Life Sciences and Healthcare

What are best practices for using personal protective equipment?

News of the coronavirus continues to capture the world’s imagination. Last week, as the virus spread in Italy and South Korea, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that an outbreak in the United States was not a matter of if, but when. Healthcare organizations are doing what they can to prepare for the […]

What Does The USMCA Mean For Medtech?

On November 30, 2018, US President Donald Trump, then-Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau signed The United States–Mexico– Canada Agreement (USMCA), concluding over a year of negotiations surrounding the much-publicized successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Though signed and agreed to in principle, the new agreement has […]

Humana Grows Senior Health Business with Latest Deals

Humana is the second-largest Medicare Advantage payer in the nation after UnitedHealthcare, covering more than four million Medicare Advantage members (DRG July 2019 data). Recently, the insurer has been working to leverage and expand its pharmacy benefit management and care delivery through external investments. Following in the footsteps of competitors like UnitedHealth, Humana is looking […]

Cms discharge planning rule: are you in compliance?

The recent CMS discharge planning rule that went into effect in November 2019 included several changes aimed at improving care transitions and encouraging patients’ involvement in their follow-up treatment and care protocols. (Click here to review the rule in the Federal Register.) With those rules in place, it is now imperative for organizations to familiarize themselves with and […]

Eleven potential blockbuster drugs offer hope, threaten budgets

Crowned by a potential cure for severe hemophilia A, which could become the most expensive drug ever, a new list of 11 medicines expected to generate $1 billion-plus in annual sales by the end of 2024 or earlier throws into stark relief the growing tension between medical innovation and society’s ability to pay for it. […]

A look at healthcare supply chain trends in 2020

Throughout the 2000s, the healthcare supply chain underwent a major transformation, evolving from a transactional product and cost center into an established partner able to deliver value throughout the organization. Now, as we head into the new decade, the supply chain appears set to continue along the path of holistic partnership with other departments and […]

5 Macrotrends Changing the Way Medtech Does Business

In recent years, global medtech markets have been dominated by some key overarching drivers: growing efforts to reduce healthcare costs, an increasing interest in value-based care – reflected by heightened emphasis on patient safety and efficacious treatment approaches – and expanded opposition to barriers to entry, whether from technical trade barriers or a lack of […]

First-in-class Tazverik launched for rare sarcoma, wider use will drive market value

Epizyme’s first-in-class EZH2 (enhancer of zeste homolog 2) inhibitor Tazverik (tazemetostat) has become the first therapy to be made available in the U.S. for the treatment of epithelioid sarcoma (ES), a rare soft tissue tumor with a significant unmet need.1,2,3 The drug was granted accelerated approval in January 2020 for the treatment of patients aged […]

Benchmark write-offs with hbi’s revenue cycle scorecard report

Healthcare Business Insights is a community of more than 1,900 healthcare providers across 50 states. We recently published a benchmarking report is focused on three write-off key performance indicators tracked within HBI’s Revenue Cycle Scorecard. The Scorecard is a benchmarking product that compiles data reported by HBI members on a monthly, quarterly, and annual basis. […]

Cigna & Oscar Product Could Be New Disruptor in Small Group Market

It’s Oscar season in the health insurance industry. Cigna and Oscar Health kicked off a deal that will add power to each insurer’s position in the commercial space while playing off their respective strengths. Under the name Cigna + Oscar, the two carriers will be offering fully insured plans to small employer groups in to-be-announced […]