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February 27, 2015: Can Money Really Be No Object When Cancer Care Is the Subject?

Created on: Friday, February 27, 2015

Drug prices are the most rapidly increasing component of American health care costs, and cancer drugs in particular have been leading this meteoric rise.

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February 27, 2015: Medicaid Acceptance by Healthcare Providers Drops to 1-out-of-3

Created on: Friday, February 27, 2015

Drop in Medicaid acceptance occurs as reimbursement rates decline for primary care physicians in many states

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February 27, 2015: Hospitals mount campaign against site-neutral Medicare payments

Created on: Friday, February 27, 2015

Hospital leaders are working to head off any momentum in Congress toward overhauling Medicare rates to pay hospitals the same for outpatient services as the program pays for the same services in physician offices.

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February 26, 2015: CMS Announces Extension for EPs Participating in PQRS via EHR and QCDR

Created on: Thursday, February 26, 2015

From CMS… The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is pleased to announce that the submission deadlines for the PQRS reporting methods below have been extended. All other submission timeframes for other PQRS reporting methods remain the same.

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February 26, 2015: A Faster Way to Try Many Drugs on Many Cancers

Created on: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Chemotherapy and radiation failed to thwart Erika Hurwitz’s rare cancer of white blood cells. So her doctors offered her another option, a drug for melanoma. The result was astonishing.

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February 26, 2015: Top 5 Health Care Trends to Watch in 2015

Created on: Thursday, February 26, 2015

With a new Congress, health care is once again an issue of tremendous scrutiny and debate. Many of the federal policy debates in 2015 will be largely symbolic, resulting in little more than tweaks to existing law.

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February 26, 2015: Payment Reform Action Plan: Meeting the New Medicare Payment Reform Target

Created on: Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Affordable Care Act, or ACA, included a variety of reforms intended to lay the groundwork for a fundamental shift in how our nation pays for health care, with the goal of rewarding quality, improving outcomes, and containing the growth in costs.

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February 26, 2015: VA Payments for Physicians in New Program Fall Short of Expectations

Created on: Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act was signed into law in August with the intent of expanding health care access for veterans, but the AAFP is concerned that restrictive payment policies included in the interim final rule implementing provisions of the act could limit physician participation.

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February 26, 2015: Insurance Markets in a Post-King World

Created on: Thursday, February 26, 2015

The Supreme Court is considering a case – King v. Burwell – that challenges the legality of premium and cost-sharing subsidies for low- and middle-income people buying insurance in states where the federal government rather than the state is operating the marketplace under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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February 25, 2015: COA Announces Oncology Medical Home Pilot Program Launch

Created on: Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Ten community oncology practices across the country will begin the accreditation process to become recognized as official oncology medical homes.

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