A Pharmacy Benefit Manager (PBM) is a third party administrator contracted by health plans, employers, unions and government entities to manage prescription drug programs. A PBM acts as a fiscal intermediary between insurers/payors and pharmacies.
Bio-IT World Brief | The United Kingdom’s pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project has reached a major milestone by sequencing 50,000 genomes.
About a month after launching Heplisav-B in the U.S., Dynavax is putting big money behind the hepatitis B vaccine. In an agreement with investment firm CRG LP, Dynavax could receive up to $175 million in a loan to support the vaccine’s commercialization. The loan is divided into two parts, with $100 […]
Source: Thinkstock By Thomas Beaton February 20, 2018 – Health Partners Plans (HPP) and two community programs in Philadelphia announced a partnership to address housing-related social determinants of health by connecting homeless individuals to healthcare services, free clinics, free meals, and social engagement professionals. HPP is working with Broad Street Ministry […]
Source: Thinkstock By Thomas Beaton February 20, 2018 – Idaho will allow payers to offer association health plans (AHPs) that are not required to meet all of the consumer protections or benefits criteria included in the Affordable Care Act. Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter recently issued a state-level executive order that […]
Healthcare recognizes the role that evidence-based medicine plays in improving outcomes and lowering costs. The use of clinical decision support tools incorporating evidence-based medicine at the point of care provides physicians with access to translational research and current recommendations. Kaiser Permanente recently completed a large-scale, electronic health record-based integration of […]
Digital Bridge, a collaboration among healthcare, public health and health information technology organizations, works on the premise that improving information sharing can improve the nation’s health. To that end, the collaborative has designed an approach to electronic case reporting, or eCR, that is being rolled out in states and cities across […]
As the number of cyberattacks continually swells within the healthcare industry, the inadequacy of understanding and response to this growing threat is becoming more and more detrimental and not just to hospitals themselves but, perhaps more importantly, to patients. Nolan Garrett, principal and CTO at Intrinium and former CISO for […]
Immunotherapy-related side effects can occur at any time and can affect any organ.
The FDA recently approved durvalumab (Imfinzi) for the treatment of patients with stage 3 non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose tumors are unresectable and whose disease has not progressed following treatment with chemoradiation.
Availability of Evidence Preparation of these guidelines followed a rigorous methodological process. Evidence was obtained from two principal sources: scientific evidence and opinion-based evidence (see appendix 2 in the original guideline document for detailed methods and analyses). Scientific evidence used in the development of these updated guidelines is based on […]
Source: Thinkstock By Thomas Beaton February 19, 2018 – The four largest payers in the US have continued to get bigger over the past few years, said Leemore S. Dafny, a professor of the Bruce V. Rauner Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, during a House Energy and Commerce […]
The vast majority of physician offices and clinics still process registration paperwork manually. But more and more healthcare organizations have transitioned to a digital intake. Automation of the registration process can reduce the amount of staff time devoted to this task thus allowing some staffers to be deployed to other […]
Ninety percent of healthcare professionals participating in a new survey confessed to being confused about what makes a highly interoperable EHR. Black Book Research, in fact, surveyed 11,838 doctors, healthcare administrators, technology managers and clinical leaders around the world. What’s more, 72 percent stated that their preferred strategy for EHRs […]
Google AI has made a breakthrough: successfully predicting cardiovascular problems such as heart attacks and strokes simply from images of the retina, with no blood draws or other tests necessary. This is a big step forward scientifically, Google AI officials said, because it is not imitating an existing diagnostic but […]
The Colorado legislature is considering a bill to drastically improve the state’s privacy and data security law, including giving organizations just 30 days to report a breach. Introduced in January, the amended bill passed unanimously in the House Committee on State, Veterans and Military Affairs on Feb. 14. The proposed […]
According to Gartner’s famous Hype Cycle, blockchain technology has already begun its precipitous slide into the trough of disillusionment, with five to 10 years still to go until it finds a steady perch on the plateau of productivity. But that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of useful applications and […]