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April 18, 2014

A new study in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine analyzing weekly patterns in health-related Google searches reveals a recurring pattern that could be leveraged to improve public health strategies.

April 8, 2014

Rite Aid on Tuesday announced it has been awarded Specialty Pharmacy accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accreditation organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

April 2, 2014

Access to good and affordable health care is the No. 1 concern of Americans today, trumping national security, national debt, improving the quality of education, gun violence and protecting privacy rights, according to a survey recently conducted for the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants.

March 18, 2014

Even as millions of Americans gain access to insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act, there are an estimated 62 million people who remain without access to a primary heath care physician, according to a report by the National Association of Community Health Centers.

February 26, 2014

A three-year pilot of a “medical home” model of primary care yielded few improvements in quality and cost of health care, according to a new Rand study.

February 20, 2014

In most exchange plans, consumers will face paying a percentage of the costs — often called co-insurance — rather than fixed-dollar co-payments for many specialty medications used to treat rare and complex diseases.

February 13, 2014

New research conducted by CVS Caremark and Brigham and Women's Hospital identifies five key features of Value-Based Insurance Design plans that are associated with the greatest impact on medication adherence.

February 7, 2014

Selecting a doctor can be a frustrating process filled with too many unknowns, especially in today’s evolving landscape.

January 30, 2014

Walgreens announced that it is expanding its relationship with technology company Inovalon to implement its patient assessment tool and technology platform to support improvements in care, quality and risk score accuracy programs across more than 400 Healthcare Clinics at select Walgreens locations.

January 9, 2014

Ninety percent of people today want to have a say in important decisions regarding their health care, but only a small percentage are certain they'll have the recommended amount of savings needed to cover health expenses after retirement, according to a new study.

December 16, 2013

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark, announced a $5 million commitment to expanding access to quality health care nationwide.

December 11, 2013

While the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act will undoubtedly reshape the U.S. healthcare industry for years to come, it is only one of many factors that will emerge next year, according to a new report.

December 11, 2013

Employees who contribute to health savings accounts generally become more engaged in managing their health after enrolling, according to a survey conducted by Buck Consultants.

December 2, 2013

Deloitte has issued a report showing that employers view the healthcare system as wasteful and expensive, and that the keys for improving the system are increased transparency around pricing and performance — both tenets of outcomes-based medicine.

November 6, 2013

U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Mary Landrieu, D-La., on Tuesday introduced legislation that repeals a portion of Obamacare that prohibits people from using their medical savings account funds to buy over-the-counter medications.

October 10, 2013

The drug market in Brazil is expected to grow to nearly $60 billion by the next decade, but problems remain with coverage of the population, according to a new report.

September 13, 2013

Nurse practitioners are increasingly playing a key role in helping patients stay on track in taking their medications as prescribed, with nearly half of NPs indicating that the time they spend on patient education has increased over the past two years, according to Manhattan Research’s “Taking the Pulse Nurses 2013” study.

Highlighting the important role that NPs play in today’s healthcare system is essential as millions of uninsured Americans come into the insurance fold in 2014 due to health reform amid a growing shortage of primary care physicians.

August 22, 2013

Employee wellness programs have become a popular strategy for employers trying to control costs, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation/Health Research and Educational Trust 2013 Employer Health Benefits Survey.

August 21, 2013

Specialty pharmacy CareMed Pharmaceutical Services has received specialty pharmacy and mail-order pharmacy accreditations from URAC, the company said Wednesday.

June 26, 2013

The latest version of a software package made by McKesson for payers allows for innovative payment strategies while supporting detection of waste, fraud and abuse, the company said.

June 4, 2013

Have a colonoscopy performed in some parts of the U.S., and it’ll cost you and your health plan as much as $9,000 or more, versus a few hundred dollars in most of the rest of the developed world, even with countries whose healthcare systems are on par with ours in terms of quality rankings and outcomes. The average hip replacement costs $40,364 here, compared with $7,731 in Spain. An M.R.I. scan in the U.S. runs $1,121, vs. $319 in the Netherlands. And a hospital stay will cost “about triple those in other developed countries, even though they last no longer.”

June 4, 2013

American workers are not prepared to take greater control of their health care in light of healthcare reform and rising healthcare costs, according to recent research.

May 28, 2013

Armada Health Care, a specialty pharmacy channel management organization, announced that the organization has been awarded Health Call Center, Health Web Site and Health Content Provider accreditation from URAC, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare accrediting organization that establishes quality standards for the healthcare industry.

May 14, 2013

Americans and their health care plans are spending less on medicines and health services. Is that a good thing?

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