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Nonoptimized Drug Therapy Costs More Than $500 Billion Annually

Nonoptimized Drug Therapy Costs More Than $500 Billion Annually

The estimated annual cost of prescription drug-related morbidity and mortality resulting from nonoptimized medication therapy was $528.4 billion in 2016.

Drug Copayments Elevated Relative to Cost of Prescription Drugs

Drug Copayments Elevated Relative to Cost of Prescription Drugs

Overpayment rates above 33% were reported for 12 of the 20 most commonly prescribed drugs.

Healthcare Spending in the United States vs Other High-Income Countries

Healthcare Spending in the United States vs Other High-Income Countries

US spending data was compared with that of 10 other high-income countries.

Examining the Gender Pay Gap: Diagnosing Medicine's Gender Biases

Examining the Gender Pay Gap: Diagnosing Medicine's Gender Biases

Throughout medicine and the biomedical sciences, women continue to receive lower salaries and less funding, have fewer publications and first author publications, and are promoted at slower and lower rates.

Price Markup Associated With Outpatient Oncology Services Examined

Price Markup Associated With Outpatient Oncology Services Examined

Inflated medical costs may affect patients' treatment decisions as out-of-pocket costs increase.

High-Deductible Health Plans Linked to Lower Health Care Utilization

High-Deductible Health Plans Linked to Lower Health Care Utilization

Emergency department visits declined by 14% among study participants were switched to a high-deductible health plan.

340B Drug Pricing Program Participation May Increase Physician-Hospital Consolidation

340B Drug Pricing Program Participation May Increase Physician-Hospital Consolidation

Participation in the 340B Drug Pricing Program has been associated with hospital-physician consolidation particularly among hematologist-oncologists.

Male Physicians Receive Higher Payments From Biomedical Industry vs Female Physicians

Male Physicians Receive Higher Payments From Biomedical Industry vs Female Physicians

Men received a greater number and higher value of general payments than women physicians.

Health Care Costs in the United States: Are Physician Salaries Really the Problem?

Health Care Costs in the United States: Are Physician Salaries Really the Problem?

Decreasing physicians' salaries will not improve the cost of health care in the United States, but it may discourage individuals from entering the healthcare field.

Increases in Health Care Spending Related to Increases in Service Price, Intensity

Increases in Health Care Spending Related to Increases in Service Price, Intensity

Researchers found an increase in healthcare spending in association with increases in US population size and an increase in association with aging of the population.

Many Industry Payments to Dermatology Guideline Authors Not Fully Disclosed

Many Industry Payments to Dermatology Guideline Authors Not Fully Disclosed

The investigators found that 22 of the 40 authors who received payments did not accurately disclose their industry relationships.

Should You Hire a Practice Manager for Your Office?

Should You Hire a Practice Manager for Your Office?

Hiring a manager to assist with handling the responsibilities of running a medical practice can be beneficial, but there are a few factors to consider before deciding to do so.

Medicaid's Best-Price Rule May Not Be Such a Big Problem

Medicaid's Best-Price Rule May Not Be Such a Big Problem

Researchers note that the best-price rule may be an impediment to some novel pricing arrangements in the private sector, but there are ways to avoid or mitigate its impact.

Physician Income Trends Are Flat or Declining

Physician Income Trends Are Flat or Declining

Physician career coaches have observed a downward trend for physicians' incomes.

Medicare Cuts May Cause the End of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Medicare Cuts May Cause the End of the Patient-Centered Medical Home

Congressional cuts to Medicaid have made it increasingly difficult for patient-centered medical homes to operate.

Unnecessary Health Spending Tied to Low-Cost, High-Volume Health Services

Unnecessary Health Spending Tied to Low-Cost, High-Volume Health Services

Costs associated with low-cost, low-value health services nearly twice as high as high-cost services

Benefits Associated With Healthcare Systems Run by Clinicians

Benefits Associated With Healthcare Systems Run by Clinicians

In order assist physicians considering joining a physician-led integrated health system, a guide has been created.

Patient-Centered Communication: Every Doctor's Moral Imperative

Patient-Centered Communication: Every Doctor's Moral Imperative

One physician shares his insights on how repeated active discussions with patients about distress, treatment options, and goals can both reduce costs and help to identify when aggressive treatment is no longer appropriate.

Differences in Adverse Event Rates Found After Generic Commercialization of 3 Drugs

Differences in Adverse Event Rates Found After Generic Commercialization of 3 Drugs

Immediate or delayed differences in adverse event rates were seen after generic commercialization of 3 antihypertensive drugs.

Proactive Compensation Resolution Programs Do Not Increase Hospital Liability Costs

Proactive Compensation Resolution Programs Do Not Increase Hospital Liability Costs

A communication-and-resolution program, in which hospitals and liability insurers communication with patients when adverse events occur, does not lead to higher liability costs.

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