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Healthcare Economics

  • Unvaccinated Adults Cost the U.S. More Than $7 Billion a Year
    Vaccine-preventable diseases among adults cost the U.S. economy $8.95 billion in 2015, and unvaccinated individuals are responsible for 80 percent, or $7.1 billion, of the tab, according to the most comprehensive analysis to date from the University of North Carolina at ...More
    October 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Newborn Screening for Congenital Cytomegalovirus Infection May Be Cost Effective
    Congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) infection is a leading cause of childhood hearing loss, cognitive deficits and visual impairments. Estimates suggest 20,000 babies are born with cCMV infection annually in the United States. However, universal newborn screening has not been ...More
    October 10, 2016 Posted in News
  • Moving the Needle on Healthcare Quality and Costs
    Bucking national trends, a new study shows that a program is making a difference in healthcare quality and cost. Developed by University of Utah Health Care (UUHC), the so-called value driven outcomes (VDO) program breaks down health procedure costs to the level of each ...More
    September 14, 2016 Posted in News
  • Healthcare Costs for Infections Linked to Bacteria in Water Supply Systems are Rising
    A new analysis of 100 million Medicare records from U.S. adults aged 65 and older reveals rising healthcare costs for infections associated with opportunistic waterborne pathogens, such as Legionella--which can live inside drinking water distribution systems, including ...More
    September 12, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hospital Readmission App Could Save Healthcare Industry Billions
    Hospitals are penalized for readmitting patients within a 30-day time period. An award-winning app developed by graduate students at Binghamton University, State University of New York, could help reduce these readmission rates and save the healthcare industry billions. A ...More
    June 20, 2016 Posted in News
  • Zika Virus Tool Predicts Most Interventions to Be Cost-Effective
    A study published in PLOS Neglected Tropical Diseases presents a cost-effectiveness tool that can help guide decisions regarding resource allocation to fund interventions targeted at curtailing the ongoing Zika virus outbreak. Analyses using the tool suggest that proposed ...More
    May 23, 2016 Posted in News
  • Treating Hepatitis C: Pay Now or Pay More Later
    The price of curing hepatitis C in the long term is much cheaper than the ongoing expense of older therapies or delayed treatments, including liver transplants, according to a group of studies published this month in a special edition of the American Journal of Managed ...More
    May 9, 2016 Posted in News
  • Health Economists Determine Dengue Fever's Economic Impact
    In keeping with the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy (SIHP)'s mandate to inform health policy through rigorous economic analyses, a group of SIHP health economists at Brandeis University's Heller School for Social Policy and Management has published a comprehensive ...More
    May 4, 2016 Posted in News
  • Study Reveals the High Cost of Norovirus Worldwide
    While norovirus is often linked in the news to outbreaks on cruise ships, the highly contagious stomach bug sickens nearly 700 million around the world every year and results in roughly $4.2 billion in healthcare costs and $60.3 billion in societal costs annually, new Johns ...More
    April 27, 2016 Posted in News
  • Hospital Readmission Penalties Approaching for Nursing Home Residents
    A significant number of older adults are not ready to go home when they leave the hospital. About one-fifth are discharged to one of the nation's 15,000 skilled nursing facilities for rehabilitative care. With new federal legislation set to penalize both the hospital and ...More
    March 31, 2016 Posted in News
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