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Medicare Reform Becomes Law: What You Need to Know (4/20/2015) - Tens of millions of Americans rely on Medicare to help cover the bulk of their healthcare costs. For years, though, lawmakers have had to go through an annual rite in order to prevent doctors from suffering massive cuts in their reimbursement levels for providing medical services to Medicare participants. Finally, though, with almost unprecedented bipartisan […]
Your Money or Your Life: Many Cancer Patients Face Painful Choice (4/20/2015) - DALLAS — Kim Harris approached the communion rail at Zion Lutheran Church with a vial of pills in his hand. The thin, dying man and the Rev. Robert Preece were alone in the sanctuary. They had met many times this way — the 62-year-old cancer patient seeking a blessing for his therapy, and the Dallas […]
Merck Cancer Drug Shines Against Skin, Lung Cancer (4/20/2015) - Merck’s immune-boosting cancer drug, Keytruda, bested the standard of care in advanced melanoma, the deadly skin cancer, and showed promising results in non-small cell lung cancer. Based on these data, Merck says it has filed an application with the Food and Drug Administration for Keytruda to be used in non-small cell lung cancer, and will soon […]
Space Coast Cancer Seminar Focuses On Healthcare Quality (4/20/2015) - Space Coast Cancer Center Presents Innovations Healthcare Conference In Viera BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – Space Coast Cancer Center presented “Innovations – Improving Value In Healthcare” Accent On Cancer Conference, which focused on timely issues that are affecting patients, employees and their employers. The conference, an important one for Brevard County employers and the community, was held […]
Washington Hails End of ‘Doc Fix’ Debacle (4/17/2015) - As Jan. 1, 2002, approached, Tom Scully, the director of the Bush administration’s Medicare agency, was desperately trying to warn Congress about impending cuts to doctors. A formula passed five years earlier was aimed at controlling Medicare spending, but this was the first time it was actually eating into doctors’ payments.
Only 251 Hospitals Score Five Stars In Medicare’s New Ratings (4/17/2015) - In an effort to make comparing hospitals more like shopping for refrigerators and restaurants, the federal government has awarded its first star ratings to hospitals based on patients’ appraisals. Many of the nation’s leading hospitals received middling ratings, while comparatively obscure local hospitals and others that specialized in lucrative surgeries frequently received the most stars.
Prices of Cancer Drugs have Soared Since 1995 (4/17/2015) - The prices of leading cancer drugs have risen at rates far outstripping inflation over the last two decades, according to a new study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives (2015; doi:10.1257/jep.29.1.139). Since 1995, a group of 58 leading cancer drugs has increased in price by 10% annually, even when adjusted for inflation and incremental […]
Analytics Reaches Oncology Practice, and End-Users Anticipate Major Changes (4/17/2015) - As cancer centers become squeezed by policy and reimbursement cross-currents, oncology managers look to analytics for support The clinician and administrative leaders who are managing cancer care centers across the U.S. are finding their organizations squeezed between a number of different policy cross-currents these days, and are welcoming the imminent arrival of robust analytics tools […]