• ACOs saved $739 million in 2018 as new program takes hold October 8, 2019
    Accountable care organizations generated $739.4 million in net savings in 2018, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The data released recently are based on savings spread across 548 ACOs. It shows greater savings among "downside risk" ACOs that were responsible for paying back the federal government for any cost increases compared to […]
  • FDA approves second drug to prevent HIV infection as part of ongoing efforts to end the HIV epidemic October 8, 2019
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Descovy in at-risk adults and adolescents weighing at least 35kg for HIV-1 pre-exposure prophylaxis to reduce the risk of HIV-1 infection from sex, excluding those who have receptive vaginal sex.
  • Aledade touts cost saving successes of its ACOs October 8, 2019
    Healthcare technology company Aledade, which works with groups participating in the Medicare Shared Saving Program, announced its accountable care organizations saved Medicare more than $69 million in 2018, in part by deploying data analytics to improve care and reduce readmission rates.
  • $50 million gift is foundation for brain disorders research October 8, 2019
    UW Medicine is creating the Garvey Institute for Brain Health Solutions to develop effective new treatments for brain disorders, such as depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, addiction and Alzheimer’s disease. The foundational $50 million gift to establish the institute was made by local philanthropists Lynn and Mike Garvey.
  • CVS launches new specialty pharmacy solution October 8, 2019
    CVS Specialty announced the launch of Specialty Expedite, a pharmacy solution that uses technology to help patients get medications significantly faster, and keep them informed of the status of their prescription. CVS Expedite streamlines this process by securely gathering appropriate patient information, including insurance, lab work, and diagnosis codes via a doctor’s electronic health record […]
  • CMS proposes simplified payment plan for cancer radiotherapy services October 8, 2019
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is seeking input on a new plan to adopt a uniform system for reimbursing cancer radiotherapy services in an effort to provide a simplified and more predictable payment system that it hopes will help patients and providers alike.
  • Report touts benefits of high-value physicians October 8, 2019
    If all U.S. physicians caring for Medicare fee-for-service patients who meet quality criteria were to also meet cost-efficiency criteria in the future, and thus become high-value, the savings for Medicare FFS in 2020 alone would be $20.5 billion and $286.8 billion from 2020 to 2029––representing a 4% savings in total Medicare FFS spending, according to […]
  • Canadians told to stop taking aspirin to prevent first heart attack, stroke October 8, 2019
    If you've never had a heart attack or stroke, you likely should not be taking aspirin to prevent them, according to new research. Researchers reviewed three large, randomized, placebo-controlled studies published in 2018 that showed the risk of major internal bleeding associated with taking an aspirin a day is higher than any preventative benefits.
  • Duke Health establishes center for genomics engineering technologies October 8, 2019
    The Duke Center for Advanced Genomic Technologies will investigate and re-engineer cellular gene regulation machinery and networks to help discover new drug targets and gene therapies to fight diseases including neurodegenerative, autoimmune, cardiovascular disorders and predisposition to cancer.
  • Pediatricians stand by meds for ADHD, but some say therapy should come first October 8, 2019
    When children are diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, stimulant medications like Ritalin or Adderall are usually the first line of treatment. The American Academy of Pediatrics issued new guidelines recently that uphold the central role of medication, accompanied by behavioral therapy, in ADHD treatment.