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Archive for March, 2016

Friday Links

Performance-based pricing for Entresto. Physician perceptions of medication adherence. Medication adherence: oral vs. IV. New cancer “drug”? Cancer = chronic disease? Count to 1000 on two hands.

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Core Quality Measures

One challenge providers have faced in the past is that quality measure reporting has been complex.  Medicare may ask for quality measures with one definition, commercial payers may define quality a second way, and Medicaid may ask for a third definition of quality.  Keeping track of these definitions and recording quality measures distracts providers from actually providing quality […]

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Can reducing cost sharing save money?

Typically, economists believe that subsidizing goods or services increases utilization and the total amount of funds spent on a good. The RAND Health Insurance Experiment (HIE) proved that lowering cost sharing increases total spending on medical goods. Although reducing cost sharing on all medical care is likely to increase total healthcare spending, subsidizing highly effective therapies can actually […]

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