Expert Analysis on Managing mCRC
At the 26th International Congress on Anti-Cancer Treatment in Paris, France, earlier this month, oncologists deliberated on the current understanding of metastatic colorectal cancer and the available treatment options. Recent work has shown that there are 4 or 5 different subtypes of the disease, which may call for personalized therapeutic strategies.
After Years, Healthcare Spending Is on the Rise
The national medical bill may be back to growing faster than gross domestic product. After 5 years of historically slow growth, new data show US healthcare spending accelerated significantly in 2014.
Providers Still Lagging in Patient Engagement
Healthcare organizations and providers are still largely confused, or at least slow, when it comes to effective patient portals and other technologies that may help spur better patient engagement.
Illinois Governor Proposes Medicaid Cuts
Illinois' new Republican governor, Bruce Rauner, nearly $1.5 billion in cuts from Medicaid to save the state money, but opponents said the move will only cost Illinois in the long run.
Managed Care Minute: February 21, 2015
A one-minute look at managed care news during the week of February 16, 2015, including extended open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act and shared decision-making for cancer treatments.
UCLA Study Points to Need for Informed Decision-Making in Prostate Cancer
The study evaluated SEER data of over 37,000 prostate cancer patients and found an overwhelming majority of patients (58%) received radiation treatment regardless of overall disease prognosis. The lead study author hopes these findings enlighten the public and allow physicians to make an informed decision when it comes to the best treatment option for men who may or may not benefit from radiation therapy in the long run.
Biomarker That Could Predict Survival After CRC Surgery Discovered
Research scientists at the Macquarie University and Concord Repatriation General Hospital in Australia have discovered that expression of the cell surface protein uPAR can predict survival after colorectal cancer (CRC) surgery. The study found that patients expressing uPAR may have undetectable cancer metastasis and dramatically poorer survival.
Minnesota’s McCullough to Serve as Guest Editor for AJMC’s 5th Annual Special Issue on Health IT
Jeffrey S. McCullough, PhD, who writes frequently on the intersection of health information technology (IT) and quality, will serve as guest editor for the 5th annual special issue of The American Journal of Managed Care
devoted to research and commentary on health IT. Dr McCullough’s services come during AJMC
’s celebration of its 20th year as the leading peer-reviewed journal covering healthcare delivery systems.