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Healthcare attorney James M. Daniel, Jr, JD, MBA, explained how healthcare providers will be impacted by CMS’ newly released final rule on the implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) in a session during the second day of the ACO & Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition.
This Week in Managed Care: October 21, 2016
The top stories in managed care included Vice President Joe Biden's released his report on the Cancer Moonshot initiative, complaints were filed against 7 insurers for discriminating against people with HIV, and Pfizer announced it plans to launch its Remicade biosimilar in November.
Coverage of our peer-reviewed research in the healthcare and mainstream press.
What We’re Reading, October 21, 2016: KEYNOTE-045 for pembrolizumab stopped early; new recommendations for digital media use by children; and Walgreens merger with Rite Aid pushed to 2017.
Communication gaps complicate healthcare and can devastate the prognosis of a patient undergoing cancer treatment. Here are a few ways to overcome inconsistencies with cancer care delivery
Current work seeks to perfect the algorithm that would someday let the insulin pump automatically make the multitude of delivery decisions that would have been made by a healthy pancreas. Advances are happening alongside a shifting landscape in payer coverage, with advocates worried that they might lack choice amid so much innovation.
Dr Janine V. Kyrillos Says Physicians' Lack of Knowledge Causes Obesity Bias
Physicians develop biases against obese patients due to inadequate education on obesity during medical school, explained Janine V. Kyrillos, MD, FACP, of Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals and the Sidney Kimmel Medical College. She hypothesized that physicians become frustrated with the lack of solutions they have to offer and then shift the blame onto the patients.
A home-based palliative care (HBPC) program tested within an accountable care organization (ACO) demonstrated substantial cost savings and reduced hospital admissions for patients near the end of life, according to a Journal of Palliative Medicine study.
A study of heavy drinkers found that those who drank coffee regularly were less than half as likely to develop alcoholic hepatitis. A certain genotype was also found to be a significant protective factor.
The innovative strategy of hotspotting, implemented by the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers, was the focus of a session and a panel discussion during the first day of the ACO & Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition.
Dr Anthony Slonim Expounds the Growth of the ACO Coalition
Over the last 4 years, the ACO & Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition has continued to grow as a result of the opportunities to hear about innovations in accountable care organizations (ACOs) and to network with a diverse group of people, said Anthony Slonim, MD, DrPH, president and CEO of Renown Health and chair of the ACO Coalition.
Renee Murray Explains How Hotspotting Is Used
The hotspotting technique that Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers uses to care for complex patients shifts away from breaking people into segments based on disease, and looks at the whole make up of a person, considering every disease or social complexity that may be in effect, explained Renee Murray, associate clinical director of Care Management Initiatives at Camden Coalition.
The Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers utilizes hotspotting to identify the most complex and costly patients and enrolls them in a care management program to empower them to take control of their own healthcare.
The study of teenagers found that the risk of early death from diabetes increased at BMI levels below the cutoff for what is considered "normal" in adults.

From the Journals

A new study by researchers at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania has identified a biomarker that can predict response to treatment with pembrolizumab in stage IV patients with melanoma.
Paired communication training involving patients and oncologists achieves patient-centered care in advanced cancer.
Patients with a history of cancer were more likely to suffer from obesity than the general population, according to new research studying the incidence of obesity in cancer survivors.
Brain cancer has replaced leukemia as the leading cause of cancer-related death in children and adolescents diagnosed with cancer.
Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FASCO, 2016-2017 president of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, shares his vision of how the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel will impact cancer care.
Healthcare providers and health plans are evaluating different care models in the clinic to understand what works best with ensuring continuity of care and improving outcomes.
As we enter a time of extraordinary advances in cancer care, some of the optimism over these advances has been tem­pered by the growing realization of the challenges of delivering these cancer care solutions.
The importance of doctor-patient communication is well established. Focus groups conducted with patients and oncologists help unravel why gaps exists and how to customize strategies for improvement.
The National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences created the Healthcare Delivery Research Program in January 2015, recognizing the need for empirical evidence to address cancer care challenges.
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