AJMC Series Finds Positive Spin-offs for Cancer Care From New Jersey’s Higher Education Overhaul
Status in the States, the series in The American Journal of Managed Care’s news publication, Evidence-Based Oncology, took a look at cancer care in New Jersey two years after a high-profile reorganization of the state’s higher education system. The overhaul has improved collaboration within research units and with nearby pharmaceutical giants, and a new medical school reports a bumper crop of applicants.
CMS Finalizes EHR Meaningful-Use Rule, Adds Some Flexibility
The CMS late Friday finalized a rule allowing hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in how they meet meaningful-use requirements for the electronic health-record incentive program. The agency had first proposed the idea in a May draft rule.
AAFP Responds to CMS' Physician Fee Schedule
AAFP Board Chair Jeff Cain, MD, of Denver, sent a detailed response to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner, MA, wherein he outlined some specific AAFP suggestions for improving the 2015 fee schedule.
Regional Payer-Provider Dispute Could Prove Unhealthy
UniNet and BCBS of Nebraska are negotiating over the renewal terms of a contract that is to expire end of August. Failure of talks could leave several hospitals and physicians out-of-network for Blue Cross members.
Tracking Spending Among the Commercially Insured
Recent growth in health care spending for commercially insured individuals is due primarily to increases in prices for medical services, rather than increased use, according to a new study led by researchers at The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, published today in the American Journal of Managed Care.
Behavior Counseling for Obese and Overweight, Says USPSTF
The recommendation, based on a review conducted by KPRA EPC, identified significant changes in metabolic parameters like glucose, blood pressure, and LDL, following counseling, among individuals with cardiovascular risk factors.
Medicare ACOs Can Learn Lessons From Earlier Demo Project
The precursor to Medicare's large and growing accountable careprogram ran five years and ended the month after the Affordable Care Act became law. The results, summarized in a new report, have proved prescient and may inform policy changes the CMS is expected to issue soon.