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Physician Payments Sunshine Act: CMS posts 2014 Open Payments Data Totaling $6.49 Billion (7/1/2015) - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today published 2014 Open Payments data about transfers of value by drug and medical device makers to health care providers. The data includes information about 11.4 million financial transactions attributed to over 600,000 physicians and more than 1,100 teaching hospitals, totaling $6.49 billion. This is compared to 4.3 million records […]
Free Program Provides Information and Resources to Help Employers Support Employees Facing Cancer (7/1/2015) - Easy to use, web-based tool helps support communication between managers and employees to ensure a healthy and productive workplace Individuals faced with a medical diagnosis often experience a variety of feelings and emotions as they try to integrate their personal and work lives. Returning to work after being touched by a cancer diagnosis or treatment […]
Citrus Fruit Linked With Melanoma in Preliminary Study (7/1/2015) - (Reuters Health) – Using data from two long-term studies of women and men, researchers found a potential link between citrus consumption and malignant melanoma of the skin. But the study did not test whether citrus fruits were the cause of the skin cancers, and more work will be needed to confirm the connection, the authors […]
Your Colonoscopy Is Covered, But Surprise! The Prep Kit May Not Be (7/1/2015) - With summer vacations coming up, one reader this week asked about travel insurance, while others had questions about coverage of preventive services, including costs related to colonoscopies. Q. We know now that anesthesia for a screening colonoscopy is covered with no cost sharing  as a preventive service under the health law. As a plan administrator, […]
IBM’s Watson Takes On Cancer (7/1/2015) - IBM’s Watson, the computer that became a Jeopardy champ four years ago, is being further developed to provide diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Recent reports show how doctors are working with IBM to update the computer with medical updates that can help review a cancer patient’s DNA and provide result findings in a matter of […]
How Might Crushes Right In Healthcare (6/30/2015) - Dr. Melos is a gastroenterologist in solo practice in a medium-sized Midwestern city.  One day she hears a knock on her door.  When she answers, she finds two representatives of Athenian Health System, who request a few minutes of her time.  She invites them to take a seat in her office. After exchanging pleasantries, the […]
Providers Fear Insurance Mergers Will Intensify Rate Pressures (6/30/2015) - Dr. Robert Wergin practices family medicine in Milford, Neb., population 2,000. His office interacts with many different health insurers. But three carriers—Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, Aetna subsidiary Coventry Health Care and UnitedHealthcare—are the dominant private payers in his area. That number could shrink even more.
Beating Cancer: What Comes Next For Survivors? (6/30/2015) - Historically, cancer has been about the finish line — surviving. Today, more and more, cancer is about living. “We imagine the finish line and think once you get to the line, things will be different,” says Dr. Nancy Boutin, medical director of Salem Health’s Salem Cancer Institute. “But you have all of your life to […]