Practice Economics

  • Smoking-cessation interest and success vary by race, ethnicity

    on January 12th, 2017
    Just over 55% of adult cigarette smokers made an attempt to quit in the past year, and 7.4% said that they recently quit, according to investigators from the Centers or Disease Control and Prevention. Data from the 2015 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) show that 68% of cigarette smokers were [...]
  • Most cigarette smokers attempt to quit without evidence-based techniques

    on January 12th, 2017
    FROM MMWR More than half of cigarette smokers have received advice to quit from a health care professional, but less than a third used medication or counseling in their cessation attempt, according to investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In 2015, just over 57% of adult [...]
  • Docs would see financial losses under partial ACA repeal, in Urban Institute analysis

    on January 11th, 2017
    An expected partial repeal of the Affordable Care Act will hit physicians’ bottom line, according to a new analysis from the Urban Institute. Analysts using the vetoed January 2016 budget reconciliation bill as the basis for their projections estimate that the partial repeal could result in as man[...]
  • Survey: Docs see health care improvements as unlikely in 2017

    on January 10th, 2017
    Physicians appear to be quite pessimistic about the chances for improving health care quality, costs, and access in 2017, according to a survey conducted by InCrowd, a market insights technology firm. Of the 150 physicians who responded to the 3-minute “mobile microsurvey” conducted on Dec. 4, 2[...]
  • What’s in store for CMS under Seema Verma?

    on January 10th, 2017
    AT THE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION HEALTH LAW SUMMIT WASHINGTON (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS)– Big changes could be in store for the Medicaid program under the potential leadership of Seema Verma as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In nominating Ms. Verma, President-elect[...]
  • Medicare payments set for infliximab biosimilar Inflectra

    on January 10th, 2017
    Payment for the infliximab biosimilar drug Inflectra will now be covered by Medicare, the drug’s manufacturer, Pfizer, said in an announcement. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included Inflectra (infliximab-dyyb) in its January 2017 Average Sales Price pricing file , which w[...]
  • Alexa

    on January 9th, 2017
    How many calories are there in a cheeseburger? (Yes, I too am looking forward to a svelter 2017). The answer, according to my new assistant, is 300 calories. She knows the dose of acetaminophen for a 10-year-old, 65-pound child is 325 mg every 4-6 hours. She also plays George Michael, reorders my De[...]
  • Fewer people having problems with medical bills

    on January 6th, 2017
    The number of people under age 65 years who were in families having trouble paying medical bills dropped by more than 22% from 2011 to 2016, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. For the first 6 months of 2016, there were 43.8 million people, or 16.2% of the population under age 65[...]
  • Law & Medicine: How case law shapes EMTALA

    on January 6th, 2017
    (This is the second installment of a three-part series.) Question: Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) litigation has yielded which of the following rules of law? A. The statute is applicable only when a patient is physically in the hospital’s emergency department (ED). B. Directing[...]
  • Law & Medicine: How case law shapes EMTALA

    on January 6th, 2017
    (This is the second installment of a three-part series.) Question: Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) litigation has yielded which of the following rules of law? A. The statute is applicable only when a patient is physically in the hospital’s emergency department (ED). B. Directing[...]
  • BRAIN Initiative could help end mental illness stigma

    on January 6th, 2017
    EXPERT ANALYSIS AT AN NIH ADVISORY COUNCIL MEETING BETHESDA, MD (FRONTLINE MEDICAL NEWS) – Top researchers are optimistic that billions in funding for basic neuroscience research made possible by the 21st Century Cures Act will lead to breakthroughs in the understanding of brain function and dysfu[...]
  • Hawaii continues to top ‘America’s Health Rankings’

    on December 28th, 2016
    2016 has been a year full of surprises, but not when it comes to the state leading “America’s Health Rankings.” For the fifth consecutive year, Hawaii has been named the healthiest state by the United Health Foundation’s annual report. Also not a surprise was Mississippi’s 50th-place finis[...]
  • Diabetes, ischemic heart disease, pain lead health spending

    on December 27th, 2016
    FROM JAMA Diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and back and neck pain are the top three conditions accounting for the highest spending on personal health care in the United States, according to a report published online Dec. 27 in JAMA. In addition, spending on pharmaceuticals – particularly diabetes[...]
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