Posts in the “Health Care Health Care” category:

Improving quality and access to advanced cancer care in India and South Asia

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 11th, 2014 |

Major advances in radiation therapy and radiosurgery for the treatment of cancer are being highlighted in a three-day Oncology Summit taking place in Mumbai from 10-12 July, 2014. Renowned national and international cancer experts from seven countries are meeting to share best practices and exchange knowledge on modern technologies making treatment for cancer patients more… Read More

The Open Medicine Institute Launches Novel Bioinformatics-Healthcare Research Platform with Support from Leading High-Technology Companies VMware, EMC, Kovarus and HPM Networks

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 9th, 2014 |

The Open Medicine Institute (OMI), an organization with a mission to improve health care by applying a multi-disciplinary, “big data” approach, today rolled out its novel OpenMedNet platform designed to improve healthcare. This integrated healthcare model represents a new approach that many experts believe will improve the outlook for patients especially those suffering from prevalent… Read More

New Cancer Care Payment Model Reduced Health Care Costs, Maintained Outcomes

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 8th, 2014 |

A new cancer care payment model that rewards physicians for focusing on best treatment practices and health outcomes rather than the number of drugs they prescribe resulted in significant cost savings without affecting the quality of care. The three-year study, conducted by UnitedHealthcare and five medical oncology groups around the country, covered 810 patients with… Read More

VA rejects link between Gulf War service and cancers

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 7th, 2014 |

The Department of Veterans Affairs has rejected a request from members of Congress and veterans advocates to make brain cancer, lung cancer and migraines presumptive conditions for Gulf War veterans. Officials said they cannot prove the high rate of these illnesses among Gulf War vets are related to military service. VA officials said the number… Read More

We Need to Talk About the Costs of Cancer Treatment

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 7th, 2014 |

Recently, investigators at the University of Chicago and Northwestern University reported on a new tool, COST, for measuring patients’ concerns about the financial burden of cancer treatment. The acronym stands for “COmprehensive Score for financial Toxicity.” Talking about money is not an easy thing for some doctors, including oncologists. Many hesitate to bring up the… Read More

Health Insurance Status Predicts Outcomes in Cancer Patients

Posted by Samantha Powell on July 3rd, 2014 |

Health insurance status appears to be an independent predictor of outcome in cancer patients in the United States. New data show that uninsured young adults who are uninsured are more likely to present with metastatic disease, be undertreated, and die after their diagnosis than their insured counterparts. But insurance premiums might be beyond the reach… Read More

Cancer Doctors Ring Up Big Medicare Bills for Tarnished Drug Procrit

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 19th, 2014 |

Many cancer doctors now use a drug called Procrit sparingly. It was approved in 1989 for anemia and became a popular treatment for that side effect of chemotherapy. But regulators later learned Procrit can speed tumor growth and hasten death in cancer patients. Today, use of this class of drug—best known as EPO, a substance… Read More

Medicare’s Puzzling Refusal to Cover Lung-Cancer Screening

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 17th, 2014 |

If you could save thousands of lives, would you do it? That’s the question Medicare officials are now considering—whether to approve lung-cancer screening for Medicare beneficiaries, which we estimate could save 14,000 lives each year in that group alone. Most patients are discovered with lung cancer at a stage already too late for a cure,… Read More

Guest: Medicare should cover low-dose CT screening for lung cancer

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 9th, 2014 |

LUNG-cancer screening with low-dose CT scans could save up to 18,000 lives annually among those at high risk for the disease. But in late April, a federal advisory panel, the Medicare Evidence Development & Coverage Advisory Committee, voted against recommending these scans, which use computerized tomography, for people on Medicare and Medicaid. Given that 82… Read More

Congress Shows Strong Support for Medicare Coverage of Lung Cancer Screening

Posted by Samantha Powell on June 4th, 2014 |

A large number of United States Senators and Representatives are taking the lead to support full Medicare coverage of low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) screening for seniors at high risk for lung cancer. Through grassroots advocacy from The Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS), the American College of Radiology (ACR), and the Lung Cancer Alliance (LCA), among… Read More