Restrictions blunted the effect of Sovaldi and other antivirals on Medicaid budgets. The gradual removal of these barriers is going too slowly, say advocates.
Managed care can survive and may even thrive, experts say. But that will be in a world where public payers loom larger, provider prices are pushed down, the wellsprings of illness are addressed, and consumers aren’t quite so frustrated and angry.
Online or app-based “chatbots” evaluate symptoms 24/7 and could make health care more accessible and effective. But are they just another toy for the tech‑privileged?
With genomic sequencing on the rise and patients having more say about their treatment, two hot areas—predictive genetic testing and pharmacogenomics—promise to extend “personalized” medicine beyond cancer care. But will this precision improve outcomes and pay for itself?
As genetic testing gets more costly and complex, health plans call on yet another intermediary for help in curbing excessive utilization. But is adding a new middleman really the answer?
Insurers, employers, and telehealth vendors are offering attractive new options for seeing the doctor without leaving home. But some of these programs may be used as an iffy substitute for health insurance, and the savings they can achieve remains uncertain.
A Conversation with John Woolley, President and Ceo, Hatfield Medical Group
20 years after To Err is Human was published, why hasn’t more been done?
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The estimates range from $13.5 trillion to $47.6 trillion. The variables include the generosity of the benefit and forecasts for reining in health care expenditures.
But discontinuation rate is high, and Wall Street is unimpressed by sales of the new class of migraine medications.
They can add competition and lower prices, but some see authorized generics as a ploy to fend off competition from true generics.
In 2020, eight companies in the National Drug Purchasing Coalition hope to change how PBMs do business.
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