Daily Oncology News Alerts

E&C Chairman Upton Releases Draft of 21st Century Cures Bill (1/28/2015) - The 21st Century Cures initiative, legislation “to take a comprehensive look at what steps we can take to accelerate the pace of cures in America” has moved from the concept phase to draft bill language.
Hospital Consolidation Isn’t the Key to Lowering Costs and Raising Quality (1/28/2015) - The headline of a mid-September op-ed in The Wall Street Journal by Kenneth Davis, MD, CEO and president of Mount Sinai Health System in New York City, trumpeted a familiar claim: “Hospital Mergers Can Lower Costs and Improve Medical Care.” But larger size is neither a necessary nor sufficient condition for hospital systems to trim […]
O-Care Exchanges Hit New Enrollment Record (1/28/2015) - Roughly 9.5 million consumers have chosen health plans or reenrolled in their old coverage on ObamaCare’s marketplaces since Nov. 15, an increase over last year’s final count. The new figure puts the Department of Health and Human Services’s (HHS) 2015 sign-up target within striking distance. The Obama administration is hoping to achieve at least 9.1 […]
Bill Requiring Cost Parity for Cancer Treatments Takes First Step Forward in PA House (1/28/2015) - The state House Health Committee voted 23-0 to send to the floor a bill that would bar insurers from allowing patients to be charged more for pill-based cancer treatments than traditional chemotherapy. But the vote was more lopsided than the debate preceding it, as three lawmakers called for more time to consider issues – including […]
Pa. Medical Providers React to “Historic” Federal Effort to Cut Medicare, All Health Care Costs (1/28/2015) - Have you ever gone into the hospital for one thing and been dismayed to see separate bills for things such as the doctor, the surgery, blood tests, etc.? The federal government said Monday it will take the strongest steps ever to move away from the system where hospitals and doctors are paid based on volume, […]
In Historic Announcement, HHS Sets Clear Goals and Timeline for Shifting Medicare Reimbursements From Volume to Value (1/27/2015) - From CMS… In a meeting with nearly two dozen leaders representing consumers, insurers, providers, and business leaders, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell today announced measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality, rather than the quantity […]
The Obama Administration Wants to Dramatically Change How Doctors are Paid (1/27/2015) - The Obama administration on Monday announced an ambitious goal to overhaul the way doctors are paid, tying their fees more closely to the quality of care rather than the quantity. Rather than pay more money to Medicare doctors simply for every procedure they perform, the government will also evaluate whether patients are healthier, among other […]
CDPHP Members to Continue to See NYOH Cancer Doctors (1/27/2015) - CDPHP members will continue to have access to cancer doctors group A cancer doctors group and health insurer in the Capital Region have reached agreement on a contract, resolving a dispute that had left thousands of local patients uncertain about their future care. CDPHP and New York Oncology Hematology have come to terms that guarantee the […]