Experts Talk Payer, Manufacturer Communication

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2FtVd2K on April 30, 2018 at 07:25PM A group of experts during the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s annual meeting in Boston discussed the ongoing evolution of communication between manufacturers and payers. The presentation was conducted by: Jay Jackson, Xcenda senior vice president of consulting services; Kat Wolf […]

Some Top Quotes From National Policy and Advocacy Summit on Biologics and Biosimilars

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2HC3OpS on April 30, 2018 at 05:55PM The Center for Biosimilars published what it says are the top seven memorable quotes from the Alliance for Patient Access Annual National Policy and Advocacy Summit on Biologics and Biosimilars. The summit was held April 17 in Washington. Below are several […]

Does Minimum Wage Affect Workplace Safety?

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/2HDy9QL on April 30, 2018 at 04:55PM Empirical evidence on the employment effects of minimum wage legislation suggests the possibility that firms react to increases in low-skilled labor costs driven by minimum wages by reducing investments in non-wage job aspects, which can mitigate the need for layoffs. Such adjustments may involve […]

Economic Evaluation of Nonpharmacological Interventions for Dementia Patients and their Caregivers – A Systematic Literature Review

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/2jj1s0k on April 30, 2018 at 04:55PM Background: The rising prevalence of dementia represents an important public health issue. There is currently no available cure for dementia disorders, only symptom-relieving therapies which can be either pharmacological or non-pharmacological. The number of non-pharmacological interventions for patients with dementia disorders and their caregivers […]

The Impact of Postdoctoral Fellowships on a Future Independent Career in Federally Funded Biomedical Research

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/2I0J8Hz on April 30, 2018 at 04:55PM The Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) program is a major research training program administered by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) with funds appropriated each year by Congress. This study examines the impact of NRSA postdoctoral fellowships on subsequent research-related career […]

Effects of the Affordable Care Act on Health Behaviors after Three Years

from Health Economics at http://bit.ly/2jjyJsw on April 30, 2018 at 04:55PM This paper examines the impacts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) – which substantially increased insurance coverage through regulations, mandates, subsidies, and Medicaid expansions – on behaviors related to future health risks after three years. Using data from the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System […]

Aetna, ZOOM+Care: ACO Could Cut Employers’ Health Costs by 15%

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2KpVeYY on April 30, 2018 at 04:54PM ZOOM+Care recently announced an ACO commercial product in partnership with Aetna for Portland, Oregon, employers. The announcement was made April 25. According to a Becker’s Hospital Review report, Aetna through the plan will reward ZOOM+Care providers for achieving a broad range […]

Despite Slow Drug Cost Growth, PBM’s Rebates Hurt Patients at the Counter

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2FtFr7P on April 30, 2018 at 04:54PM Despite pharmacy benefit managers posting slow drug spending growth in 2017, patients and employers are still carrying a tremendous amount of cost burden, National Pharmaceutical Council President Dan Leonard says. PBM Prime Therapeutics also brought down costs year over year. “Unfortunately, […]

RAND Review

from RAND Research Topic: Health and Health Care at http://bit.ly/2FvQ0Ho on April 30, 2018 at 04:32PM This issue features research on preventing child abuse and neglect and improving outcomes for children in the U.S. child-welfare system; a look back on RAND’s 70 years of innovation; and an exploration of the human side of artificial intelligence.

Cost-Effectiveness of Second-Line Endocrine Therapies in Postmenopausal Women with Hormone Receptor–positive and Human Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor 2–negative Metastatic Breast Cancer in Japan

from PharmacoEconomics at http://bit.ly/2vU1HIu on April 30, 2018 at 03:15PM Abstract Background Exemestane (EXE), exemestane + everolimus (EXE + EVE), toremifene (TOR), and fulvestrant (FUL) are second-line endocrine therapies for postmenopausal hormone receptor–positive (HR +)/human epidermal growth factor receptor 2–negative (HER2 −) metastatic breast cancer (mBC) in Japan. Although the efficacy of these therapies has been shown in recent studies, cost-effectiveness […]

Skilled migration and health outcomes in developing countries

from International Journal of Health Economics and Management at http://bit.ly/2HCXoXF on April 30, 2018 at 08:18AM Abstract Many studies have found that health outcomes decline when health professionals leave the country, but do such results remain consistent in gender- and income-disaggregated skilled migration? To help uncover explanations for such a pro-migration nature of health outcomes, […]

Secure Your Spot to Hear Dr. Patti Peeples Reveal Exclusive Insights into 2017 Salary Survey!

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2KpANvu on April 29, 2018 at 07:51PM Dr. Patti Peeples, HealthEconomics.Com founder, will present during a live and exclusive May 9 web event never-before-seen insights from the 2017 Global Salary Survey Report. The webinar kicks off noon May 9. Only $50 can earn you access to inside information […]

Report Spotlights Patient Engagement in Value Assessment

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2jewS8d on April 29, 2018 at 06:21PM A recent study by the National Health Council Value Workgroup found several emerging good practices for patient engagement in value assessment frameworks. According a survey conducted by the group, emerging practices included: engage early; engage a range of patients; leverage patient-provided […]

ICER Posts Draft Scoping Document on Medication-Assisted Treatments for Opioid Use Disorder

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2w3FJmH on April 28, 2018 at 06:18PM The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER) has posted a Draft Scoping Document outlining a planned review of the comparative clinical effectiveness and value of several newer options for medication-assisted treatment (MAT) of opioid use disorder. The scoping document will […]

IQVIA’s Long Talks Pharma Trends

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2HEhoF4 on April 28, 2018 at 05:48PM IQVIA Vice President of Industry Relations Douglas Long discussed some of the current trends in the pharmaceutical market during the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy’s annual meeting in Boston. According to an AMCP report, drug spending in the U.S. reached some […]

PhRMA: Value-Based Deals are Boon to Patients

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2HXceaz on April 28, 2018 at 05:48PM Michelle Drozd, deputy vice president of PhRMA’s Policy and Research department, says value-based contracts can help cut out-of-pocket costs and grant patients access to “the right treatments the first time.” “Recent criticisms of value-based contracts — or results-based contracts — are […]

Inpatient care expenditure of the elderly with chronic diseases who use public health insurance: Disparity in their last year of life

from Social Science & Medicine at http://bit.ly/2Jw2D84 on April 28, 2018 at 09:12AM Publication date: Available online 28 April 2018 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Worawan Chandoevwit, Phasith Phatchana The Thai elderly are eligible for the Civil Servant Medical Benefit Scheme (CS) or Universal Coverage Scheme (UCS) depending on their pre-retirement or their children work […]

The role of government and community in the scaling up and sustainability of mutual health organisations: An exploratory study in Ghana

from Social Science & Medicine at http://bit.ly/2jeh45h on April 28, 2018 at 09:12AM Publication date: Available online 27 April 2018 Source:Social Science & Medicine Author(s): Augustine Adomah-Afari, Jim A. Chandler Governments of many developing countries, including those in Sub-Saharan Africa have embraced the community-based health insurance schemes phenomenon under the health sector reforms with optimism. […]

Humana Kicks Off Value-Based Payment Program

from tHEORetically Speaking: The HealthEconomics.Com Blog at http://bit.ly/2HvYVi6 on April 27, 2018 at 05:36PM Kentucky-based Humana on Wednesday announced its launch of a new value-based payment program with hospitals, the Hospital Incentive Program. The program, according to a Fierce Healthcare report, aims to bring down duplicative services and hospital readmissions, both of which can prove […]