Revamping Patient-Reported Outcomes for Medicare Advantage Plans

Using patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data could be a better measure for risk adjustment payments for Medicare Advantage plans, but better strategies for collecting PRO data must first be developed, according to a recent report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO). Patient-reported outcomes measures (PROMs) are indicators of functional status that the patient gives to their medical providers. … Continue reading Revamping Patient-Reported Outcomes for Medicare Advantage Plans

What 21st Century Health Care Should Learn from 20th Century Business

Health care today has a complexity problem. Progress has produced major medical advances, but health care’s traditional organizational structure is buckling. Knowledge has increased the number of therapeutic options for most conditions — but also the number of people involved in delivering care. The result: Clinicians have trouble collaborating. Patients have trouble navigating the system. … Continue reading What 21st Century Health Care Should Learn from 20th Century Business

Review of SA’s 15 years of compulsory community service for doctors

The SA experience of compulsory Community Service (CS) over the first 15 years has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’, largely meeting objectives of redistribution of health professionals and professional development, found a University of Cape Town study.  However, better mentoring and support was needed, as well as more effort to keep doctors in rural areas afterwards. The report says between 1998, … Continue reading Review of SA’s 15 years of compulsory community service for doctors

Motsoaledi’s single exit price for medicines ‘devastating

Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi has gazetted an increase in the single exit price for medicines and scheduled substances, which the pharmaceutical industry says is “pitifully low” and will have a devastating impact on small manufacturers, in particular. Business Day reports that the Pharmaceutical Task Group, which represents all the formalised trade associations and covers about 95% of the market, … Continue reading Motsoaledi’s single exit price for medicines ‘devastating

BHF research paints worrying picture of exiting doctors

Older public sector doctors are leaving to practice privately but are not staying too long, instead opting out of medicine entirely before the age of 50, according to research by the  Board of Healthcare Funders of SA. The latest research is based on the distribution of ealthcare professional providers (HPPs) registered on the practice code numbering system … Continue reading BHF research paints worrying picture of exiting doctors

Single dose of new drug can shorten flu duration by a day

A single dose of a new influenza drug can significantly shorten the duration of the illness in teens and adults, according to a study. The article reports the results of two multi-centre, double-blind, randomised clinical trials. Both found that the drug, baloxavir marboxil, shortened the duration of flu symptoms by about one day and more … Continue reading Single dose of new drug can shorten flu duration by a day