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  • 5 things to know about the ACA's future on its 6-year anniversary

    5 things to know about the ACA's future on its 6-year anniversary

    Laura Dyrda - http://www.beckersspine.com/ | March 22, 2016


    The Affordable Care Act is celebrating its six-year anniversary this week, and several aspects of the law will continue to take effect over the next few years. Here are five key notes on the "next chapter" in healthcare reform based on thoughts from The Hill. Read More
  • Med students are facing up to the rising price of education but how are they managing debt?

    Med students are facing up to the rising price of education but how are they managing debt?

    Nina Flanagan - www.healthcaredive.com/ | March 13, 2016


    Young physicians may appear to have it all. Passion. Youth. Slang you don't understand. However, the current national debt average for graduating medical students is $183,000 according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). That figure does not include personal debt or pre-medical school debt, which many students also have. Fortunately, there are numerous federal scholarship and loan repayment programs, including pay-as-you-earn (PAYE) options. Read More
  • Medicare To Experiment With Tying Drug Costs to Effectiveness

    Medicare To Experiment With Tying Drug Costs to Effectiveness

    Julie Appleby - www.npr.org/ | March 16, 2016


    Aetna and Cigna inked deals last month with drug maker Novartis that offer the insurers rebates tied to how well a pricey new heart failure drug works to cut hospitalizations and deaths. If the $4,500-a-year drug meets targets, the rebate goes down. Doesn't work so well? The insurers get a bigger payment. In another approach, pharmacy benefit firm Express Scripts this year began paying drug makers a special negotiated rate for some cancer drugs. The goal is to reward the use of medicines that are most effective for certain cancers. Dubbed "value-based pricing," these are the kind of private-sector efforts the Obama administration hopes to borrow to rein in drug prices for Medicare. Read More
  • Explore the Pros, Cons of Gamification in Online Education

    Explore the Pros, Cons of Gamification in Online Education

    Jordan Friedman - www.usnews.com | March 17, 2016


    In his online course on ethical decision-making, Greg Andres, a philosophy lecturer at the University of Waterloo in Canada, has students compete for the top spot on the class' leader board. As they answer questions about how they would respond to various ethical dilemmas, they receive a certain number of points depending on how Andres views their responses in a given context. The goal is "to make course concepts concrete – here's how it actually plays out in real life," Andres says. Andres' class is an example of gamification, a term that generally refers to the implementation of different game-design elements – such as competition or the earning of points or badges – into various settings. Read More
  • EHR Info Overload Plagues Primary Care Docs

    EHR Info Overload Plagues Primary Care Docs

    Sarah Wickline Wallan - www.medpagetoday.com/ | March 14, 2016


    Inbox notifications from electronic health records (EHRs) exceeded 100 per day for some primary care physicians (PCPs) during the first half of 2015, a small study reported. Across three large practices in Texas, 46 PCPs received an average of 77 notifications per day, and 46 specialists received a mean 29 notifications per day, including responses to referrals, requests for medication refills, and messages from other healthcare professionals, reported Daniel R. Murphy, MD, MBA, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, and colleagues. Read More