Reimagining Quality Measurement
The quality-measurement enterprise in US healthcare is troubled. Measure developers are creating ever more measures, and payers are requiring their use in more settings and tying larger financial rewards or penalties to performance.
Healthcare Law Is Not One-Size-Fits-All, and Here’s Why
One criticism of the Affordable Care Act is that it imposes a costly, one-size-fits-all standard, drastically increasing premiums by requiring everyone to buy health insurance that covers the same mandated benefits. This is not so.
Federal Health IT Strategic Plan Outlines 5 Key Goals
The updated federal health information technology strategic plan is an attempt to collect, share, and use interoperable health information to improve care; enhance individual, community, and public health; and advance research.
Perceived Risk of a Disease Increases the Desire to Take Action
The hypothetical risk of illness is enough of a motivating factor for people to take action, according to a study published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior.
Marketplace Renewals: State Efforts to Maximize Enrollment into Affordable Health Plan Options
For 2015, marketplaces’ ability to conduct an effective renewal process for current enrollees is constrained by their information technology capacity, the short time period for open enrollment, and limited resources for outreach and consumer assistance.
Report: Healthcare a "Vulnerable and Attractive Target for Cybercriminals"
Data breaches are expected to increase in 2015, with healthcare "a vulnerable and attractive target for cybercriminals," according to Experian's 2015 Data Breach Industry Forecast.
Financial Incentives Top Motivation for EHR Adoption
Financial incentives and the need to share patient information are the top motivations for physicians adopting electronic health records, according to a data brief from the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
Better Communication Between Caregivers Reduces Medical Errors, Study Finds
Miscommunication among caregivers is one of the largest causes of medical errors, but a new study suggests that the problem is at least partly preventable.
Impact of Pharmacists in ACOs on Patient Outcomes, Costs
Optimal use of pharmaceuticals is often overlooked for accountable care organizations (ACOs), but ensuring proper medication use, efficacy, and safety is critical to an ACO’s success.
Rapid Progress in Bench-to-Clinic Reported for Several Cancers
The results were presented at the recent Symposium on Molecular Targets and Cancer Therapeutics in Barcelona, a meeting jointly sponsored by the NCI, AACR, and EORTC.
340B: A Double-Edged Sword
While ASCO is calling to update the 340B drug discount program, hospitals that serve economically diverse populations make a case for the program: "Because of 340B, we don't have to turn patients away when they can't pay."
ASH Adds to the "Choosing Wisely" List
The American Society of Hematology has added 5 more recommendations to it's Choosing Wisely list, which was published in the journal Blood,
ONC Taps Jon White as Acting Deputy National Coordinator
Jon White, who in October was named acting chief medical officer for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT, on Monday was announced as the agency's acting deputy national coordinator as it searches for a replacement for the recently departed Jacob Reider.
Despite Large Investments, HIE Research Shows Few Positive Outcomes
Health information exchange (HIE) use is increasing in the US, but other than reducing emergency department usage and costs, little else is known about the effect of HIEs on other outcomes, according to a new study from RAND.
Xalkori Shows Significant Benefit As First-Line in ALK-Positive NSCLC
The study, published in NEJM, found that PFS improved by nearly 4 months while ORR improved by nearly 30%.
Prostate Cancer Diagnostic Test Could Prevent Over or Under Treatment
By distinguishing low- and intermediate-risk patients, Oncotype DX is predicted to avoid over- and under-treatment of prostate cancer patients.
Healthcare Spending Grows at Historically Low Rate
The 3.6% increase in US healthcare spending in 2013 marks the lowest growth in healthcare spending since 1960, according to a report from CMS published in Health Affairs.
Amgen's Blincyto Approved for B-Cell ALL
Blincyto, which was considered a promising immunotherapy with a novel mechanism of action, was approved 5 months prior to its PDUFA date.
NIH Takes Step to Speed the Initiation of Clinical Research
The National Institutes of Health issued a draft policy today to promote the use of single institutional review boards in multi-site clinical research studies.
Out-of-Pocket Costs for Specialty Drugs Increasing for Exchange Plans in 2015
Patients on exchange plans are more likely to see higher out-of-pocket costs for their specialty drugs in 2015 compared with 2014, according to a new analysis from Avalere Health.
Gene Could Be a New Biomarker For Diagnosis of TNBC
Absence of a microRNA in TNBC resulted in the overexpression of RASAL2 in those tumors. Patients overexpressing RASAL2 had poorer survival, research showed.
Most People Dismiss Early Signs of Cancer: PLOS ONE Study
People could be putting their lives at risk by dismissing potential warning signs of cancer as less serious symptoms, according to a Cancer Research UK-funded study published in PLOS ONE. The survey found that nearly 97% of people with symptoms failed to act on them.
CDC Designates 35 US Hospitals as Ebola Treatment Centers
Although there are no current cases of Ebola in the United States, an increased number of hospitals are now equipped to treat patients with the virus while minimizing risk to healthcare workers.
Bisphosphonates Can Prevent Certain Cancers: PNAS Study
A study found new indications for a drug that is widely used in the treatment of osteoarthritis, based on an observation that those on the medication had a lower incidence of several cancers.
Prior Approval for Non-Emergency Ambulance Use: Medicare Pilot Launched
The 3-year pilot is expected to reel-in significant cost savings for Medicare, which has seen a lot of fraudulent charges with services and equipment.