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Carl June Receives 2014 Taubman Prize for his Pioneering Work in Adoptive Cell Transfer
A physician-scientist who developed a personalized immunotherapy for leukemia using patients’ own T cells is the recipient of the 2014 Taubman Prize for Excellence in Translational Medical Science, awarded by the A. Alfred Taubman Medical Research Institute at the University of Michigan Medical School.
Medicaid Enrollment Surges By More Than 1 Million In April
Medicaid enrollment surged by more than 1 million people in April, bringing the total growth in the state-federal health insurance program for the poor since September to about 6 million, the Obama administration said Wednesday.
Ipilimumab for Early-Stage Melanoma?
Despite promising results, experts believe it's too early to use ipilimumab for early-stage melanoma, high toxicity being one of the limiting factors.
Phase 3 Studies of Lilly's CYRAMZA (ramucirumab): Significant Improvement in NSCLC Survival
Lilly's CYRAMZA (ramucirumab) significantly improved overall survival in phase 3 non-small cell lung cancer study. Results from the REVEL trial were published in The Lancet and also presented at ASCO 2014.
In The Literature: Improved Coverage Translates into Imrpoved Outcomes in Young Cancer Patients
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) will likely improve insurance coverage for most young adults, but subsets of young adults in the United States will face significant premium increases in the individual market. We examined the association between insurance status and cancer-specific outcomes among young adults.
Study: EHR Access Could Influence ED Care
Knowledge is power. The statement holds true in the emergency department, as a new study has found that physician access to information in EHRs may have a significant impact on patient care.
State HIX Competition Grows
Many residents in New England are going to have more choices in the public exchanges this fall, as some insurers' growth strategies are tested.
Latest CMS Data Drop Shows Regional Variation in Spending on Inpatient, Post-Acute Care
The CMS' release of per capita spending for Medicare beneficiaries shows that some states, particularly in the South, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, are spending significantly more on inpatient and post-acute care than northern and western states.
AJMC Panel: Advances in Multiple Myeloma Therapy Extend Survival for Patients, Raising Cost Concerns
The American Journal of Managed Care convened a panel of experts to discuss advances and challenges in treating multiple myeloma, which has seen longer survival rates since the arrival of bortezomib and thalidomide.
Oncologist-owned Practices Provide Cheaper Care than Hospitals
Cancer Care Administered by Oncologist-Owned Practices Costs 3 to 14 Percent Less Than Hospital-Owned Oncology Practices Greatest dollar gaps seen in metastatic colorectal cancer, according to ASCO presentation.
New Immunooncology Drug from Incyte Raises Immense Interest at ASCO
Excitement at ASCO 2014 on Incyte's new immunoonoclogy drug candidate, INCB024360 ('360),in melanoma, despite a small 'n'.
Get Ready for a Surge in Costly Specialty Drugs
In recent years, spending in just about every area of the nation’s health care system remarkably has slowed. U.S. health care costs rose by just 3.7 percent in 2012, according to a report by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), marking the fourth consecutive year of slow growth.
Hospital Charges Surge for Common Ailments, Data Shows
Charges for some of the most common inpatient procedures surged at hospitals across the country in 2012 from a year earlier, some at more than four times the national rate of inflation, according to data released by Medicare officials on Monday.
Medicare Could Save Billions By Scrapping Random Drug Plan Assignment
A new study finds that Medicare is spending billions of dollars more than it needs to on prescription drugs for low-income seniors and disabled beneficiaries.
Feds to Consider Paying Doctors for End-of-Life Planning
The federal government may reimburse doctors for talking to Medicare patients and their families about advance care planning, including living wills and end-of-life treatment options potentially rekindling one of the fiercest storms in the Affordable Care Act debate.
Doc-Led ACOs Show Promise for Patients, Payers
In the search for meaningful patient care improvements and sustainable financing, some independent physician groups are charting unique approaches that may offer models for payers and providers in the age of cost-containment and risk-sharing.
Shinseki Resigns Amid Veterans' Healthcare Woes
Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned amid widespread troubles in the VA healthcare system. President Barack Obama says he accepted the resignation with "considerable regret."
Poor Data Infrastructure Hampers Quality Improvement, PCAST Says
The nation's healthcare system needs to follow the lead of the aviation and manufacturing industries and adopt a systems-engineering approach to quality improvement, but fee-for-service payments and an inadequate health data infrastructure are obstacles to doing so, according to a new report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.
Medicare Overpaid Docs Billions for Office Visits, OIG Says
Medicare overpaid physicians $6.7 billion in 2010 for evaluation and management services, HHS' Office of Inspector General said in a study released Thursday.
Growing Pains for Medicaid Managed Care Expansions
Although they're not expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, Texas, Florida and other states are expanding managed care, bringing insurers opportunities as well as challenges, including competition from provider-based health plans.
Will Congress Abolish the 96-Hour Rule?
There are rumblings that federal lawmakers may be willing to repeal Medicare's burdensome rule requiring physicians in critical access hospitals to make an educated guess that the patients they're admitting will be either discharged or transferred in less than four days.
Physicians, Hospitals Size Up Value-Based Healthcare
Physicians are wary of new healthcare payment models emphasizing quality and efficiency metrics, but hospitals are likely to prove resilient.
AJMC Study Confirms Link Between Financial Stress, Failure to Stick With Hypertension Medication
A new study adds to the evidence that financial pressure, or the perception of pressure, may keep patients from getting treatment or taking medication for chronic conditions such as hypertension.
New Target to Prevent Lung Metastases in Breast Cancer Patients
The research headed by Roger Gomis at IRB Barcelona, with the collaboration of Joan Massagué, describes that the loss of the suppressor RARRES3 promotes the colonization of breast cancer cells in the lung.