FDA Approves Akynzeo for Chemotherapy-Associated Nausea and Vomiting
The approval follows 2 clinical trials evaluating the regimen in 1720 cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.
Medicare Part B Premiums, Deductibles Unchanged for 2015
For the third year in a row, Medicare Part B monthly premiums and deductibles will remain unchanged at $104.90 and $147, respectively, according to HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
Preparing for 10 Trends That Will Impact Managed Care Pharmacy
There are 10 emerging healthcare trends that will impact managed care pharmacy organizations over the next 5 years as the United States healthcare system places more emphasis on affordability, population health, and patient satisfaction and quality of care, according to a new report from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy.
Immuno-oncology Innovation From Amgen Set for Priority Review
The new BiTE antibody technology developed by the company can simultaneously engage 2 different targets, which can help recruit T-cells to malignant cells, and will be evaluated in ALL patients.
Velcade Approved For Treatment-Naïve Mantle Cell Lymphoma Patients
The approval extends the use of bortezomib beyond relapsed and refractory patients.
Financial Results from First 2 Years of Pioneer ACO Program Show Mixed Results
Financial results from the first 2 years of the Pioneer ACO Model reveals the gains and losses of the 32 organizations that started the program, and illuminates why just 19 remain.
Low-Income Adults View Medicaid as Comparable to Private Insurance
The majority of low-income adults in 3 states favored Medicaid expansion, but knowledge about their states’ plans for the program under the Affordable Care Act was low, according to a report from the Commonwealth Fund.
Price Tags On Healthcare? Only In Massachusetts
Without much fanfare, Massachusetts launched a new era of healthcare shopping last week. Anyone with private health insurance in the state can now go to his or her health insurer’s website and find the price of everything from an office visit to an MRI to a Cesarean section. For the first time, healthcare prices are public.
Barriers to Enrollment in Health Coverage in Colorado
A study of Colorado's own health insurance exchange for individuals identified 11 commonly cited barriers that have prevented eligible individuals from not enrolling in coverage.
Urine Test Could Diagnose Prostate Cancer
The identification of specific RNA molecules in the urine of individuals with prostate cancer raises hope for a non-invasive test for the disease.
Financial Results Reveal Why ACOs Left Pioneer Program
CMS released financial results from the first 2 years of the Pioneer ACO program. The program is down to 19 accountable care organizations from the original 32 that started the program, and the financial results reveal why those that dropped out did so.
Collaboration Will Help Match the Right Patient With the Right Trial
The collaboration between med fusion and GenomOncology promises improved outcomes in personalized cancer trials.
Growing Expectations for Interoperability and Healthcare Data Sharing
Over the last decade, all 5 national coordinators for health information technology have discussed the importance of connecting healthcare data, but the timing is finally right now, according to Karen B. DeSalvo, MD.
Turning Big Data into Actionable Wisdom
Although people seem to assume Big Data will answer all questions and improve quality of care while increasing efficiencies, the healthcare industry needs to focus on what data is actually actionable, according to John Halamka, MD, chief information officer at Beth Israel Deaconess.
AJMC Panel Explores Immuno-Oncology, and What Making Cancer a Chronic Condition Means for Payers
Immuno-oncology, in which the patient’s own immune system is engaged to fight cancer, has shown potential but also presents challenges, including the cost of treatment. Last month, The American Journal of Managed Care convened an expert panel to discuss the value of current therapies and how payers make policy calls
Genentech Faces Backlash Following Onco-Specialty Decision
Having decided to restrict the distribution of 3 of its top-selling oncology medications, Avastin, Rituxan, and Herceptin only through specialty pharmacies, Genentech is witnessing protests in various forms from healthcare centers.
Cancer and Mental Health
Results of a large study performed across cancer centers in Germany, published online October 6, 2014 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, show that 32% of people with cancer experienced some form of clinically relevant mental health challenge, such as anxiety, depressive and adjustment disorders.
Integrated Pharmacy Benefits Have Significant Cost Savings
Including pharmacy benefits as part of an employer’s total health insurance benefit package has clear health benefits and cost savings, according to a study from Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and Prime Therapeutics, LLC.
Pioneer Accountable Care Organization: A Surprise Moneysaver
Nationwide, Pioneer ACOs saved the government $96 million last year, compared with $87.6 million in 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said last month.
In The Literature: TNF-α Antagonists in RA Patients Reduces Cancer Risk
A Taiwan study found a significantly reduced risk of cancer among RA patients on biologics.
BMS to Collaborate with Novartis to Test Nivolumab in NSCLC
Combining nivolumab, an immuno-oncology molecule, with 1 of 3 targeted agents from Novartis is expected to improve patient response in NSCLC.
Study Identifies Lapses in Safe Chemotherapy Administration
Chemotherapy drugs, which could be poisons, can result in adverse health outcomes in healthcare workers who administer them to patients without adequate safety measures.
Readmission Rate Fines Increase in Year 3 of Medicare Program
During the third year of the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program, CMS will penalize more hospitals than it did during the second and third years of the program; however, the overall readmission rate for Medicare beneficiaries is down.
Mitochondrial Uncoupling: A New Approach to Treat Diabetes
A new research study from the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School showed that niclosamide ethanolamine salt (NEN) can burn the excess fat in the liver cells of mice through a process known as mitochondrial uncoupling. Fat accumulation in the liver is a typical characteristic of diabetic patients.
Vosaroxin Fails in Phase 3 AML Trials in the Elderly
Sunesis Pharmaceuticals announced the failure of a phase 3 study Monday morning. The company's experimental drug vosaroxin did not extend survival of elderly patients with advanced acute myeloid leukemia compared to a placebo.