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Older diabetic patients are living longer as they and their physicians get better at managing the condition, but with longer lifespans comes additional years of incurring higher healthcare expenditures than non-diabetics.

The number of Americans without health insurance saw its biggest increase in nine years in 2017, rising 1.3 percentage points from the year prior, representing an estimated 3.2 million more people being uninsured.

According to an analysis from the Institute for Clinical and Economic Research, the price tag for a new medicine which treats a genetic form of childhood blindness should be at least 75 percent lower based on its cost effectiveness.

Despite hopes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would spur additional investments into community health initiatives by nonprofit hospitals, little changed between 2010 and 2014, with tax-exempt hospitals only increasing their average spending for all community benefits by 0.5 percentage points.

Of the more than 21,000 newly enrolled students in medical schools in 2017, 50.7 percent were women—the first time the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has recorded a female majority in medical school enrollment.

 

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Longer lives for diabetics come with ‘high price tag’ for healthcare system

Older diabetic patients are living longer as they and their physicians get better at managing the condition, but with longer lifespans comes additional years of incurring higher healthcare expenditures than non-diabetics.

3.2 million more people were uninsured in 2017

The number of Americans without health insurance saw its biggest increase in nine years in 2017, rising 1.3 percentage points from the year prior, representing an estimated 3.2 million more people being uninsured.

$850K gene therapy for blindness is overpriced

According to an analysis from the Institute for Clinical and Economic Research, the price tag for a new medicine which treats a genetic form of childhood blindness should be at least 75 percent lower based on its cost effectiveness.

Tax-exempt hospitals haven’t greatly increased community benefit spending

Despite hopes the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would spur additional investments into community health initiatives by nonprofit hospitals, little changed between 2010 and 2014, with tax-exempt hospitals only increasing their average spending for all community benefits by 0.5 percentage points.

Women outpace men in med school enrollment for 1st time

Of the more than 21,000 newly enrolled students in medical schools in 2017, 50.7 percent were women—the first time the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) has recorded a female majority in medical school enrollment.

AAFP’s alternative payment model gets thumbs up from advisory committee

Physician-Focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee (PTAC) will recommend a primary care-focused alternative payment model developed by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) be tested by HHS.

4 changes to payment models physician groups want from CMS

Physician groups and value-based care proponents have written to CMS Administrator Seema Verma, MPH, asking for the agency to focus its efforts to promote the transition to value amongst independent physician practices.

1 in 5 older patients felt discriminated against by doctors, hospitals

Racial discrimination was by far the most common reason cited by black patients for receiving poor service or treatment from physicians or hospitals, according to a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. White and Hispanic patients, however, also reported “high rates of discrimination” for other reasons such as age, weight or income.

Unnecessary medical spending doesn’t decrease with high-deductible plans

High-deductible health plans have been framed as a way to give healthcare consumers more “skin in the game,” leading them to avoid low-value services as a way to save money. According to researchers from the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and the RAND Corporation, they’re having little to no impact.

5 top issues for the healthcare industry in 2018

PricewaterhouseCoopers' (PwC) Health Research Institute expects “persistent risks and uncertainties” to impact healthcare in 2017, ranging from policy changes under the Trump administration to how artificial intelligence (AI) will change workflows—and in the end, it may come out stronger because of those challenges.

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