3/31/2015
The Supreme Court ruled in a case from Idaho that private medical providers that deliver residential care services cannot sue a state in try to raise Medicaid reimbursement rates to deal with rising medical costs. | Read More
3/31/2015
Medicare spending on hepatitis C drugs jumped from $286 million in 2013 to $4.5 billion in 2014, according to a new ProPublica report. | Read More
3/31/2015
A recent slowdown in the rate of rising healthcare costs has not meant financial relief to patients, many of whom continue to skimp on savings and grow their credit card debt to pay for healthcare. | Read More
3/31/2015
Medicare patients who receive a Medicare Part D low-income subsidy are significantly more likely to receive home-administered biologic therapies for rheumatoid arthritis than patients ineligible for the subsidy who tend to receive facility-administered biologics under Medicare Part B. | Read More
3/30/2015
Currently, more than 80% of US prescriptions are filled by generic versions of a drug, and the latest proposed requirement for drug companies has generic drugmakers in a bind. | Read More

WEEKLY TOP ARTICLES

4/1/2015

Nivolumab provides objective responses with fewer toxic effects in patients with advanced melanoma that progressed after anti-CTLA-4 treatments.

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4/1/2015

Inadvertent intravenous (IV) thrombolysis in patients with stroke mimics is safe, according to a new study.

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4/1/2015

Treatment of influenza with oseltamivir brings a small reduction in the spread of influenza to household members in a crowded, low-income setting.

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4/1/2015

Long-term outcomes are similar after open and laparoscopic resection of liver metastases from colorectal cancer.

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3/31/2015

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

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3/31/2015

HIV-1 enters the central nervous system (CNS) and begins replicating early in the course of infection, researchers report.

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Healthcare Reform

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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UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest health insurer in the United States, is placing tighter controls on its coverage of hysterectomies after a devi

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Medicare/Medicaid

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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President Barack Obama is ready to sign bipartisan legislation to change the formula for reimbursing Medicare physicians.

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Prospects are good for passage of a permanent fix to Medicare's flawed doctor-pay formula, a move that would spare physicians from impending pay cuts.

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Pharmaceutical News

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices has added the 9-valent human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine to its list of HPV vaccines that can be used for routine vaccination.

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Currently, more than 80% of US prescriptions are filled by generic versions of a drug, and the latest proposed requirement for drug companies has generic drugmakers in a bind.

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Psoriasis patients who received biologics and methotrexate simultaneously had a higher risk for herpes zoster in a recent study.

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FDA Activity

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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The FDA approved a new drug to treat neuroblastoma, a rare cancer that typically occurs in children below 5 years.

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Healthcare News

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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Many Americans would not have quick access to the best healthcare options during a stroke, even under the most ideal circumstances, according to a new computer model.

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Guideline Updates

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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Patients with ACS and CKD benefit from the same medications used routinely in their peers without kidney disease, according to AHA.

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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