Category Archives: Prescription Drugs

CMS Releases Data on Financial Relationships Between Healthcare Industry, Doctors, Teaching Hospitals

Designed to help consumers understand the financial relationships between healthcare industry officials, physicians and teaching hospitals, and promote transparency and accountability, CMS has released the first round of Open Payments. The program, created by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), lists … finish reading CMS Releases Data on Financial Relationships Between Healthcare Industry, Doctors, Teaching Hospitals

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Community Pharmacist Intervention Boosts Medication Adherence, Reduces Healthcare Costs: Study

Community pharmacists can take a greater role in helping their patients adhere to their medication regimens, leading to a reduction in emergency room (ER) visits and hospital admissions, according to a new study led by researchers at the University of … finish reading Community Pharmacist Intervention Boosts Medication Adherence, Reduces Healthcare Costs: Study

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ACOs’ Medication Readiness Falling Short of Quality, Cost Goals

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have not yet developed the capabilities to leverage optimal medication use to achieve quality care and reduce overall costs, according to a study by researchers from the National Pharmaceutical Council (NPC), the American Medical Group Association … finish reading ACOs’ Medication Readiness Falling Short of Quality, Cost Goals

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National Health Spending Growth Remains Low for 4th Straight Year

Slower growth in prescription drug, nursing home, private health insurance, and Medicare expenditures contributed to low overall healthcare costs for the fourth consecutive year, according to the CMS’s office of the Actuary. The report also found that the Affordable Care … finish reading National Health Spending Growth Remains Low for 4th Straight Year

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Telemedicine Reduces Pediatric Medication Errors in Rural EDs

Telemedicine consultations with pediatric specialists can improve the quality of care and reduce the number of drug errors in rural settings, according to a study from UC Davis Medical Center. Rural physicians face distinct disadvantages when providing critical care for … finish reading Telemedicine Reduces Pediatric Medication Errors in Rural EDs

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Diabetics Who Use Mail Order Pharmacies Less Likely to Visit ER: Study

Contrary to concerns, diabetic patients who received heart medications by mail were less likely to visit the emergency room than those who picked up prescriptions in person, according to a new Kaiser Permanente study published in the American Journal of … finish reading Diabetics Who Use Mail Order Pharmacies Less Likely to Visit ER: Study

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CMS Announces Major Savings for Medicare Beneficiaries

Medicare beneficiaries are seeing significant out-of-pocket savings due to the Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicare Services (CMS). CMS officials say that the standard monthly Part B premiums will remain at $104.90 in 2014, … finish reading CMS Announces Major Savings for Medicare Beneficiaries

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Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

Prescription drug use of both effective and risky drugs among Medicare patients varies throughout the United States, showing that location plays an important role in the quality and cost of medical care patients receive, according to a new report from … finish reading Prescription Drug Use Among Medicare Patients Highly Inconsistent

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7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

A lack of social support is one of the chief barriers to medication adherence. If a patient has no friends or family to discuss their health and required medications with, they are more likely to skip them, says Thom Stambaugh, … finish reading 7 Barriers to Medication Adherence

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Medicare Drug Premiums Remain Stable Four Years in a Row

For the fourth consecutive year, the average premium for a basic prescription drug plan in 2014 is expected to remain stable at an estimated $31 per month, according to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). For the last … finish reading Medicare Drug Premiums Remain Stable Four Years in a Row

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