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This would be the second group of procedures targeted for bundled payments in Medicare. Rules for hip and knee replacements went into effect in April in 67 markets.
Michael Kolodziej, MD, has joined Flatiron Health as national medical director, Managed Care Strategy.
Depression affects nearly 350 million people worldwide, but long waiting lines and limited access to services have impeded depression treatment. Only about a quarter of patients in the United States have received any type of psychological therapy in the last year and 1 in 10 UK citizens have been waiting over a year to receive treatment.
A collaborative pilot that includes the California Department of Public Health, is studying whether near–real-time reporting of cancer diagnoses by pathologists will permit providers to make more informed and timely treatment decisions.
What We’re Reading, July 25, 2016: Keeping dementia at bay in the elderly; PhRMA spends more and insurers spend less on lobbying, so far in 2016; and a record-breaking fraud case in Florida.
Critics of the "Star" ratings ask whether the failure to take patient wealth into account unfairly penalizes hosptials that care for larger numbers of poor patients.
The study confirmed a suspicion that not all beta cells are equal in regulating insulin secretion.
Susan Denzter Discusses Innovation in Healthcare
Susan Dentzer, president and CEO of The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation, discussed innovation happening in healthcare and the growing discussion around social determinants of health and addressing the upstream drivers of health.
This Week in Managed Care July 23, 2016
This week in managed care, the Department of Justice filed suit to block 2 health insurance megamergers, a poll found that healthcare is not a top issue with voters, and a study reported that patients with cancer and dementia get better end-of-life care.
The findings highlight what the authors say is ongoing discrimination in payer coverage for substance abuse care, in contrast with other mental health conditions.
Karin VanZant Examines Pillars of Health and Social Needs
Healthcare providers sometimes fail to consider the other aspects of a patient's life that could be affecting physical health and wellness, said Karin VanZant, executive director of Life Services at CareSource.
In a conference call the morning after a landmark vote, Dexcom's president and CEO said the company will not wait for final FDA approval to start talks with CMS.
According to a news report in Nature, scientists at Sichuan University’s West China Hospital are on track to initiate a clinical trial that will administer CRISPR-Cas9–edited immune cells in patients diagnosed with lung cancer.
CMS' Innovation Center created Million Hearts to identify Medicare beneficiaries most at risk of heart disease and cardiovascular events.

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Data from the phase 3 METEOR trial presented at the 2016 annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology showed that cabozantinib reduced the risk of death in patients with advanced renal cell carcinoma by 34%, compared with everolimus.
Patients with lung cancer who participated in a Web-based system for reporting and tracking their symptoms achieved dramatic gains in survival compared with individuals who were followed with typical protocols, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology by a group from Israel that evaluated the price trend of 30 anticancer agents following their launch, found that prices may increase by as much as 44% even after adjusting for inflation.
During a health policy session at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, Steven J. Katz, MD, MPH, discussed the Oncotype DX Breast Cancer Assay, and it's impact on recommendations for chemotherapy in early-stage breast cancer.
Gobeille v. Liberty Mutual Insurance Company highlights the challenges in managing conflicting state and federal laws, and balancing patient privacy interests against the state’s interests in healthcare reform.
An enhanced risk model incorporating medication use, prior healthcare utilization, and mental health with comorbid health conditions predicts healthcare utilization better than health conditions alone.
Shared medical appointments have the potential to improve clinic efficiency, patient outcomes, and patient satisfaction when managing chronic rhinosinusitis.
In a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey secondary analysis, privately and publicly insured patients with diabetes were both more likely to meet quality indicators than the uninsured.
Early attempts to measure awareness of Choosing Wisely showed promising results. As the campaign and associated activities have grown, greater awareness and acceptance of Choosing Wisely among clinicians is anticipated.
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