Daily Oncology News Alerts

It’s Time for Congress to Make Integrated Care Central to the Nation’s Patient Experience (10/21/2014) - The primary objective of our health care system is to ensure that quality health care is readily accessible for patients. However, as health care becomes increasingly entangled in a web of networks, insurers, and providers, the patient’s best interest can get lost. As a physician overseeing a network of dedicated health care professionals, I know […]
Susan G. Komen Targets a New Generation (10/21/2014) - CEO Judith Salerno Aims to Reignite the Charity by Appealing to Younger People When Susan G. Komen’s president and chief executive, Judith A. Salerno, took over the nonprofit a year ago, the Dallas-based breast-cancer group was just emerging from its worst fundraising and public-relations crisis. The trouble began in February 2012, when Komen announced a […]
Health Care Reform Implementation Update (10/21/2014) - In the past week, CMS has released several advisories including updates to the rating system for nursing homes, premium and deductible information for Medicare Part B and Part D for 2015, Pioneer ACO results, payment dispute settlements, and insurance fee FAQs. Even though they are out of session, a group of congressional members asked the […]
60 Minutes Acknowledges COA Blasted It for Reporting Inaccuracies in Cancer Drug Costs Show (10/20/2014) - As we posted last week, COA was contacted by 60 Minutes earlier in the year about a segment on cancer drug pricing. Several of the COA leadership told the accurate story on camera, as well as provided 60 Minutes with data supporting the quality and cost efficiency of community oncology providers. Unfortunately, 60 Minutes ignored […]
Georgia’s Rural Hospitals Teeter as Solutions Are Debated (10/20/2014) - Eight rural hospitals in Georgia have closed or downsized and another 15 are teetering on the brink of closure and could be gone in the next year or two, according to a group representing rural hospitals. While some say expanding Medicaid could help, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal said he is against expanding “entitlements” and would […]
ObamaCare Bronze Plan Premiums To Jump 14% In 2015 (10/20/2014) - ObamaCare shoppers in search of the lowest-cost plan may come down with a mild case of rate shock when 2015 exchange enrollment begins next month. An examination of next year’s rates in the biggest city in 15 states and Washington, D.C., reveals that the cost of the cheapest bronze plan will jump an average of […]
Bladder Cancer Drug Shortages and Price Gouging: The New Reality (10/17/2014) - The Presentation Tom quit smoking as his second marriage started.  The booze stopped as well.  In his inimitable Yinzer brogue he assured me he was “totally clean and n’at”.  The light banter stopped when his wife interjected about seeing blood all over the toilet yesterday.  Tom was in denial.  His wife knew the score.  Both […]
Use of Intensive Medical Services for Ovarian Cancer Patients at End of Life Increases Despite Rise in Use of Hospice (10/17/2014) - There have been widespread efforts to improve the quality of life of terminally ill patients. As more patients choose to spend their final days and weeks in hospice care rather than a hospital, the hope is the use of intensive and costly hospital services would decline. A new study by Dana-Farber Cancer Institute researchers shows […]