Healthcare Economics & Policy

The Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT) released updated guidelines for using CT imaging in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

Medical marketing in the United States reached $29.9 billion in 2016, up from $17.7 billion in 1997, according to a new analysis published in JAMA.

Readmissions and postacute care were the primary drivers of differences in payments to hospitals for 90-day episodes of percutaneous coronary intervention, suggests a study of more than 40,000 PCI procedures from 33 Michigan hospitals.

Unpredictable drops in income in a person’s early 20s through mid-30s have been associated with a nearly twofold increased risk of all-cause death or CVD events, including heart attack, stroke and heart failure.

The recent price cuts of the PCSK9 inhibitor alirocumab (Praluent) aren’t enough to make the cholesterol-lowering drug cost-effective compared to ezetimibe, according to an analysis published in the Jan. 1 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

A Wall Street Journal investigation detailed how private health insurers have regularly overestimated the cost of covering prescription drug benefits for Medicare enrollees, allowing the insurers to keep $9.1 billion more from 2006 to 2015 than if their projections had been accurate.

Another study has linked the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program (HRRP) to increased mortality among patients hospitalized for heart failure, prompting at least one cardiologist to urge policymakers to revise the policy.

A 34-year-old stroke patient was stuck with a bill for nearly a half-million dollars after taking a flight from Wichita, Kansas, to Boston to see a neurosurgeon.

Publicly posted hospital ratings could be confusing heart patients more than helping them, Reuters reported of a Journal of the American College of Surgeons study that found significant disparities between major rating systems in the U.S.

General Electric (GE) has filed the paperwork for an initial public offering (IPO) for its healthcare unit, GE Healthcare, according to numerous sources familiar with the ongoing situation. The offering is expected to take place by the middle of 2019.

U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams, MD, issued a rare national advisory Dec. 18 deeming youth e-cigarette use an “epidemic” in the country.

Patients with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) who struggle to pay their medical bills are at a higher risk for psychological distress, depression and a poor quality of life, according to research published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes.