Blow after blow against the milk industrial complex

from The Incidental Economist at http://bit.ly/1RgjPfU on September 30, 2015 at 07:23PM Two new studies from the BMJ. The first is “Calcium intake and risk of fracture: systematic review“: Objective To examine the evidence underpinning recommendations to increase calcium intake through dietary sources or calcium supplements to prevent fractures. Design Systematic review of randomised controlled trials […]

How the patent system fails to encourage potentially valuable drugs

from The Incidental Economist at http://bit.ly/1JC890A on September 30, 2015 at 12:00PM The following originally appeared on The Upshot (copyright 2015, The New York Times Company). Hillary Rodham Clinton’s prescription drug policy proposal, released last week, would hold drug manufacturers accountable to their level of investment in research. But there are some potentially valuable drugs we’ll never […]

Pressure UlceR Programme Of reSEarch (PURPOSE): using mixed methods (systematic reviews, prospective cohort, case study, consensus and psychometrics) to identify patient and organisational risk, develop a risk assessment tool and patient-reported outcome Quality of Life and Health Utility measures, Programme Grants for Applied Research, Vol:3, Iss:6

from NIHR Journals Library – Last Published at http://bit.ly/1O77XOW on September 30, 2015 at 01:02AM Authors: Nixon J, Nelson EA, Rutherford C, Coleman S, Muir D, Keen J, McCabe C, Dealey C, Briggs M, Brown S, Collinson M, Hulme CT, Meads DM, McGinnis E, Patte

Should the Government Provide Infrastructure For a Health Data Highway?

from THCB at http://bit.ly/1KIUEA5 on September 29, 2015 at 06:37PM By ADRIAN MEYER Susannah Fox, the CTO of HHS was talking at the AcademyHealth Concordium 2015 conference this week. Her energetic call for innovation got me thinking: Should the government be in the business of funding infrastructure for healthcare communication? Comparable infrastructures The governments on […]

‘Confluence of Interest’ policies?

from The Incidental Economist at http://bit.ly/1NZw28D on September 29, 2015 at 03:00PM In JAMA, Anne R. Cappola and Garret A. FitzGerald argue that we need to change the term “conflict of interest” to “confluence of interest.” the term conflict of interest is pejorative. It is confrontational and presumptive of inappropriate behavior. Rather, the focus should be on the objective, […]

LSE-ICL Medical Innovation Forum on 14th October 2015: Assessing Value and Sustainable Financing of Innovative Therapies.

from News at http://bit.ly/1L1DZt4 on September 29, 2015 at 12:25PM LSE-ICL Medical Innovation Forum on 14th October 2015: Assessing Value and Sustainable Financing of Innovative Therapies. Tuesday, 29 September 2015 OHE’s Adrian Towse to speak on Options for the Sustainable Financing of Innovative Therapies. Read more »

LSE-ICL Medical Innovation Forum on 14th October 2015: Assessing Value and Sustainable Financing of Innovative Therapies.

from News at http://bit.ly/1L1DZt4 on September 29, 2015 at 12:25PM LSE-ICL Medical Innovation Forum on 14th October 2015: Assessing Value and Sustainable Financing of Innovative Therapies. Tuesday, 29 September 2015 OHE’s Adrian Towse to speak on Options for the Sustainable Financing of Innovative Therapies. Read more »

LSE-ICL Medical Innovation Forum on 14th October 2015: Assessing Value and Sustainable Financing of Innovative Therapies.

from News at http://bit.ly/1L1DZt4 on September 29, 2015 at 12:25PM LSE-ICL Medical Innovation Forum on 14th October 2015: Assessing Value and Sustainable Financing of Innovative Therapies. Tuesday, 29 September 2015 OHE’s Adrian Towse to speak on Options for the Sustainable Financing of Innovative Therapies. Read more »

2015 Medicare Advantage Enrollment

from Healthcare Economist at http://bit.ly/1KP44rP on September 29, 2015 at 06:35AM About two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaires are enrolled in tradiational Medicare FFS, but the remaining thrid is now enrollingin Medicare Advantage plans.  Which plans are dominant? The following figure from Avalere provides a breakdown. Note that this figure obscures significant regional variation in plan market […]