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“Primary care is a small slice of health spending overall, but it has a significant impact on downstream costs and quality.” - Alex M. Azar II, Secretary of HHS Washington, DC--April 23, 2019– The Patient-Centered...
To forge a path to progress in improving health care and reducing costs, payers, practitioners, and policymakers increasingly agree that we need to strengthen primary care. Mathematica’s seasoned experts continue to lead research and...
One of the biggest corporations on the planet is taking a serious interest in the intersection of artificial intelligence and health. Google and its sister companies, parts of the holding company Alphabet, are making a huge investment in...
It’s no secret that the practice of medicine is complex. Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has offered an approach to evaluate the outcomes of different health care methods and identify which treatments matter most to patients....
Lisa Love hasn't seen her doctor of 25 years since she discovered telemedicine. Love tried virtual visits last summer for help with a skin irritation and returned for another minor problem. She doesn't feel a pressing need to seek care...
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The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Board of Governors today approved $44.6 million to fund 12 studies comparing the best ways to treat a range of health conditions that impose high burdens on patients, caregivers and...
Fostering Bright Futures (FBF) provides academic, social, and financial support to former foster youth pursuing a college education. Now, thanks to a major gift from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC), the program...
Walgreens is opening a series of primary care doctors' offices in some of its Texas retail locations, part of a shift toward a changing healthcare delivery model the pharmacy retail giant has previously announced. Walgreens is partnering...
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) remains committed to bundled payments as a cornerstone value-based alternative payment model (APM). In October 2018, the agency used experience from a recently concluded nationwide...
High-need, high-cost (HNHC) individuals are defined as people of all ages living with clinically complex needs and functional limitations who also incur high health care costs or are likely to do so in the near future. Despite frequent...
This week, committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives used their power to shine a light on one of the most complex and opaque parts of the prescription drug equation: the practices of pharmaceutical benefit managers. These...
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) should establish a three-digit hotline for suicide prevention and mental health crises “as soon as possible,” Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) said Wednesday. Wyden cited statistics on suicides in Oregon...
Innovaccer's platform integrates data from EHRs, medical claims and lab systems to help hospitals, ACOs and other healthcare facilities extract actionable patient insights. With its new AI tool, healthcare organizations can use Innovaccer...
Every year, the United States collectively spends about $3.5 trillion on low-value care, and Comparative Effectiveness Research (CER) aims to combat this by determining what kinds of care are the most effective and efficient for patients....
In a shocking development that could transform the medical profession, the International Journal of Health Services published the findings of a study titled, “Primary care, specialty care, and life chances.” Using multiple regression...
Research shows that it takes approximately 17 years for evidence to become broadly adopted into clinical practice. In the case of silver diamine fluoride (SDF) therapy, a simple and painless treatment alternative to drilling dental caries...
As President Donald Trump continues to make clear that he wants to kill the Affordable Care Act, new research suggests that a big part of the ACA -- the expansion of the Medicaid program -- was linked with fewer cardiovascular-related...
California had just weeks to get a program that used medication to treat opioid use disorder up and running after receiving $90 million in federal grants in 2017. So officials found a model that was already working in Vermont, and...
In rolling out a first-of-its-kind program to prevent diabetes, Medicare officials dashed the hopes of many startups in 2017 by deciding to exclude online health companies from participation. Since the program’s launch, however, large...
In her Health Affairs Blog post last fall, Sharon Brownlee lamented how frequently patients agree to treatments that they know little about. In the United States and elsewhere, clinicians have a clear ethical and legal responsibility to...

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