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National Healthcare Innovation Summit Shines Spotlight on the Value Equation

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The first of the two-day National Healthcare Innovation Summit began and ended trying to answer one question: What constitutes value? Morning keynote speaker Ian Morrison boiled it down to this equation: Value = (Cost + Quality + Security)/Cost However, afternoon speakers struggled to limit the discussion to these variables, wanting to include many others, such as the ability of a health system to pay for innovation, the need to sustain continued innovation, underlying risk of Read More >

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FasterCures Webinar: Value and Coverage

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Today, FasterCures hosted a webinar to discuss how reimbursement decisions impact innovations needed to improve health. The discussion helped provide the medical research community with a fundamental understanding of the evolving coverage landscape. An expert panel outlined the basics of health care plan coverage policies, alternative payment models and evidence-based performance measurements. Margaret Anderson, Executive Director of FasterCures, kicked off the webinar by posing two critical questions – who should determine value and what should inform these decisions? Read More >

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The International Myeloma Foundation Pioneers Myeloma Awareness Month

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Years ago, after much frustration over the lack of understanding and awareness of multiple myeloma, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) declared March as “Myeloma Awareness Month” and has grown its program into a multifaceted campaign. This year’s program included a kickoff live event, free teleconference, new website, social media, local proclamations, and “Myeloma Awareness Month” kits for the more than 150 IMF support groups across the country. At the start of the month, IMF launched Read More >

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Washington Post: Crowdsourcing Medical Decisions

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On Monday, Ariana Eunjung Cha wrote about the difficult ethical issue of Compassionate Use, which allows a patient access to an unapproved treatment when others with similar requests are denied access. Arthur Caplan, director of the division of medical ethics at New York University’s Langone Medical Center, describes it as a moral dilemma that could not be ‘more troubling and impossible-to-resolve’. In the article, Caplan asserts that ‘it’s best for the company to focus on getting the Read More >

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AIR 340B: New Analysis Shows Most 340B Hospitals Provide Little Charity Care

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Today, the Alliance for Integrity and Reform of 340B (AIR 340B) released a new report, showing that a substantial portion of hospitals enrolled in the 340B drug discount program provide only the barest amount of charity care, and as such they are not fulfilling Congress’ expectations about the program. Congress created the program in 1992 to help uninsured indigent patients gain better access to prescription medicines. The original intention of the program was to provide Read More >

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