Healthcare Transformation and the Price of Pharmaceuticals
Panelists discussed the price of pharmaceuticals and controlling the cost of care at the 64th Annual Roy A. Bowers Pharmaceutical Conference: A Measured Approach—Health Care Delivery and Transformation in a Metric Driven World, held by Rutgers University.
Dr Karen B. DeSalvo Not Leaving ONC Just Yet
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) seemed to be in dire straits as its leadership slowly left for other jobs. However, despite Dr DeSalvo’s new position within HHS, she will maintain her leadership position in ONC, according to a new report.
Prostate Cancer Screening Remains Highly Debated
While the USPSTF recommended against screening for prostate cancer, citing the high rate of false positives, complications from biopsy, and side-effects of aggressive treatment for a sometimes slowly-progressing disease, several medical organizations disagree.
AMA Expresses Concerns Over ONC Departures
The American Medical Association voiced concerns over the fact that in addition to the departure of Karen. B. DeSalvo, MD, MPH, several other senior staff have recently left the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Merck's Rapid Strides With Pembrolizumab
Today, Merck announced that Keytruda has been granted breakthrough therapy designation for treating patients with epidermal growth factor receptor mutation-negative and anaplastic lymphoma kinase rearrangement-negative non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC).
Breakthrough Designation for Merck's Keytruda in NSCLC
Recently approved as second-line treatment of metastatic melanoma, following resistance to ipilimumab, the FDA has now designated Keytruda as breakthrough therapy to treat EGFR-mutation and ALK-rearrangement negative NSCLC patients who have pr0gressed following platinum-based therapy.
EHRs Increase Administrative Work for Physicians
Electronic health records could actually increase the physicians’ bureaucratic burdens, which already consume one-sixth of their time, according to a study by City University of New York professors.
Hospital Consolidation Is Increasing Patient Costs
Hospital consolidation for the purpose of improving patient care coordination and reducing cost of care is backfiring, according to a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association