7/2/2015
After conducting a study researchers found that patients with annual incomes >$46,000 and who received treatment at an academic medical center were more likely to undergo the minimally invasive surgeries. | Read More
7/1/2015
A handful of states have restrictive laws governing the practice of PAs and NPs that could be causing more financial harm than anticipated. | Read More
6/29/2015
A new study was conducted to determine which treatment options were the most costly for patients with metastatic melanoma. | Read More
6/26/2015
Experts stated that the economic burden of psoriasis in the US is significant and the majority of it comes from indirect costs. | Read More
6/25/2015
Researchers conducted a study, published in Journal of Medical Economics, and determined that the higher the obesity category, the higher the additional annual expenses.   | Read More

WEEKLY TOP ARTICLES

7/3/2015

Shares in Nashville-based HCA, which accounts for 4 percent to 5 percent of all in-patient care in the United States, rose 10.6 percent on the Supreme Court decision on Thursday that upheld Obamacare's insurance premium tax subsidy system.

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7/3/2015

“Our study shows that treatment with an insulin pump almost halves the risk of cardiovascular mortality,” said lead study author Dr. Isabelle Steineck from Aarhus University Hospital in Denmark.

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7/3/2015

Orkambi, a combination of Vertex's approved drug Kalydeco and a new compound called lumacaftor, is intended for patients aged 12 and above, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. 

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7/3/2015

The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's (ANTM.N) No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business.

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6/29/2015

(Reuters Health) – Following a first stroke, older, poorer and less educated patients may have lower odds of getting clot-busting drugs to help pre

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6/29/2015

People with chronic pain may be able to use online tools to manage their symptoms, lessening the need for frequent doctor visits, an Australian study suggests.

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Healthcare Reform

The combination will push Aetna close to Anthem Inc's (ANTM.N) No.2 insurer spot by membership, and would nearly triple Aetna's Medicare Advantage business.

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A handful of states have restrictive laws governing the practice of PAs and NPs that could be causing more financial harm than anticipated.

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Medicare/Medicaid

Shares in Nashville-based HCA, which accounts for 4 percent to 5 percent of all in-patient care in the United States, rose 10.6 percent on the Supreme Court decision on Thursday that upheld Obamacare's insurance premium tax subsidy system.

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The 4 states involved in the investigation account for an estimated 9.2 million beneficiaries and 13% of all Medicaid payments.

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The three are among 37 states that rely wholly or in part on the federal HealthCare.gov website to sell health insurance plans and provide government subsidies to families based on income.

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Pharmaceutical News

(Reuters Health) – Following a first stroke, older, poorer and less educated patients may have lower odds of getting clot-busting drugs to help pre

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Viekira Pak, a combination of the drugs Viekirax and Exviera, was approved in December for use as both a standalone treatment and in tandem with ribavirin, a broad-spectrum antiviral approved in 1998.

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Researchers compared the clinical outcomes and cost of albuterol and levalbuterol to determine which was more cost effective in hospitalized patients with asthma or COPD.

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FDA Activity

Orkambi, a combination of Vertex's approved drug Kalydeco and a new compound called lumacaftor, is intended for patients aged 12 and above, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said on Thursday. 

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A 52-week Phase 3 trials, involving more than 15,000 COPD patients worldwide, compared Stiolto Respimat to tiotropium Respimat 5 mcg and olodaterol Respimat 5 mcg.

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Researchers compared the details companies made public in press releases with confidential documents from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration known as complete response letters, which explain why a new medicine can’t be sold.

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Healthcare News

People with chronic pain may be able to use online tools to manage their symptoms, lessening the need for frequent doctor visits, an Australian study suggests.

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Researchers conducted a study, published in Journal of Medical Economics, and determined that the higher the obesity category, the higher the additional annual expenses.

 

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Doing many imaging studies on patients who do not need them delays these exams for patients with other diseases who do need them, and leads to more radiation exposure for the breast cancer patients.

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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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