ASCO’s Peter Yu, MD, and Priority Health’s Burton VanderLaan, MD, to Give Keynotes at AJMCLive Event
Bringing stakeholders together is the mission of AJMCLive, the meeting series of The American Journal of Managed Care. It’s reflected in the two keynote speakers for Patient-Centered Oncology Care on Nov. 14: a leader of physicians, Peter Yu, MD, the current president of ASCO; and a leader among payers, Burton VanderLaan, MD, FACP, medical director of Priority Health.
Health Blog: The Evolving Biosimilars Market
With the FDA accepting an application from Sandoz for it's biosimilar filgrastim, the biosimilar landscape in the US is expected to undergo a huge turnaround.
Provider Organizations Report Improved Financial Performance in 2013
Increased compensation was reported by 68 percent of specialties, with gastroenterology, cardiac/thoracic surgery, emergency medicine, and neurology taking the lead.
Lawsuit Challenges Forced Participation in Employer-Offered Wellness Program
An employee of the Wisconsin-based Orion Energy Systems Inc. was first fined and then fired for her refusal to participate in the company's wellness program.
First-Ever Diagnostic Test for T1DM Receives FDA Approval
The test, the first-ever to distinguish the type 1 form of diabetes, could detect the ZnT8 autoantibody in 65 percent of the samples from patients with diagnosed type 1 diabetes and gave false positive results in less than two percent of the samples from patients diagnosed with other disease.
Illumina To Collaborate With Leading Pharma on a Multigene Diagnostic Panel
The panel, based on next-generation sequencing, will help select the target population — to deliver precision medicine and improve outcomes.
NICE Turns Around to Support the Use of Celgene's Revlimid
The cost regulator for the NHS in England and Wales has said that Celgene’s Revlimid should be an option for treating patients with a particular form of myelodysplastic syndromes.
Aetna's Information Security Chief Talks About Efforts to Protect Clients
In light of the recent hacking event at Community Health Systems. Aetna's Chief Information Security Officer discusses measure being implemented to improve security on their end.
BMS and Celgene Announce Collaboration on An Immuno-Chemo Combination Regimen
Combining nab-paclitaxel with nivolumab is expected to have a synergistic effect in the various tumor types to be targeted, while providing Celgene access to the immunooncology race.
Limit Patient Cost-Sharing: States Tell Payers
Insurers are trapped between pharmaceutical companies developing increasingly expensive drug treatments, and states that want to reduce the patient-burden of co-pays. Additionally, states like New York and Alaska have banned payers from using specialty formularies.
Raising Awareness for Treating Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers
Guidelines, such as those developed by the Children's Oncology Group, can prove a useful resource to monitor and/or treat adults who have previously been treated for a pediatric cancer.
Studies Point to Unnecessary Testing in Cancer, Particularly in the Older Population
The two studies, published in the August issue of JAMA Internal Medicine, examine the pros and cons of the current cancer screening methodologies.
Medicare's "Hospital Value-Based Purchasing" Program Under ACA Misses It's Mark
The study, published in the journal Health Service Research, found that the timing of the financial incentives offered by the program was not associated with improved quality of care.
NIH Initiates ALCHEMIST Trials: Targeted Treatment in Early-Stage Lung Cancer
The trials will evaluate the efficacy of erlotinib or crizotinib in preventing lung cancer recurrence, as well as survival, in patients carrying mutations in either EGFR or ALK, who are clinically free of the disease.
Promising Results With Achillion's Ribavirin-Free HCV Regimen
The mid-stage trial was conducted in a small group of patients, but further studies will roll-out soon.
Editorial: Can Gene Signatures Tell Us All?
The writer asks: is more information better, even if we don't understand what it means?
BRCA2 Mutation: Poor Prognosis in Prostate Cancer
The study, published in the British Journal of Cancer, observed poor survival at the end of the follow-up period in men carrying the mutation, compared to non-carriers.
Model Evaluates Efficient Use of the PSA Test
The analysis recommends conducting the PSA test in those less than 70 years of age, to avoid overdiagnosis while reducing death by at least 50%.
Report Provides Retrospective Analysis of Medicare Part D and Provisions under ACA
A new Kaiser Family Foundation report analyzes key trends that have shaped the Medicare Part D marketplace since the program launched nine years ago, providing a detailed assessment of changes in plan availability, enrollment, premiums and cost sharing in both private stand-alone drug plans, and Medicare Advantage drug plans.
Study Identifies Need for Standardizing Blood Test Charges
The study identified that there are no set methods to determine cost for a particular test.