It's called "step therapy" and the practice, which is meant to cut the costs of prescription drugs, is causing conflicts between physicians and insurers, according to a report by KRCU radio in Missouri.
Transparency via the OpenNotes initiative is creating stronger patient-physician relationships in the face of concern that note sharing might be offensive to patients, new research shows.
More than 270 pregnant women in the United States and its territories have tested positive for the Zika virus, according to a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A government demonstration project has reduced the cost of caring for seniors by 17 percent and also cut emergency department visits and hospital readmissions, according to Kaiser Health News.
Doctors cite myriad reasons for not taking advantage of state prescription drug databases, even though health officials encourage the use of such tools more than ever in light of the country's opioid crisis.
Worries over the consequences of value-based payment methodologies in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act obscure significant improvements the rule makes over the status quo, writes Bob Doherty, senior vice president of Government Affairs and Public Policy at the American College of Physicians, in an article published in MedPage Today.
Initiatives to reduce medical errors, the nation's third-leading cause of death, have made progress, according to research published in the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality's Chartbook on Patient Safety.
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT should consider developing a Precision Medicine Initiative addendum to its Interoperability Roadmap, the agency's Precision Medicine Task Force recommended this week.
A bipartisan bill introduced in Congress this week would amend the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' readmissions program to factor in patients' socioeconomic status to prevent hospitals from receiving penalties for circumstances beyond their control.
The findings of four global commissions formed in the wake of the recent Ebola virus epidemic may offer potential ways to better prepare for global health emergencies, according to an article in the Public Library of Science.