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Prescribing generic drugs lowers cost, ups patient adherence

Approximately 88 percent of prescriptions filled in the United States are for generic drugs--and they account for only 28 percent of expenditures, according to the National Center for Policy Analysis. Within a year of a generic version of a drug coming on the market, its price falls 80 percent or more, according to the organization. That's great news for bending the cost curve in healthcare. Here are some additional reasons that physicians should consider prescribing generic medications.

Insurers, manufacturers consider compromise in drug-price debate

Drug makers and insurance companies may finally be leaning toward some form of mutual understanding and compromise about rising prescription prices, according to  STAT News.

Hunger carries $160B a year in healthcare costs

Food insecurity led to healthcare costs of $160 billion in the United States last year, according to a study commissioned by the charitable Bread for the World Institute.

Inaccurate testing drives up healthcare costs, unnecessary procedures

Amid increased concerns about misdiagnoses in healthcare, unreliable, inaccurate medical testing is also a major obstacle to patient safety, hiking unnecessary medical and drug expenses as well as prompting unneeded medical procedures, according to a new report from the Food and Drug Administration,

The insurer-physician relationship: Improved, but still imperfect

Relations are not so tense these days between health insurers and physicians, but several issues still divide them, according to  Managed Care  magazine.

Expiring Medicare bonus incentive puts increased pressure on physicians' margins

The expiration of a Medicare incentive program aimed at primary care physicians will hurt margins in some practices, according to an article in  Kaiser Health News, though the overall effect on the Medicare market remains unclear.

Why an 'Uber for healthcare' is out of reach

Healthcare's limited number of interactions with consumers and patients' want for privacy when it comes to their personal health are two reasons there is no "Uber for healthcare," according to a Rock Health research report.

RSNA 2015: Is this the year that radiology turns the corner?

"Innovation is the key to our future." That's the slogan for #RSNA15. Innovation--of course--can be interpreted in variety of ways, though. There is the scientific and technological...

How to reduce 'sundowning' delirium in elderly patients

Many of the everyday realities of being in the hospital--bright lights, loud and unusual noises, unfamiliar surroundings--appear to contribute to the phenomenon of "sundowning," in which some elderly patients become delirious at night, a doctor in Boston's Cambridge Health Alliance writes in  WBUR  radio's health blog.

New addiction treatment options offer reasons for hope, skepticism

New treatment options provide additional avenues for opioid addicts to get clean, but some have begun to question the trajectory and duration of the paths offered by some popular clinics, according to an  NPR story.