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Provenge On Its Way to Gain Approval in Germany
Dendreon's prostate cancer immunotherapy Provenge is now being backed by IQWiG just months after the German health technology assessor was poised to reject the treatment.
Uncompensated Care Costs Down $7.4 Billion Due to the ACA
On the fifth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act, HHS’ Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation announced that healthcare reform was responsible for a $7.4 billion reduction in uncompensated care costs in 2014.
Gilead Warns of Cardiac Issues With Sovaldi and Harvoni
The company has announced that patients on Sovaldi or Harvoni who were also on the heart medication amiodarone developed abnormally slow heartbeats. This warning by Gilead could limit the drug's use.
Need Better Regulation for Next Gen Sequencing Tests, AMP Urges the FDA
The Association for Molecular Pathology has provided comments to the FDA, urging increased regulation of next generation sequencing diagnostic tests to ensure consistent and proper performance of the tests.
Race a Risk Factor for Cancer Mortality, Study Shows
Published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, the study found that most Asian subgroups were less likely to die from cancer than non-Hispanic white patients.
The FDA Has It Right With Drug Approvals
While keeping pace with the 2014 rate, the FDA is steaming ahead with approvals for a several breakthrough molecules. Everyone is not happy though, especially the payers who are looking at the $100,000 price tag on some of the specialty medications.
The Role of Big Data in Healthcare
Big data, interoperability, and patient engagement were the topics of discussion during one of the opening keynote sessions at the World Health Care Congress held March 22-25 in Washington, DC.
Alternative Medicine Can Boost Patient Survival
A retrospective review of evidence from studies that assessed the use of mind–body interventions, nutrition, physical activity, and combined complementary and alternative medicine approaches in cancer patients found not just improved disease support in cancer patients, but often times, improved survival as well.
State Oncology Societies Join ASCO's Call on Congress to Replace SGR Formula
In a show of solidarity, state oncology societies from across the United States today joined the American Society of Clinical Oncology in its call on Congress to repeal Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate formula before the current payment patch expires at the end of the month.
Access to Low-Cost Sovaldi: Pharmacy Tourism
The global price discrimination with Sovaldi has brought to light "pharmacy tourism" - patients trying to acquire the same drug at as much as 1% of the price of the drug in the US market.
Forcing Leukemia Cells to Behave
During laboratory experiments, while growing these leukemic cells, the authors observed that some of the cancer cells in culture were changing shape and size into what looked like macrophages. Subsequent experiments confirmed that by manipulating some of the transcription factors, these human cancer cells could be transformed into macrophages, which can engulf and digest cancer cells and pathogens.
Medicaid Expansion Improved Diabetes Detection, Study Finds
The study, conducted by the national laboratory Quest Diagnostics, found that in states that expanded Medicaid, he number of Medicaid enrollees with newly identified diabetes rose by 23%, to 18,020 in the first 6 months of 2014, from 14,625 in the same period in 2013.
Workplace Insurance Enrollment Unaffected by the ACA
There has been much hand wringing over the health law requirement that large employers this year offer insurance to workers who put in 30 or more hours a week or face penalties for not doing so. A new study found that so far there’s little cause for concern.
Seeking Funding for the Children’s Health Insurance Program
The federal-state Children’s Health Insurance Program will run out of money on September 30. Until recently, Congress showed little interest in paying for it. But this week, the House agreed on a bill that would continue the $13 billion program in its current form through 2017.
Healthcare Reform's Impact on Employer-Sponsored Insurance
The federal and state health insurance exchanges, while generating a great amount of attention and controversy, still only represent a small fraction of the marketplace.
HHS Recovered $3.3 Billion in Fraudulent Healthcare Payments in 2014
More than $3 billion was returned to the Medicare Trust Fund in 2014 from individuals and companies attempting to defraud federal health programs, according to an announcement by HHS.
Onclive Joins University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute in Strategic Alliance Partnership Program
OncLive and the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute announced today that they've joined forces to share news about the Institute's latest developments through OncLive's Strategic Alliance Partnership program.
Biogen's Alzheimer’s Drug Sharply Slows Cognitive Decline
An experimental drug for Alzheimer’s disease sharply slowed the decline in mental function in a small clinical trial, researchers reported Friday, reviving hopes for an approach to therapy that until now has experienced repeated failures.
60% of Medicare Advantage Enrollees in Plans with 4 or More Stars
New analysis from Avalere finds that the proportion of Medicare Advantage beneficiaries enrolled in plans with 4 or more stars climbed from 38% in 2014 to 60% in 2015.
SGR Fix Bills Include Proposed Health IT Changes
A bipartisan coalition in the House and Senate introduced identical bills that repeal Medicare's notorious formula for setting physician pay and, have implications for health information technology.
Managed Care Minute: March 21, 2015
A one-minute look at managed care news during the week of March 16, 2015, including bills from Congress to fix the sustainable growth rate formula and anticipation over the PCSK9 inhibitors.
Stage 3 Meaningful Use Rules Include More Flexibility, Drive Interoperability
CMS released its proposed rules for Stage 3 meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Programs. The proposed rules will include greater flexibility and drive interoperability, according to HHS.
Oregon's Medicaid Lottery Works, Says MIT Economist
By using a lottery to assign coverage, Oregon had unintentionally created the perfect conditions for a randomized controlled trial that could reveal the true costs and benefits of health insurance.
Myriad to Present Prolaris Results at EAU Congress
The company said results from a study of European men are consistent with prior studies of men with early prostate cancer that were conducted in the United States.
Expanding the Reach of mHealth Among Low-Income Populations
The study, conducted by Elissa Ozanne, PhD, at Dartmouth found that 11 of the 15 women, aged 45-79 years, interviewed before and after using the mHealth tool preferred it to a paper tool and found it easy to use.