16 May 2019

MAY 19: Deductible Relief Day

Deductible Relief Day is May 19. That’s the date by which average spending for people with employer-sponsored health insurance is sufficient to satisfy the average deductible, the amount they must pay out-of-pocket for most health care services before their insurance plan kicks in to help pay the bills, Kaiser Family

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08 May 2019

DRUG INDUSTRY PATENTS GO UNDER SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE’S MICROSCOPE

By Rachel Bluth   Congress isn’t making much headway in finding a solution to the problem of soaring prescription drug prices, but lawmakers from both parties are tinkering on the edges with legislation that aims to increase competition among drugmakers. A comprehensive piece of drug-pricing legislation is a high priority for

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08 May 2019

Feds Want To Show Healthcare Costs On Your Phone, But That Could Take Years

  By Fred Schulte   Federal officials are proposing new regulations that for the first time could allow patients to compare prices charged by various hospitals and other healthcare providers using data sent to their smartphones. Donald Rucker, who coordinates health information technology policy for the, said he expects that the

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01 May 2019

DIABETIC AMPUTATIONS: A ‘SHAMEFUL METRIC’ OF INADEQUATE CARE

By Anna Gorman On his regular rounds at the University of Southern California’s Keck Hospital, David Armstrong, MD, lives a brutal injustice of American healthcare. Each week, dozens of patients with diabetes come to him with deep wounds, severe infections and poor circulation — debilitating complications of a disease that

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24 Apr 2019

CHRONIC PAIN PATIENTS PUNISHED FOR OPIOID ABUSE BY DOCTORS, PHARMACIES, PAIN CLINICS; GOVERNMENT OVER REACTS

By Blake Farmer Nashville Public Radio A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicted on charges of opioid-related crimes in April  in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions. He was also Gail Gray’s pharmacist and the person she relied

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24 Apr 2019

CMS OUTLINES NEW PRIMARY CARE PAYMENT MODELS AIMED AT GREATER SHARED RISK APRIL 22

      The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed changes with several new primary care payment models, including one that would shift providers to global payments. The Trump Administration says it is building on the progress made over the last two years and further the CMS priority

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23 Apr 2019

PELVIC VEIN OBSTRUCTION: VeinCare Centers of Tennessee now implant new BD Venovo stents to open pelvis vein

  VeinCare Centers of Tennessee is one of the first clinics in the United States to implant the new BD Venovo stent in obstructed pelvic veins. The Venovo stent is the first stent designed specifically for use in treating obstruction of veins to be approved by the Food and Drug

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22 Apr 2019

HHS TO DELIVER VALUE-BASED TRANSFORMATION IN PRIMARY CARE

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator Seema Verma announced the CMS Primary Cares Initiative April 22, a new set of payment models that will transform primary care to deliver better value for patients throughout the

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13 Apr 2019

DABRA Excimer Laser Atherectomy to be Presented in Key Events at Charing Cross International Symposium

Ra Medical Systems Inc., headquartered in Carlsbad, California, has scheduled its key DABRA (Destruction of Arteriosclerotic Blockages by laser Radiation Ablation) Excimer Laser Atherectomy events at the upcoming Charing Cross International Symposium in London April 16–18. Ra Medical is in Booth No. 509. These events include case and podium presentations and

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10 Apr 2019

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME WHAT A PBM REALLY DOES?

By Rachel Bluth   It was back-to-school day at the Senate Finance Committee hearing April 9. In the third of a series of hearings on rising drug prices, the senators seemed focused on getting an answer to one central question: What the heck is a pharmacy benefit manager? Pharmacy benefit managers,

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