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Health care spending expected to increase over decade, but at historically low rate

July 29, 2015

Due to expanded health insurance coverage from the ACA, as well as the aging population and economic growth, health care spending is projected to increase at a rate of 5.8% annually between 2014 and 2024, according to recently published data in Health Affairs. 

However, this annual increase remains low in comparison with the 9% annual increase seen in health care spending prior to 2008’s recession.

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Hospitalization, death, cost drop among older Medicare beneficiaries

July 28, 2015
Between 1999 and 2013, Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 65 years and older had lower rates of mortality and hospitalization, as well as lower expenditures…

Allergan divests global generics business to Teva Pharma

July 27, 2015
Allergan announced that Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. will acquire Allergan’s global generic pharmaceutical business for $40.5 billion. Allergan will…
In the Journals

Reporting of serious AEs to FDA often delayed by drug companies

July 27, 2015
Nearly 10% of adverse events are not reported to the FDA within the 15-day period drug companies have to disclose the events, according to recently published data…
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VIDEO: AOA Excel helps ODs manage their practices

June 27, 2015
SEATTLE – AOA Excel was formed to help optometrists manage the business side of their practices, Robert Kehm, AOA…
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BLOG: Are you a shark or a minnow?

BLOG: Are you a shark or a minnow?

July 22, 2015
Agustin L. Gonzalez, OD, FAAO, applies lessons learned from the television show, “Shark Tank,” to…
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FDA News Perspective
House passes 21st Century Cures Act

House passes 21st Century Cures Act

July 20, 2015
By a vote of 344 to 77, the U.S. House of Representatives on July 10 passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan…
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In the Journals

Health care spending expected to increase over decade, but at historically low rate

July 29, 2015
Due to expanded health insurance coverage from the ACA, as well as the aging population and economic growth, health care spending is projected to…
In the Journals

Hospitalization, death, cost drop among older Medicare beneficiaries

July 28, 2015
Between 1999 and 2013, Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries aged 65 years and older had lower rates of mortality and hospitalization, as well as…

Allergan divests global generics business to Teva Pharma

July 27, 2015
Allergan announced that Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. will acquire Allergan’s global generic pharmaceutical business for $40.5 billion…
In the Journals

Reporting of serious AEs to FDA often delayed by drug companies

July 27, 2015
Nearly 10% of adverse events are not reported to the FDA within the 15-day period drug companies have to disclose the events, according to recently…
In the Journals

Electronic health records may improve financial returns, workflow efficiency

July 23, 2015
The use of electronic health records may result in significant financial returns and workflow efficiency for practices, according to a report.The…
Blog

BLOG: Moving your eye examination to primary care

July 23, 2015
A large number of optometrists use the term “primary care to describe their services or their type or mode of practice. There are, however, a…
BLOG: Are you a shark or a minnow? VideoBlog

BLOG: Are you a shark or a minnow?

July 22, 2015
Agustin L. Gonzalez, OD, FAAO, applies lessons learned from the television show, “Shark Tank,” to optometrists’ practices…
House passes 21st Century Cures Act FDA NewsPerspective

House passes 21st Century Cures Act

July 20, 2015
By a vote of 344 to 77, the U.S. House of Representatives on July 10 passed the 21st Century Cures Act, a bipartisan bill that authorizes several…

Mississippi offers third graders free eye exams

July 15, 2015
The Mississippi Optometric Association, Mississippi Vision Foundation and Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves announced a statewide initiative to provide eye exams…

Careful selection, training help facilitate transition to EHR

Primary Care Optometry News, July 2015
Jeffrey L. Girardin, OD
In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act established criteria for health care providers using electronic health records. According to the…
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