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A telemedicine program using Atlanta-based endocrinologists provided suitable type 1 diabetes care to veterans living in rural Alabama and Georgia while saving patients 156 minutes of commute time per visit and cutting travel reimbursement costs paid by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) by $72.94 per visit.

Patients’ out-of-pocket expenditures (OOPE) on medications rise dramatically with the addition of each coexisting chronic condition, according to a systematic review published online Feb. 6 in BMJ Global Health.

Diabetes treatment itself comes at a considerable price, but related complications like eye disease, kidney damage and amputations can elevate medical bills into the tens of thousands, German researchers reported this month in Diabetes Care.

Those lab tests a physician orders before surgery may seem like just a drop in the bucket of healthcare spending, but over time those routine—often unnecessary—services add up.

President Donald Trump declared February American Heart Month this Thursday in a tradition that stretches back 54 years.

 

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Telemedicine program saves time, money in managing type 1 diabetes

A telemedicine program using Atlanta-based endocrinologists provided suitable type 1 diabetes care to veterans living in rural Alabama and Georgia while saving patients 156 minutes of commute time per visit and cutting travel reimbursement costs paid by the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) by $72.94 per visit.

Multiple chronic diseases linked to higher out-of-pocket medication costs

Patients’ out-of-pocket expenditures (OOPE) on medications rise dramatically with the addition of each coexisting chronic condition, according to a systematic review published online Feb. 6 in BMJ Global Health.

Diabetes complications are common—but are they affordable?

Diabetes treatment itself comes at a considerable price, but related complications like eye disease, kidney damage and amputations can elevate medical bills into the tens of thousands, German researchers reported this month in Diabetes Care.

Report: Preop labs, annual cardiac screening among most wasteful healthcare services

Those lab tests a physician orders before surgery may seem like just a drop in the bucket of healthcare spending, but over time those routine—often unnecessary—services add up.

President Trump declares February American Heart Month

President Donald Trump declared February American Heart Month this Thursday in a tradition that stretches back 54 years.

Interim publication of randomized trial results could be confusing, misleading

Researchers might be jumping the gun when publishing interim results of randomized trials, according to new information out of Dartmouth University. In roughly 20 percent of cases, results differ significantly by the time final numbers are published.

Survey: Physicians skeptical about value-driven payment models

Most physicians don’t believe accountable care organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment programs will effectively drive down America’s burdensome healthcare costs, according to a survey released this month by Leavitt Partners.

ACA reduced out-of-pocket spending—but premiums rose at near-equal rate

The implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was associated with an 11.9 percent decrease in average out-of-pocket spending, including a 21.4 percent decrease in the lowest-income group, according to a study of more than 80,000 U.S. adults.

Researcher reacts to CMS proposal to expand coverage for patients with pacemakers, defibrillators

Two weeks after CMS rolled out a proposal to expand MRI coverage options for patients with unapproved implantable devices, researchers in the field are optimistic—but remain critical.

Abbott’s 4th quarter revenues up 42%

Abbott announced on Jan. 24 worldwide sales of $7.6 billion in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 42.3 percent growth year over year.

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