Americans support elements of ObamaHealth – but lack faith in Congress

Federal negotiations on prescription drug prices, covering kids’ health care, and requiring insurance companies to accept people with pre-existing health conditions are among the most popular elements of President Obama’s health reform platform among all Americans. However, tempering the public’s majority support for these health plan ideas, Americans don’t have much confidence in Congress these […]

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Patients are driving generic drug use; doctors follow through

Virtually all doctors are worried that patients aren’t filling their prescriptions. In addition to not filling Rx’s, physicians are most concerned about patients’ skipping doses, splitting pills, discontinuing other treatments, sharing prescriptions, and taking expired meds.Physician survey on generic drug use, a survey from Epocrates, the clinical decision support company. As the chart shows, doctors’ […]

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Disease management in Medicare won't solve the long-term deficit problem in the U.S.

Peter Orszag, the Director of the Office of Management and Budget, has said that Medicare will be the long-term driver of a U.S. economic deficit. Underneath that forecast, it’s the cost of managing chronic disease for Medicare enrollees that’s the main fiscal challenge. Quality of Care, and Health Expenditures Among Medicare Beneficiaries, published in the […]

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Searching for prescription drug info online – from the clinical to the financial

The number of people searching for prescription drug information online has tripled in five years, according to the latest insights from Manhattan Research‘s ePharma Consumer study. 90 million Americans looked for Rx information in 2008, compared with 25 million in 2003, Mark Bard, the president of Manhattan Research (MR), told a group of webinar attendees […]

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How to find $150 billion for health care: get rid of paper

Paper, Benjamin, Paper. The lowest-hanging fruit opportunity in reforming health care today is paper. Getting rid of it, that is. In their Recommndations to the Obama Administration and 111th Congress, Ingenix says that, “Administrative cost savings are win-win propositions, benefiting all stakeholders.” Health Populi’s Hot Points: As Congress continues to wrestle with what $20 billion […]

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