Expanded Medicare coverage for obesity is the result of the government's removal of language from the Medicare manual that states that the condition is not an illness. Although the Department of Health and Human Services stopped short of calling obesity a disease, the move will give Medicare leverage concerning what can be covered. "With this new policy, Medicare will be able to review scientific evidence in order to determine which interventions improve health outcomes for seniors and disabled Americans who are obese and its many associated conditions," HHS Secretary Tommy Thompson announced last month.... Earnings soared 36 percent for UnitedHealth Group in the second quarter. The company reported net income of $596 million.... The percentage of children who are uninsured decreased in 2003 to the lowest level ever, according to a survey by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics.
FiercePharma has compiled a list of the top 15 cancer medications that are expected to dominate the oncology market in 2022.
Joint venture plans are starting to demonstrate their ability to implement clinical management and financial management reforms. A JV health plan replaces the offloading of financial risk by health plans to ill-equipped providers with an executive-level cost management committee stated jointly by the hospital and payer.
For several days, a middle-aged woman who claimed to be a doctor in training roamed the halls of Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, dressed in scrubs, asking questions at a lecture, attending patient rounds, and observing surgical procedures, according to a report in the Boston Globe