December 2015

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2016: Year in Preview

We’re unwrapping the future. Here’s our list of 11 developments in the next 12 months that will change the course of American health care for many years to come.

Post-Acute Care Vendors Allow Plans To Focus on Hospital, Medical Costs

Interview by Peter Wehrwein

Departments

LEGISLATION & REGULATION

Only 11 of the not-for-profit health plans are still operating, and the program that would cushion them from financial losses is in trouble. Will it be fixed?

MEDICATION MANAGEMENT

Pharmaceutical companies still hold important cards when it comes to negotiating prices, but that may change with new ways of measuring value.

CANCER WATCH
The country’s elite cancer hospitals may be facing a less coddled existence. Fox Chase is getting ahead of the game with efforts to reduce readmissions.
TOMORROW’S MEDICINE

At last there is a treatment for the inherited condition that affects bone development. But at $300,000 per year, cost is a major issue.


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