Daily Oncology News Alerts

ObamaCare Subsidies in Jeopardy (7/23/2014) - A pillar of ObamaCare was put in jeopardy Tuesday as two appeals courts split on whether the law’s premium subsidies are legal in 36 states. In the first ruling, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals said the Affordable Care Act (ACA) does not permit the IRS to distribute premium subsidies on exchanges established by the […]
Half of Americans think expensive medical care is better. They’re wrong. (7/23/2014) - There’s a lot of clamoring in health care right now for more transparency in prices, making it easier for a patient to know how much their hip replacement costs before they land on the operating table. Right now, it’s nearly impossible to find out how much a given medical service will cost in advance; hospitals […]
Specialty Drugs Transform Lives — But at a Cost (7/22/2014) - Expensive new specialty drugs offer hope to patients with rare and chronic illnesses but also leave many worrying about paying for them Every year, Cora Higson fills out a sheaf of forms and waits several long, anxious days to learn whether a charity will pay for the drug she needs to breathe. The medication — […]
How Much Is Enough? Out-of-Pocket Spending Among Medicare Beneficiaries: A Chartbook (7/22/2014) - As part of efforts to rein in the federal budget and constrain the growth in Medicare spending, some policy leaders and experts have proposed to increase Medicare premiums and cost-sharing obligations.  Today, 54 million people ages 65 and over and younger adults with permanent disabilities rely on Medicare to help cover their health care costs.  […]
Positive Results For 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System And eRx Program (7/22/2014) - In April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2012 Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing (eRx) Experience Report, showing a significant increase in participation in two programs that allow eligible professionals to earn incentive payments through voluntary participation. Record Participation in 2012 With over 430,000 professionals participating in the Physician Quality Reporting […]
Las Vegas Cancer Center Drops Obamacare Patients (7/21/2014) - A billing dispute has cost enrollees in the state’s health insurance exchange access to Southern Nevada’s largest oncology practice. Comprehensive Cancer Centers of Nevada has left the provider network of Nevada Health CO-OP, a nonprofit insurer created to sell coverage through the Nevada Health Link exchange. Because Nevada Health CO-OP was the only carrier on […]
Obamacare Had ‘Nothing To Do With’ The Cancer Centers of N.C. Closing (7/21/2014) - When the Cancer Centers of North Carolina close their doors for good on Oct. 1, the Affordable Care Act will have played no role. “The Affordable Care Act, as far as I can tell, had nothing to do with it,” says Dr.William Berry, a CCNC doctor who will transfer to the Duke Health system this fall. Instead, Berry […]
Busy Doctors, Wasteful Spending (7/21/2014) - OF all the ways to limit health care costs, perhaps none is as popular as cutting payments to doctors. In recent years payment cuts have resulted in a sharp downturn in revenue for many hospitals and private practices. What this has meant for most physicians is that in order to maintain their income, they’ve had […]