• Industry leaders support proposed changes to ACO benchmarking December 3, 2019
    Fourteen healthcare industry groups, including the American Hospital Association and the American Medical Association, recently backed the campion to Senate legislation that would alter accountable care organization benchmarking in Medicare’s largest ACO program. The Accountable Care in Rural America Act would change the Social Security Act to ensure all ACOs in the Medicare Shared Savings […]
  • FDA grants durvalumab priority review for small cell lung cancer treatment December 3, 2019
    The FDA has granted a priority review designation to a supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for durvalumab for the frontline treatment of patients with extensive-stage small-cell lung cancer. The sBLA is based on findings from a phase III CASPIAN trial, in which adding the PD-L1 inhibitor to chemotherapy reduced the risk of death by 27% […]
  • CMS accepting applications for new primary care alternative payment models December 3, 2019
    The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that is now accepting applications for new primary care alternative payment models. Called “Direct Contracting”, the program offered by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), will test an array of financial risk-sharing arrangements. CMS hopes it will encourage more healthcare providers to participate in […]
  • Affordable mental health care is getting even tougher to access December 3, 2019
    Eleven years after Congress passed a law mandating that insurers provide equal access for mental and physical health care, Americans are actually finding it harder to obtain affordable treatment for mental illness and substance abuse issues. The barriers to parity continue despite a bipartisan consensus that more must be done to confront the nation's devastating […]
  • Exploring why comprehensive care can make a big difference in cancer treatment December 3, 2019
    The majority of cancer care today is provided as outpatient care, and that has meant that cancer patients may have their appointments anywhere from a strip mall to a general hospital to a shiny, multi-story medical center. Several recent studies published in respected medical journals have concluded that patients’ long-term survival was significantly improved, by […]
  • Radiation oncologist discusses concerns with incoming CMS payment model December 3, 2019
    As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid prepares to move forward with new models of value-based cancer care, a radiation oncologist, speaking at the Institute for Value-Based Medicine, an initiative of The American Journal of Managed Care, discussed her findings regarding whether accountable care models had an effect on cancer care spending.
  • Nearly half of post-acute staffers have minimal health IT knowledge — or none at all December 3, 2019
    Post-acute providers continue to struggle with information technology and data-sharing — particularly around care coordination and value-based payment models — a new survey from Black Book Market Research reveals. In fact, 49% of providers who were surveyed reported that their staffers had very low levels of health IT levels of understanding or they had no […]
  • Why looking up from your phone is one of the best things you can do for your brain and body December 3, 2019
    For all the convenience, entertainment and diversion that our smartphones provide, they also come with a cost. Living life with our heads down and excessive screen time can contribute to a host of mental and physical well-being issues — from increased anxiety to a posture problem appropriately called "text neck." And while no one is […]
  • 'Hubble Space Telescope' for genomics could yield new drugs, materials December 3, 2019
    Researchers in Spain have developed a new genomics tool that can classify how species are related to each other at far larger scales than previously possible and may yield new drugs, materials and foods — and pinpoint strategies for saving species at risk of extinction. Heralded as a “Hubble Space Telescope” of genomics, the technology […]
  • Depression in doctors linked to increase in medical errors December 3, 2019
    For physicians, the combination of long hours, often grueling medical procedures and lives on the line can create an enormous amount of stress. That can take a toll on mental health, and many doctors say they suffer from depression. A Medscape survey indicated 71% of doctors are suffering from some form of burnout, depression or […]