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This program could lower healthcare costs in Chicago

This program could lower healthcare costs in Chicago

By Martha Bayne, Crain's Chicago Business  |  April 04, 2016

This year, University of Illinois Hospital & Health Sciences System and partners are testing a program to reduce these costs. It is modeled on a strategy known as “Housing First” that is catching on across the country.

Michigan Blues, Hygieia testing diabetes insulin delivery product

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  March 31, 2016

Ann Arbor, Mich.-based Hygieia, a medical device company, has teamed up with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Michigan to launch a demonstration project to help about 1,000 diabetic patients more effectively manage their disease.

Blog: The well-sung Diabetes Prevention Program

By Merrill Goozner  |  March 30, 2016

The CMS' decision this week to pay for the Diabetes Prevention Program is long overdue since its success in reducing obesity and thereby diabetes risk has been well documented in the medical and healthcare economics literature, and covered by certain sections of the press—like us.

Health of UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust improving

By Jay Greene, Crain's Detroit Business  |  March 28, 2016

An improving investment picture and innovative benefit programs have brightened the financial picture for the $61 billion UAW Retiree Medical Benefits Trust.

Medicare diabetes prevention program could inspire insurers

By Shannon Muchmore  |  March 23, 2016

Participants lost weight and learned about healthy living while Medicare saved enough money per person to pay for the program and then some. HHS hopes the program's success will inspire employers and insurers to develop their own wellness programs. Experts say history shows they might.

Dementia rates decline in study, but causes remain unclear

Dementia rates decline in study, but causes remain unclear

By Sabriya Rice  |  February 10, 2016

While a new study shows the dementia incident rate has dropped 20% each decade on average since the 1970s, the actual reasons for the decline aren't fully understood. Preventive factors, such as improvements in cardiovascular health and early detection may have played a role.

J&J to lay off 3,000 as it restructures medical-device businesses

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 19, 2016

Medical manufacturing giant Johnson & Johnson has announced plans to restructure its medical-device businesses after several quarters of declining sales. Johnson & Johnson says it will use the money it saves to fund investments in “new growth opportunities” and new products in the...

Diabetes treatment innovation raises questions of reimbursement

Diabetes treatment innovation raises questions of reimbursement

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 06, 2016

One of the nation's leading endocrinologists warns that a so-called "artificial pancreas" touted as a game-changer for the treatment of diabetes could also bring headaches to the industry as it learns how to get reimbursed for advice given in between visits.

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