Focus of the Week

November 30, 2017
Scaling back the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model and canceling an expansion proposed under the Obama administration represents a shift in philosophy from mandatory to voluntary bundled payment models. But some say that commercial payers and employers will demand change no matter what CMS does.
November 29, 2017
While African Americans are 3 times more likely than Caucasians to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma (MM)—and twice as likely to die of the disease—they are underrepresented in MM disease research.
November 28, 2017
A study published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians found that 42% of all incident cancer cases in US adults age 30 years or older in 2014 were attributable to potentially modifiable exposures. Exposures included smoking, alcohol intake, physical inactivity, and low fiber intake.
November 27, 2017
The review period in the report bridged a public scandal at the VA that forced the resignation of a former Cabinet secretary.
November 23, 2017
Chief Togetherness Officer Robin Caruso, LCSW, highlights early successes of CareMore's program to address lonelineness in the senior population.
November 22, 2017
The National Center for Health Statistics has issued its early estimates from the National Health Interview Survey, conducted between January and June 2017. The report presents selected estimates, based on data for 39,480 people in the first 6 months of the year, on health insurance coverage for the US population.
November 21, 2017
An analysis using mixed quantitative and qualitative methods, as well as site visits to 7 US oncology practices, identified 13 attributes within 5 themes that potentially contribute to high-quality care at a relatively low total cost.
November 20, 2017
Federal regulators are asking for information that will get to the bottom of how drug discounting between pharmaceutical companies and health plans affect what seniors pay at the pharmacy counter.
November 17, 2017
With the growing shift to community-based and patient-centered care, the National Quality Forum (NQF) and the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) have launched initiatives to ensure that patients with serious illness receive safe, effective, and high-quality care. At the same time, professionals in the healthcare industry are highlighting the importance of integrating this type of care into the oncology practice.
November 16, 2017
As part of US Antibiotic Awareness Week and World Antibiotic Awareness Week, the CDC has updated its educational effort to promote safe antibiotic prescribing and use through Be Antibiotics Aware: Smart Use, Best Care. The platform includes information on antibiotic misuse, resources for all audiences, and activity ideas to promote the effort.
 
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