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Cases Projected to Increase From 16.5 Million to 27.0 Million by 2030
For Diabetic Neuropathic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Partial-Onset Seizures, and More
Rare But Serious Side Effects Linked to Immune Checkpoint Inhibitors
Less Healthy Patients Fared Better Than Healthier Ones, With Pre-Treatment
There is legislation afoot at the local, state, and the federal level that address hospitals and other providers, but nothing takes on ambulance companies.
It isn’t Medicare for all, but the former vice president’s “Affordable Care Act 2.0” includes provisions that Congress rejected in Obamacare.
A Fortune magazine expose argues that protective litigation offers a cautionary tale about the vulnerabilities of legacy pharma.
Lawmakers continue to display hesitancy when it comes to reining in payments to hospitals and other providers.
Innovation ’19: Survey

We have identified 11 technologies and financial arrangements that may affect American health care.  Please indicate which category you believe most accurately describes their future over the next 2–5 years.

Follow this link to take the survey.

Innovation ’19: SDOH
Timothy Kelley
The storied hospital in Baltimore has hired 70 community health workers and peer recovery specialists from the city’s disadvantaged neighborhoods.
Innovation ’19: Paramedics reducing ED utilization
Charlotte Huff
EMS providers are making house calls and helping people gain access to primary care with the goal of reducing unnecessary ED utilization.
Innovation ’19: Nudge Units
Timothy Kelley
Mitesh S. Patel, MD, Penn Medicine Nudge Unit
The University of Pennsylvania has established the first “nudge unit” in a health care system to bring the lessons of behavioral economics to the practice of American health care. The goal is to steer clinicians and patients toward choices that will improve health—and save money.
Innovation ’19: Reverse Auctions for PBMs
Joseph Burns
The state used a reverse auction whose rounds of bidding saved $1 billion on PBM services, according to the consultant who helped orchestrate the deal. Other states (maybe Maryland) and large purchasers may follow suit.

Yes, You Can Keep Up with the Pace of Innovation

Imagine traveling back ten years and showing our table of contents to health care experts. Blockchain? The word had only recently been coined. Drones delivering organs? Come on. Joint replacement as an outpatient procedure? Getoutahere. But in this, our second annual innovation issue, we’re not talking to an audience from ten years ago. We’re talking to you. Also, let’s step back into that time machine and head to 2029. What would they think? Anybody working on time travel? Give us a holler.


Boston, MA
July 31-August 01. 2019
San Diego, California
August 27-29, 2019
Scottsdale, AZ
September 09-10, 2019
Scottsdale, AZ
September 09-10, 2019
Scottsdale, AZ
September 16-17, 2019
Scottsdale, AZ
September 16-17, 2019
Boston, MA
September 23-24, 2019
Boston, MA
September 23-24, 2019
Innovation ’19: Drones
Frank Diamond
Stringent FAA safety regulations don’t necessarily mean that medical drones won’t fly as an everyday tool—but it will be a lift.
Innovation ’19: Blockchain
Richard Mark Kirkner
Competitors are coming together to see if they can leverage blockchain’s magic to solve big problems. Provider directories are among the first use cases.
Innovation ’19: AI
Sarah Kwon
The evidence base is wobbly, but artificial intelligence is coming on strong and the hype for it is even stronger. Screening for diabetic retinopathy is an early application. Lingering questions include whether the use of AI will contribute to health care inequities rather than solve them.
Innovation ’19: Outpatient Joint Replacement
Lola Butcher
Bundled payment is pushing providers to look for ways to control the cost of joint replacements. Is joint replacement going to become outpatient surgery?