Daily Oncology News Alerts

Federal Drug Program Puts Profits over Patients (7/31/2015) - Federal regulators and law enforcement just announced that they’ve recaptured $2 billion in Medicaid payments that were made improperly or fraudulently last year. Now, regulators from the Department of Health and Human Services are turning their attention to another source of potential overpayments – a federal drug-discount program intended to help low-income Americans access prescriptions. […]
IBM Watson, CVS Deal: How The Smartest Computer On Earth Could Shake Up Health Care For 70m Pharmacy Customers (7/31/2015) - The artificial intelligence system known as Watson is going to supercompute your health. IBM and CVS announced on Thursday that they will work together to come up with algorithms that use physiological indicators and red-flag behaviors to predict whose health is fine and whose may be on the decline. The first stage of the deal will focus […]
Capito & Reed Introduce Bipartisan Childhood Cancer STAR Act (7/31/2015) - WASHINGTON, D.C. – In an effort to help thousands of children who undergo cancer treatment each year, U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.) today introduced the Childhood Cancer STAR Act. This bipartisan legislation will advance pediatric cancer research and child-focused cancer treatments, while also improving childhood cancer surveillance and providing resources for […]
Cancer Detection: Should Doctors Inform Patients of Breast Density? (7/31/2015) - LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – Nearly five years later, the memory of discovering a lump on her breast is still vivid to Jennifer Wiseman. “I couldn’t believe it. I looked down and saw a lump,” recalled the newlywed and mother of two young girls. “What did I do to deserve this? Why did it have […]
ASCO Value Framework: A Step Forward or Back? (7/30/2015) - With all the focus in the media on cancer drug costs, let alone within the oncology community, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released its much-anticipated value framework.1 According to ASCO, it is “an initial version of a conceptual framework for assessing the value of new cancer treatment options based on clinical benefit, […]
Medicare Prescription Drug Premiums Projected to Remain Stable (7/30/2015) - On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the signing of Medicare and Medicaid into law, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) projected today that the average premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2016 will remain stable, at an estimated $32.50 per month.
Medicare Turns 50: Will It Still be There 10 years From Now? (7/30/2015) - Medicare was signed into law on July 31, 1965, by President Lyndon Johnson. Unlike ObamaCare, Medicare had broad bipartisan support. It is Title 18 of the Social Security Act. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), part of the Department of Health and Human Services, is in charge, but the nuts-and-bolts administration is in […]
CMS Urged to Ensure Access to High-quality, High-value Cancer Care for Medicaid Enrollees (7/30/2015) - On July 27, ASCO submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service (CMS) on a proposed rule for amending standards related to Medicaid Managed Care (MMC) published in the Federal Register on June 1, 2015. The comments urge CMS to–among other recommendations–ensure that all Medicaid beneficiaries have access to high-quality, high-value cancer care.