Retail prices at pharmacies may bear little relationship to the actual market prices of medications, and pharmacy benefit managers are part of the reason.
Tag: Health costs
AI will not solve health care challenges now, but there are innovative alternatives, researcher writes
Artificial intelligence holds promise for transforming primary care in the future, but some medical practices are demonstrating how to innovate now.
Rhode Island has regulations to curb the cost of health care — and they work
Rhode Island has instituted cost controls to limit the growth in health care spending. A Stanford analysis suggests they are effective.
Precision health approach tapped to identify causes of poverty
A new approach to identifying the factors linked to poverty could help researchers identify ways to prevent it.
Proposal to include the price of drugs in television ads is flawed, Stanford scholar writes
Including price information in TV advertisements may lead consumers to avoid care or may misrepresent the actual cost of care, a Stanford scholar writes.
The relationship between patient self-management and health care costs
A Stanford-led study examines whether the Patient Activation Measure can serve as an early indicator that an effort is affecting health care costs
Successful diabetes management program brings down cost of care
A diabetes program, developed with a Stanford scientist, helps cut costs of diabetes-related health care expenses by $815 per year per person.
Oncologists disagree on use of value to guide cancer treatments
A new study found that oncologists have divergent views on how to use “value” to guide cancer treatment recommendations.
Expanding hepatitis C testing to all adults is cost-effective and improves health, new study shows
Even adults who are not considered "high-risk" should be tested to reduce deaths and improve cure rates, new Stanford Health Policy research suggests.
Financial incentives alone don’t drive overuse of lumbar spine MRIs
Between 30 and 50 percent of lumbar spine MRIs are inappropriate, according to new research led by VA and Stanford health economist Risha Gidwani, DrPH. …
Improving care for the frailest, elderly patients
Caring for the oldest, frailest patients isn't easy. They can bounce in and out of the hospital with less-than-ideal outcomes. They see handfuls of specialists, who each …
A new framework for expanding treatment guidelines for parasitic worm diseases
A new health economics evaluation unveiled last week shows historical World Health Organization treatment guidelines for the two most common parasitic worm diseases are far …
Is it time to compensate kidney donors?
A recent New York Times blog entry editorialized on the worldwide shortage of transplant kidneys, raising the question of whether it's time to compensate kidney …
Stanford study: Medical procedures more expensive where physicians cluster in large medical practices
As more physicians move from solo and small practices, a dozen common medical procedures are becoming more expensive in areas where physicians are clustered into …
Pharmaceutical adventures in India
In the course of a recent trip to India, I developed some minor health problems and found myself doing what many locals do: consulting with …
Exploring the cost-effectiveness of treating parasitic-worm diseases
A group of tiny worms are the source of great distress - and sometimes death - for a staggering 1.5 billion people in the developing …