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Imaging Study Identifies Pre-Cancerous Changes in Breast Tissue
The technique, L-COSY, monitors biochemical changes in tissue and could improve the management of women at risk of breast cancer, such as those carrying mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2.
Barriers Prevent Widespread Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
While the majority of primary care physicians are aware of and use state prescription drug monitoring programs to reduce drug abuse and diversion, many do not access these programs routinely, according to researchers from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
IU Simon Cancer Center Teams with OncLive in Strategic Alliance Partnership
OncLive and Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Cancer Center have joined forces to share news about the center's research and education programs, OncLive announced today. The collaboration is part of OncLive's Strategic Alliance Partnership initiative.
Study Evaluates Cost-Benefit of US Spending on Cancer Care
The study in Health Affairs published by Samir Soneji, PhD, an assistant professor at Dartmouth's Geisel School of Medicine and The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy & Clinical Practice, found that despite a sharp rise in healthcare spending,caner mortality rates are very high in the US compared to Western Europe.
Growing Burden of Chronic Kidney Disease in the US
Awareness of chronic kidney disease remains low in the United States, yet the prevalence of the disease will rise over the next 15 years, according to a model developed by RTI.
As the Cost of Life-Saving Cancer Therapies Increases, Patient Access Network Foundation Fills Critical Need
The Patient Access Network or PAN Foundation formed more than 10 years ago, partially in response to the Medicare Part D benefit. It helps patients meet cost-sharing requirements across dozens of diseases, including 25 in oncology; Evidence-Based Oncology, a publication of The American Journal of Managed Care, invited PAN Foundation President and CEO Dan Klein to discuss its role in immuno-oncology.
Study Finds Overuse of Antipsychotics in Dementia Patients
Federal investigators say they have found evidence of widespread overuse of psychiatric drugs by older Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, and are recommending that Medicare officials take immediate action to reduce unnecessary prescriptions.
AJMC’s ACO Coalition Is Proud to Announce Suzanne F. Delbanco, PhD, MPH, of Catalyst for Payment Reform as Keynote Speaker
Suzanne F. Delbanco, PhD, MPH, executive director of Catalyst for Payment Reform, will be the keynote speaker at the spring meeting of the ACO and Emerging Healthcare Delivery Coalition, to be held April 30 and May 1, 2015, in San Diego, California. The ACO Coalition, an initiative of The American Journal of Managed Care, brings together stakeholders from across the healthcare spectrum interested in sharing best practices relative to the changing delivery and payment models.
Study Findings Validate the Use of Adjuvant Systemic Therapy in Gastrointestinal Tumors
The use of adjuvant systemic therapy for localized gastrointestinal stromal tumors has significantly increased over time, a new study published in the American Journal of Clinical Oncology, has found, and patients treated with the therapy have better survival than those treated with surgery alone, researchers say.
Novation Survey Underscores Problems With Genetech's Specialty Drug Distribution Changes
The study found that following Genetech's decision to restrict the distribution of it's 3 popular cancer medications through specific specialty distributors, patient access to the drugs has reduced while costs have increased.
Kyprolis Trumps Velcade in Multiple Myeloma Trial
Results released by Amgen, who bought the molecule from Onyx, show that Kyprolis yielded better results when used as second-line in relapsed patients.
Study Analyzes Truth of IDN Claims of High-Quality, Low-Cost Care
Despite large claims that integrated delivery networks (IDNs) delivery higher quality care more efficiently and cost-effectively, a study of the nation’s 15 largest IDNs provided scant evidence to back them up, according to a new report.
Web-Based Tool Designed to Improve Quality of Care in Thyroid Cancer
The Thyroid Cancer Clinical Registry is expected to improve quality of patient care as patient data would be readily available to all physicians involved in the patients care; however former Commission on Cancer chair Frederick L Greene, MD, wonders whether physicians would take the time to enter the clinical data into the system as required.
Delayed HCV Treatment in Coinfected Patients Can Prove Fatal
Modeling data discussed at a press conference at the 2015 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections showed that delaying HCV treatment, consequent to the high cost of the newer antiviral regimens, could prove fatal in patients coninfected with HIV.
Despite Increased Health Data Breaches, Fines Remain Rare
In a string of meetings and press releases, the federal government's health watchdogs have delivered a stern message: They are cracking down on insurers, hospitals, and doctors offices that don't adequately protect the security and privacy of medical records.
Study on Chronic Fatigue May Help With Diagnoses
The immune systems of people with chronic fatigue syndrome differ from those of healthy people, and patients with recent diagnoses can be distinguished from those who have had the condition for longer, according to researchers.
List of Special Enrollment Events Continues to Expand
The list of situations that trigger a special, 60-day enrollment period will get longer in April, when a new rule issued by HHS takes effect.
Most Health-Related Websites Share Personal Info With Third-Parties
Third parties receive personal health information from more than 90% of visits to health-related websites, according to research to be published in the March 2015 issue of Communication of the ACM.
Urine Test for Bladder Cancer Could Aid Early Detection
A simple urine test could help to guide clinicians in the treatment of bladder cancer patients, researchers believe. Being able to reliably identify those patients with the most aggressive cancers early via urine tests, and expediting aggressive therapeutic strategies, may significantly improve outcomes, they say.
Providers Willing to Manage Chronic Care via Telehealth
A recent survey indicates healthcare providers are eager to adopt a chronic care management platform that would qualify them for newly available Medicare reimbursements.
Physicians Optimistic About ICD-10, But Not Prepared
Although physician practices are generally optimistic about being prepared for the October 1, 2015, transition date for ICD-10, only 21% admitted they are currently on track with preparations.
Managed Care Minute: February 28, 2015
A one-minute look at managed care news during the week of February 23, 2015, including another step by CMS toward a quality-based payment system and more predictions on the outcomes of King v. Burwell.
Increased Health Coverage Will Not Overly Burden US Healthcare Delivery System
Despite concerns that increasing healthcare coverage for Americans through the Affordable Care Act would lead to substantial strain on the US healthcare delivery system, The Commonwealth Fund found that increases will only modestly increase the demand for healthcare services.
Opdivo Gets Priority Review for NSCLC
BMS announced in a press release today that Opdivo (nivolumab), approved for advanced melanoma, has received priority review from the FDA for treating patients with advanced NSCLC.
Studies Highlight Limitations in Emergency Provider Understanding of End-of-Life Care Choices
Emergency care providers vary in their understanding of a type of medical order intended to communicate seriously ill patients' choices for life-sustaining treatments, according to a pair of studies recently published.