UnitedHealthcare and Catalyst Health Network Form New ACO
Catalyst Health Network and UnitedHealthcare have launched an accountable care organization to improve care coordination, enhance health services, and reduce the cost of healthcare.
Physicians Call for ONC to Change EHR Certification Process
An American Medical Association-led coalition of 35 medical societies has urged the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to reevaluate the current electronic health record certification process.
The Way to Improved Patient Safety, Reduced Costs Is Transparency, Report Finds
Transparency throughout the healthcare system could produce safer care, better outcomes, and reduced costs of care, according to a new report from the National Patient Safety Foundation’s Lucian Leape Institute.
Managed Care Minute: January 24, 2015
A one-minute look back at the week of January 19, 2015, in managed care, including Marilyn Tavenner's departure from CMS and oncology drug pricing.
CURE Magazine Calls on Cancer Patients, Survivors and Nurses to Nominate an Extraordinary Nurse for 2015 Healer Award
Nation’s largest cancer magazine seeks nominations for ninth annual contest to recognize oncology nurses who offer outstanding support to patients and families
Bayer Wants Patient Engagement in Early Drug Development
Bayer is collaborating with MD Anderson in Texas to develop a questionnaire that will query a patient's disease-related symptoms, a step to include PROs in early drug development which could help reduce adverse effects in the final product.
Cleveland Clinic Accused of Medicare Fraud in Lawsuit
A federal lawsuit accuses the Cleveland Clinic Health System of performing more tests and procedures on patients than necessary in order to obtain more Medicare payouts.
Early Detection, Cutting Edge Treatments for Breast Cancer Patients
In 2 interviews with Physicians' Education Resource, LLC, award-winning journalist Joan Lunden and Patrick I. Borgen, MD, of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, discuss breast cancer in advance of the 32nd Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference.
Vitiligo Could Be a Marker of Efficacy for Melanoma Drugs, Study Indicates
The retrospective analysis conducted in stage 3 and 4 immunotherapy-treated melanoma patients found that the development of vitiligo could serve as a clinical marker for effective antimelanoma immunity and improved clinical outcome.
HHS' Balancing Act to Keep Healthcare Costs Down
The proposed federal guidelines are currently open for feedback are calling for greater transparency with informed consent and CER, which might stifle innovation, according to some advocacy groups.
After Hep C, Express Scripts Aims to Influence Oncology Drug Costs
CMO Steven Miller has already started working with oncologists as the company plans the process of steering physicians to use preferred drugs.
1700 Hospitals Win Quality Bonuses From Medicare, But Most Will Never Collect
Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings, federal data show.
The Value of Ultrasound in Breast Cancer Detection
A study conducted in Connecticut showed that ultrasound identified an additional 3.2 women in a 1000 with breast cancer, following a negative mammogram. This has raised a debate on the utility of a screening ultrasound.
New Arkansas Governor Plans to Replace Medicaid Expansion After 2016
Newly elected Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson said he wants to continue the state’s Medicaid expansion compromise through December 31, 2016, but he is keeping his options open for a new plan in the future.
Narrow Networks at a Flash Point in California
With healthcare payers increasingly relying on narrow provider networks to contain costs and achieve quality, California regulators are pressing health plans to blunt out-of-network costs and maintain accurate provider directories.
Progesterone-Based Contraceptives May Increase the Risk of Gliomas: Danish Study
The study found an increased risk of cancer, contradicting some earlier evidence that suggests the opposite.
Telehealth Intervention Improved QoL Among Head and Neck Cancer Patients
A telehealth intervention experiment in head and neck cancer patients was found to relive some posttreatment distress symptoms.
5 Investment Priorities for the State Health Innovation Plans
Analysis of State Health Innovation Plans, funded by CMS, shows a variety of emerging approaches to healthcare reform. Accenture has identified the top 5 projected investment areas.
Medicaid Reimbursement Increases Improved Access to Care
The Affordable Care Act’s mandate to increase Medicaid reimbursement to primary care providers has improved access to care for Medicaid enrollees, according to analysis of early evidence published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Merck's Victrelis Hepatitis C Drug Will Be Off the Market in the US
Merck this week notified the FDA that it will stop selling its Victrelis medicine in the US by the end of this year, although the drug will remain available in other countries.
Patient Navigation Programs a Tremendous Boost for Patient-Centered Care in Oncology
Karyl Blaseg, RN, MS, OCN, writes about the important role of patient navigators in preventing healthcare disparities and promoting patient-centered care among cancer patients.
ONC Creates Chief Health Information Officer Role
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has created the new position of chief health information officer, which will be filled by Michael James McCoy, MD.
Rigid Cancer Cells Prevent Metastasis, Study Finds
Existing cancer therapies are geared toward massacring tumor cells, but researchers propose a different strategy: subtly hardening cancer cells to prevent them from invading new areas of the body. They devised a way of screening compounds for the desired effect and have identified a compound that shows promise in fighting pancreatic cancer.
State of the Union Calls for More Investments in Personalized Medicine
In Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama did not spend a lot of time discussing healthcare, but he did highlight medical research and a growing field of medicine by announcing his new Precision Medicine Initiative.
Sen Hatch Vows to Dismantle Health Law
The new Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee says the GOP will chip away at Obamacare “piece by piece.” Still, he says he will work with Democrats to continue funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and overhauling Medicare pay for doctors.