According to the research firm Gartner, Inc., information technology is subject to a five-phase acceptance cycle: a Technology Trigger, Peak of Inflated Expectations, Trough of Disillusionment, Slope of Enlightenment, and Plateau of Productivity. Even zealous advocates of social media marketing (SMM) admit their craft is currently stuck in the disillusionment phase.
Unlike a traditional formulary, the value-based formulary emphasizes the clinical effectiveness of a drug rather than cost so that if a drug is very effective but expensive, it might still fall on tier one.
From Blue Shield of California's recently-announced purchase of a Medicaid plan to Partners HealthCare's hard-fought effort to fold more hospitals into its Massachusetts health system, the volume of mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare sector has steadily climbed and now exceeds M & A activities in all other U.S. industries. The surge is being fueled by payers and providers seeking new business opportunities in the post-ACA healthcare market, and 2015 is on track to be another record-breaking year.
Envisioning a public health threat, managed care recently notched up its readiness for an Ebola outbreak in the United States. Valuable lessons emerged from the latest effort, adding to the knowledge gleaned from other epidemics, such as the HIV/AIDS and SARS viruses and the bird flu.
Nearly a year after two medical societies released a national consensus statement on the safe prevention of certain C-sections, broad consensus seems to boil down to this: Steps must be taken to lower C-section rates in the U.S., and strong outreach to ob/gyns is critical for success.
Washington, D.C.—The anticipated shakeout in Part D plans is not occurring this year. In fact, insurers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) are offering more drug coverage options at lower costs for seniors.
Medication therapy management (MTM) has long been a part of the pharmacy lexicon and is based on the premise that the right medication in the right dose gets to the right patient. This is to ensure that optimal outcomes are achieved with the highest safety. Numerous examples of pharmacy programs in diverse settings utilize the skills of the pharmacist to optimize drug therapy and improve outcomes and assure safety. The Veterans Administration, academia, health plans, as well as community pharmacies have all been settings where medication management of the patient has occurred.