Does the Ivy League provide a good education?

An Economist editorial wonders whether America’s top universities are doomed to become failures like America’s car companies.  Rising tuition, excess administrative cost, and increased drop-out rates are all causes for concern.  Most troubling, however, is that full-time students are spending only 14 hours per week studying compared to 24 hours/week in 1961.  What is causing…

CMS 2010 Requirements for Medicare Part D Plan MTM Programs

In an effort to standardize the provision of medication therapy management (MTM) within Medicare Part D, CMS has outlined specific requirements for Part D Plan MTM programs in 2010.  The APhA’s Medication Therapy Management Digest (March 2010) reviews these requirements. MTM programs must: Enroll targeted beneficiaries using an opt-out method only (i.e., beneficiaries are automatically…

Are All Readmissions Bad Readmissions?

Currently, Medicare and private insurers are attempting to put in place incentives to reduce the number of readmissions. Visits to the hospital are costly and reducing the frequency of hospital visits is the best means to reduce medical costs. In particular, if readmissions are the fault of the care the patients receive during the initial…