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While multigene panels are extremely important in precision cancer care, high levels of variance and insufficient insurance coverage are significant barriers to rapid adoption, according to Kenneth Offit, MD, MPH, from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
The initiative includes targeted efforts in 7 cities to reduce the number of "unhealthy days," a metric devised by CDC to gauge physical and mental well-being.
House leaders and White House negotiators are unable to break the impasse created by conservatives, who say the bill does not sufficiently unravel Obamacare, and moderates who worry about lack of coverage for constituents.
An innovative housing model for seniors that incorporates healthcare within the residential environment contributed to lowered rates of both inpatient hospitalizations and readmissions, according to a recent study.
The first treatment for Merkel cell carcinoma, a rare form of skin cancer, has been approved to treat adults and pediatric patients 12 years or older. The drug is also under consideration through Priority Review for treatment of patients with urothelial carcinoma.
At the 22nd Annual Conference of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, held March 23-25, 2017, in Orlando, FL, policy researchers with interest in cancer care disparities discussed the source of existing disparities and how they can be successfully addressed.
House leaders are balancing the need to win votes from conservative members with the need to not put moderate members at risk.
The pilot project enrolled children who had a parent simultaneously taking the Diabetes Prevention Program, which has been shown to reduce progression to type 2 diabetes by 59%.
Dr Allan Gibofsky Explains Causes of RA Patient-Physician Communication Gaps
A worldwide study of rheumatoid arthritis patients and providers found that they often focus on separate goals, which can lead to a disconnect in communication, according to Allan Gibofsky, MD, professor of medicine and public health at Weill Cornell Medical College and an attending rheumatologist at Hospital for Special Surgery.
As part of Republicans’ fast and furious push to repeal the Affordable Care Act, there is a vote scheduled today in the House of Representatives on the American Health Care Act. However, there have been serious doubts in the days leading up to the Thursday vote that there were enough votes in the House to pass the bill.
The studies will be done in patients with and without type 2 diabetes.
The report, which provides an update on all the monumental changes witnessed by the field of oncology over the last year, highlights 3 key achievements: new investments in science and insurance coverage, payment models that emphasize quality, and rapid-learning healthcare systems.
Immunotherapy 2.0: Dr Patricia Salber Interviews Dr Harold Burstein
The field of immunotherapy is a work in progress and researchers are now expanding the use of this treatment and doing a better job of identifying the patients that will benefit the most from it.

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Home health beneficiaries with diabetes using paid supplementary caregivers had 68% higher hazards of readmission due to urinary tract infection than those with unpaid supplementary caregivers.
Lean redesigns in primary care improved workflow efficiencies, physician productivity, and overall satisfaction among patients, physicians, and staff, with no adverse effects on clinical quality.
Private sector accountable care organization development has been motivated by perceived opportunities to improve quality, efficiency, and population health, and the belief that payment reform is inevitable.
Although clinical knowledge positions physicians and nurses well as consumer-directed health plan enrollees, they appeared less likely to choose these plans than nonmedical faculty and staff.
Affordable Care Act exchange enrollees in California and Colorado reported significant improvements in access to care and fewer barriers to receiving care due to costs.
An insurance company–sponsored enhanced primary care program had little effect on selected outcomes for low-income patients with diabetes.
Practice transformation toward comprehensive primary care slightly improved patient experience in 3 of 6 domains of care: access, provider support, and shared decision making.
Patients receiving postdischarge care from pharmacists had a 28% lower risk of readmission at 30 days and a 31.9% lower risk at 180 days compared with usual care.
In this reply to the commentary, “A Call for a Statewide Medication Reconciliation Program,” published in the October 2016 issue of The American Journal of Managed Care®, authors discuss a proven and scalable solution to improve medication reconciliation that is already available to, and used by, clinicians.
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