Tag Archives: Journal of the American Medical Association

East Coast reigns supreme in Best Hospitals rankings; what purpose does it really serve?

The News: For the second consecutive year, the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, claimed the number one spot in the annual honor roll of best hospitals published by US News and… Read more »



Update: CDC data say docs still making billions from Pharma, med device companies; my personal take.

The News: It’s been a few years since the US government unveiled its Open Payments (OP) database, a collection of drug and device makers’ payments to healthcare providers. The data-collection… Read more »



Although more expensive, study says teaching hospitals save more lives. My personal take.

Perhaps not evident to many patients, there are two kinds of hospitals–teaching and nonteaching–and an intense debate about which is better. Teaching hospitals, affiliated with medical schools, are the training grounds… Read more »



US dementia rates drop even as population ages; what gives?

The proportion of older Americans living with dementia fell between 2000 and 2012, according to a new study. The exact reasons for the drop aren’t clear yet, researchers say. “If… Read more »



Drugmakers’ Pricing Power Helped by Exclusivity Rights: JAMA

The U.S., which spends more on drugs than any other country, might contain costs by limiting market exclusivity for brand-name medicines and changing coverage requirements for government health plans, some… Read more »



How is the Affordable Care Act Doing, as UnitedHealth Heads for the Exits: Editorial

The Affordable Care Act’s detractors seemed to get a comforting piece of new evidence last April when UnitedHealth Group Inc. (Minnetonka MN), the country’s largest health insurer, announced it would pull… Read more »



Price of Insulin Rose Nearly 200% Between 2002 and 2013

The cost of the hormone insulin, one of the most important treatments for diabetes, rose nearly 200% between 2002 and 2013, according to a new study. While other diabetes medications… Read more »