Focus of the Week

September 27, 2019
During a panel discussion on defining, standardizing, and reporting quality in cancer care during the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Policy Summit held September 12 in Washington, DC, it became clear that stakeholders of all backgrounds have set their focus on one type of metric in particular: patient-reported outcomes.
September 26, 2019
Coverage of the first half of the Institute for Value-Based Medicine® (IVBM®) session held September 19, 2019, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. IVBM® is an initiative of The American Journal of Managed Care®.
September 25, 2019
Governments and health systems can save money in the long term and improve health outcomes by investing earlier in social determinant of health strategies that help people with housing, exercise, mental health, as well as the ability to afford costly prescription drug medication, the report said.
September 24, 2019
As 2020 Medicare Advantage (MA) premiums will decline 14.0% from 2019, beneficiaries will have access to greater benefits, which has contributed to enrollment continuing to grow year over year, according to CMS.
September 23, 2019
More than 70% of hospital data breaches include the theft of sensitive items like patients’ Social Security or credit card numbers, as well as birth dates, which could lead to identity theft or fraud, according to a new report.
September 20, 2019
Residents of North Pasadena, Texas, struggling with food insecurity obtained “prescriptions” for healthy food from their clinic providers and boosted their intake of fruits, vegetables, lean protein, beans, and whole grains, in another example of the food as medicine movement that also illustrates some of the challenges with these efforts. 
September 19, 2019
The lack of awareness for HPV vaccination contributes to skewed public knowledge, which leaves many at risk for HPV related cancers.
September 18, 2019
CMS made an “error of law” when it tried to expand a site-neutral payment system, a federal judge ruled.
September 17, 2019
As rising drug costs continue to take up a larger portion of the total cost of care, practices in the Oncology Care Model find themselves in control of a shrinking portion of total costs, according to anecdotes from an academic medical center and a community-based practice during the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Policy Summit held September 12 in Washington, DC.
September 16, 2019
The leaders of the Energy and Commerce Committee sent letters to 3 private equity firms seeking information. The committee has already unanimously voted out the No Surprises Act to protect consumers. 
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