Beware vaporware on value-based care

Beware vaporware on value-based care

By Merrill Goozner  |  January 31, 2015

The dictionary defines vaporware as a product that has been widely advertised but has not and may never become available. Last week's twin announcements on the imminent move to widespread value-based reimbursement in healthcare bring the concept to mind.

Data Points for Feb. 2, 2015

Data Points for Feb. 2, 2015

By Modern Healthcare  |  January 31, 2015

Data Points for the week of Feb. 2, 2015, covered the following topics: medical costs for chronic conditions, cervical cancer, Medicaid, coordinated care

Humira profits can't save tough quarter for AbbVie

By Jaimy Lee  |  January 30, 2015

A 10.6% increase in sales of its top-selling arthritis drug Humira still couldn't produce positive fourth-quarter earnings for drugmaker AbbVie, the Chicago-based spinoff of Abbott Laboratories.

Slower Q4 healthcare spending declared suspect

By Melanie Evans  |  January 30, 2015

Health spending increased 4% in the fourth quarter from the same period a year ago, the first estimate for economic growth in the final months of last year shows.

Partners HealthCare expansion blocked in court

By Beth Kutscher  |  January 29, 2015

A Massachusetts judge rejected an agreement that would have allowed Partners HealthCare to acquire three hospitals, saying the expansion would allow the Boston-based system, already the largest in the state, "to exact higher prices from insurers for the services its providers render.”

Uninsured don’t know about subsidies, Medicaid expansion

By Virgil Dickson  |  January 29, 2015

Additional outreach about insurance marketplace premium subsidies and expanded eligibility standards for Medicaid is needed to reach the uninsured, a Kaiser Family Foundation study suggests.

Paying docs to manage care shows promise—but the pay is about to drop

By Andis Robeznieks  |  January 29, 2015

The CMS Innovation Center's massive Comprehensive Primary Care initiative appeared to break even its first year, but there is concern that a planned reduction in its care-management fee this year could impede the fragile momentum it has built.

Major acquisition, new products boost Thermo Fisher earnings

By Adam Rubenfire  |  January 29, 2015

Thermo Fisher Scientific's earnings, following a major acquisition, soared 75.7% to $601.2 million in the three months ended Dec. 31. The company saw a nearly 50% jump in earnings for 2014, ending the year with $1.9 billion in net income.

Where healthcare is now on march to value-based pay

Where healthcare is now on march to value-based pay

By Melanie Evans and Bob Herman  |  January 28, 2015

U.S. healthcare providers and insurers start from widely divergent places as some of the largest move to put most of their business into payment models that reward lower cost and higher quality care.

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