Practice Management

An FDA advisory panel recommended the approval of alirocumab and evolocumab last week, and the cardiovascular medications are expected to be approved this summer. However, the drugs may cost up to $10,000 per year and may be too expensive for some patients, USA Today reports.

New York Times columnist Abigail Zuger, MD, describes a quandary that many physicians face: trying to reconcile her professional judgment when in conflict with a patient’s former doctor. An ethicist offers some advice on care pathways.

An FDA advisory panel is considering two drugs that lower low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol, the Wall Street Journal reports. The injectable medications (evolocumab and alirocumab) are proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) inhibitors and are expected to be used in patients who cannot tolerate statins or who failed with previous statin therapy.

Hospitals and health systems are starting to pay attention to their online ratings and reviews. The push towards reputation management comes at a time when more patients are shopping for their medical care.

Sara Bleich, an associate professor at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, provides an overview of what restaurants are doing to comply with an Affordable Care Act provision to post calories and nutrition facts on their menus.

The uninsured rate among adults 55 to 64 years old decreased from 12 percent to 8 percent last year, according to an AARP analysis. The reduction coincides with the expansion of Medicaid in 27 states to include adults with incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a nearly 700-page report on May 26 detailing proposed changes and national standards for Medicaid managed care.

The federal government announced on Twitter that 146,000 people signed up for health insurance coverage during the extension period from March 15 to April 30.

With smartphones becoming more common, the issue of patients recording their doctor visits concerns some physicians.

The increasing popularity of narrow networks is limiting choices for patients.

It is no secret that abusive behavior sometimes occurs in operating rooms and other hospital settings, and nurses as well as physicians can be the perpetrators. The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation created a toolkit and a videotaped workshop for nurses to help them spot and stop the bullying.    

Physician leaders in hospitals and other healthcare-related fields must focus on operations management, people leadership and setting a business strategy, according to a Harvard Business Review article published online April 7.