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Cardiovascular disease costs UK economy £29 billion a year
Cardiovascular disease costs the UK economy £29 billion a year in healthcare expenditure and lost productivity, reveals research published ahead of print in the journal Heart. (2006-05-14)

Substituting nurse practitioners, physician assistants & nurses for physicians older care
Substituting nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and nurses for physicians in healthcare for the aging population may achieve healthcare quality at least as good as care provided by physicians, according to a review of published studies. (2017-04-03)

As heart procedures increase, quality and cost controls are critical
With more than a million heart and vascular interventions performed each year in the United States, it becomes even more critical to the healthcare system to keep costs down and quality high, a U.K. interventional cardiologist notes in the American Journal of Managed Care, published today, Aug. 8. (2006-08-08)

Workplace asthma costs UK at least $158 million a year
Workplace asthma costs the UK at least $158 million a year, and may be as high as $214 million, reveals research published online in Thorax. (2010-11-24)

Sharpening state spending on seniors
As our society ages, a University of Montreal study suggests the health system should be focusing on co-morbidity and specific types of disabilities that are associated with higher health care costs for seniors, especially cognitive disabilities. (2014-11-13)

Widely used health algorithm found to be racially biased; remedying in progress
A nationally deployed healthcare algorithm -- one of the largest commercial tools used by health insurers to inform health care decisions for millions of people each year -- shows significant racial bias in its predictions of the health risks of black patients, researchers report. (2019-10-24)

Should drugs for rare diseases be given special status in the NHS?
The growing number and costs of drugs for rare diseases (orphan drugs) are straining healthcare budgets. Should the NHS continue to pay for them and how will this affect other health services, ask two articles in this week's BMJ? (2005-10-27)

What price for a more effective health care system?
The pressures from an aging population on the rising costs of health care in Australia will be the subject of the third annual Menzies Oration to be held at the Australian National University tonight. (2008-06-26)

Bad medicine
Are individuals, families, communities and employers getting their money's worth from US health care? That's the big question in the news today, pushed further into the spotlight by the Obama administration. Charles M. Kilo, M.D., M.P.H, CEO of GreenField Health in Portland, Oregon, and co-author Eric B. Larson, M.D., M.P.H., of Group Health Cooperative in Seattle, Washington, explore this important question in their commentary (2009-06-30)

Why everyone wants to help the sick -- but not the unemployed
New research from Aarhus BSS at Aarhus University explains why health-care costs are running out of control, while costs to unemployment protection are kept in line. The answer is found deep in our psychology, where powerful intuitions lead us to view illness as the result of bad luck and worthy of help. (2016-05-26)

The cost of waiting in emergency departments
Wait times in US emergency departments are increasing. A new study published in Economic Inquiry indicates that prolonging the wait time in the emergency department for a patient who arrives with a serious condition by 10 minutes will increase the hospital's cost to care for the patient by an average of 6%, and it will increase the cost to care for moderately severe cases by an average of 3%. (2019-11-06)

Value of IVF children to society outweighs their cost to healthcare systems
The potential benefit that IVF children bring to society far outweighs the cost of 'producing' them, a scientist said today (Wednesday 22 June 2005) at the 21st annual conference of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology. Dr. Maria Granberg, from the Fertilitetscentrum, Göteborg, Sweden, reported that, although the total cost of IVF financed by health care systems in Nordic countries had increased over the last few years, it was still highly profitable to society. (2005-06-22)

Health-care costs hit the elderly hard, diminish financial wellbeing
The protection of the savings of the elderly -- one of the primary goals of Medicare -- is under threat from a combination of spiraling health-care costs and increased longevity. As the government attempts to reduce Medicare costs, one suggestion is that the elderly could pay a larger proportion of the costs of their health care. But exactly how much would this be and what impact would it have on their finances? (2012-09-04)

Medical costs for stroke survivors stay high 10 years on
New data shows that healthcare and personal costs to support survivors of stroke remains high 10 years on. The Monash University research, published today in the journal Stroke, is the first to look at the long-term costs for the two main causes of stroke; ischemic where the blood supply stops due to a blood clot, and hemorrhagic, which occurs when a weakened blood vessel supplying the brain bursts. (2014-10-24)

Educate individuals to prevent sky-rocketing health care costs
Educating individuals about the costs of health care could save money and lead to a more efficient use of the health care system, reports a new study. The authors note that health care reform offers an unprecedented opportunity to provide incentives to use the health care system efficiently and to educate people about the effects of their behavior on overall health care costs. (2010-04-07)

Child health costs similar for behavioral compared to physical disorders
Children with behavioral disorders incur similar overall health care costs to children with physical disorders, said researchers from The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and the University of Pennsylvania. Among behavioral disorders, costs were not uniform; anxiety and depression cost twice as much as other common behavioral disorders, mainly as a result of inpatient hospitalizations. (2003-05-05)

Kidney disease patients have higher out-of-pocket costs than stroke and cancer patients
Patients who have chronic kidney disease but are not on dialysis have higher out-of-pocket healthcare expenses than even stroke and cancer patients, according to a Loyola University Chicago study published in BMC Nephrology. (2017-01-17)

Poorly controlled asthma costly
Poorly controlled asthma more than doubles health-care costs associated with the disease and threatens educational achievement through a dramatic increase in school absence, according to researchers at National Jewish Health. It highlights the toll that poorly controlled asthma takes on children. It also points to an opportunity. (2011-08-04)

Obese preschoolers have 60 percent higher healthcare costs than healthy weight children
Obese children aged 2-5 years old are two to three times more likely to be admitted to hospital and have 60 percent higher healthcare costs than healthy weight children, a study by the University of Sydney's School of Public Health has found. Published today in Obesity journal, this is the first study to reveal the higher direct health care costs of obesity in preschool aged children compared with those of normal weight. (2016-07-06)

New research shows $6.7 billion spent on unnecessary tests and treatments in one year
Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that $6.7 billion was spent in one year performing unnecessary tests or prescribing unnecessary medications in primary care, with 86 percent of that cost attributed to the prescription of brand-name statins to treat high cholesterol. (2011-10-03)

Economic burden of fatty liver disease in US is $32 billion annually, new study finds
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, or NAFLD, which affects roughly 100 million Americans, costs the United States healthcare system $32 billion annually, according to a first-of-its-kind study by Intermountain Healthcare researchers on the economic impact of the disease. (2018-07-03)

Rising health expenses are a good value, researchers say
Despite dramatic increases in health expenses since 1960, the return on medical spending is high, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University and the University of Michigan. Studying health and spending trends from 1960 to 2000, the researchers concluded that health care in America has been cost-effective on the whole, although ballooning costs for the elderly are a cause for concern. (2006-08-30)

Oral naltrexone can reduce health care costs
Alcohol-use disorders (AUDs), referring to both alcohol abuse and alcohol dependence, affect nearly 8.5 percent of the American population, are associated with numerous medical, psychiatric, family, legal and work-related problems, and cost an estimated $185 billion in 1998. A new study has found that oral naltrexone can reduce both alcohol- and nonalcohol-related health care costs for patients with AUDs. (2010-04-05)

Web-based nutrition program reduces health care costs for employees with cardiac risk factors
Researchers from Boston University School of Medicine and Boston University School of Public Health have shown that an employer-sponsored, Internet-based diet and exercise program shows promise as a low-cost benefit to lower health care costs for those at higher risk for above-average costs and health care utilization such as cardiac, hyperlipidemia, hypertension or diabetes patients. These findings appear in the current issue of the Journal of Medical Internet Research. (2009-10-27)

Wireless health care for diabetes
Online communities could easily be used to offer people with chronic illnesses, such as diabetes , wireless health care services via mobile phones and the internet. The approach, outlined in the International Journal of Networking and Virtual Organisations, would reduce health care costs and empower many patients to manage their condition more effectively. (2010-04-01)

PSU study finds out-of-network primary care tied to rising ACO costs
Accountable Care Organizations -- or ACOs -- formed for the first time in 2011, designed to combat rising medical costs and provide more coordinated care to Medicare patients. But the savings have been inconsistent nationwide. A new Portland State University study looked at what's driving those inconsistencies and what ACOs might do to resolve the issue. (2020-02-14)

ACR: Medical imaging study in health affairs incomplete and potentially misleading
In response to a study published in the August issue of Health Affairs regarding declining medical imaging use in recent years, the American College of Radiology (ACR) released a statement explaining that physician education efforts and quality assurance steps have resulted in more efficient use of imaging, but that arbitrary Medicare cuts are damaging patient access to care. The ACR also cited a December 2011 Health Affairs article that shows Medicare imaging cuts may have resulted in physical harm to patients. (2012-07-25)

Staff who smoke cost companies thousands of pounds more to employ
Employers have to pay around £4,000 more a year to employ a member of staff who smokes compared to a non-smoking employee, finds research published online in the Tobacco Control journal. (2013-06-03)

Warning over cost of asthma caused by traffic-related air pollution
The total cost of asthma due to traffic-related air pollution is much higher than previous estimates, according to new research. (2012-01-25)

Health-care costs are bad medicine
New research shows one in four chronically ill Australians is skipping health care because of high costs. (2016-08-03)

Biopharmaceutical manufacturing efficiencies signal reduced healthcare costs
Cost reductions associated with advances in large-scale biopharmaceutical manufacturing will play a role in reducing healthcare costs, according to a new industry joint publication by ASM Press, the book publishing division of the American Society for Microbiology, and BioPlan Associates. (2004-10-21)

The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology: Study suggests that patients with type 2 diabetes should be prioritized for obesity surgery
New research published in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology suggests that, when considering overall costs of healthcare, obese patients with type 2 diabetes, especially those with recent disease onset, should be prioritized for obesity surgery over those without type 2 diabetes, since many patients see a reversal of diabetes after surgery and thus need fewer expensive diabetes medications or treatment for complications in future. (2015-09-16)

Gothenburg coordinates EU-project on reducing healthcare costs
EU-wide there is a clear and urgent need to curb healthcare costs. Researchers at the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centered care have been given the task of coordinating a project to investigate how Europe's healthcare costs can be kept down whilst quality of care is maintained or even improved. (2013-10-21)

Smokers with mental health issues cost UK nearly £2.5 billion a year
People with mental health issues who smoke cost the UK economy nearly £2.5 billion a year, reveals research published online in Tobacco Control. (2014-07-09)

Hospitalists key to success of health care reform
On March 21, 2010, Congress passed the most comprehensive health care reform bill since the formation of Medicare. While a monumental achievement, the bill leaves much of the critical work of health care reform unfinished, according to a new editorial by Dr. Robert Wachter, chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine, University of California, San Francisco, and past president of the Society of Hospital Medicine, in the April issue of the Journal of Hospital Medicine. (2010-04-09)

Medicare reimbursement change meant to save money has opposite effect
Increased Medicare payments to physicians for outpatient surgeries for bladder cancer have led to a dramatic rise in the number of these procedures being performed and an overall increase in cost to the health care system. (2010-02-08)

Restructuring Medicare Shared Savings Program can yield 40% savings in health costs
More than a trillion dollars was spent on healthcare in the United States in 2018, with Medicare and Medicaid accounting for some 37% of those expenditures. With healthcare costs expected to continue to rise by roughly 5% per year, a continued debate in healthcare policy is how to reduce costs without compromising quality. (2019-08-08)

Clinical and economic outcomes of nutrition interventions across the continuum of care
This conference will focus on malnutrition's clinical and economic impacts of prevention across the continuum of care; new approaches and interventions to integrated care; and, a health systems approach to delivery of nutrition interventions. Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians will receive 5 continuing professional education units for completion of this program/material. (2014-02-12)

Decreasing health-care costs is focus of new informatics book by NJIT professor
A topical new book about using informatics to reduce health-care costs edited by Stephan Kudyba, an assistant professor in the NJIT School of Management, will be released early this May. (2010-03-23)

Child health costs for behavioral disorders similar to those for physical illnesses
Children with behavioral disorders incur similar overall health care costs to children with physical disorders according to a recent study. Among behavioral disorders, costs were not uniform; anxiety and depression cost twice as much as other common behavioral disorders, mainly as a result of inpatient hospitalizations. (2003-12-08)

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