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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 HealthCare.gov
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.
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.