The Great American Bed Shed: Hospital Beds Continue to Disappear

The total number of hospital beds in the U.S. has been declining for decades. “Care is increasingly shifting from inpatient settings to outpatient settings,” says Marie Johnson of the American Hospital Association. The list of reasons is long, its ordering in the eye of the beholder: Cost pressures, mergers, surgical innovations that mean shorter stays, … Read more

The History and Future of Personalized Medicine

The field of personalized medicine has made significant progress with key discoveries like single nucleotide polymorphism and microarray/biochips. These advances will benefit plans, patients, the pharmaceutical industry, and society. Introduction The notion of individualism is strong within Western societies. During recent decades the individual with his/her independence and uniqueness has been celebrated and recognized within … Read more

MS Drugs: Expensive, Often Lifelong, and Not Cost Effective

It is often an on-again, off-again disease, distressing partly because it is so un­predictable. It may defy the conventional wisdom about adherence and early treatment. And escalating prices have undercut cost-effectiveness arguments for the drugs that can keep it in check. Multiple sclerosis is a managed care nightmare. The disease doesn’t have a cure, the … Read more

California Kaiser Physicians Face Longer Work Week

Life just got tougher for the 3,000 physician members of the Permanente Medical Group of Northern California. Starting this month, those physicians will be paid based on a 44-hour work week rather than a 40-hour week.hour week. The group’s doctors are paid salary plus overtime figured in four-hour increments. Under the new system, a doctor … Read more

Our Own Humble Version Of Reading the Tea Leaves

There was a time when commentators confidently predicted that Bill Clinton’s presidency would stand or fall according to the fate of his administration’s ambitious program for reforming health care to guarantee all Americans coverage. That’s coverage, remember, and not mere access, as I recall Hillary Clinton stressing in a November 1993 speech that drew sharp … Read more

Search for Specific Information When Reviewing PCMH Studies

“Look before you leap” might be the saddest phrase one can hear in free-fall, but it seems to be the advice given by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality regarding the patient-centered medical home. “Primary care clinicians, health care systems, insurers, state governments, families, and communities” see PCMHs as a solution to many of … Read more

US judge invalidates allergan patents restasis

Bosom disease is the most widely recognized female malignant growth. Around the world, in excess of 1,000,000 ladies are analyzed each year. Anyway in spite of this increment, the death rate is declining. This is because of blend of elements including early finding and successful treatment. This composition which is introduced in two areas diagrams … Read more

Advances treatment and management early breast cancer

Bosom disease is the most widely recognized female malignant growth. Around the world, in excess of 1,000,000 ladies are analyzed each year. Anyway in spite of this increment, the death rate is declining. This is because of blend of elements including early finding and successful treatment. This composition which is introduced in two areas diagrams … Read more