Hepatitis C Patients Get Lost in the Healthcare System
A new study in Hepatology highlights the need to raise awareness among healthcare professionals and at-risk populations about appropriate hepatitis C testing, referral, support, and care.
CMS Penalizes More Than 700 Hospitals for Hospital-Acquired Conditions
More than 700 hospitals will be penalized in fiscal year 2015 as a result of poor scores in CMS’ Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction Program.
Racial/Ethnic Differences in Uninsurance Rates Under the ACA
The falling uninsured rate among all racial/ethnic groups under current Medicaid expansion decisions will narrow coverage differences between whites and all minority groups except for blacks, according to a report from the Urban Institute.
FDA Grants Accelerated Approval to Olaparib, Companion Diagnostic for Treatment of Advanced Ovarian Cancer
The FDA today granted accelerated approval to olaparib, a poly ADP-ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitor, for treatment of advanced ovarian cancer in women with defected BRCA genes, along with a companion diagnostic test that marked the agency’s first approval of a laboratory developed test (LDT) under a premarket approval application.
More Than Half of Eligible Professionals Facing Penalties Under Meaningful Use Program
In the next several weeks more than 257,000 physicians and other healthcare providers will receive notification that 1% of their pay next year will be penalized for failing to meet meaningful use, CMS announced Wednesday.
One-Fifth of the Population Spreads 80% of Certain Infectious Diseases
Superspreaders, who account for roughly 20% of the population, are more contagious than others and transmit about 80% of certain diseases, The Wall Street Journal reports.
FDA 2014 Approvals Outpace Those of 2013
The FDA offered up an early retrospective of the 2014 year of approvals Friday with a rundown the regulator feels pretty good about.
Weaker Flu Vaccine This Season
While this year’s flu season is expected to be severe, the vaccine is a relatively poor match for current flu strains.
Patients in Consumer-Driven Health Plans More Involved in Their Healthcare
Although just 15% of the US population is enrolled in a consumer-driven health plan, these individuals are more involved in their healthcare, according to a new report from the Employee Benefit Research Institute.
HHS Rewards States for Efforts to Transform Care
States designing and testing healthcare payment and service delivery models to improve quality of care and lower costs will be receiving more than $665 million in funding from the government, according to HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell.
AJMC Session Traces Evolution of ACO Growth, Mental Health Delivery Models
How do ACOs reach the point of delivering both savings and better care? The recent online session of the ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition, sponsored by The American Journal of Managed Care, covered how ACOs evolve, how that process applies to oncology care, and how managed care can benefit from a better model for mental health delivery.
ASCO Releases Guidelines to Improve Patient Awareness and Participation in Phase I Trials
The American Society of Clinical Oncology called for greater access to and education about phase I clinical trials, the first-in-human studies of new agents designed to fight cancer.
Lanreotide Approved for Gastroenteropancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumors
The approval was based on the results of a clinical trial that demonstrated improved PFS in patients on lanreotide. While the median PFS in the placebo arm was 16 months, patients in the lanreotide arm had not yet reached median PFS at the time of analysis, and it was anticipated to extend beyond 22 months.
Health Insurers Provide Additional Flexibility for Premium Payments
To provide a smooth transition in the first year of the auto-enrollment and renewal process, health plans are voluntarily providing flexibility with payment deadlines for consumers purchasing coverage through the federal Marketplace.
Physician Dispensing Associated With Unnecessary Prescribing Of Opioids
A new study from the Workers Compensation Research Institute found evidence that physician dispensing encouraged some physicians to unnecessarily prescribe strong opioids.
Telehealth Can Save $126 per Visit
Substituting telehealth services for in-person visits can generate savings of roughly $126 per commercial telehealth visit, according to a new actuarial study from the Alliance for Connected Care.
Are Medical Scribes Hurting EHR Development?
The use of medical scribes hired to enter information into electronic health records (EHRs) has increased substantially, but can pose potential risks, according to a new article in JAMA.
Murthy Confirmed as US Surgeon General
After 17 months, the US Surgeon General's seat will now be warmed with the Senate confirmation of Vivek Murthy as America's Surgeon General.
Push to Expand Medicaid to Begin Again in Virginia
Although Virginia Gov Terry McAuliffe failed to pass a Medicaid expansion plan during his first year in office, the governor's health secretary has indicated that the fight will begin again.
Bayer's Xofigo Gains NICE Approval
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has issued draft guidelines on using the drug in prostate cancer patients.
Consortium for National Health Information Exchange Launches
Representatives from approximately 20 health information exchanges nationally have come together to form a national consortium called the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative.
Tennessee Announces Medicaid Expansion Option
Tennessee became the latest Republican-led state to gain approval for a Medicaid expansion option when Gov Bill Haslam unveiled the Insure Tennessee plan Monday morning. There are just 20 states left that have not expanded Medicaid.
UnitedHealth Launches Bundled Payment Program at MD Anderson
The pilot, which will has been launched for head and neck cancer patients, will include quality measures to ensure adequate patient care.
Monitoring Drug Safety in the Age of Big Data
Healthcare databases may allow for greater access to real-world medical data, but they can become a risk to patients and healthcare systems if they are not considered carefully, according to a study published in Current Epidemiology Reports.
Residency Has Lasting Effect on Spending Habits of Doctors
Researchers found that physicians who trained in a part of the country with higher healthcare expenditures will continue to practice that type of medicine even if they move to a region with lower spending habits.