Early Detection, Cutting Edge Treatments for Breast Cancer Patients
In 2 interviews with Physicians' Education Resource, LLC, award-winning journalist Joan Lunden and Patrick I. Borgen, MD, of Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY, discuss breast cancer in advance of the 32nd Annual Miami Breast Cancer Conference.
Vitiligo Could Be a Marker of Efficacy for Melanoma Drugs, Study Indicates
The retrospective analysis conducted in stage 3 and 4 immunotherapy-treated melanoma patients found that the development of vitiligo could serve as a clinical marker for effective antimelanoma immunity and improved clinical outcome.
HHS' Balancing Act to Keep Healthcare Costs Down
The proposed federal guidelines are currently open for feedback are calling for greater transparency with informed consent and CER, which might stifle innovation, according to some advocacy groups.
After Hep C, Express Scripts Aims to Influence Oncology Drug Costs
CMO Steven Miller has already started working with oncologists as the company plans the process of steering physicians to use preferred drugs.
1700 Hospitals Win Quality Bonuses From Medicare, But Most Will Never Collect
Medicare is giving bonuses to a majority of hospitals that it graded on quality, but many of those rewards will be wiped out by penalties the government has issued for other shortcomings, federal data show.
The Value of Ultrasound in Breast Cancer Detection
A study conducted in Connecticut showed that ultrasound identified an additional 3.2 women in a 1000 with breast cancer, following a negative mammogram. This has raised a debate on the utility of a screening ultrasound.
New Arkansas Governor Plans to Replace Medicaid Expansion After 2016
Newly elected Arkansas Gov Asa Hutchinson said he wants to continue the state’s Medicaid expansion compromise through December 31, 2016, but he is keeping his options open for a new plan in the future.
Narrow Networks at a Flash Point in California
With healthcare payers increasingly relying on narrow provider networks to contain costs and achieve quality, California regulators are pressing health plans to blunt out-of-network costs and maintain accurate provider directories.
Progesterone-Based Contraceptives May Increase the Risk of Gliomas: Danish Study
The study found an increased risk of cancer, contradicting some earlier evidence that suggests the opposite.
Telehealth Intervention Improved QoL Among Head and Neck Cancer Patients
A telehealth intervention experiment in head and neck cancer patients was found to relive some posttreatment distress symptoms.
5 Investment Priorities for the State Health Innovation Plans
Analysis of State Health Innovation Plans, funded by CMS, shows a variety of emerging approaches to healthcare reform. Accenture has identified the top 5 projected investment areas.
Medicaid Reimbursement Increases Improved Access to Care
The Affordable Care Act’s mandate to increase Medicaid reimbursement to primary care providers has improved access to care for Medicaid enrollees, according to analysis of early evidence published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Merck's Victrelis Hepatitis C Drug Will Be Off the Market in the US
Merck this week notified the FDA that it will stop selling its Victrelis medicine in the US by the end of this year, although the drug will remain available in other countries.
Patient Navigation Programs a Tremendous Boost for Patient-Centered Care in Oncology
Karyl Blaseg, RN, MS, OCN, writes about the important role of patient navigators in preventing healthcare disparities and promoting patient-centered care among cancer patients.
ONC Creates Chief Health Information Officer Role
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology has created the new position of chief health information officer, which will be filled by Michael James McCoy, MD.
Rigid Cancer Cells Prevent Metastasis, Study Finds
Existing cancer therapies are geared toward massacring tumor cells, but researchers propose a different strategy: subtly hardening cancer cells to prevent them from invading new areas of the body. They devised a way of screening compounds for the desired effect and have identified a compound that shows promise in fighting pancreatic cancer.
State of the Union Calls for More Investments in Personalized Medicine
In Tuesday night’s State of the Union address, President Barack Obama did not spend a lot of time discussing healthcare, but he did highlight medical research and a growing field of medicine by announcing his new Precision Medicine Initiative.
Sen Hatch Vows to Dismantle Health Law
The new Republican chairman of the Senate Finance Committee says the GOP will chip away at Obamacare “piece by piece.” Still, he says he will work with Democrats to continue funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program and overhauling Medicare pay for doctors.
More Collaboration Among Clinicians May Reduce Medical Errors
Working collaboratively leads to more accurate diagnoses and may help reduce medical errors, according to a study published in JAMA.
ASCO Declares CLL Regimens Cancer "Advance of the Year"
In it's report, "Clinical Cancer Advances 2015: ASCO's Annual Report on Progress Against Cancer," published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, 4 newly approved treatments for CLL were predicted to have a dramatic impact on patients with the disease.
New Privacy Concerns For
A little-known side to the government’s health insurance website is prompting renewed concerns about privacy, just as the White House is calling for stronger cybersecurity protections for consumers.
Potential New Cancer Biomarkers Discovered
The study conducted at the Michigan Center for Translational Pathology studied IncRNAs and their role in cancer.
Hospitals Won't Feel the Healthcare Hiring Boom
Although the healthcare sector will hire at a faster pace in 2015, the outlook for growth in hospital employment is modest, at best.
Hepatitis C Pricing Wars a Poster Child for Oncology
The CEO of Kite Pharma plans to initiate early conversations with insurers, even before the launch of a clinical trial of their experimental drug, to ensure smooth sailing once the product is approved and launched.
Hospital Discharge Summaries Done Right Can Reduce Readmissions
When discharge summaries contain detailed information and are sent quickly to primary care physicians, they can help reduce hospital readmissions, according to studies from researchers at Yale School of Medicine.