She is senior editor of Managed Healthcare Executive.
Bariatric surgery can help, but not cure, diabetes
In the short term, gastric bypass surgery can profoundly improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes.
New nonprofit advocates models to manage specialty pharmacy
The specialty pharmacy market is currently fragmented with extreme variation in knowledge and education, patient care management, service, and outcomes.
Safety information for children missing on many drug labels
Approximately half of drug labels donâ€™t have information on the medicationâ€™s safety and proper dosing in children, revealing an overall lack of study of childrenâ€™s drug therapies, according to a study from FDA researchers.
Confusion over oral diabetes treatments increases costs
A substantial proportion of patients initiating an oral hypoglycemic drug do not receive the recommended therapy. The potential savings from improved adherence to the recommendations could top $420 million annually.
Tighter coverage restrictions certain for costly treatments
Blue Shield California will no longer pay for the use of Avastin to treat metastatic breast cancer.
BCBS Massachusetts contributed $1.6 billion to state economy
An economic impact analysis found that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' (BCBSMA) contributed nearly $1.6 billion to the Commonwealth?s economy.
Deeper data points revealed in health risk assessments
More data is better when it comes to health measurement and inspiration for wellness programs
Employer plan costs up 10% in a struggling US economy
New survey shows financial pain for employers and employees with few good options to manage the trend
Family health premiums up 5%
The big issues are still the rising cost of coverage and the impact that rising costs have on health plan membership
Pfizer pay-out shows compliance is needed
Pfizer's $2.3 billion civil and criminal penalty over off-label promotions, shows that the federal government is serious about compliance in the health industry
Fewer hospital days for seniors in MA
Medicare Advantage beneficiaries in California spent 30% fewer days in the hospitals than patients with FFS Medicare
Drug benefit chips away at costs
Nearly two-thirds of plan sponsors say the economy is causing a shift toward placing greater accountability on members to manage their own health so plan dollars are spent more wisely
Healthcare spending consumes personal income
Even if excess health spending, the gap between health spending and income growth, were cut in half, a very large share of income growth would still be devoted to healthcare
Neuro conditions cited in H1N1 deaths
Almost two-thirds of the children who died with H1N1 had epilepsy, cerebral palsy or other neurodevelopmental conditions.
Tools, not rules, attract physicians
More than 12% of physicians do not have managed care contracts, but the break down varies by situation
Tea parties top of mind
As the healthcare debate wages on, tea parties are top of mind.
Evaluate eICUs for impact on care cost, quality
A systematic evaluation is needed to evaluate eICUs effect on quality and costs.
Paperwork deters routine wellness visits
IBM study says paperwork could deter people from making regular wellness visits.
Four-legged friends may ease patient pain
Hospital patients who receive dog visits require half the pain medication than patients who don't.
Telehealth helps Medicaid population
Remote monitoring services allow Medicaid population access to high-quality care.
Macho men not mindful about medical care
"Macho" men are less likely to seek routine medical care than blue-collar workers with similar ideals.
Aetna acquires Horizon Behavioral Services
Aetna's acquisition of Horizon Behavioral Services brings variety to Aetna's EAP services and positions it as a key player in the domestic EAP business.
Obese adults spend more on care
Obese adults spend about $1,400 more on medical care annually than those who are not.
Cancer drugs costs 30% less than thought
A Cornell study finds that the true cost of cancer drugs is 30% less than a decade ago, once longevity and quality of life are considered.
Consumer confidence up
Healthcare consumer confidence rises 12%.
Will Medco buy Aetna PBM?
Medco Health Solutions is rumored to be the lead bidder to acquire Aetna's PBM operation.
New vaccines cost more
New vaccines show some potential in therapeutic application. Historically, vaccines have been used in the prevention arenas and priimarily for children.
Premium trend hits 119%
If we stay on this course, premiums will increase another 94% by 2020
Patients size up physicians
Better diagnosis, better compliance and less waste are goals of patient evaluation surveys
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