Hormonal Imbalance in Adult Survivors of Pediatric Cranial Tumors Reported
Investigators at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital found that decades after undergoing cranial irradiation for childhood cancer, adult survivors remain at risk for pituitary hormone deficiencies that may diminish their health and quality of life.
Lung Cancer Breath Test Might Soon Be Reality
Researchers at the University of Leicester and Leicester's Hospitals are evaluating a revolutionary device which detects lung cancer in early stages.
HHS Needs to Better Coordinate Federal Efforts Related to Serious Mental Illness
The US mental healthcare system includes a range of federal programs—across multiple agencies—for those with mental illness. Past efforts to develop a list of federal programs supporting individuals with serious mental illness have highlighted the difficulty of identifying such programs.
Whose Numbers Determine Cost-Effectiveness of Targeted Anti-Cancer Therapies?
While incremental cost effectiveness ratio is often presented as an absolute means upon which to base the decision of whether changing treatments is "worth it," these calculations are not absolute truths.
Low-Income Patients in California More Satisfied With Their Healthcare
After 4 years of concerted effort among California’s healthcare facilities serving low-income patients, patient satisfaction has increased in key measures.
Cyberattack May Cost Anthem More Than $100M
The financial consequences of Anthem's massive data breach could reach beyond the $100 million mark, according to reports.
Hospital Readmissions Following Surgery Are Not Tied to Errors in Care
A new study in JAMA suggests that penalizing hospitals for patient readmissions following surgery may be ineffective, and even counterproductive, for improving the quality of hospital care in America.
Why High Risk Pools (Still) Won't Work
Many proposals to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act rely on high-risk health insurance pools to cover people with preexisting conditions.
Managed Care Minute: February 14, 2015
A one-minute look at managed care news during the week of February 9, 2015, including an announcement of a new Affordable Care Initiative and a potential change to recommended dietary guidelines.
Kentucky’s Medicaid Expansion Has Paid Off, Study Finds
More than 375,000 Kentuckians signed up for the state’s expanded Medicaid program in 2014, and doing so has saved Kentucky approximately $100 million, according to a new report.
Payers, Hospitals Defend ACA Ahead of King v Burwell
With the March 4 Supreme Court hearing on King v. Burwell looming, big business is stepping up to defend the healthcare reform law.
Medicare Advantage Remains Critical for Low-Income, Minority Beneficiaries
New report from America’s Health Insurance Plans comes as CMS prepares to announce preliminary 2016 Medicare Advantage payment policies that could further impact seniors’ coverage and benefits.
Cancer Patients Rarely Request Inappropriate Tests, Treatments
A new study debunks the common assumption that high medical costs are a result of patients demanding more tests and treatments. Researchers analyzed more than 5000 patient-clinician visits and found that cancer patients rarely push for medical interventions.
Government to Grade Nursing Homes on Tougher Scale
Starting immediately, the federal government is making it harder for nursing homes to get top grades on a public report card.
Digital Security Is Not a Priority for Healthcare
Data breaches in the healthcare industry happen more often than you might think. Financial institutions, retailers, and other organizations have all suffered major breaches, but the healthcare sector is an increasingly attractive target for hackers.
Supreme Court Ruling Could Cost $12 Billion in Uncompensated Care
A new report finds that if the Supreme Court strikes down the federal subsidies that help people buy insurance on, there will be $12 billion worth of healthcare that is not paid for in 2016
Order of Cancer Gene Mutations Could Influence Treatment Choice
The NEJM study, although specific for blood disorders, could be extrapolated to other tumor types as well, to develop personalized treatment regimens, the authors suggest.
HHS Announces New Oncology Care Management Initiative
A new Affordable Care Act initiative from HHS will better coordinate cancer care with the intention of improving the quality of care provided and reducing the money spent on healthcare, according to an announcement from HHS.
ACA Sign-Ups Expected to Top 10 Million
As the deadline for signing up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act approaches Sunday, enrollment in plans provided through the federal health law is on track to expand substantially over 2014.
NIH Scientists Determine Ebola Viability in Deceased Monkeys
The study is a good indicator of viral stability in deceased individuals and underscores the need for adequate safety measures even after a patient dies.
Rite Aid Sees Advantage in Buying an Established PBM
The New York Times reported today that the drug store chain Rite Aid will buy Envision Pharmaceutical Services, a pharmacy benefit manager, for $2 billion.
New Approach Reduces Length of Stay, Costs in Colorectal Surgery
A new approach to caring for patients undergoing colorectal surgery has shown faster recovery times, fewer complications, improved patient satisfaction, and reduced medical costs, according to a team of researchers.
Marketplaces Can Improve on Aiding Informed Decision Making
Although this year’s enrollment period has gone far smoother compared to the first year, there is much room for improvement particularly when it comes to helping consumers make informed decisions, according to a report commissioned by the National Partnership for Women & Families.
The Economic Reality of a Measles Outbreak
The official measles count is up to 121 cases in 17 states, and while there has been much talk about what an awful disease it is and the ramifications of not vaccinating, only a handful of people have talked about costs. Measles is expensive.
Web-Based Report Cards Influence the Cost of Care
It has a long way to go, but Medicare’s Hospital Compare initiative may go a long way in reducing the cost of care, according to the findings of one research study.