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A survey published in the New England Journal of Medicine finds that physicians and nurse practitioners have different perspectives on their respective value to and place in the health system.
A new analysis published in Health Affairs suggests that the recent slowdown in national health spending growth may persist, as it appears to be due to factors other than just the economic downturn.
IMS released its annual report on use of prescription medicines and trends in the industry. The report finds that in 2012 both prescriptions and spending declined, which may be beneficial or may reflect underuse due to cost concerns.
A new paper from Rand looks at the effect of integrated care on a variety of outcomes, including provider and patient satisfaction, quality and costs.
An analysis of claims and other data from three Massachusetts health plans reveals that socioeconomic status seems to have little to do with relative physician costs of care.
According to Mark Farrah Associates, Medicare supplement enrollment continues to be strong with over 10 million people covered by the policies, which are controversial in some circles because of a perception that they may encourage overuse of services.
A new report from PWC suggests that employer-based insurance will still be strong after full implementation of the reform law, basing its analysis on the experience of Massachusetts, however different industries had different apparent reactions to the reform law there.
HHS is pressuring health care companies to “donate” to help publicize the miraculous wonders of the reform law, which if it was all that great, probably wouldn’t need to have hundreds of millions of dollars spent to demonstrate how great it is.
Only about half of medical societies that prepare care guidelines consider costs and those that do, don’t always use a rigorous method. This may not be a problem if you think the focus should be quality first.