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Why drug price regulation should not be ruled out

October 1, 2015 by David E Williams

I’m a proponent of free markets and in general defend drug companies in their price setting, especially when they’re introducing new, innovative products with real clinical and financial benefits. See, for example, Hooray for high-priced hepatitis treatment Sovaldi.But we have to remember that the reason high prices can...[read more]


Bacteriophages: A Ray of Hope in the Fight against Antibacterial Resistance?

September 29, 2015 by Varsha Jain

Resistance to antibiotics is currently one of the world’s most pressing issues related to public health. Almost all classes of common and potentially deadly bacteria have become strong and less responsive to antibiotic treatments over the years. In India, some cases of infections resistant even to last-resort antibiotics such as colistin...[read more]

12 Common IRO Questions Answered

September 28, 2015 by Moira O'Connell

Independent Review Organizations (IROs) exist to “ensure thatevidence-based and objective physician review services are provided along the continuum of care. IROs act as a third part and help alleviate the pressure of reviewing claims and make decisions without influence from either end of the situation.” We’ve been talking a lot about the major benefits that external IROs can provide, from helping support effective decision making to giving objective, unbiased reviews. We thought we would take this week to give some IRO basics, for those who want help understanding exactly what IROs are and what they does.[read more]


Abstinence-only education has failed; let's embrace what works instead

September 14, 2015 by Travis McKnight

It’s unnerving that abstinence-only sex education, which dozens of studies in the last decade prove to be inaccurate, ineffective and harmful, is still the norm for millions of public school students in the United States. We have better options. So why is abstinence only education still taught?[read more]

Is the Medical Profession a 'Special Interest'?

September 14, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Don’t expect this humble blogger to explain Donald Trump’s broad and sustained GOP support, if our most seasoned political pundits are flummoxed. Why is this man with no prior political or governmental experience trumping all of his competitors?[read more]

12 Great Clinical Trial Finder Websites

August 31, 2015 by Joan Justice

Consider Clinical Trials!

Searching for a clinical trial is getting easier! There are several other trial finders besides the behemoth, some that are designed to be very user-friendly and some that offer toll-free numbers with specified navigators to help you with your search.[read more]

Having Insurance Doesn’t Always Pay: The case of the $1,700 mammogram

August 27, 2015 by Jeanne Pinder

This post appeared originally in MedPage Today, where I wrote it as part of our pricing transparency partnership with MedPage Today. Re-posted with permission. Summary: “I live in metro NY and received a bill for $2200 (approx) for a mammo/Ultrasound, of which approximately $767 was covered by insurance. I was balance billed $1...[read more]

The ABCs of CCJR

August 21, 2015 by James Dias

The recent announcement by CMS of its proposed Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CCJR) program is raising more than a few eyebrows. This mandated orthopedic bundle program is scheduled to begin January 1, 2016 for hospitals in specified geographic areas.[read more]

Patient Outcomes Culture - A Healthcare Game Changer

August 20, 2015 by Tim Kilpatrick

The fifty-four year old Dennis Manners suffered from alcoholism and seizures. He was treated 337 times in the Emergency room in less than two years. He racked up $626,143 in charges at the University Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky. With Dennis being homeless, he had no way to pay his bill.To address this, University...[read more]

Wal-Mart provides evidence Obamacare is working

August 20, 2015 by David E Williams

Healthcare Shopping Cart

What’s in your basket? Weakness in Wal-Mart's pharmacy business is a sign that the Affordable Care Act is having an impact for lower middle class families.[read more]


World’s First Approved Malaria Vaccine Shows a Ray of Hope but Also Leaves Much Scope for an Improved Solution

August 20, 2015 by Varsha Jain

Malaria control tools currently available to the world have allowed the elimination of this deadly condition in many regions across the globe. While it is entirely preventable and treatable, it is also a major killer in sub-Saharan Africa. According to the WHO, almost 90% of all malaria deaths across the globe (an estimated 627,000) in...[read more]

Who Deserves Quality Medical Care?

August 17, 2015 by Michael Kirsch

Quality Care Waffle

We all should know the difference between a slogan and real substance.   One of these has size and shape while the other is just a shadow.   Why then, is the slogan so powerful?A slogan is one of the weapons wielded by the Guardians of Political Correctness.  They will point toward the slogan du jour, and then,...[read more]