Healthcare Policy

Former Pharma Salesmen Help Insurers Push Low-Cost Drugs to Prescribers

Former Pharma Salesmen Help Insurers Push Low-Cost Drugs to Prescribers

Former pharma reps are educating doctors about costs of meds, encouraging use of generics.

New Tools Available to Guide Physicians Through Merit-Based Payments

New Tools Available to Guide Physicians Through Merit-Based Payments

The fact sheets are meant to help those already participating in or those considering the Merit-based Incentive Payment System.

With Drug Costs Increasing, Some Physicians Are Inventing Solutions

With Drug Costs Increasing, Some Physicians Are Inventing Solutions

Rising drug costs are forcing some physicians to take matters into their own hands.

FDA Warns of Experimental Procedure to Treat Autonomic Dysfunction

FDA Warns of Experimental Procedure to Treat Autonomic Dysfunction

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For the second time, the US FDA is warning physicians and patients to be aware of an experimental procedure that is being promoted as a treatment in autonomic dysfunction.

Medical Device Approval and Safety: Raising Our Standards

Medical Device Approval and Safety: Raising Our Standards

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The large number of recalls of medical devices has pointed to a need for more active monitoring of product performance from the standpoints of both safety and efficacy.

Comorbidities Have a Significant Impact on Chronic Migraine Health Care Costs

Comorbidities Have a Significant Impact on Chronic Migraine Health Care Costs

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Patients with chronic migraine and comorbidities incur nearly 2 times the health care costs incurred by patients with migraine alone.

How To Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

How To Reduce Hospital-Acquired Infections

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Patients were 10% to 30% less likely to acquire a multidrug-resistant organism or C difficile if enhanced disinfection strategies were used in hospitals.

Affordable Care Act Repeal: Most Physicians Aren't On Board

Affordable Care Act Repeal: Most Physicians Aren't On Board

Though many would support changes, only 15% want the law completely repealed.

Opting Out of Medicare: A Physician's Perspective

Opting Out of Medicare: A Physician's Perspective

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Katherine A. Roberts, MD, FACE, ECNU, discusses her choice to opt out of Medicare and offers advice to physicians considering doing the same.

Excessive Physician Charges Create Patient Burden

Excessive Physician Charges Create Patient Burden

Excessive charges negatively impact patients who are privately and uninsured.

FDA Regulatory Processes Driving High Drug Prices

FDA Regulatory Processes Driving High Drug Prices

Lengthy drug approval processes dampen competition, helping drive drug prices sky-high.

Strategies to Curb Treatment Cost in Multiple Sclerosis

Strategies to Curb Treatment Cost in Multiple Sclerosis

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Several strategies for clinical practice and research may reduce the cost of MS treatment while maintaining efficacy.

Prescription Affordability is Improving Incrementally

Prescription Affordability is Improving Incrementally

Millions still struggle with the cost of prescription drugs.

Drug Prices Being Driven Up By Monopolistic Pricing

Drug Prices Being Driven Up By Monopolistic Pricing

Current government regulations allow drug manufacturers to charge monopolistic prices that aren't opposed by competing market forces.

HIPAA Compliance: Should You Encrypt Patient Health Information?

HIPAA Compliance: Should You Encrypt Patient Health Information?

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HIPAA doesn't require providers to encrypt devices or electronic information, but one could say it is strongly encouraged.

Physician Incentive Payments Fail to Improve Quality of Care

Physician Incentive Payments Fail to Improve Quality of Care

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Incentive payments to primary care physicians for providing comprehensive care to medically complex patients did not improve quality of care.

Continuity of Care Impacts Health Care Costs, Hospitalizations in Dementia

Continuity of Care Impacts Health Care Costs, Hospitalizations in Dementia

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Fragmented care led to an additional $567 million to $1.1 billion in health care spending.

CMS Proposes Changes to Physician Fee Schedules

CMS Proposes Changes to Physician Fee Schedules

Substantial improvements have been proposed for care coordination, planning, primary care, and mental health.

Despite Health Insurance Mandates, Autism Still Underdiagnosed

Despite Health Insurance Mandates, Autism Still Underdiagnosed

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The authors suggest that it's "perhaps not a fair direct comparison" to note that the CDC&P estimate of community prevalence for ASD is 15 per 1000 children.

Physician-Assisted Suicide Being Legalized More Broadly

Physician-Assisted Suicide Being Legalized More Broadly

Still, use of the method is still rare.

Health Insurance Status Affects Medication Use in MS

Health Insurance Status Affects Medication Use in MS

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Nearly 25% of respondents taking DMDs use free or discounted drug programs.

Affordable Care Act Insurance Premiums to Rise in 2017

Affordable Care Act Insurance Premiums to Rise in 2017

Those who receive subsidies will likely not feel the effects of the rate hike.

Axon Registry Aims to Improve Outcomes for Patients, Physicians

Axon Registry Aims to Improve Outcomes for Patients, Physicians

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The registry is a centralized data collection system that analyzes data on quality of care and patient outcomes.

Curbing Brand-Name Drug Use Could Save Tens of Billions

Curbing Brand-Name Drug Use Could Save Tens of Billions

Brand-name drug overuse accounted for 14% of these costs.

UnitedHealth Drop Out May Hurt Affordable Care Act Exchange

UnitedHealth Drop Out May Hurt Affordable Care Act Exchange

Most insurers' public exchange businesses are still not profitable.

Electronic Health Records May Disrupt Physician-Patient Relationship

Electronic Health Records May Disrupt Physician-Patient Relationship

Doctors trained on EHRs may be less compassionate towards patients, the author fears.

Physicians Can Get Hands On With Payment Model Development

Physicians Can Get Hands On With Payment Model Development

Some physicians are getting involved with their specialty societies to help develop new payment models.

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Pricing Driving Up Neurology Medicare Payments

Multiple Sclerosis Drug Pricing Driving Up Neurology Medicare Payments

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The exorbitant cost of MS drugs consistently push the neurology specialty to the top of Medicare's list.

Neurology On the Hill: Q&A with AAN President Terrence Cascino, MD, FAAN

Neurology On the Hill: Q&A with AAN President Terrence Cascino, MD, FAAN

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Hundreds of neurologists advocate for Congress to support the Telestroke FAST Act and the BRAIN Initiative.

Physicians Emphasize Interoperability for Electronic Health Records

Physicians Emphasize Interoperability for Electronic Health Records

EHRs need to have more usability, interoperability, physicians told AMA representatives at a town hall meeting.

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