A Blog by The Access Group, Investigating the Intersection of Health, Access, Regulation, and Policy

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See us at the Life Sciences ACO & IDN Collaboration Strategy Summit

Scott Guerin, PhD – Senior Director, Government Policy Systems & Analytics
Oct 13, 2017

The World Congress 1st Annual ACO and IDN Collaboration for Population Health Delivery Summit is taking place on October 23-24, 2017, in Alexandria, Virginia. It will highlight new models for advancing accountable care organization (ACO), integrated delivery network (IDN), and life science partnerships in population health management. Through hands-on learning and high-level strategy sessions, life science executives will become equipped with the tools needed to become a trusted health care partner and prove value beyond the brand.


The Importance of Providing Individualized Care in Clinical Pathways

Scott Guerin, PhD – Senior Director, Government Policy Systems & Analytics
Oct 2, 2017

Clinical pathways should address all three aspects of the Triple Aim, but the aim of improving population health is often prioritized at the expense of improving the patient experience of care and reducing the cost of health care. The latter two aspects could be better achieved by providing care that is consistent with an individual patient’s health objectives.


Making Treatments "Sticky"

Scott Guerin, PhD – Senior Director, Government Policy Systems & Analytics
August 9, 2017

Even though physicians make correct diagnoses and prescribe the right treatments, that does not mean patients will fill their prescriptions and take every pill. There are several points along the patient journey at which people get sidetracked and stop taking their medications.

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The Access Group Named One of the Top 100 Agencies by MM&M for 5 Years in a Row!

July 26, 2017

For 5 straight years, The Access Group has been recognized as one of the Top 100 Agencies by MM&M thanks to the company’s leading-edge work in managed markets.


Trump's Love/Hate Relationship with Pharma

Scott Guerin, PhD – Senior Director, Government Policy Systems & Analytics
July 17, 2017

Based on his speech to a joint session of Congress a few months ago, President Trump’s love/hate relationship with pharma will undoubtedly affect the care of many patients.


Health Systems and Pharma

Scott Guerin, PhD – Senior Director, Government Policy Systems & Analytics
July 10, 2017

As health systems expand both in size and number, a corresponding trend has emerged for these organizations to increase their level of risk and clinical integration, with an emphasis on efficient and effective population health management.


What's Next...

Richard G. Stefanacci, DO, MGH, MBA, AGSF, CMD – Chief Medical Officer
March 29, 2017

There is one story as to why the American Health Care Act (AHCA) did not get through Congress but while there is only one story there are two very different meanings. The story goes that the AHCA would have resulted in 24M Americans losing health insurance while producing very little savings – about $700 per person per year. One translation – Americans would be better off with ObamaCare and therefore there was not enough support for the bill.

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Watching For The Safety Signals—Draft Guidance Points To Cautious Optimism At FDA

Jeffrey Gruenglas – Executive Vice President, Oncology Business Unit
March 6, 2017

In the wake of the passing of the 21st Century Cures Act last December, Food and Drug Administration (FDA) released several guidance documents aimed at providing manufacturers with expanded regulatory latitude for product-related communications and promotion. With mounting pressure from industry and advocacy to expedite market approval of new therapies, FDA’s efforts signals a leaning to release or minimize regulatory restrictions that in the past have restricted the ability of manufacturers to promote products.


Obamacare to Trumpcare—Impact on Pharma

Scott Guerin, PhD – Senior Director, Government Policy Systems & Analytics
March 6, 2017

After attempting to repeal the Affordable Care Act more than 60 times in the last 5 years, Republican lawmakers have a chance to dismantle the health care law as early as the next few weeks. Last month, the House and Senate passed a bill that could be used to cut funds to key parts of the legislation. However, Republicans remain divided over how fast to move on repealing Obamacare without having a viable replacement plan ready to implement.