• Can technology help predict lung cancer prognosis? March 20, 2018
    In medicine and many other fields, technology is deepening our knowledge and advancing improvements. Such is certainly the case with lung cancer. Advanced technologies that leverage computer learning and new insights into how cancer works are leading to exciting developments that may one day make determining a precise diagnosis, prognosis and the best treatment for […]
  • Teen suicide is soaring — do spotty mental health and addiction treatment share blame? March 20, 2018
    J.C. Ruf, 16, was a Cincinnati-area pitcher who died by suicide in the laundry room of his house. Tayler Schmid, 17, was an avid pilot and hiker who chose the family garage in upstate New York. Josh Anderson, 17, of Vienna, Va., was a football player who killed himself the day before a school disciplinary […]
  • UnitedHealthcare finds value-based care closed 50M gaps in care March 20, 2018
    Value-based care helped close 50 million gaps in care between 2013 and 2017 while reducing care costs, lowering ED utilization, and increasing provider care quality, according to a new report from UnitedHealthcare (UHC). UHC examined data from more than 110,000 physicians and 1100 hospitals that treat people enrolled in UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored, individual, Medicare, and Medicaid […]
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  • Paying hospitals to keep people out of hospitals? It works in Maryland March 20, 2018
    Saturdays at Mercy Medical Center used to be perversely lucrative. The dialysis clinic across the street was closed on weekends. That meant the downtown Baltimore hospital would see patients with failing kidneys who should have gone to the dialysis center. So Mercy admitted them, collecting as much as $30,000 for treatment that typically costs hundreds […]
  • Docs worry there's 'nowhere to send' new and expectant moms with depression March 20, 2018
    Lawmakers in California will begin debate next month on a bill that would require doctors to screen new moms for mental health problems — once while they’re pregnant and again after they give birth. But many obstetricians and pediatricians bristle at the idea, saying they are afraid to screen new moms for depression and anxiety.
  • Why you're the reason for those healthcare mergers March 20, 2018
    Look closely at the prominent wedding announcements in the healthcare industry of late — pharmacy benefits manager Express Scripts to insurer Cigna; insurer Aetna to drugstore chain CVS; Flatiron Health, a technology platform company that mines medical records, to pharma giant Roche — and you’ll find a common link: You.
  • FDA approves new 'smart' continuous glucose monitor for diabetes March 20, 2018
    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new stand-alone continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system, Medtronic's Guardian Connect, that alerts users to impending high and low blood glucose levels up to an hour in advance. The device is approved for people with diabetes aged 14 to 75 years and targeted at those using multiple […]
  • Readmission cost savings are a reality with enhanced patient engagement March 20, 2018
    In an era where high healthcare costs are frequently blamed on expensive drugs and high administrative overhead, the importance of reducing hospital readmissions to improve health outcomes and lower costs has become less of an area of focus of late. That’s unfortunate as recent estimates from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission found that 75 percent […]
  • Stem cell transplant for multiple sclerosis may revolutionize care for one million americans March 20, 2018
    People with multiple sclerosis may be able to "reset" their immune system and potentially reverse their symptoms with an infusion of blood-based stem cells. The finding is based on a randomized clinical trial with 110 patients who'd been diagnosed with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis. According to the data, stem cell transplant may be an effective treatment […]