FDA Approves Avastin Plus Chemotherapy for Platinum-Resistant Ovarian Cancer
Genentech announced that Avastin has been approved to treated platinum-resistant ovarian cancer, inc combination with chemotherapy, which now expands Avastin's use to 6 tumor types.
Generics May Not Remain a "Cheaper Option," Study Finds
The study, published in NEJM, found that in addition to supply chain and manufacturing problems, lack of competition may be adding to their costs.
A New Glioblastoma Vaccine on the Horizon
Following encouraging results from a second phase of a phase 1 trial, the researchers have planned a second phase, to be initiated in January 2015. The vaccine will be administered to glioblastoma patients just before they begin chemotherapy.
Integrating Palliative Care Into Managed Care for the Good of Patients
Yesterday, speakers opened Patient-Centered Oncology Care, sponsored by The American Journal of Managed Care, with a discussion of how to bring palliative care into the mainstream in cancer care. While progress has been made, a cultural bias against discussion end-of-life issue remains an obstacle.
Smokers Know Tobacco Responsible for their Bladder Cancer, Study Discovers
A Kaiser Permanante study surveyed bladder cancer patients and found that current and former smokers were aware of a connection between smoking and their disease.
NICE Comes Back With a List of 40 Expensive Drugs to Be Reassessed
The cost-value discussion in oncology continues in Europe as NICE lists 40 drugs that it plans to reassess in terms of cost versus patient benefit.
Repeat Breast Surgeries an Unnecessary Burden on Patients, Survey Finds
A national survey published in JAMA Surgery identified too many repeat surgeries in women with breast cancer.
DC Appeals Court Pulls ACA Case From Schedule
Following the Supreme Court's decision to hear an appeal for the ACA subsidy lawsuit King v Burwell, a DC appeals court has halted work on a similar case it was reviewing.
Study Finds Continuity of Care Reduces Costs, Mortality, Morbidity
As cost containment becomes increasingly important in healthcare, the findings of a recent study in the Annals of Family Medicine on the impacts of continuity of care could have an impact on how healthcare systems deliver care.
Nearly Half of Uninsured Don’t Understand Basic Health Insurance Concepts
Although open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act’s insurance Marketplaces is almost here, a 10-question survey from Kaiser Family Foundation found that the health law’s target audience still struggles with understanding insurance coverage.
Study Points to Disparity in HPV Vaccine Uptake
At an ongoing AACR meeting on Health Disparities in cancer, researchers from the Gillings School of Global Public Health presented data showing HPV vaccine uptake among girls is lowest in states with the highest rates of cervical cancer.
SIGO Releases New Guildelines for CRC in Older Patients
The recommendations by the International Society of Geriatric Oncology, emphasize personalized treatment and assigning a multidisciplinary care team for optimal treatment.
ACA Financial Impact of Decreasing Concern for Hospitals
The Affordable Care Act’s impact on hospital finances is of decreasing concern, although providers expect trends related to the health law to be a major challenge.
Scientists Discover New Prognostic Markers For Ovarian Cancer
A research group at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute employed 2 different approaches on data generated by The Cancer Genome Atlas, to identify prognostic genes in ovarian cancer.
Hospice Care Reduces Hospitalizations, Healthcare Expenditures for Medicare Patients
Hospice care for Medicare patients resulted in lower hospitalization rates and lower healthcare expenditures during the last year of life, according to a study published the November 12 issue of JAMA.
Targeting ALK Mutations In Children With Neuroblastoma
A collaboration between CHOP oncologists and researchers at UPenn aims to provide targeted therapy to children with neuroblastoma, based on their ALK mutation status.
Cardiologists Draw Attention to Cardiac Side Effects of Oncology Regimens
At the annual meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America, cardiologists called for a more broader definition of cancer treatment–related cardiotoxicity.
Fragile, Rural Population to Be Moved Into Medi-Cal Managed Care
Next month, state health officials will launch a transition of rural Medi-Cal beneficiaries into Medi-Cal managed care health plans. The transition involves about 20,000 of the most frail and elderly segment of the rural Medi-Cal population.
Fast-Track for Thershold Pharma's Soft Tissue Sarcoma Drug
A Phase 3 trial for the drug, TH-302, is currently ongoing.
How to Improve Pay-for-Performance With Targeted Incentives
Traditional pay-for-performance programs tend to result in significant waste for payers, but the industry could benefit from a slightly modified model, which focus efforts on patients who are at higher risk for poor outcomes.
Medicare Says “Yes” to LDCT in Lung Cancer
CMS announced today that low-dose computed tomography screening will now be reimbursed once a year by Medicare as a preventive service benefit, despite an advisory panel recommending against the screening back in April 2014.
HHS Lowers Open Enrollment Estimates
Open enrollment doesn’t begin until Saturday, but the Obama administration is already predicting lower enrollment numbers for the second year of the health insurance exchanges, according to a memo from HHS.
Insights into the Necessity of Clinical Documentation Improvements
As the healthcare industry transitions to new initiatives such as accountable care organizations and pay-for-performance, clinical documentation improvement is necessary, according to a report from the American Health Information Management Association.
Issues With Provenge Come Back and Haunt Dendreon-Files for Chapter 11
Provenge, approved by the FDA in 2010, faced numerous road-blocks with high cost, limited benefit, and issues with reimbursement rates.
Are State-Run Marketplaces Ready to Be Financially Self-Sustaining?
In less than 2 months the health insurance Marketplaces will need to be financially self-sustaining, which will occur through a variety of approaches, as federal establishment funds will run out on January 1, 2015.