Kern Health Systems, a managed care health plan based in Bakersfield, California, has selected McKesson to provide disease, chronic condition, and case management services to its members. With this agreement, thousands of people in Kern County will receive sophisticated care management programs and educational materials based on their individual health needs. McKesson VITAL Care Management’s customized programs and materials will help improve health outcomes through better coordination of care, and in turn help reduce the financial burden on the health care system.
A recent survey shows patients are more likely to pop pain pills for a toothache than to schedule a dentist appointment.
Use of generic drugs has saved the U.S. healthcare system more than $1 trillion over the last decade, reports the Generic Pharmaceutical Association (GPhA) in a new study that cites analysis from IMS Health.
Health spending in May 2012 grew by a modest 3.8 percent compared to May 2011, continuing a trend of roughly 4 percent annual growth since 2009. Health care prices in May 2012 were 2.0 percent higher than in May 2011, ticking up a tenth from April. On a 12-month moving average basis, price growth is lower now than at any time since January 1999.
These data come from the July Health Sector Economic Indicators briefs released by Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending.
The global healthcare packaging market is a complex and large market. The varied factors affecting the drug demand and consumption as well the development of medical practices will determine the growth of this market in future. Also, being a vital industry, the healthcare packaging market is directly linked to economic development. As emerging economies grow, demand for healthcare packaging will increase, further strengthening the market. Visiongain calculates that the global healthcare packaging market will reach $93.9bn in 2012