Posts in the “Health Care Health Care” category:

Call Widens for Medicare CT Lung Cancer Screening Coverage

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 30th, 2014 |

More than 60 patient advocacy and medical organizations have joined a coalition headed by the Lung Cancer Alliance, the American College of Radiology and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons, in urging Medicare to cover low dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for beneficiaries at high risk for lung cancer. In a new joint letter to the… Read More

Reconceptualizing Health and Health Care: Why Our Cancer Care Delivery System Is In Crisis

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 23rd, 2014 |

Cancer Care System in Crisis Americans fear cancer. In a poll for MetLife, when participants were asked which major disease they feared most, 41 percent said cancer, 31 percent said Alzheimer’s disease, and small percentages of other respondents said other diseases. Not surprisingly, The National Institutes of Health has a budget allocation of $4.9 billion… Read More

A Cancer Battle We Can Win

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 21st, 2014 |

THE war against cancer can be confusing, with providers, insurers and policy makers debating the effectiveness of treatments, prevention programs and research. But there is one significant victory within our grasp. There is, increasingly, a consensus that CT screening for lung cancer can save thousands of lives each year. Lung cancer, the No. 1 cancer… Read More

Evidence Mounts Supporting Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 19th, 2014 |

The stockpile of evidence confirming — and reconfirming — the lifesaving value of lung cancer screening continues to grow. The latest study, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine, reexamines all the data from the 53,000 participant National Lung Screening Trial (NLST), and looks specifically at the impact of computed tomography (CT) screening on high… Read More

UK Lung cancer screening delay could cost thousands of lives

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 19th, 2014 |

Following the release of US data, Liverpool University’s Professor John Field suggested that planning should start immediately for a lung cancer screening service for older smokers in the UK starting in 2016. He warned that delays for such a service could cost thousands of lives. The data released suggested that screening programmes can detect lung… Read More

What cancer patients want and what Medicare covers may differ

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 10th, 2014 |

When asked what Medicare should cover for cancer patients in their last months of life, many patients and their caregivers choose benefits the federal insurance does not offer, like home-based long term care and concurrent palliative care, according to a new study based on interviews. Given an array of options, a limited budget and a… Read More

7 Threats to Cancer Care

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 10th, 2014 |

Editor’s Note: In March, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a report, “The State of Cancer Care in America: 2014,”[1] that served as a clarion call for the oncology community. Citing a rising demand for oncologists’ services, an aging workforce, and high levels of burnout among oncologists, the report predicted that there would… Read More

Study Confirms CT Lung Cancer Screening is Cost Effective: Full Medicare Coverage Should Follow

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 2nd, 2014 |

Questions regarding effectiveness, infrastructure and cost effectiveness of low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening of those at high risk for lung cancer have now been answered. Medicare should rapidly provide full national coverage for these exams. An actuarial cost-benefit analysis by Milliman, Inc., published in the August issue of American Health and Drug Benefits, shows that… Read More

Lung Cancer Community Applauds Latest Research Confirming Life-Saving, Low-Cost Benefits of Lung Cancer Early Detection in High-Risk Population

Posted by Samantha Powell on September 2nd, 2014 |

The American College of Radiology (ACR), Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) and The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) today applauded an actuarial cost-benefit analysis conducted by Milliman, Inc. that found implementation of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations for low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) for the early detection of… Read More

Where Should Cancer Care Be Delivered and Why?

Posted by Samantha Powell on August 29th, 2014 |

There is a growing chorus that seems to be debating separate issues—340B drug pricing, the sequester, site of service differential, etc. But the debate revolves around a singular issue—where should cancer care be delivered? It is an uncontested fact that delivery of state of the art oncology care is getting significantly more complex and expensive…. Read More