Diabetes may be the third leading cause of death in the United States based on a new study. Data from National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) indicates 12% of deaths between the years 1997-2011 could be attributed
According to a report by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), overall healthcare spending will outpace the total values of goods and services produced in the U.S. over the next ten years. An estimated $3.4 trillion was spent in 2016 on health
The use of brain-affecting drugs such as opioids, antidepressants, tranquilizers and antipsychotics in seniors has almost doubled in a decade and the trend will likely continue upward according to data from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A new study from the University of
With up to 40% of your Star Ratings attributed to medication-related quality measures, join us for an information-packed 30-minute webinar. Thursday, March 2, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM CST Discover how to incorporate smart analytics, member acuity and member outreach prioritization techniques to guarantee a
The Challenge Health plans and PBMs are facing the highest CMR completion rate hike to obtain a 5-star rating in 2017. CMS has set the table for plans and PBMs to focus on health outcomes – driving MTM services towards being the level of pharmacy –
One fact we can safely predict in 2017, is that value-based care models are not going anywhere. For insurers and practitioners to successfully navigate these new models is to focus on these four key areas: population health and disease management, clinical decision support technology, care
Opioid abuse continues to rise in the United States, affecting not only the individual – but also their family, friends, employers, and communities. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 2 million Americans currently abuse prescription opioids, causing an estimated 44 people to die every day, tallying an unthinkable 16,000 opioid related deaths each year. Furthermore, this number does not account for the individuals that move on from prescription drugs to more dangerous street drugs that so often times result in additional overdoses and deaths.
Employer-sponsored medical plans are expected to see an unparalleled increase globally in 2017 despite lowering inflation rates according to a new Aon report. While inflation rates dip slightly from 2.9 to 2.8 in 2017, medical plans are projected to increase from 8.1 to 8.2 in
“The best doctor gives the least medicines,” according to the scientist, Benjamin Franklin. In the 1700s, a patient only had one doctor and few medications available. Today, 67% of patients over the age of 60 consume five or more medications, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements. More doctors have implemented a new methodology to treating older Americans known as de-prescribing due to the rise of drug consumption, possible negative interactions, and increased risk of side effects.
America is home to just under 325 million people including a birth every 8 seconds, a death every 12 seconds and one international migrant every 28 seconds. At this moment, half of us have at least one chronic disease (40%), mental illness (18%) or drug/alcohol