Tag: economics

Study Calls Higher Surgery Costs at NCI Centers Into Question

Insurance companies pay National Cancer Institute–designated cancer centers more for common cancer surgeries, but there’s no improvement in length of stay, subsequent ED use, or...

Malaria Transmission in Africa Worsened by Small Dams

A recent study published in Nature’s Scientific Reports suggests that the size of dams in Africa is an important and overlooked factor in malaria transmission....

FDA’s Fast-Track Approval Exposed as Lax, in Need of Reform

Since the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) established its accelerated drug approval pathway 28 years ago, more than 2 in 5 drugs granted fast-track...

IV Iron Can Save Costs in HF With Iron Deficiency in Analysis

Intravenous iron therapy was predicted to be highly cost-effective or even cost-saving when used in high-risk, iron-deficient patients with heart failure (HF) in each of...

Midlife Change in Wealth May Be Costly for Heart Health

Midlife changes in wealth may affect a patient’s risk of cardiovascular disease, a new cohort study suggests. It found that upward wealth mobility relative to...

‘Major Victory’ for MDs on Bill to Hold Physicians Accountable

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The board that licenses and disciplines doctors in California is failing to hold bad actors accountable, endangering patients in the process. That’s...

Hospitals Sued Patients Over Medical Debt Through the Pandemic

ProPublica is a nonprofit newsroom that investigates abuses of power. Sign up to receive  our biggest stories  as soon as they’re published. Last year as...

The coming productivity boom | MIT Technology Review

The last 15 years have been tough times for many Americans, but there are now encouraging signs of a turnaround. Productivity growth, a key driver...

G-7 Nations Agree on New Rules for Taxing Global Companies

The Group of Seven leading rich countries agreed to back new rules for taxing businesses that operate internationally in a significant step toward a global...

Biden Budget Requests Steep Increases for NIH, CDC, SAMHSA

President Joe Biden requested notable increases for certain federal medical programs in his first fully detailed budget request, while also highlighting efforts to address gun...

Cancellation of Care Came Mostly From Patients Early in Pandemic

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Even during the panic of the first wave of COVID-19 last spring,...

Humana Health Plan Overcharged Medicare by Nearly $200 Million

A Humana Inc. health plan for seniors in Florida improperly collected nearly $200 million in 2015 by overstating how sick some patients were, according to...

Pandemic Slices Medicare Physician Spending in First Half of 2020: AMA

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, physician spending in the fee-for-service Medicare...

Big Gap Between Physician Payments for Offices vs Hospitals: Study

Medicare payments for physician services were, on average, $114,000 per doctor per year higher when billed by a hospital than when billed by an independent...

Weary of COVID Variants, EU Leaders Push to Step Up Vaccination

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the European Union must prepare to vaccinate for new COVID-19 variants over the coming years after EU...

You Can Leverage Cryptocurrencies to Upset the Balance of Power

February 17, 2021 5 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The usage and issuance of cryptocurrencies is a thorn in the...

White House Considers Domestic COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The Biden administration is weighing whether to implement travel restrictions within...

US Vaccine Rollout Should Have Been Better, Fauci Says

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. The U.S. should have initiated a better COVID-19 vaccine distribution process...

Review Shows That Pharma Payments Do Influence Prescribing

Financial payments from the pharmaceutical industry to US physicians were associated with increased prescribing of the paying manufacturer’s drug, concludes a review of 36 recent...

Biden COVID-19 Adviser Suggests Potential Lockdown

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. A nationwide lockdown — paired with an economic stimulus package —...

Who’s at Risk for Depression on Isotretinoin?

A history of prior depressive illness conferred a sevenfold increased risk of developing treatment-limiting mood symptoms in patients on isotretinoin for acne in a large...

ADHD Care Is Essential and Doable in Pediatric Practice

Integrating ADHD care into practice work flows is vitally important for all practitioners who care for children, said Herschel Lessin, MD, a senior partner of...

Insulin Copay Caps Fall Short

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. After losing her health insurance earlier this year, D.j. Mattern, who...

California Joins Movement to Give NPs Practice Autonomy

The national movement to grant nurse practitioners (NPs) greater autonomy reached critical mass this week when California Governor Gavin Newsom signed a bill that will...

Post-COVID Clinics Create a One-stop Shop for Patients

Editor’s note: Find the latest COVID-19 news and guidance in Medscape’s Coronavirus Resource Center. Clarence Troutman survived a two-month hospital stay with COVID-19, then went...