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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.