ONC Federal Health IT Strategic Plan: Comments filed on behalf of the Society for Participatory Medicine

We e-patients are an impatient lot, and therefore we may not be big fans of the Five-Year Plan approach to creating change.  The Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT released a draft federal health IT strategic plan in late March, via blog post (the plan itself is linked to from the post; a […]

Why do 10% of cancer patients on oral meds stop taking them?

Ten percent of cancer patients failed to fill their initial prescriptions for oral anti-cancer drugs, according to a new study published jointly today in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) and American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC)[, based on data] . . . from 2007 to 2009. . . . The study, ‚ÄúPatient and Plan […]

Is the ACO DOA? Reasonable Minds Can Improve the Draft Regulations

In the current all-ACO, all the time, health care policy news cycle, we’ve been inundated with declarations that the ACO is dead, because a handful of big boys say they don’t want to play. Today, CMS announced that it is tinkering with the proposed ACO rules by offering three variations on the ACO theme (link […]

FDA and social media … again … still …. Thoughts and today’s presentation at MassMEDIC

Meet the love child of the FDA and the pharma and medical device industries: The Pushmi Pullyu.  ACOs and unicorns, step aside; the is the Pushmi Pullyu's day to shine.  (It is now a commonplace that an Accountable Care Organization — a creature of the Affordable Care Act — is like a unicorn: everyone can […]