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.
Actuarial Study Could Affect Medicaid Managed-Care Rates
The CMS has unveiled two initiatives that could significantly affect pay and operations for Medicaid managed-care plans and healthcare providers serving millions of low-income and disabled Americans.
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.
ASCO: Tamoxifen for 10 Years in Women with HR-Positive, Non-Metastatic Breast Cancer
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today issued an update to its clinical practice guideline on the use of adjuvant endocrine therapy for women with stages I-III hormone receptor positive breast cancer.
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.
Ipilumumab: Potential in the Treatment of Advanced Prostate Cancer
An international study carried out with involvement of the MedUni Vienna is giving hope to patients with advanced prostate cancer. In just a few years' time, Ipilumumab could be approved as a treatment for the world's third-most common type of cancer.
A Look at Stress, Diabetes, and the Brain: What Are We Learning, and Can Yoga Offer a Solution?
Two articles in Evidence-Based Diabetes Management examine the relationships among stress, diabetes and the brain, and the growing body of research into yoga's positive effects on reducing stress and improving health.
Aurora A Kinase Inhibitor Shows Promise in Phase I for NHL and CLL
A new chemotherapy drug (alisertib or MLN8237) being investigated for its potency against two types of cancer was found by scientists to be effective in about one-third of the 58 patients who participated in a phase I study.
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.
In Medicaid Waiver, a Challenge to Connect, Collaborate and Create
New York's safety net providers have a new impetus and incentive to collaborate on redesigning how they serve Medicaid patients - if they can make all the moving pieces work.
Single-Payer Advocates Hit Capitol With New Sense Of Reality
Advocates for a single-payer Medicare for all health system are fanning out across Capitol Hill this week, lobbying members of Congress.
Blocking Autophagy With Anti-Malarial Drug Finds Clinical Success
Trials conducted at the Abramson Cancer Center among others have identified the potential of an antimalarial agent, hydroxychloroquine, in stabilizing aggressive cancers.
More Hospice Care Meant Longer Survival, Lower End-of-Life Costs for Metastatic Melanoma Patients
A study in The American Journal of Managed Care found that longer stays in hospice were associated with longer survival and lower end-of-life costs for patients with metastatic melanoma, a particularly deadly and increasingly common form of cancer.
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.