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.
Safety Net Hospitals Already Seeing More Paying Patients And Revenue
One of the biggest beneficiaries of the health law's expansion of coverage to more than 13 million people this year has been the nation's safety-net hospitals, which treat a disproportionate share of poor and uninsured people and therefore face billions of dollars in unpaid bills.
BMS Partners with Technology Company CytomX for Antibody Development Platform
BMS, which has a rapidly developing and successful immunooncology pipeline, has entered into a collaboration with CytomX to develop their Probody Therapeutics antibody platform. The Probody technology improves efficacy and safety as the antibodies are activated only in the disease microenvironment and not in normal tissue.
Panitumumab-with FOLFOX Approved for mCRC Patients with WT KRas
Vectibix is the First and Only Biologic to Offer Significant Survival Benefit as a First-Line Treatment with FOLFOX Chemotherapy for Patients with Wild-Type KRAS Metastatic Colorectal Cancer Approval Reinforces Amgen Commitment to Personalized Medicine.
Professor: Lower Cost-Sharing for Chronic Conditions
Chronically ill patients, who are more likely to require necessary care, should pay less for health insurance, Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, argued in an op-ed for the New York Times.
Roche's Gazyvaro Receives Backing of EU's CHMP for CLL
EU's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP)supported the use of Gazyvaro based on the phase III CLL11 study, wherein treatment with Gazyvaro (obinutuzumab) plus chlorambucil significantly reduced the risk of disease worsening or death by 86% and increased survival time for previously untreated CLL patients compared to those who received treatment with chlorambucil alone.
3 Pathways to Patient-Centered Care
A new report highlights the ways hospitals can identify and address sources of "avoidable suffering" and ultimately improve the patient experience.
EHR Adoption Increases 133% at Community Health Centers
Federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) have increased their EHR adoption by 133% over the past four years, says a report from The Commonwealth Fund, with 93% of FQHCs in possession of an EHR and 85% of these community provider organizations reporting advanced HIT capabilities.