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A new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll that asked Americans their opinion on the future of the US healthcare system found the country is deeply divided, but not only on questions of health policy. Americans also have widely varying feelings on which media sources they can trust for healthcare news – if they can trust any at all.
This Week in Managed Care: February 24, 2017
This week, the top managed care stories included Republicans releasing an outline for replacing the Affordable Care Act, pharmacy benefit managers and pharmaceutical companies pointing fingers over drug costs, and findings on engagement for patients with chronic conditions.
The shift is almost entirely due to a boost of support from independents. Respondents also overwhelmingly support keeping funds for Medicaid expansion.
Patients treated by primary care providers with a high volume of patients experienced worse management of their disease. However, if a physician specifically treated a higher number of diabetics, the quality of the diabetes care received by patients was significantly higher.
Coverage of our peer-reviewed research in the healthcare and mainstream press.
Using body composition metrics to guide the dose in patients receiving anthracyclines-taxane–based chemotherapy for breast cancer can reduce treatment-related toxicity.
Topics like cybersecurity are always top of mind at health information technology meetings, but other topics, such as artificial intelligence, also grabbed people’s interest at HIMSS 2017.
Podcast: Takeaways From the 5th Annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care Meeting
Presenters and panelists at the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care meeting provide their key takeaways.
The FDA has approved lenalidomide as maintenance therapy in patients with multiple myeloma following autologous stem cell transplant.
The results are important given the concentration of Medicare beneficiaries who are in Medicaid and being treated for multiple chronic conditions.
Amgen and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare have entered an outcomes-based contract that is based on the efficacy of Amgen’s immunomodulatory agent etanercept (Enbrel), for patients with rheumatoid arthritis.
The study adds to the growing body of evidence linking heart disease and diabetes to dementia.
Over 65,000 ineligible providers have been culled from the Medicaid program due to a component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that requires periodic recertification of eligibility.

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At the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care® meeting, stakeholders shared their views on how bundled payments, clinical pathways, and other value-based approaches can be implemented in cancer care while ensuring adequate care quality.
Panelists from diverse vantage points in the cancer care landscape discussed the effects of cost sharing on patients in a discussion at the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care® meeting.
As payment models shift to emphasize patient experience and quality of care, a panel discussion at the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care® meeting debated whether these efforts had meaningfully improved outcomes for patients.
Specialty pharmacies can collaborate with clinical teams to harness the power of health information technology and improve cancer care, according to panelists at the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care® meeting.
A panel discussion about the challenges of health information technology at the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care® meeting also identified opportunities for providers to leverage better solutions.
Pam Mangat, MS, associate director for the TAPUR study in the research and analysis division of the American Society of Clinical Oncology, offered an update on the study at the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care® meeting.
David L. Porter, MD, kicked off the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care® (PCOC®) meeting in Baltimore on November 17, 2016, with an update on chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy.
At the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care® meeting, hosted by The American Journal of Managed Care®, experts discussed the contradiction presented by immuno-oncology agents in the world of precision medicine.
At the 5th annual Patient-Centered Oncology Care® meeting, Nell Wood Buhlman of Press Ganey explained that oncology providers must focus on patient needs and minimize suffering in order to truly provide value in cancer care.
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