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Most People Dismiss Early Signs of Cancer: PLOS ONE Study
People could be putting their lives at risk by dismissing potential warning signs of cancer as less serious symptoms, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded study published in PLOS ONE. The survey found that nearly 97% of people with symptoms failed to act on them.
CDC Designates 35 US Hospitals as Ebola Treatment Centers
Although there are no current cases of Ebola in the United States, an increased number of hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with the virus while minimizing risk to healthcare workers.
Bisphosphonates Can Prevent Certain Cancers: PNAS Study
A study found new indications for a drug that is widely used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, based on an observation that those on the medication had a lower incidence of several cancers.
Prior Approval for Non-Emergency Ambulance Use: Medicare Pilot Launched
The 3-year pilot is expected to reel-in significant cost savings for Medicare, which has seen a lot of fraudulent charges with services and equipment.
Integrated Health Benefits Plans Gaining Attention
Employers and employees are seeing eye-to-eye when it comes to integrated health benefits. Not only do employees see how an integrated plan can improve quality of care and health, but employers see how it makes good business sense.
Patient Safety Efforts Result in Sharp Decline in Hospital Errors
Efforts to improve patient safety in hospitals are paying off: there were 1.3 million fewer adverse events harming patients in 2011, 2012, and 2013, according to a new report from HHS.
ACA Is Showing Expected Results, Says Brookings' Patel
Dr Kavita Patel, a practicing physician and a policy researcher at the Brookings Institution, writes in her opinion piece that Obamacare has achieved it's purported goals.
Astra Files NDA for Iressa as First-Line in NSCLC
Iressa, an EGFR inhibitor, is widely used in the treatment of advanced, metastatic NSCLC.
CMS Proposes New ACO Rules
Among the dozen revisions to the Medicare Shared Savings Program being considered includes one that could bring some relief to accountable care organizations facing penalties for poor performance.
Cabozantinib Fails to Meet Primary End-Point in mCRPC
Failure of the drug in the phase 3 COMET-2 study was anticipated following the reported failure of the earlier COMET-1 trial.
Surviving the Patient Satisfaction Survey
Patient satisfaction is often claimed as a surrogate for healthcare quality. This is an incorrect and dishonest assertion and threatens to destroy the doctor-patient relationship at its most sacred juncture–the bedside.
HealthCare.gov’s Insurance Marketplace for Small Businesses Off to a Slow Start
The part of HealthCare.gov intended for small businesses opened with reports of only modest technical flaws—but with doubts that it will soon benefit the millions of workers at little companies with inadequate health insurance or none at all.
US Hospitals Wary of Caring for Ebola Patients Because of Cost and Stigma
US officials trying to set up a network of hospitals in this country to care for Ebola patients are running into reluctance from facilities worried about steep costs, unwanted attention, and the possibility of scaring away other patients.
AJMC Stakeholder Summit Explores Challenges in Using Data to Make Decisions in Oncology
What makes a cancer therapy effective may be in the eye of the stakeholder, even though everyone involved in healthcare decisions relies on evidence-based information. Evidence-Based Oncology, a publication of The American Journal of Managed Care, this month publishes a condensed version of the discussion among payers on how to improve collection and use of collection of data to make better evidence-based decisions in oncology.
A Small Business Owner's Woes With the ACA
A small business owner describes his experience with buying health benefit for his employees through the Affordable Care Act plans.
Genes Could Predict
The NIH-funded study, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, identified mutations that are harbored early and could be potential early-onset biomarkers for detection.
Civil Unrest in Ferguson Tests St. Louis Area Hospitals
Hospitals in the St. Louis area braced for another violent night Tuesday after at least 25 people were injured in riots triggered by a grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown.
Optimizing Healthcare: Professor Timothy Chan on the Centre for Healthcare Engineering
Providing healthcare to millions of people requires a hugely complex system of hospitals, clinics, ambulances, research centers, suppliers, and governments—and that system needs re-engineering.
More Upper-Income Americans Delaying Medical Care
Despite a drop in the uninsured rate stemming from the Affordable Care Act, more Americans are putting off medical treatment because of the cost of healthcare, according to the results of an annual Gallup survey.
A 2-Drug Combination Successfully Thwarts Colorectal Cancer
A study by the University of Colorado Cancer Center published in the journal PLoS ONE and concurrent phase I clinical trial is examining a new strategy: targeting both important cancer-causing pathways simultaneously.
Improvement on Medical Errors "Not Enough"
The healthcare industry has made progress in reducing medical errors over the past 15 years, but it's not enough, according to Molly Joel Coye, MD, chief innovation officer of UCLA Health at the University of California, Los Angeles.
International Variation in Drug Usage
A new RAND study explores the range of possible causes that might explain observed international variations in the usage of medicines for selected disease areas: dementia, osteoporosis, cancer, diabetes, and hepatitis C.
Numbers for First Week of Open Enrollment Now Available
More than 1 million Americans applied for coverage through the federal Marketplace during the first week of open enrollment, HHS reported in the first of its weekly data snapshots.
AJMC Study Finds CMS Fee Schedule Doesn’t Pay Doctors Enough to Care for Complex Patients
The call for value-based care is propelled by the shortage of family physicians and the disparity connection between the time it takes to care for the sickest patients and what Medicare and Medicaid pay. A study in this month’s issue of The American Journal of Managed Care tracks just how bad things are, by looking at a normal day in a family practice.
Researchers Identify Barriers to Sharing Public Health Data
Attempts to contain emerging global health threats, like the current Ebola outbreak in West Africa, are hampered by barriers to sharing public health data, according to an international team of researchers.