Tag Archives: Rising

LabCorp weathers rising personnel costs to beat expectations in Q4

Dive Brief: LabCorp joined foremost rival Quest Diagnostics in identifying rising personnel costs as a headwind for the business, per comments on its fourth quarter earnings call Thursday. While LabCorp and Quest both called out the trend, management at the two clinical lab networks described the situation differently, respectively calling it “nothing unusual” and an… Read More »

Is AbbVie’s Imbruvica concerned about AZ’s rising Calquence? We’ve got this covered, execs say

AbbVie has a lot on its plate with a megamerger with Allergan in the works and the rollout of blockbuster hopeful Rinvoq. One thing it hasn’t had to worry about much is its blood cancer franchise––and, despite a rising challenger in AstraZeneca’s Calquence, AbbVie still isn’t concerned. The company’s big-selling Imbruvica, jointly marketed with Johnson &… Read More »

Use of e-prescribing for controlled substances is low, but rising

While the usage rate of electronic prescribing for controlled substances by clinicians is low, adoption of the technology is growing, according to the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. A new ONC data brief, based on results from the 2017 National Electronic Health Records Survey, reveals that 32 percent of office-based physicians that… Read More »

Why rising ransomware risk requires commitment to best practices

Last week, the United States Conference of Mayors adopted a resolution against paying ransoms. What’s interesting about this is it’s creating what is essentially a vertical front of communities against ransomware. It may well disincentivize attackers from targeting towns and cities. I’m hopeful and encouraged by this action, but I worry that this resolution is… Read More »

With ACA’s Future In Peril, California Reins In Rising Health Insurance Premiums

Premiums on California’s health insurance exchange will rise by an average of 0.8% next year, the lowest increase in the agency’s history, state officials announced Tuesday. Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee credited two new statewide initiatives for keeping the proposed rate hikes low: Next year, California will be the first state in the country… Read More »