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The Unfinished Business Of Health Care Reform: Real Access To Innovative Medicines (7/31/2014) - A year ago in this space, I wrote about the importance of adherence – patients taking prescribed medicines as directed. I cited an independent study by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, which estimated that non-adherence costs the U.S. health care system $105 billion each year. Today, I want to address the unfulfilled promise of […]
CBO Is Playing with Obamacare’s Numbers Again (7/31/2014) - One of the ongoing debates about policy formation in Washington that has become far more prominent since the passage of Obamacare is the role of the Congressional Budget Office and the weight given its estimates and predictions for the ramifications of legislation. CBO always has been at the center of a debate about how much […]
6 States, D.C. Extending Medicaid Pay Raise Next Year To Primary Care Doctors (7/31/2014) - By Phil Galewitz | Kaiser Health News Just six states and the District of Columbia will use their own money in 2015 to sustain the federal Medicaid pay raise to primary care doctors, which was a key provision of the Affordable Care Act intended to make sure millions of low-income people enrolling in the expanding […]
Getting It Wrong On Cancer Care (7/30/2014) - By Robert Chapman, M.D. & Andres Wiernik, M.D. Robert Chapman, MD is the Director of the Josephine Ford Cancer Institute. Andres Wiernik, MD is a hematology and oncology physician. Since when did think tank pundits know more about delivering medicine than doctors? Sally Pipes’commentary on June 2 about the federal 340B drug discount program is both off-base and […]
VA Manipulated Vets’ Appointment Data, Audit Finds (7/30/2014) - By Gregg Zoroya and Meghan Hoyer Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system. Auditors found at least one appointment scheduler at 109 VA medical centers who said wait times […]
Lancet Oncology: New Proposals to Improve US Cancer Care and Control Costs (7/29/2014) - US cancer care organizations are working to reform how cancer care is reimbursed, to control costs while providing high-quality care for patients. Perverse incentives and pressures continue to drive up cancer care costs. The federal Medicare health insurance programme reimburses physician costs according to complex “relative value unit” (RVU) formulae. But increasingly, academic centres are […]
Tentative Deal Reached on VA Health Care Reform (7/28/2014) - The chairmen of the House and Senate Veterans Affairs committees have reached a tentative agreement on a plan to improve veterans’ health care. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., scheduled a news conference Monday to talk about a compromise plan to fix a veterans’ health program scandalized by long patient wait times […]
Promising Cancer Drug Fails to Slow Breast Cancer (7/28/2014) - Researchers had hoped to add breast cancer to the list of cancers for which the drug is already approved A Phase 3 trial of cancer drug Nexavar in patients with advanced breast cancer failed to delay progression of the disease, according to the drug’s makers, Bayer and Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Inc., an Amgen subsidiary. The study, called Reslience, […]