Focus of the Week
April 11, 2018
Being uninsured puts patients at risk of delayed or suboptimal care for serious diseases, including colon cancer. While colon cancer is potentially curable at its early stages, those who lack insurance (or who have public insurance only) are less likely to receive screening, and some studies have demonstrated that those with no insurance or public insurance are less likely to receive the chemotherapy that can reduce the risk of recurrence in phase III disease.
April 10, 2018
The third annual population health survey from Numerof & Associates found that healthcare organizations have not made as much progress to transition to risk-based agreements as they predicted they would 2 years ago.
April 09, 2018
President and CEO Kevin Sayer said the company will file for Medicare coverage of the G6, while it continues to work out an issue that prevents beneficiaries from using a feature that lets data be displayed or shared on cell phones.
April 06, 2018
Surgeon General Jerome M. Adams, MD, issues a call for more people to carry naloxone to counteract opioid overdoses amid the ongoing national public health emergency; however, it is unclear if increased access to naloxone will combat the opioid epidemic or exacerbate overdoses.
April 05, 2018
Children in poverty from one Ohio county spend more time hospitalized than those from more well-off Census tracts within the same county, according to a recent study published in Health Affairs. These health disparities could be reduced by building a “culture of health” within a hospital or healthcare system using goals aligned with the surrounding community, instead of approaching disparities condition by condition, the researchers wrote.
April 04, 2018
New research suggests that the composition of bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract may help predict which patients with cancer may benefit most from adoptive T-cell immunotherapy, including chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy.
April 03, 2018
Nine in 10 people with non-group health insurance will continue buying coverage despite the repeal of the individual mandate and express worry over future availability and price of health coverage, according to a health tracking poll from Kaiser Family Foundation. The poll also found that for the uninsured, the main reason for not purchasing coverage is that it is too expensive.
April 02, 2018
The insurer's chief medical officer reports that the CDC metric is proving useful over time.
March 30, 2018
After taking recommendations from providers, Mississippi lawmakers pass a bill that would end caps on prescription drugs and office visits in Medicaid.
Following ACA Implementation, Cancer Survivors Still Experienced More Barriers to Accessing, Affording Healthcare
March 29, 2018
Despite having higher rates of insurance coverage and more education, cancer survivors were more likely to report difficulties accessing and affording care than adults with no reported history of cancer.