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.
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.
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.
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.
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.