Focus of the Week
July 13, 2018
CMS Administator Seema Verma said the changes are designed to reduce administrative burdens for physicians so they can spend more time with patients. A group representing community oncologists said a reimbursement change for new drugs could have unintended consequences.
July 12, 2018
There is widespread variation in how commercial insurers cover specialty drugs, a recent Heath Affairs study found, with only 16% of the drug-indication pairs examined covered the same way. Fewer than half were covered consistently by at least 75% of the plans.
July 11, 2018
Current standard of care treatment for rectal cancer, which recommends combining surgery with chemotherapy and radiation, fails to prolong survival in patients younger than 50 years of age, according to findings published early online in the journal Cancer.
July 10, 2018
How much you shell out for prescription medicine at the pharmacy counter depends on where you live, according to an analysis by GoodRx.
July 09, 2018
Experts at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Policy Summit discussed the present challenges of transitioning to alternative payment models at a time when the costs of many cancer therapies are rising.
July 06, 2018
Enrollees in Minnesota's early Medicaid expansion had high rates of mental illness, substance use disorder, and housing instability, indicating they would benefit most from access to highly integrated health and social services.
July 05, 2018
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the World Health Organization, and the World Bank released a report urging governments around the world to think seriously about planning for high quality care, noting that poor quality health services are holding back progress in countries of all income levels.
July 04, 2018
While measures implemented by CMS in 2017 stabilized the individual marketplace and improved performance of health insurance exchanges, those without federal subsidies have limited coverage options, according to the reports.
July 03, 2018
Project Baseline, launched a year ago in April, was brought to life by Duke University School of Medicine, Verily, Stanford Medicine, and Google to better understand the transition from health to disease and shift healthcare in the United States from reactive to proactive.
July 02, 2018
Although most practices participating in CMS' Oncology Care Model (OCM) are among the most sophisticated in the country, they've run into challenges and have identified areas for adjustment in the 5-year pilot.