• Why more men are delaying prostate cancer treatment June 19, 2018
    When Ben Pfeiffer was diagnosed with prostate cancer in April, his urologist noted in the biopsy report that he was leaning toward recommending that Pfeiffer have his prostate surgically removed. But Pfeiffer, 58, a married construction supervisor from Las Vegas with two grown daughters, said his wife insisted that he get a second opinion.
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  • Compulsive video-game playing could be mental health problem June 19, 2018
    Obsessive video gamers know how to anticipate dangers in virtual worlds. The World Health Organization says they now should be on guard for a danger in the real world: spending too much time playing. In its latest revision to a disease classification manual, the U.N. health agency said that compulsively playing video games now qualifies […]
  • Arizona ACO model ready to go national June 19, 2018
    The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Shared Savings Program sent more than $148,000 to 148 physicians in the fourth quarter of 2016, in payments ranging from under $1,000 to over $5,000. Stakeholders want to expand on their success.With encouraging results from their first year of operations, stakeholders in the Blue Cross Blue Shield of […]
  • More doctor pay tied to patient satisfaction and outcomes June 19, 2018
    As insurance companies shift more reimbursement away from fee-for-service medicine, doctors and their practices are seeing more of their bonuses and pay hikes based on “value-based metrics such as patient satisfaction and outcome measures,” new reports on physician compensation indicate.
  • Medicare working on care model just for the very sick June 19, 2018
    Medicare is developing a doctor payment model just for beneficiaries with serious, life-limiting illnesses. There was no formal announcement, but HHS Secretary Alex Azar said that Medicare should test a doctor payment model for the unique care needs of the seriously ill.
  • Childhood cancer impacts mental health June 19, 2018
    Children with neuroblastoma, a pediatric cancer of nerve cells, are vulnerable to mental health and behavioral problems, a new study finds. Neuroblastoma is diagnosed at a median age of 17.3 months. Treatment advances have prolonged survival for many patients, the study authors said.
  • 60 percent of Gen Xers worry Medicare won't cut it in retirement: Are they right? June 19, 2018
    Millions of seniors rely on Medicare to provide health coverage in retirement. But more than half of Gen Xers today aren't confident that Medicare will do the trick once they become eligible, according to new data from Ameriprise Financial. Consequently, many workers who are midway through their careers at present are worried about managing the […]
  • Mylan scores FDA approval of generic Suboxone for opioid addiction, but a strong launch is no sure bet June 19, 2018
    Just one day after the FDA warned Mylan it would issue a second thumbs-down on its generic asthma drug Advair — causing investors to push the stock down 5 percent — the agency granted the company a small but important win. Mylan scored one of two approvals of the first generic versions of sublingual Suboxone, […]
  • As Medicaid costs soar, these states are trying a new approach June 19, 2018
    Sandy Dowland has been to the emergency room 10 times in the past year and was hospitalized during four of those visits. She has had a toe amputated and suffers from uncontrolled diabetes, high blood pressure, major depression, obesity and back pain.