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Access to surgery in early-stage patients with non-small cell lung cancer is dependent upon the extent of racial segregation in the patient’s neighborhood, according to a new study in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention.
A survey compares healthcare access and affordability among different types of coverage for low-and moderate-income adults.
Sarah Lueck Hopes the Government Is Looking Closely at Proposed Mergers
In addition to the federal government, state regulators and state insurance commissioners should play a role when considering regulation of recently proposed health insurance mergers, said Sarah Lueck, senior policy analyst from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.
The crisis in Flint appears to have undermined public confidence in government's ability to deliver safe services, but Americans still trust state officials more than the federal government.
The study highlights the complexity of prescribing medication for those with type 2 diabetes.
A study presented at the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology 35, ongoing in Turin, Italy, has shown that women younger than 45 years, diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, who chose breast conservation therapy followed by radiation, over mastectomy, had a significantly greater risk of local disease recurrence.
What we're reading, May 2, 2016: new discoveries about why people struggle to keep off weight; first Zika-related death in the US; and Medicare Advantage needs more competition.
A transparent system is needed that allows consumers to easily check prices at different pharmacies in order to identify potential savings and become empowered to choose stores and payment options most beneficial to them.
There has been an increased focus on making healthcare price information more transparent, but with only price information, patients and payers have no way to determine if paying a higher price is warranted.
The departure of UnitedHealth from most Affordable Care Act exchanges will have a relatively small effect on premiums across the country, but the effect could be more pronounced in rural areas and southern states.
Dr Karen van Caulil on the Role of Consumer Education in Healthcare
In order for consumers to receive the best care for the best cost, it is important for them to be educated about what healthcare services they purchase, said Karen van Caulil, PhD, president and CEO of the Florida Health Care Coalition.
Insurance plans offered through the Affordable Care Act are placing fewer drugs on the specialty tier of formularies than they were 2 years prior, according to a new study from Avalere.
This Week in Managed Care: April 30, 2016
This week in managed care included takeaways from the annual meeting of AMCP, the Supreme Court hears arguments regarding drug patent review, and CMS updates Medicaid managed care rules.
Oral anticancer agents are being launched at significantly higher prices compared with a decade ago, which can prove a barrier to patient access, according to a new analysis published in JAMA Oncology.

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An analysis of the largest cohort available reveals that youths with type 1 diabetes, on a Medicaid managed care plan, are less likely to be readmitted within 90 days of discharge.
Coverage of sessions held at Cancerscape, the Association of Community Cancer Center’s 42nd annual meeting on policy, value, and quality, held March 2-4, 2016, in Washington, DC.
This study analyzes the effect of a managed care program on Medicaid expenditures for children with special healthcare needs using a quasi-experimental design.
While clinical pathways can help standardize care, considering the multitude of options available for oncology care providers, there is significant push-back from providers as well.
Evidence-Based Oncology invited a panel of experts who are experienced in the creation of oncology care pathways, use them in their practice, and have researched the development and implementation of care pathways, to exchange ideas on the topic.
Despite the fundamental advances in cancer care technology and care delivery that have made these improvements possible, our delivery system remains quite inefficient and frequently falls short of being truly patient-centered. Is a system-based solution the answer?
This study evaluated the impact of a patient safety intervention and national guideline to reduce unnecessary red blood cell transfusions in a large, urban academic medical center.
An opportunity exists to better understand healthcare utilization patterns by low-income workers, which may contribute significantly to employer healthcare cost trend and lost workforce productivity.
Single-tablet regimens are associated with higher adherence rates, decreased hospitalizations, and a higher proportion of patients with undetectable viral load compared with multiple-tablet regimens in patients with HIV/AIDS.
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