When Wounds Won’t Heal, Therapies Spread — To The Tune Of $5 Billion
The market for wound care products booms among a growing older and diabetic patient pool, but many treatments are untested and funding for research falls short.
Research Roundup: Conflicts Of Interest; Drug Resistant Bacteria; Medicaid For Prisoners
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
Researchers Say Their Path To Better Health Starts With Patients’ Input
A federal institute created by the health law is seeding research projects around the U.S. that connect medical professionals with patients to find better treatments.
No Ready-Made Rx For Rising Drug Costs
Lawmakers, insurers and others have floated proposals to combat the spike in prescription drug prices, but will any of them gain traction?
House Lawsuit Against Obama Pegged To Health Law Gains Strength
Meanwhile, repeal plans in Congress as part of reconciliation would not be an easy lift, according to CQ Healthbeat.
Health Law Reduces Out-Of-Pocket Expenses, But Medical Costs Can Still Be Overwhelming
One of the key aims of the health law was to protect consumers from ruinous medical debt, but some people still find it difficult to pay their health bills. Also, another health law provision created an organization to figure out which medical treatments work best to help consumers and the government save money on care.
Letters To The Editor: Chronic Care Transitions, Proton Therapy, California’s Caregivers
Kaiser Health News gives readers a chance to respond, react and comment on our stories.
HHS, Research Community Debate Informed Consent Policy
Supporters say the proposed changes would lead to clear and thorough explanations of the dangers studies involve, but some advocacy groups warn they could have a chilling effect on innovation.
Research Roundup: Benefits Of Smaller Practices; Rx Price Growth
This week’s studies come from the GAO, Altarum Institute, Health Affairs, the Rand Corp., the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Research Roundup: Improving Colon Cancer Screening; Disparities In Heart Care; Medicaid’s Effect On Cities
This week’s studies come from JAMA Internal Medicine, Circulation, The Urban Institute, The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Employee Benefit Research Institute and the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Viewpoints: Docs On Drugmakers’ Payrolls; No Comparison Shopping In Health Care
A selection of editorials and opinions on health care from around the country.
Research Roundup: What Workers Know About Health Care; Screening Harms
This week’s studies come from The New England Journal of Medicine, the National Business Group on Health, JAMA Internal Medicine, the Journal of Hospital Medicine and JAMA Psychiatry.
How The Other Washington May Hold The Key To The Medicare Cost Crisis
Washington state saves money by ending insurance coverage for medical procedures that are unsafe, unproven or cost too much. Why can’t Medicare do the same?
Docs, Nurses Disagree Over Expanded Nurse Roles
As nurse practitioners lobby to expand their authority and scope of practice in many states, a New England Journal of Medicine study released Wednesday documents a deep chasm between how doctors and nurses regard the issue. The study found the two groups overwhelmingly agreed that nurse practitioners should be able to practice to the full extent of […]
Clock Is Ticking For Insurance Exchange Implementation
News outlets examine the issues faced by states, including Utah, which does not want to retrofit its existing insurance market.
Research Roundup: Workers’ Insurance Costs Vary Depending On Employers’ Size
This week’s studies come from The Kaiser Family Foundation, Health Affairs, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the American Journal of Public Health and other news outlets.
Study Finds Reporting Heart Procedure Results Can Limit Use
The research in the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that in states that report outcomes from procedures to open blocked arteries, patients are less likely to get the treatment. However, they found no differences in patient survival.