New P4P Method Benefits Providers Caring for Disadvantaged Patients
A new pay-for-performance method would adjust payments in such a way that providers would not be discouraged from caring for disadvantaged patients, according to researchers at RAND.
Healthcare Executives: Obamacare Is Here to Stay
US healthcare executives say that despite repeated calls from Republican lawmakers for repeal of President Obama's healthcare law, the Affordable Care Act is too entrenched to be removed.
MET Amplification a Viable Screen for NSCLC, Study Claims
A study published in Clinical Cancer Research found that 33% of lung cancer biopsies evaluated had a gain of function amplification in the MET receptor tyrosine kinase.
Healthcare Picks Sides in Hepatitis C Drug Battle
Since Express Scripts announced its exclusivity agreement with AbbVie for its hepatitis C drug, other pharmacy benefits managers and insurers have picked sides. But are the deals a good thing?
Pharmacists Ease Cancer Patients’ Financial Burdens
A new study on the effects of cancer patients’ financial burdens suggests that pharmacists can play a role in easing or preventing some of their stress.
Identifying Biomarkers to Detect Lung Cancer in Patient Spit
Researchers at the University of Maryland are evaluating the value of a person's spit to screen for lung cancer, replacing the traditional and recently recommended CT scan.
HIT Use Does Not Significantly Increase Coordinated Care
Although more than 70% of physicians use electronic health records, up to half don’t routinely receive the patient information needed to coordinate care effectively.
How Policy Makers in Emerging Health Systems Can Advance Innovative Care for the Chronically Ill
Discussions of innovation in healthcare often focus on new technologies, big data, and refined population health strategies within the context of mature Western healthcare systems.
Survey: Patients Want Providers to Offer Digital Services
Patients increasingly are looking for healthcare providers that offer digital services, but many still fail to do so.
To Treat Depression, Drugs or Therapy?
Until recently, many experts thought that a clinician could literally pick any antidepressant or type of psychotherapy at random because, with a few clinical exceptions, there was little evidence to favor one treatment over another for a given patient.
OIG: Medicare Payments for Hospice Care Need Reform, Accountability
Medicare payments for hospice care carried out in an assisted living facility more than doubled from 2007 to 2012, raising questions about the incentives that Medicare provides for hospice care.
Health Law Test to Cut Readmissions Lacks Early Results
Obama administration officials have warned that ambitious experiments run by the health law’s $10 billion innovation lab wouldn’t always be successful. Now there is evidence their caution was well placed.
Investments into Population Health Management Paying Off
Population health management programs are paying off, according to a survey of healthcare managers. More than half of respondents expect to recoup investments into these programs within 3 to 4 years, KPMG LLP found.
Start-Ups Are Helping Consumers Make Better Healthcare Purchases
For years, one prescription to healthcare woes in the United States has been to shift costs to consumers, on the theory that this will cause them to make more cost-effective decisions. As this experiment plays out in real life, however, a different reality is unfolding.
No Rush to High-Cost Care Among Newly Insured Obamacare Patients
Fears that Americans who signed up for Obamacare were more likely to be sicker than those with employer health programs may have been unfounded, according to data reviewed by Reuters.
AJMC, Joslin Diabetes Center Join Forces to Host Patient-Centered Diabetes Care in Boston
The leading peer-reviewed journal in managed care and the world leader in diabetes research and clinical care will present the conference at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront April 16-17, 2015. Faculty presentations and panel discussions will cover clinical, behavioral and technological aspects of care for persons with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus.
UCLA Study Unveils Mechanism of Melanoma Drug Resistance
Researchers have uncovered how melanoma becomes resistant to a promising new drug combo therapy utilizing BRAF+MEK inhibitors in patients after an initial period of tumor shrinkage.
Flu Vaccine Only 23% Effective
As the US sits firmly in the middle of peak flu season, a report published in Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found that this season’s flu vaccine is only 23% effective at preventing the virus.
CMS Top Official Tavenner Resigning
Marilyn B. Tavenner, the administrator of CMS, announced on Friday that she will be stepping down from her position at the federal agency.
Study Indicates Improved Survival in CRC Despite Lower Surgery Rates
The research, published in JAMA Surgery, analyzed data collected from NCI's SEER database, between 1988 till 2010, on stage 4 CRC patients who had surgery or not for primary tumor resection. Survival data on these patients was then analyzed and associated with their surgical status.
Spanish Team Identifies Gene Variant Responsible for Susceptibility to Peripheral Neuropathy
The authors of the research say that this information could be especially valuable for the Spanish population: "Even though these variants are rare or not frequent in the population, their frequency is greater in Spain than in other countries."
Metabolic Syndrome A Significant Risk Factor in Endometrial Cancer, Study Finds
Overall, metabolic syndrome was associated with a 39 percent to 103 percent increased risk of endometrial cancer in women 65 and older, according to the study.
Pharmacy Quality Alliance and AJPB Forge New Partnership in 2015
Through the partnership, PQA will contribute a regular column, Medication Quality Matters, that will help readers understand new performance measures.
Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Having Less Surgery, Yet Survival Rates Improving
With the dawn of the modern era of new chemotherapeutic and biologic agents available for managing their disease, patients with metastatic colorectal cancer are undergoing less surgery for the removal of their primary tumors.
The ACA Is Reducing Financial Barriers to Care
Expanded insurance coverage has not only brought a significant decline to the uninsured rate, but also reduced cost-related access to care issues, according to the Commonwealth Fund Biennial Health Insurance Survey, 2014.