3D Mammograms More Powerful than 2D
In community-based radiology practice, mammography screening with 3D digital breast tomosynthesis (DBT) yielded lower recall rates, an increased overall cancer detection rate, and an increased detection rate for invasive cancer compared with 2D digital mammography (DM).
Insurer Begins Huge Palliative Care Program
“Person-centered care” is the buzz phrase floating around the health care industry, and a Pacific Northwest-based giant insurer thinks it has hit the mark with a new palliative care program coming this summer.
Former ONC Chief Mostashari Heads ACO Startup
Dr. Farzad Mostashari, former head of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, is starting a new firm, Aledade, to help independent primary-care physicians form accountable care organizations.
Personalized Mouse TumorGrafts to Evaluate Treatment Benefits
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and Champions Oncology have initiated a study evaluating TumorGrafts' ability to predict treatment benefit in patients with triple-negative breast cancer. A side-by-side genomic analysis of patients' tumor and TumorGraft mouse avatars, before and after treatment, will also be conducted.
3 ACO Lessons from Integrated Systems
Integrated healthcare systems, with associated providers and health plans, have a leg up on implementing accountable care organizations to improve care and lower costs. Leaders from two Washington-based integrated systems shared some best practices and lessons learned for ACO success during a panel discussion Thursday at the AHIP Institute in Seattle.
HHS Fights Back to Keep Expanded 340B Drug Discounts
The drug industry scored a victory last month against the Obama administration's plans to give hospitals millions of dollars in discounts through the 340B program on orphan drugs. But HHS is sticking to its position that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act promises breaks on the expensive drugs when they're used for non-orphan indications.
Ventana and MedImmune to Develop a PD-L1 Assay To Aid Patient Enrollment in Immunotherapy Trials
Ventana Medical Systems, Inc. and MedImmune today announced they are jointly developing a PD-L1 (SP263) immunohistochemistry assay to enroll patients in clinical trials for MedImmune's MEDI4736 anti-PD-L1 therapy for non-small cell lung carcinoma. This includes the recently commenced MEDI4736 ATLANTIC trial that will enroll only patients who express PD-L1 as determined by the VENTANA assay.
U.S. House Votes to Ensure Speedier Care for Vets
The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that makes it easier for patients to receive VA-paid treatment from their local doctors as a way to combat the longer waits for care at Veterans Affairs facilities.
Federal Views Diverge on Proper Use of Painkillers
The recent conversation regarding the abuse of prescription drugs that provide pain relief has some federal government officials calling this epidemic a "growing national crisis". While prescriptions such as Vicodin, OxyContin and other opioid drugs help patients with chronic pain, the White House is asking doctors to curtail their use of prescription opioids.