5/28/2015
 As some states consider the legalization of medical marijuana, “the federal government is trying to play catch-up on the science.” | Read More
5/26/2015
A study in JAMA Dermatology showed responses of patients with chronic plaque psoriasis to adalimumab in comparison with methotrexate sodium. | Read More
5/20/2015
Healthcare spending for a person with type 1 or type 2 diabetes and private insurance has risen nearly 10%. | Read More
5/18/2015
Researchers have concluded that patients with HIV are at higher risk of death when they live in rural areas far from hospital care. | Read More
5/14/2015
A study published in International Journal of Endocrinology & Metabolism determines how much patients with diabetes who use Internet blood glucose monitoring services spend annually.  | Read More

WEEKLY TOP ARTICLES

5/28/2015

These results should reassure younger women diagnosed with breast cancer.

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5/28/2015

The Patient Protection and ACA has significant potential to increase the healthcare of diabetes patients who previously lacked insurance. 

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5/27/2015

Novartis is raising its bet on smart technology.

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5/27/2015

Two cholesterol drugs, expected to be approved by this summer, could both lower LDL in high-risk patients but will be sold at different dosages.

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5/22/2015

A recent study suggests that a next-generation sequencing panel could save costs for patients with metastatic melanoma.

 

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5/22/2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a new list of the costliest drugs for the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. 

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Healthcare Reform

Senate has passed a bill that will greatly affect parents who choose not to vaccinate their children.

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The state of Pennsylvania may set up its own healthcare exchange in an attempt to save insurance subsidies for thousands of residents under the federal government's 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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Anthem Inc (ANTM.N) has reported that their quarterly profit membership rise was greater than anticpated.

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Medicare/Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released a new list of the costliest drugs for the Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Program. 

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued noteworthy new guidance on biosimilar reimbursement.

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Research published in Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology examined billing rates for vascular catheter-associated infections and catheter-associated urinary tract infections.

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Pharmaceutical News

Novartis is raising its bet on smart technology.

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Two cholesterol drugs, expected to be approved by this summer, could both lower LDL in high-risk patients but will be sold at different dosages.

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45% of ACOs with commerical contracts reported responsibility for prescription drug spending for at least 1 contract.

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FDA Activity

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a blood-clotting agent for use in hospital settings.

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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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Healthcare News

 As some states consider the legalization of medical marijuana, “the federal government is trying to play catch-up on the science.”

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Judge rules on coverage limits for "grandfathered in" healthcare plans, pre ACA.

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A new, affordable biosensing platform has been developed, that will rapidly detect bacteria and viruses.

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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