Supreme Court Battle Brewing Over Medicaid Fees
Providers and patient advocates nationwide are deeply worried about a US Supreme Court case that they say could restrict their ability across the country to seek judicial relief from low Medicaid reimbursement rates.
Nivolumab Phase 3 Trial in NSCLC Stopped Early; Superior OS
Mid-trial evaluation by an independent Data Monitoring Committee found overall survival with Opdivo (nivolumab) in the Checkmate-017 trial was significantly better than the control arm. BMS now plans to submit results to the FDA for approval of the PD-1 inhibitor in lung cancer.
NY Telehealth Bill Signed
New telehealth bill signed into law in New York will bring much-needed healthcare to rural and underserved communities and require Medicaid to reimburse telehealth service costs.
Will Twin Medi-Cal Cuts Affect Access?
The combination of 2 Medi-Cal primary care rate decreases could mean primary care providers who see a lot of Medi-Cal patients will have to scale back or stop seeing those beneficiaries.
Medical Clinics Take Over Malls' Empty Spaces
As retailers struggle to keep up with changing shopping trends, mall operators across the US are looking to fill spaces left empty by the likes of Sears and RadioShack. There is one promising new group of tenants: walk-in medical clinics.
Age Determines HPV Persistence in Men
The study, published in the journal Cancer Prevention Research
found that HPV persisted for 12 months or more in men older than 45 years of age, which could increase their susceptibility to developing head and neck cancer.
GOP Congress Moves Veto-Bait Bill on Healthcare
In command and ready for a fight, Republicans ignored a White House veto threat and advanced a bill in Congress that would curb President Barack Obama’s healthcare overhaul by redefining full-time work as 40 hours a week.
Controlling Cancer Metastases To Prevent Disease Progression
Research at Heildelberg University is targeting the production of tumor-promoting growth factors in endothelial cells to prevent metastasis. Pre-clinical results using this strategy in a mouse model reduced lung and bone metastases in treated mice and also improved survival over the control chemotherapy-treated animals.
The Debate on HPV Screening in Cervical Cancer
Following FDA approval of a DNA test to detect the HPV virus last year, the medical community is split over which test is more appropriate as a primary screen for cervical cancer in women.