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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.