Feature Stories

Drug shortages continue: the effect on care for patients in managed care settings

Drug shortages have been more prevalent in recent years. Now, the FDA, pharmaceutical companies, and other stakeholders are beginning to work together to open conversations about the issue’s causes and potential solutions to address them.

First Report Managed Care, HMP Global

A novel—and cost effective—approach to end-stage renal disease

Studies have shown success with hepatitis C-positive kidney transplantation in patients with end-stage renal disease followed by treatment with direct-acting antivirals to cure the infection. Experts discuss why this approach is not only beneficial for patients, but also cost-effective for payers.

First Report Managed Care, HMP Global

Innovating payment models for gene therapy

Gene therapy is a transformational treatment for some patients to potentially cure or prevent rare diseases. But questions still remain about how these drugs should be priced and who will pay for them.

First Report Managed Care, HMP Global

ASH urges lawmakers to keep opioids accessible

The scope of the opioid problem is significant and worsening. But for patients with hematological diseases, opioids may be the only option for patients with these kinds of complications who have severe pain.

Hematology News, MDedge

Subjective measures present opportunities for improved care, but prove difficult to interpret

Patient-reported outcome measures are a valuable tool that can give orthopedists important information. But the results of these measures can be called into question through a number of patient and surgeon variables. New health care legislation, and advanced surgical techniques and devices are also changing the evolution of these measures.

Orthopedics Today, SLACK Inc.

Breaking News

Diagnostic devices may increasingly aid melanoma diagnosis

Noninvasive diagnostic devices may increasingly play a part in which lesions you choose to biopsy, Darrell S. Rigel, MD, said at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Dermatology.

Dermatology News, MDedge

Black patients present as sicker, more likely to receive liver transplant

Black patients are more likely to be put on a transplant list because of acute liver failure, be listed as status 1, and receive a liver transplant, compared with white patients, according to a recent presentation at the annual meeting of the American College of Gastroenterology.

ACS Surgery News, MDedge

Annual Ob/Gyn visit a ‘powerful opportunity’ to talk heart health

Cardiology, obstetrics, and gynecology providers should use a woman’s annual visit to her Ob/Gyn to promote healthy lifestyle choices, screen for signs of cardiovascular disease and risk factors, and improve her overall cardiovascular health.

Cardiology News, MDedge

Social media use linked to 10% increase in risk of new ADHD symptoms among teens

Adolescents who frequently used digital media were more likely to develop subsequent symptoms of ADHD over a 2 year period, according to results from a prospective, longitudinal cohort study published in JAMA.

Family Practice News, MDedge

Reduced Lupus Risk Linked to Moderate Alcohol Consumption in Women

Women who consume a moderate amount of alcohol daily had a reduced risk of developing systemic lupus erythematosus compared with women who did not consume alcohol at all, according to research from two groups of nurses published in Arthritis Care & Research.

Rheumatology Advisor, Haymarket Media

Patient Journeys

It's Time To End The Silence

The first thing you notice when you meet Tara is her extraordinary personality. She is driven and focused, yet approachable. Her affable nature may surprise some people when they hear her story: Tara has spent most of her life battling endometriosis, a chronic, sometimes debilitating disease that currently has no cure.

Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain Center

Seeds of Success: Gerhart Family

Anne Marie and Lee knew they wanted a baby. But they also knew they were having trouble conceiving, and no doctor seemed to know what was wrong.

Reproductive Associates of DE

Education Is Key

Alyssa is a bubbly 27-year-old who has her medical history all but memorized. Her journey with pelvic pain began when she started having her period at 13 years old. When she brought up these issues to her doctors, many of them told her that her pain symptoms were a normal part of growing up. Because some of the women in her family also had reproductive issues, Alyssa always knew something wasn’t right.

Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain Center

Seeds of Success - DePaul Family

At 29, Megan couldn’t shake the idea that she should have had children by now. While her family wasn’t pressuring her to have a baby, seeing all her friends getting pregnant combined with the desire of having a child of her own with her husband, Sam, made her decide to take the first step to see a specialist.

Reproductive Associates of DE

Asking the Right Questions Makes all the Difference

Looking back, Carrie firmly believes that, if one of her doctors had asked her the right questions about her period, she would have been diagnosed with endometriosis sooner. Carrie went to five different doctors and received five different explanations for her pain, but none of them were the right diagnosis.

Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain Center

Other Patient Journeys

Seeds of Success - Green Family
Reproductive Associates of DE

Living With An Invisible Disease
Endometriosis & Pelvic Pain Center

Seeds of Success - Pena Family
Reproductive Associates of DE

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