Practice Management

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

What Does the Cigna-Express Scripts Merger Mean for the Future of Health Care?

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The $67 billion merger between Cigna and Express Scripts will be the first of its kind.

Cardiac Implant Prices Higher in United States Compared With EU Countries

Cardiac Implant Prices Higher in United States Compared With EU Countries

Cardiac implant prices are 2 to 6 times higher in the United States than in Germany.

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Decrease Drug Prices

Trump Administration Announces Plan to Decrease Drug Prices

In an effort to cut high drug costs, the prices paid by Medicare for certain prescription drugs would be based on those in other advanced industrial nations.

AHA Expresses Concern Over Latest Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Guidance

AHA Expresses Concern Over Latest Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Guidance

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More than 25 professional medical and patient advocacy organizations are in opposition to the Trump Administration's latest effort to undermine the Affordable Care Act.

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

Reducing Race-Based Inequalities Across Health Care

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Data show that there is a significant difference in how black patients are treated compared with patients of other races.

The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

The Progression of Health Care From Personalized Medicine to Wellness Genomics and Beyond

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The progression from personalized medicine to wellness genomics as mapped by researchers began with pioneering work on the molecular genetic code.

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

Should Physicians Play a Role in Minimizing the Societal Cost of Medical Care?

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Physicians are evenly divided on the importance of considering societal cost and resource allocation while providing individual patient care.

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

The Striking Effects of Diversity in Health Care: Improving Patient Outcomes

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Two Stanford researchers sought to study the effects of diversity on health care among men of color.

Procurement Requirements Drive Interoperability in Health Care IT

Procurement Requirements Drive Interoperability in Health Care IT

Steps outlined for health systems to establish comprehensive, ongoing procurement strategies

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Without Medicaid Expansion, Poor Patients Forgo Medical Care

Doing without medical care is much more common among low-income residents of states that have not expanded Medicaid than among low-income people in other states.

Harvard: Fraudulent Data Found in Publications of Heart Researcher

Harvard: Fraudulent Data Found in Publications of Heart Researcher

Dozens of scientific papers from the laboratory of well-known heart researcher Piero Anversa contain fraudulent data.

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges With Mobile Health

Establishing Meaningful Informed Consent: Challenges With Mobile Health

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The role of mHealth technologies, including smartphone applications and wearable sensors that enable real-time health monitoring, has become more prevalent within the last decade.

Giving Flu Shots in Pharmacies May Increase Vaccination Coverage

Giving Flu Shots in Pharmacies May Increase Vaccination Coverage

Administering influenza vaccines through pharmacies in addition to traditional locations can increase vaccination coverage in the event of an epidemic.

When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

When Will Medicine Join the Women's Movement?

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A recent report from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine confirms that sexual harassment is a problem across all fields of science.

Active Pharmaceuticals Identified in Dietary Supplements

Active Pharmaceuticals Identified in Dietary Supplements

Dietary supplements often include active pharmaceuticals, even after warnings from the US FDA.

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

The Doctor Will @ You Now: Social Media MD Shares Strategies

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Farris K. Timimi, MD, and Lee Aase from the Mayo Clinic Social Media Network shared their views on the role of social media in physician practice.

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved by Justice Department

Aetna-CVS Merger Approved by Justice Department

A $69 billion merger between health insurer Aetna and pharmacy manager CVS Health has been approved.

Same Day Discharge Post-Elective PCI Safe and Generates Cost Savings

Same Day Discharge Post-Elective PCI Safe and Generates Cost Savings

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Same day hospital discharge has the potential increase the overall value of PCI care and save US hospitals approximately $577 million if implemented more consistently.

Understanding the Blame Game: Why Are Voluntary Event Reporting Rates So Low?

Understanding the Blame Game: Why Are Voluntary Event Reporting Rates So Low?

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Does a hospital's blame culture — "nonpunitive response to error" according to researchers — influence medical error reporting rates?

Industry-Funded Trials Often Involve Employees in Studies

Industry-Funded Trials Often Involve Employees in Studies

Many trials published in high-impact journals involve funder, academic author in study design, reporting.

Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

Will Federal Courts Permit State Regulation of Drug Prices?

In response to the growing burden of pharmaceutical products on state budgets, Maryland introduced House Bill 631 to prohibit manufacturer price gouging.

Roughly Three-Quarters of Health Care Personnel Received Flu Shot Last Year

Roughly Three-Quarters of Health Care Personnel Received Flu Shot Last Year

Overall, 78.4% of health care workers reported having received an influenza vaccination during the 2017-18 season

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

Manufacturers Increase Drug Prices Twice as Fast During Drug Shortages

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Prices of prescription drugs in short supply between 2015 and 2016 were found to increase more than twice as quickly as they would have in the absence of a shortage.

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

Physician Perspectives: Examining the Intersections of White Privilege and Racism in Medicine

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Racial insensitivity, stereotyping, and racially based decisions continue to occur in medical school admissions, recruitment, and management, as well as patient care.

Do Brand-Name Combination Medications Decrease Medicare Spending?

Do Brand-Name Combination Medications Decrease Medicare Spending?

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The difference in spending by Medicare on brand-name combination medications and the cost of the equivalent generic constituents was an estimated $925 million for 2016.

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

Variations in Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Employees Reported

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Wide variations in influenza vaccine coverage have been noted across healthcare personnel based on occupation and worksite.

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

The Open Access Debate: Should Patients Freely Access Research?

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Patients and their families are advocating for their right to access the latest medical research papers to help find potential treatments and understand health conditions.

Number of Health-Related Data Breaches Increasing

Number of Health-Related Data Breaches Increasing

The number of health data breaches has steadily increased since 2010.

Brain Death: The Art of Explaining Ambiguity

Brain Death: The Art of Explaining Ambiguity

Attempting to engage on an intellectual level about the heady concept of brain death while in the throes of bereavement can often lead to mistrust and confusion.

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Clinicians

Business Degree Increasingly Useful for Clinicians

Having an MBA degree can help doctors with important, practice-related decisions.

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