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This state is making 'the biggest bet yet' on value-based care

August 28, 2019


North Carolina and its largest private insurer recently have launched initiatives to move away from a fee-for-service model, toward value-based care, and several of the initiatives are showing early signs of success.

Medicare beneficiaries live an average of 8.3 months after a long-term care hospital stay, study finds

August 28, 2019


Most Medicare beneficiaries who are admitted into long-term acute care hospitals spend about 66% of their remaining life in an inpatient setting, and many die within five years, according to a study published Monday in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

A controversy erupts: Should we give up hope on biosimilars?

August 28, 2019


Two experts in a Wall Street Journal opinion piece published last week argued that it is time to abandon biosimilars in favor of leveraging federal price regulation to create more affordable biologic drugs—but the piece drew a rebuttal from former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, who argued Congress could enact policy changes to make biosmilars more competitive with their biologic counterparts.

Judge orders J&J to pay Oklahoma $572M in first-of-its-kind opioid trial

August 27, 2019


A district court judge on Monday ruled that Johnson & Johnson contributed to Oklahoma's opioid crisis by downplaying the risks of its opioid drugs and ordered the company to pay the state $572 million.

We don’t know the effectiveness of a 'whopping 50%' of clinical treatments. So why do doctors use them?

August 27, 2019


When a doctor recommends a treatment, patients usually assume "it's based on solid evidence," but research shows that the number of popular clinical treatments that have been proven beneficial is "less than you might think," health economist Austin Frakt writes for the New York Times' "The Upshot."

Trump's latest push to address veteran suicides? This black-boxed antidepressant.

August 27, 2019


President Trump on Wednesday said he had directed Veterans Affairs to purchase a large amount of Johnson & Johnson's ketamine-based antidepressant, which FDA has mandated must be sold with a so-called "black box" warning, in hopes of reducing veteran suicides—but VA in a statement indicated that its policy for covering the drug remained unchanged.

The 16 health care companies 'changing the world,' according to Fortune

August 26, 2019


Fortune last week released its fifth annual Change the World list, which recognizes for-profit companies that are "doing well by doing good," and 16 health care companies made the list.

A mysterious lung illness linked to vaping was just tied to its first fatality

August 26, 2019


Illinois health officials on Friday announced the first death from a severe lung illness that health care providers and officials believe is linked with e-cigarette use and vaping.

'Fertility fraud': At-home DNA tests are revealing physicians who replaced donor sperm with their own

August 26, 2019


At-home DNA tests are revealing cases in which fertility doctors secretly used their own sperm to impregnate patients, leading some states to criminalize so-called "fertility fraud"—and sparking a debate over whether it should be considered a form of sexual assault.

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