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ESMO Congress: Researchers Identify Barriers to Drug Access
The researchers identified discrepancies across the globe in patient access to life-saving cures for cancer.
American Journal of Managed Care’s ACO Coalition to Meet in Miami
The American Journal of Managed Care brings the next meeting of its ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition to the Miami Marriott Biscayne Bay October 16-17, 2014, where participants can learn and share best practices in an effort to improve overall patient outcomes.
HIT Interoperability Remains a Challenge for ACOs
Poor interoperability across health information technology systems is preventing accountable care organizations from using the technology to improve clinical quality.
Uninsured Rate Among Latinos Dropped Significantly in Medicaid Expansion States
The uninsured rate among Latinos dropped sharply under the Affordable Care Act, but there were stark differences between states that have expanded Medicaid and those that have not.
Treating Late-Stage Lung Cancer Not Cost-Effective: JTO Study
A prospective study published in The Journal of Thoracic Oncology found that the average cost to screen high-risk individuals for developing lung cancer with low-dose computed tomography plus the average cost of curative intent treatment, like surgery, is lower than the average cost to treat advanced stage lung cancer, which quite rarely results in a cure.
Lung Infections May Hamper Efficacy of FDG-PET
A new retrospective study published in JAMA identified that tuberculosis and certain fungal infections in the lungs could hamper the efficient detection of lung cancer by FDG-PET imaging.
As Open Enrollment Nears for 2015, Picture Emerges On First Year of Healthcare Coverage under ACA
For most of the spring, news on the Affordable Care Act was all about the numbers, and to much surprise enrollment surpassed the magical 7 million mark. Now, Patricia Salber, MD, and Christobel Selecky report in The American Journal of Accountable Care what having coverage means, whether it makes a difference, and what are the unanswered questions.
Hospitals’ Uncompensated Care Costs Will Decline $5.7 Billion
The Affordable Care Act will save hospitals a projected $5.7 billion in uncompensated care this year, according to a report released by HHS. Roughly three-quarters of those savings are coming from Medicaid expansion states.
NCI's New Approach With The Exceptional Responder Initiative
With the aim of understanding why some patients respond better to a particular drug, NCI has launched the Exceptional Responders Initiative, to generate molecular profiles of tumors that respond well to a particular treatment.
PAD2 Overexpression May Promote Skin Cancer
Research published this month in the journal Cancer Research, found that increased expression of the enzyme PAD2 in young mice could lead to skin tumors that could progress to invasive squamous cell carcinoma.
Eight Strategies to Drive Patient Engagement and Improve Healthcare Delivery
Patient experience and satisfaction is becoming an increasingly important aspect of providing healthcare, and a new roadmap outlines opportunities and key strategies to include patients and families in healthcare delivery.
JAMA Study Warns of Climate Change-Associated Health Problems
The study warns that rising temperatures can aggravate cardiac conditions, respiratory conditions, and infections, among others.
Proton Radiation—Yea or Nay?
Controversy over the value of proton beam radiation continues to harass clinicians as the therapy emerges to be extremely useful in some, but not all, cancers. Additionally, payers sometimes refuse to cover treatment costs due to lack of evidence of efficacy.
Marketplaces Will Have 25% More Insurers in 2015
The health insurance Marketplace will have 77 new insurers offering coverage in 2015, according to a report released by HHS. Overall, there will be a net 25% increase in the number of insurers that consumers will be able to choose from.
HHS Announces $99 Million in Grants to Improve Mental Health Services for Youth
HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced $99 million to train new mental health providers, help teachers and others recognize mental health issues in youth and connect them to help, and increase access to mental health services for young people.
NIH Seeks Gender Equality in Research Studies
The National Institutes of Health announced disbursement of more than $10 million in research funding to researchers studying various healthcare issues. The objective of this additional funding is to avoid gender bias and seek equal representation of female subjects.
Number of Medicare Part D Drug Plans Down in 2015
Driven by a consolidation of offerings, the number of Part D prescription drug plans will decrease by 14% in 2015. While monthly premiums will decrease overall by 2%, there will be large premium variations.
Majority of Industry Stakeholders See No Value in Unique Health Plan Identifiers
Only a small proportion of industry stakeholders find any value in using the unique Health Plan Identifier within transactions, according to survey results from WEDI.
Updated International Consensus Guidelines for Advanced Breast Cancer Published
The guidelines have been published in 2 journals: Breast and Annals of Oncology.
Folowing AACR, ASCO Supports FDA's Guidance for LDTs
The ASCO statement corroborates the need for regulation of laboratory-developed tests, which are increasingly being used to guide personalized treatment in oncology as well as other therapeutic areas.
Dr Fridsma Leaves ONC to Be President and CEO of AMIA
Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD, FACP, FACMI, is leaving his position as the chief science officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to become the president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association.
Amgen's Blinatumomab Get's Breakthrough Status for ALL
The drug is the first in it's class — an antibody designed to engage 2 different targets simultaneously.
New Graphene Biosensor to Detect Cancer Biomarkers
The biosensor, which can detect the oxidative stress marker 8-hydroxydeoxyguanosine, is 5-times more sensitive than the ELISA test that is commonly used to identify biomarkers.
Introducing: American Association for Physician Leadership
In response to the growing recognition that physician leadership is essential to the successful transformation of healthcare, the American College of Physician Executives is becoming the American Association for Physician Leadership.
Lower Insurance Rates Saved Consumers $1 Billion in 2013
In 2013, lower health insurance rates saved consumers a total of $1 billion. States that enhanced their rate review programs will receive $25 million in rate review grant awards.