Whither the ACO?

April 16, 2021

The number of participants in the Medicare Shared Savings Program has tapered off, and the Direct Contracting Model may put accountable care organizations at a disadvantage. The National Association of ACOs wants the Biden CMS to make some changes.

Migraine Treatment Awash in Choices

April 15, 2021

The triptans, long the workhorses of migraine treatment, have been joined by monoclonal antibodies and small-molecule drugs that block calcitonin gene-related peptide. What’s lacking is a precision approach to treatment based on biomarkers.

Pursuing the Holy Grail of Value-Based Care? Penn’s LDI Says Head This Way.

April 14, 2021

Whether the cup of value-based care is half empty or half full may depend on your point of view. But the grail certainly isn’t full. Some of the leading lights at the Leonard Davis Institute (LDI) of Health Economics at the University of Pennsylvania have released recommendations to hasten the volume-to-value healthcare transformation.

Amazon Continues to Step, Not Leap, Into Healthcare

April 13, 2021

A couple of years ago, there was a lot of chatter about the Amazonifcation of healthcare. Well, that hasn’t happened. But the company is breaking into a sector of the economy that accounts for almost 18% of the American gross domestic product. Perhaps healthcare’s journey of Amazonifcation has started but is going step by step.

A Faster Path to Medicare Coverage for Devices May Get Slower. Or Vanish Altogether

April 13, 2021

The Biden administration put a hold on the new and pending rule changes that the outgoing Trump administration made, so whether the Medicare Coverage of Innovative Technology pathway will ever take effect is uncertain. But many providers and payers — and presumably most device makers — are keeping a close watch on the fate of the pathway.