Lawmakers Urge CMS to Extend MU Hardship Exception for Pathologists
Eighty-nine members of Congress have asked the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to give pathologists a break and extend the hardship exemption they currently enjoy for all of Stage 3 of the Meaningful Use program.
Why Are Payers Concerned with Patient Engagement Strategies?
While healthcare organizations and providers are addressing strategies for engaging patient populations in the pursuit of incentive or value-based reimbursements, payers are actively looking for ways to engage this same population as consumers in the name of healthcare reform.
Personalized Medicine: It May be High Cost, but It’s Higher Value
Personalized medicine will be expensive in these early days of pioneering and planning. But individual genomic testing is not going to be exorbitant forever – and the ROI is gonna be big, both in patient outcomes and dollars saved.
In ACO Era, Physicians Will Still Play a Leading—But Changing—Role
More than 8 million Americans have signed up for health insurance thanks to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Significantly increasing access to care, the 4-year-old healthcare reform law also creates incentives for providers to reorganize the delivery of healthcare.
HCA Earnings Get Bigger Boost than Expected from Healthcare Reform
HCA, the country's largest for-profit hospital chain by revenue, Wednesday previewed strong second-quarter results, highlighting a 12.2% increase in income before taxes. It also raised its financial guidance for the year.
In the Literature: No Survival Advantage Following Mastectomy in Stage I or II BRCA-Negative Breast Cancer
Preventive mastectomy did not improve survival in the study population.
Kentucky Law Grants Prescribing Authority to Nurses
A new Kentucky state law that expands prescribing authority for advanced practice registered nurses took effect Tuesday, the same day that a study was published touting the benefits of having nurses manage care for patients with chronic conditions such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
Immunosignatures Could Replace Cancer Biomarkers in Early Diagnosis
The study, published in PNAS, showed that the peptide microarrays could classify complex heterogeneous cancers with upto 98% accuracy.
ACO Coalition Web Session: Despite Need, Challenges Confront Value-Based Healthcare
The ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition, an initiative of The American Journal of Managed Care, hosted a recent Web-based session that featured three presentations on aspects of the transition to value-based care: why barriers to change persist, what steps one ACO is taking to drive better health, and why a “patient-centered” method of picking a doctor makes sense.
Study at Northwestern Medicine Proves Efficacy of Tamoxifen Gel in Breast Cancer
The study, published in Clinical Cancer Research, showed that the gel could prevent growth of breast cancer, with fewer side effects.
Alarming Results: Androgen-Deprivation in Early-Stage Prostate Cancer Patients May Not Influence Long-Term Survival
The long-term study, published in JAMA Internal Medicine, was conducted in more than 65,000 men over the age of 66 years with early-stage prostate cancer.
Genentech's Avastin Granted Priority Review: Cervical Cancer
Genentech submitted the BLA for bevacizumab for the treatment of recurrent or metastatic cervical cancer.
Narrow Provider Networks Set to Spread
As the healthcare industry focuses on cutting costs, narrow provider networks designed to deliver value are taking hold as a widespread business practice.
Doctors' Employment Contracts Due For Renewal—and Revamp
Physician employment contracts with hospitals that were signed in the early days of healthcare reform are coming up for renewal Experts say the expectation of payment reform requires that these new deals include the flexibility to adapt to expected and unforseeable changes.
Literature: Method of Acquiring Tumor Samples Can Influence Proteomic Biomarkers
The authors sought to determine if tumor heterogeneity and biospecimen variables affect the evaluation of PI3K/Akt/mTOR pathway markers in breast cancer.
Type of Anesthesia May Influence Breast Cancer Recurrence Post-Surgery
In vitro studies demonstrated a reduced incidence of apoptosis in patients administered inhaled anesthetics compared with those administered propofol during surgery.
In the Literature: PD-L1 Overexpression Associated With Activating EGFR Mutation in NSCLC
High expression of PD-L1 was associated with the presence of EGFR mutations in surgically resected NSCLC and was an independent negative prognostic factor for this disease.
Hospitals, Regulators Spar Over In-Patient Care Policy
Fewer patients linger for days in hospitals without being admitted because of a new federal rule, but hospital and consumer groups are suing the government because they say the policy compromises Medicare patients' care, and patients are often stuck with costly, unexpected bills.
Better Rules Needed to Boost Use of Big Data
It's easy to get swept up in the swelling enthusiasm for using the explosion in electronic health and claims records to improve every aspect of healthcare. But the era of “big data” isn't going to happen without better federal rules for stimulating its uses and preventing abuses.
Encouraging Response to Roche's New MEK-Inhibitor in Melanoma Patients
Cobimetinib (MEK inhibitor), used in combination with Zelboraf (BRAF inhibitor), improved survival without disease progression.
Physician Pay Increasingly Linked to Value-based Metrics
Primary care doctors surveyed by the Medical Group Management Association say nearly 6% of their compensation was pegged to quality metrics in 2013, up from 3% in 2012.
House GOP Moves Ahead on Suing Obama
House Republicans took the initial step on Thursday to sue President Barack Obama over the administration's decision to delay the employer mandate of the healthcare law.
BMS to Seek Approval for Nivolumab in the US to Treat Advanced Melanoma
Following approval in Japan, Nivolumab will be evaluated by the FDA for melanoma therapy in the US.
Koh Departing Obama Administration
Dr. Howard Koh is stepping down as assistant secretary for health at HHS after five years in the post. Koh's primary focus was disease prevention, including oversight of the Office of the Surgeon General.
Cancer Patients Appreciate the Convenience of MyChart, Says Study
There has been a sharp increase in the number of cancer patients at one hospital using MyChart, the online, interactive service that allows patients to view laboratory and radiology results, communicate with their healthcare providers, and more.