This paper is a description of a broker which would enable collaborative purchase of intellectual property protections for pharmaceutical products. The idea is, generally, that payors can pay the drug creator, up front, what they would pay anyway and get immediate access to the treatment for their entire member base at what would be the generic price of the drug (thereby avoiding step therapy and other rationing tactics). 611 more words
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Data sharing on a large scale is integral to emerging national initiatives such as learning health systems and precision medicine. Realizing the vision of learning health systems, “in which knowledge generation is so embedded into the core of the practice of medicine that it is a natural outgrowth and product of the healthcare delivery process and leads to continual improvement in care” requires a “trust fabric” to integrate policy and practice in health care, public health, and research. 273 more words
By: Leopold Kong, PhD
Hospital and health system executives are well aware of the affects high-deductible health plans have had on hospital finances, from patient collections to bad debt. 24 more words
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act final rule is here. As industry experts begin to dig into the 2,400-page document released Friday, a few details are emerging that will be critical for providers who plan to practice fee-for-service medicine in 2017. 99 more words
The number of cases of a sexually transmitted disease reported in the U.S. reached an all-time high last year, the CDC is reporting.
The combined total of reported chlamydia, gonorrhea, and syphilis cases was more than 1.8 million in 2015, the agency said in its annual Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report. 66 more words