaid

Congress approved a bill to repair the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians, marking a rare bipartisan achievement just in time to head off a 21 percent cut in the doctors' pay.

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Payments to health insurers operating Medicare Advantage plans for the elderly and disabled will increase by 1.25 percent in 2016.

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The Senate will wait more than 2 weeks before acting on a bill to permanently fix the flawed formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians.

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Pharmaceutical News

Prescription drug spending in nonfederal hospital and clinic settings is projected to grow between 7% and 9% this year, according to a new analysis

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U.S. spending on prescription medicines jumped 13 percent to $374 billion in 2014, the biggest percentage increase since 2001.

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Budesonide effervescent tablets are at least as effective as budesonide viscous suspension for inducing remission in adults with eosinophilic esophagitis.

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FDA Activity

U.S. health regulators approved Amgen Inc's Corlanor to treat patients with chronic heart failure.

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The FDA approved afilbercept injection for the treatment of diabetic retinopathy in patients with diabetic macular edema (DME).

 

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The rate of new medications garnering approval from the FDA so far this year is consistent with last year’s record-setting numbers.

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Healthcare News

Depression, anxiety, and dementia are associated with higher 30-day readmissions after hospitalization for heart failure, acute myocardial infarction, and pneumonia.

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One in 5 older adults reported experiencing discrimination in healthcare settings.

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One of the earliest tasks in President Barack Obama's $215 million "precision medicine" program will be finding a way to piece together data from a hodgepodge of existing studies.

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Guideline Updates

About 400,000 more young people ages 17 to 21 with high LDL cholesterol would be treated with statins under pediatric guidelines as opposed to adult guidelines.

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The American Heart Association, American College of Cardiology, and American Society of Hypertension update guideline recommendations.

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Perianal fistulas are a common complication of Crohn's disease and effective management requires a multidisciplinary approach.

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The latest tally shows that more than 11 million people signed up for private health insurance coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services held a special enrollment period for people facing tax penalties. continue reading
Though the rate of national drug shortages has decreased over time since hitting a high in 2011, the ongoing shortages are not being resolved and continue to impact patients, clinicians, and health systems. continue reading