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A Good Deal For Eliminating Hepatitis C: Saving Money And Lives

Hepatitis C kills more than 20,000 Americans each year. A recent consensus committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine proposed a novel strategy to improve access to hepatitis C medicines. (more…)

Tackling the Opioid Crisis with Compassion, New Ways to Reduce Use and Treatment

We discuss how we arrived at the current opioid crisis, policies that have been tried thus far, and options to address the crisis moving forward. (more…)

Four Recommendations to Advance Medicare Delivery System Reform

MACRA assumes a wide range of attractive APM opportunities available to physicians, but the reality is that the opportunities are limited, especially for physicians in specialties outside of primary care. (more…)

Stopping Surprise Medical Bills: Federal Action is Needed

More than a dozen states have enacted various protective measures to protect patients from surprise medical bills. This post outlines why federal action is needed and recommendations on how to move forward. (more…)

Health Insurance as Assurance: The Importance of Keeping the ACA’s Limits on Enrollee Health Costs

The GOP replacement plans are split over or unclear about whether to keep the ACA’s requirement that plans include an annual out-of-pocket expense limit and no lifetime limit on how much health coverage the plan will cover. They shouldn’t be. (more…)

Paying for an ACA Replacement Becomes Near Impossible if the Law’s Tax Increases are Repealed

The tax cuts that would be enacted if Congress models its ACA repeal on the legislation that was passed early last year through the budget reconciliation process would make it much more difficult to achieve a sustainable replacement plan that provides meaningful coverage without increasing deficits. (more…)

Can Real-Time Technologies Improve Cancer Patient Care?

The advent of low-cost, real-time monitoring technologies is allowing researchers to collect more data than ever before. A USC trial investigates whether this data can be used to improve cancer patient care by bridging the information gap between doctor’s office visits.

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Why Repealing the ACA Before Replacing it Won’t Work, and What Might

Republicans have offered up no shortage of ACA replacement plans, but many are still in outline form or lack critical details. This post outlines why repealing with out a replacement won’t work and what policies should be considered.  (more…)

Measuring Value in Clinical Trials: Patient Preference Doesn’t Equal Average Survival

Though clinical trials most often rely on average survival rates as measures of value, these are not synonymous indicators. New research by the Schaeffer Center finds additional factors may weigh in patient’s treatment choice.  (more…)

Move Beyond Drugs to Manage Pain

The government should prioritize integrative care to curb reliance on opioids. (more…)

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