The Department of Veterans Affairs has teamed with several other federal agencies to launch a nationwide medical implant tracking program. The collaboration between the VA and the Department of Defense, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Food and Drug Administration will allow the VA to better monitor the safety of implant devices and track quality metrics, officials said.
The registry will also allow the agency to contact patients more easily in the event of a recall, identify devices when patients come to appointments and compare the outcomes for different implants. (see PR PDF)
Payers, Providers Continue Partnership Trend
Payers and providers have teamed up for 22 product partnerships so far in 2018, almost matching the number launched in all of 2017, according to a new analysis.
Payers and providers partnered on new products 28 times last year, according to the report. There has been a significant increase in fully cobranded or joint venture products since tracking began this trend in 2016, according to the analysis. That year, 57% of partnerships were on joint ventures or cobranded products, compared to 71% in 2017 and 73% so far this year.
Pennsylvania and California have been the most active states for this partnership activity since 2016, with 10 products launching in the Keystone State and nine launching in the Golden State. (see JPG VA)