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Insights & Analysis

There’s one constant in healthcare: change. Count on us to break down the trends so you can stay up to date. Follow our take on each piece of this deep, intertwined, and often perplexing industry to find opportunities and practical approaches to move healthcare forward.

FDA’s Statement on Proposed Hydrocodone Reclassification

On October 24, Janet Woodcock, Director of the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) at FDA, issued a statement indicating the Agency's intent to recommend reclassifying hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II products.

Analysis: Number of Plans with High Star Ratings Will Increase in 2014

The share of Medicare Advantage (MA) plans with a star rating of 4 stars or higher in 2014 (43 percent) will increase substantially relative to 2013 (27 percent) according to a new Avalere Health analysis of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' (CMS) recently released data on 2014 plan quality performance.

More Variable Molecular Diagnostic Rates Likely

As molecular diagnostics become more common in treating certain diseases - especially cancer - their reimbursement will be an important part of value messaging for many drug therapies.

Evaluating the Usability of CER for Patient and Provider Decision Making

Comparative effectiveness research (CER) has the potential to inform many decisions. While a common threshold for determining whether a CER finding should be disseminated to the public is its methodological quality, a study with high methodological quality is not necessarily one that patients and providers will find usable for their decision making.

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