Healthcare Economics & Policy

Diabetics who have transitioned to an employer-mandated, high-deductible insurance plan are significantly more likely to delay healthcare visits for macrovascular symptoms, diagnostic tests and procedures, researchers reported Nov. 20 in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

More than half of personal healthcare information (PHI) data breaches in recent history can be traced back to healthcare providers themselves rather than hackers or external parties, researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine.

In a back-to-the-future move, a decades-old care delivery concept is gaining momentum.

It’s becoming evident that the Stark law is frustrating the move from volume to value. Experts expect changes that could allow health systems and practices to deploy better coordinated, team-based care and advanced alternative payment models.

Violence, an ever-growing presence in our global communities, isn’t just a social issue, according to research presented at the American Heart Association’s annual Scientific Sessions in Chicago Nov. 12. It’s a public health one, too, and it can have serious consequences for our heart health.

The FDA plans to take aggressive steps toward limiting youth access to tobacco products and banning the sale of flavored nicotine, the organization’s commissioner, Scott Gottlieb, MD, has announced in a statement.

A diabetic mother saddled with medical debt from type 1 diabetes (T1D) treatments and complications is highlighting the rising costs of insulin and T1D care in the United States, Forbes reports.

Under the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, a blueprint for global well-being penned in 2015, officials aim to end all preventable deaths in newborns and children under 5 by 2030. And to Jackie Boucher, MS, BS, president of Children’s HealthLink in Minneapolis, that means better understanding congenital heart disease (CHD).

Faced with the threat of regulations and accusations of targeting minors with vaping products and marketing, Juul Labs announced Nov. 13 it would suspend retail sales of most of its flavored e-cigarette pods and shut down social media promotions.

Cancer is overtaking heart disease as the leading cause of death in the U.S., particularly in high-income counties, suggests a new analysis published in the Annals of Internal Medicine.

Physicians who have financial relationships with biomedical manufacturers are up to 12 times more likely to use an implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) or cardiac resynchronization therapy-defibrillator (CRT-D) from that company instead of another manufacturer, according to preliminary research presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions in Chicago.

IBM Watson Health has released its annual 50 Top Cardiovascular Hospitals Study, marking the 20th year the healthcare company has ranked the best-performing cardiovascular teaching and community hospitals in the U.S.