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Health insurance for all is essential, but not enough, says the Commonwealth Fund. In the report A High Performance Health System for the United States: An Ambitious Agenda for the Next President, it outlines strategies to contain costs and organize the health care delivery system…. An Ohio House bill may require fully-insured health plans to cover treatment and diagnosis for autism. Many health plans cover the diagnosis, but not the treatment. The proposed bill is modeled on a three-month old health parity law that requires health insurance providers to cover certain psychological conditions…. Combining one well known comparatively low cost synthetic drug with 1 of 6 biologic medications often works best to reduce joint swelling or tenderness, according to a new report funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). The report titled, “Comparative Effectiveness of Drug Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis and Psoriatic Arthritis in Adults,” concludes that combining methotrexate, a synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drug (DMARD), with one of the biologic DMARDs works better than using methotrexate or a biologic DMARD alone. The report also found that methotrexate works as effectively as the biologic DMARDs adalimumab and etanercept for patients who have early-stage rheumatoid arthritis. Adalimumab and etanercept, however, show better short-term results as measured by X-rays of joints.

Meetings

Medicare Risk Adjustment, Revenue Management, & Star Ratings Fort Lauderdale, FL November 12–14, 2014
World Orphan Drug Congress Europe 2014 Brussels, Belgium November 12–14, 2014
Healthcare Chief Medical Officer Forum Alexandria, VA November 13–14, 2014
Home Care Leadership Summit Atlanta, GA November 17–18, 2014
6th Semi-Annual Diagnostic Coverage and Reimbursement Conference Boston December 4–5, 2014
Pharmaceutical and Biotech Clinical Quality Assurance Conference Alexandria, VA December 4–5, 2014
Customer Analytics & Engagement in Health Insurance Chicago December 4–5, 2014
9th Semi-Annual Medical Device Coverage and Reimbursement Conference San Diego December 5, 2014
8th Annual Medical Device Clinical Trials Conference Chicago December 8–9, 2014
HealthIMPACT Southeast Tampa, FL January 23, 2015

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Medical Applications for 3D Printing: Current and Projected Uses

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Steady Progress on Parkinson’s Disease

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Prescription: Washington

FDA Accepts Its First Biosimilar Application

New Drugs/Drug News/New Medical Devices

Pharmaceutical Approval Update

Drug Forecast

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