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July 30, 2012: Election up for grabs with 100 days to go
With 100 days until the 2012 election, President Obama has a tenuous lead, but the struggling economy hurts his bid for a second term.... Read More»
July 30, 2012: More younger people getting colorectal cancer
Carol Carr showed all the signs of  colorectal   cancer  seven years ago, but doctors thought the 44-year-old Glen Burnie woman was too young to have the disease and never tested her for it.... Read More»
July 30, 2012: For Big Drug Companies, a Headache Looms
It would seem a business executive's dream: legally pay a competitor to keep its product off the market for years.... Read More»
July 30, 2012: FDA's Immoral Stance on Lethal Injection Drugs
The mission of the  Food and Drug Administration  is to protect us from drugs that might kill because they are impure, badly manufactured, untested. Well, not all drugs, as it turns out.... Read More»
July 27, 2012: 'Cancer survivorship' offers own challenges Guest viewpoint
Four years ago, I was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, an aggressive form that required extensive treatment that included surgery, radiation and chemotherapy... Read More»
July 27, 2012: High-carb diet tied to breast cancer risk for some
 Older women who eat a lot of starchy and sweet carbohydrates may be at increased risk of a less common but deadlier form of breast cancer, according to a European study... Read More»
July 27, 2012: Obama, Democrats Recasting Health Care to Blunt Attacks
Heidi Heitkamp, a North Dakota Democratic Senate candidate, has been buried by more than 2,000 Republican-sponsored television ads criticizing her for supporting President Barack Obama's health-care law... Read More»
July 26, 2012: White House tailors minority health care pitch
President  Barack Obama  tends to skim lightly over the details of his  health care  law in speeches... Read More»
July 26, 2012: WellPoint's Board Gets Behind CEO
In the wake of disappointing earnings that dinged the stock and sharpened questions about the company's direction... Read More»
July 26, 2012: The Story So Far
History may someday settle on one of the competing and contradictory narratives now running rampant within the virtual Beltway to explain the decision by Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.... Read More»
July 26, 2012: Dawn of the Mommy and Daddy PACs
The first TV ad  from Laura Ruderman's congressional campaign featured her mother, a cancer survivor, and the candidate's pledge to protect President Barack Obama's health care law... Read More»
July 25, 2012: Breast Cancer Support Group to Liquidate
A Chicago breast-cancer charity that helped patients cope with the disease long before pink ribbons and celebrity advocates entered the picture has shut down and filed for bankruptcy liquidation... Read More»
July 25, 2012: Hill braces for lame-duck frenzy
Tax rates, spending cuts and the deficit will dominate the Capitol this fall... Read More»
July 25, 2012: Health care reform: a user's guide
No one should underestimate the scope and complexity of the recently upheld Accountable Care Act. Everyone wants to know, "what does it mean?" and "what happens now?"... Read More»
July 25, 2012: China: Needs Further Health Steps
Chinese health officials on Tuesday called for additional reform of China's health-care system amid mounting costs, problems at public hospitals and a surge of patients with chronic diseases... Read More»
July 24, 2012: Sally Ride, first U.S. woman in space, dies at 61
Streaking through a cloud-flecked Saturday morning sky, the space shuttle carried  Sally Ride  into history, the first American woman in space on June 18, 1983.... Read More»
July 24, 2012: TESTIMONY BEFORE THE UNITED STATES HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES--DECLINE OF SMALL PRACTICES
My name is Mark Smith and I am the President of Merritt Hawkins, the largest physician search and  consulting firm in the United States and a company of AMN Healthcare, the nation's largest health care  workforce solutions company. ... Read More»
July 24, 2012: Choosing 'Watchful Waiting' for Prostate Cancer
When Eddie Carrillo, a Los Angeles contractor, was found to have  prostate cancer  at the age of 52, his primary care doctor and his urologist both urged him to have his prostate removed. But after hearing about a "watchful waiting" program on talk radio, Mr. Carrillo decided to simply monitor his disease rather than treat it.... Read More»
July 24, 2012: McConnell promises busy Senate if GOP retakes upper chamber
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Monday said the Senate will be "much busier" in 2013 should the GOP take control of the upper chamber, criticizing what he said is the Democrats' penchant for closing up shop at 6 p.m.... Read More»
July 23, 2012: 2012 Swing States
View the most recent RealClearPolitics polling averages in the most competitive states as identified by POLITICO... Read More»
July 23, 2012: Prostate Cancer Surgery Fails to Cut Death Rate in Study
Surgery for prostate cancer was no better in saving lives than observation over a 10-year period... Read More»
July 23, 2012: The Hill Poll: Majority of voters blame president for bad economy
T wo-thirds of likely voters say the weak economy is Washington's fault... Read More»
July 20, 2012: Silicon Valley Surgeons Risk 'Moral Authority'
The anesthesiolgists' ball in December 2010 was already raging when Dr. Thomas Elardo and his wife arrived... Read More»
July 20, 2012: California Skilled Nursing Homes Score High in Federal Quality Survey
The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has updated its Nursing Home Compare website to help consumers obtain additional information about quality measures in skilled nursing centers... Read More»
July 19, 2012: Scalia, on healthcare ruling: 'I haven't had a falling out with Justice Roberts'
Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Wednesday denied any discord within the high court after Chief Justice John Roberts voted with liberal members of the bench to uphold President Obama's healthcare law... Read More»
July 19, 2012: Prostate Cancer: Surgery Rarely Best, Researcher Suggests
Robert Ginyard is a 49-year-old small business owner from Baltimore. He started having prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing earlier than most -- age 40... Read More»
July 18, 2012: New Cancer Threat Lurks Long After Cure
Watching Robin Roberts tear up in front of millions of viewers on "Good Morning America" last month, I cried, too... Read More»
July 18, 2012: M.D. Anderson drug trial raises ethical concerns
Aveo Oncology announced in late May that the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center would lead clinical tests of its promising new cancer drug... Read More»
July 18, 2012: Why Democrats are willing to walk off the fiscal cliff
Less than 24 hours after Democrats publicly pronounced their willingness to jump off the so-called fiscal cliff later this year if Republicans refuse to drop their opposition to ending tax cuts for certain income levels... Read More»
July 18, 2012: Cheney warns GOP senators of harm from $500B in defense cuts
Former Vice President Dick Cheney addressed the Senate Republican conference Tuesday... Read More»
July 18, 2012: Health care reform winner: Hospital stocks; Loser: Insurers
Q: Which medical stocks are the winners and losers from the Supreme Court's decision to uphold the health-care reform mandate?... Read More»
July 18, 2012: ABC's Steve Collis on the Tangled Web of PBM-Wholesaler Relations
Collis does a nice job explaining the diverse—and sometimes little-known—services that drug wholesalers now perform within the pharmaceutical industry... Read More»
July 17, 2012: OVERNIGHT HEALTH: Republicans turn against Roberts
Republicans have soured on Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts since he cast the deciding vote to uphold President Obama's healthcare law in June... Read More»
July 17, 2012: McConnell, Boehner hit Dems for threatening to go over the 'fiscal cliff'
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) chastised Democrats for threatening to take the country over the anticipated "fiscal cliff" at the end of the year unless Republicans agree to tax increases... Read More»
July 16, 2012: My Semicolon Life: Just like that, I've got cancer
The sedation from my colonoscopy hadn't quite worn off when the doctor told my wife that I had cancer. I still had the presence of mind to attempt a slurred wisecrack... Read More»
July 14, 2012: Postal Service rescue bill stalls in Congress as cash woes mount
The House's delay in considering a postal reform bill is sparking concerns that the rescue of the U.S. Postal Service could be delayed until after the November elections — or even until the next Congress... Read More»
July 14, 2012: Taxation Without Representation: The Illegal IRS Rule to Expand Tax Credits Under the PPACA
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) provides tax credits and subsidies for the purchase of qualifying health insurance plans on state-run insurance exchanges... Read More»
July 13, 2012: Biden Defends Health Care Reform and Decries Voter ID Laws
One day after Mitt Romney was booed at the N.A.A.C.P. convention when he said he would repeal the Affordable Care Act if he were elected president... Read More»
July 13, 2012: Why a Medicaid Millionaire's 'Shadow Campaign' May Transform D.C. Politics
A Medicaid-related scandal is beginning to shake up Washington, D.C., but it's probably not the Medicaid program—or the side of D.C.—that you think... Read More»
July 12, 2012: Practice owner or hospital employee?
Market and regulatory pressures and shrinking profits are leading many physicians to sell their practices and become salaried employees... Read More»
July 12, 2012: Teaching Doctors About The Cost Of Care
All new doctors take the Hippocratic Oath , promising to care for their patients to the best of their abilities... Read More»
July 12, 2012: U.S. agency asks about sharp drop in Pa.'s Medicaid rolls
HARRISBURG - Pennsylvania has dropped tens of thousands of people from its Medicaid rolls since last summer - and now the Obama administration... Read More»
July 11, 2012: Southern governors secede from Medicaid
House Republicans are lining up to repeal the Affordable Care Act  on Wednesday, but GOP governors in the South have a real plan to gut the law... Read More»
July 11, 2012: Medicare Cost-Saving Groups Sign Up for Coordination Bid
The groups of U.S. hospitals and physician agreeing to coordinate care for Medicare patients has almost tripled this year to 154 as the organizations seek a share of $1.9 billion in additional government payments... Read More»
July 9, 2012: Healthcare law's mandate isn't 'largest tax,' despite Republican claims
To hear Republicans tell it, the individual mandate to buy health insurance that the Supreme Court has now declared to be a tax is the "largest tax in America's history."... Read More»
July 9, 2012: Dems face month of perilous votes
As the spotlight shifts unmistakably from Washington to the campaign trail,  House Republicans  have planned a series of hot-button votes over the next four weeks to contrast the party's agenda... Read More»
July 9, 2012: We must fix two things ASAP or our health care sytem will implode
What is going on in healthcare is very complicated. It really cannot be simplified but here are what I consider the highlights of where we are going both with access to healthcare... Read More»
July 9, 2012: A New Treatment's Tantalizing Promise Brings Heartbreaking Ups and Downs
Beth McDaniel's oncologist, a bear of a man, hugged her and twirled her around... Read More»
July 6, 2012: ACA Data Note: Hospitals, Medicaid Expansion, and Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Payments
Medicaid provides special payments to hospitals that provide a disproportionate amount of care to low-income individuals... Read More»
July 6, 2012: Why Romney Probably Won't Harp on Health Care
After much bluster from Republicans last week about how the  Supreme Court 's Obamacare decision would be a 2012 election game-changer... Read More»
July 5, 2012: 7 points that could tip the election
With the Supreme Court health care ruling out of the way, operatives on both sides now see just a handful of inflection points that could shape the arc of an increasingly calcified, close race between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney... Read More»
July 5, 2012: Prostate cancer: the case for screening
There is considerable controversy over prostate cancer screening and the appropriate approach for the newly diagnosed patient... Read More»
July 5, 2012: Hospice industry gets ready for Baby Boomers
CONCORD, N.H. - Forget that image of a hospice worker sitting next to a hospital bed in a dimly lit room. Today, hospice care is delivered everywhere from the golf course to the casino... Read More»
July 5, 2012: Antonin Scalia Criticized For Appearing More Political Than Judicial
Justice Antonin Scalia drew unusually critical attention during this past Supreme Court term for comments he made in court and in his writing that seemed to some more political than judicial... Read More»
July 3, 2012: Now it's conservatives who suspect a 'political' Supreme Court
 Before the Supreme Court ruled on President Obama's health-care law , the warnings that the public should be alert to a "political decision" all came from the left... Read More»
July 3, 2012: Medicare Proposes Revisions to the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System, Quality Incentive Program, and Bad Debt Reductions for All Medicare Providers
From CMS… On Monday, July 2, CMS issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare policies and payment rates for dialysis facilities... Read More»
July 3, 2012: 3 CME's on ICD-10 and a Medscape Healthcare Advisory
  From CMS… In June, three CME modules regarding ICD-10 implementation were posted to Medscape... Read More»
July 2, 2012: In Health Care Decision: A Hidden Win for Conservatives?
Chief Justice Roberts gave fellow conservatives an under-the-radar victory by scaling back the scope of the commerce clause... Read More»
July 2, 2012: GOP: Obama health care law remains bad policy
A top Republican said today that President Obama's health care law may be constitutional, but it remains bad policy and the GOP will continue trying to repeal it... Read More»
July 2, 2012: Health care ruling can help Romney
The Supreme Court's verdict on Obamacare is in. As a tax, the individual mandate stands; as a Commerce Clause regulation, it fails... Read More»
July 2, 2012: Health care reform act questions answered
 The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 emerged from a Supreme Court review constitutionally intact and with most of the law's tools to expand health coverage to more than 30 million Americans still available... Read More»
June 29, 2012: Health Law's Survival Means More Demand for Fewer Doctors
The health-care law's survival means more than 30 million Americans are set to seek care from a pool of doctors that's already struggling to meet the demand from a growing, aging population... Read More»
June 29, 2012: House votes to hold Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress
The GOP-led House voted Thursday to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to provide key information pertaining to Operation Fast and Furious... Read More»
June 29, 2012: Hospitals Surge, Insurers Slide on Ruling
Thursday's historic Supreme Court ruling upholding the U.S. health-care overhaul law sent stocks throughout the health-care sector in different directions by maintaining the promise of more people seeking services... Read More»
June 28, 2012: Future of an Aging Court Raises Stakes of Presidential Vote
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not known for delivering laugh lines. But she drew chuckles from a group of liberal lawyers not long ago while recalling how Justice Elena Kagan, 52... Read More»
June 28, 2012: Spending cuts: Congress risks another crisis
 It's mindless, confusing and costly. It will likely result in private-sector and government job loss. It will hurt the economy ... Read More»
June 27, 2012: US health care reform efforts through history
The Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law follows a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping people in the United States afford medical care... Read More»
June 27, 2012: One Billion Possible Reasons AARP Supports Obamacare Despite Medicare Cuts for Seniors
The love of money is the root of all kinds of evil, as the saying goes, and a new report suggests that AARP—a nonprofit organization widely regarded as a protector and advocate of the nation's senior community... Read More»
June 27, 2012: Onyx surges on FDA panel's backing of cancer drug
Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. , which surged to a record share price last week, is poised to hand shareholders 40 percent more after a regulatory panel's support for a cancer treatment heightened its allure as a takeover target... Read More»
June 27, 2012: Health Deals Going Strong
Despite uncertainty tied to the Supreme Court's coming health-care decision, the industry is moving forward with acquisitions, with several deals unveiled recently, and others actively in the works... Read More»
June 26, 2012:John Roberts's big moment
Chief Justice  John Roberts  pledged during his Supreme Court hearings to be a mere umpire of the law. ... Read More»
June 26, 2012: 3 Ways Healthcare Reform Can Affect Small Businesses
The law potentially has a significant effect on the way small employers purchase and provide health insurance for themselves and their employees.... Read More»
June 25, 2012: US Health Care Reform Efforts Through History
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's upcoming ruling on President Barack Obama's health care overhaul law comes after a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping people in the United States afford medical care. ... Read More»
June 25, 2012: Massachusetts health care reform enters new phase
The likely adoption next month of a new phase of state health care reforms aimed at cost containment is expected to alter the way the region's hospitals are financed and set up an array of economic incentives to lower medical costs.... Read More»
June 25, 2012: Health systems experiment with providing hospital care at home
When primary care physicians affiliated with Presbyterian Healthcare Services, a large integrated system based in Albuquerque, N.M., tell some patients with community-acquired pneumonia or another illness from a short list of acute but common conditions to get hospital care, the patients don't go to a room — they go home.... Read More»
June 25, 2012: The disastrous impact of sequestration
A casual glimpse at the headlines these days confirms that America faces a daunting combination of a dangerous national security environment and a volatile global economy.... Read More»
June 25, 2012: Aetna sues more physicians over out-of-network pay
A California surgery center will be in court July 20 to defend allegations that its doctors drastically inflated their compensation for medical services. It's one of four lawsuits filed by Aetna during the last 1½ years claiming that out-of-network physicians overcharged the insurer.... Read More»
June 25, 2012: CMS: Medicare Faces Unsustainable Rise in Spending
Two reports released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services show Medicare is fiscally unsustainable as currently structured.... Read More»
June 21, 2012: House passes amended FDA user fee bill designed to increase foreign drug facility inspections
The House on Wednesday passed a major bill affecting the Food and Drug Administration that will increase inspections of drug manufacturing facilities overseas, while also funding review of new drugs at home... Read More»
June 21, 2012: More than 100,000 health care providers paid for using electronic health records
More than 100,000 health care providers are using electronic health records that meet federal standards and have benefitted from the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs... Read More»
June 21, 2012: Why The Supreme Court Decision On Health Care Reform Doesn't Really Matter
When the Supreme Court announces its decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) it will kick off a storm of analysis around the political impact... Read More»
June 21, 2012: Some Health System Changes Will Stay, No Matter How SCOTUS Rules
The 2010 health law launched what insurance executive Brad Wilson calls "the revolution" — unprecedented efforts to expand coverage, contain costs, cut waste and improve care... Read More»
June 20, 2012: House Report Blames FDA for Drug Shortages
The recent nationwide shortages of critical drugs,  including oncology agents , are largely the FDA's fault, according to a congressional committee report... Read More»
June 12, 2012: Seniors Missing Out On Some New Medicare Benefits
Next time President Obama vacations in Hawaii– his usual Christmas destination –he might want to tell seniors there about how his health law provides free annual wellness visits for people enrolled in Medicare. Read More»
June 12, 2012: Romney: Strike down of health care law would be 'right thing'
Mitt Romney on Monday said he hopes the Supreme Court does the "right thing" and overturns President Barack Obama's sweeping health care reform... Read More»
June 12, 2012: Revenues recover but states still tight-fisted
U.S. states are remaining tight-fisted over spending even as their revenues are expected to top the levels seen before the height of the recession, unnerved by the clouds over the U.S. and global economies... Read More»
June 12, 2012: Health care legislation at center of GOP's deciding race for state House District 68
Tula Republican Glen Mulready walked straight into a crossfire during his first term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives... Read More»
June 12, 2012: UPDATE 1-Citi upgrades U.S. hospital stocks to buy
 U.S. hospital stocks could rally on the day when the Supreme Court gives its ruling on the constitutionality of President Barack Obama's healthcare reform law... Read More»
June 11, 2012: More newbies to take the Hill
In January, the Capitol will be home to one of the least-experienced Congresses in decades... Read More»
June 11, 2012: Medicine In 2022
Imagine it's 2022. What is it like to walk into your doctor's office? Maybe you make an appointment through an app on your tablet and walk through the door just a few hours later... Read More»
June 11, 2012: Some states too small to succeed with health exchanges
A lot of states will find out later this year if they're going to have to depend on the Department of Health and Human Services to start up their health insurance exchange. Delaware won't have to wait that long... Read More»
June 11, 2012: Vladeck: Deaths Will Increase If SCOTUS Strikes Health Law Down
Bruce Vladeck, who ran Medicare and Medicaid for four years under President Clinton, forecasts "chaos" in the health care delivery system and increased deaths if the Supreme Court strikes down the health law... Read More»
June 8, 2012: Has Healthcare Reform Brought the End to "Hospital Systems?"
Many healthcare providers don't want to be known as "hospital systems" anymore. Some hospitals and health systems are taking reform into their own hands by redefining their brand... Read More»
June 8, 2012: Wallack On Vermont's Goal: 'Universal, Affordable Coverage'
KHN's Marilyn Werber Serafini talks to Anya Rader Wallack, tapped to move Vermont toward a single payer health care system... Read More»
June 8, 2012: Wallack On Vermont's Goal: 'Universal, Affordable Coverage'
KHN's Marilyn Werber Serafini talks to Anya Rader Wallack, tapped to move Vermont toward a single payer health care system... Read More»
June 7, 2012: Obama's Cabinet members mix policy, politics
Democrats have accused President Barack Obama of locking his Cabinet in a cabinet — but now he's turning them loose for fundraisers and taxpayer-funded trips that meld policy and politics... Read More»
June 7, 2012: But Wait, It Gets Worse: The Medicare Actuary's Realistic Outlook for the Program
Earlier this month, the Medicare trustees released their annual report on Medicare's financial condition... Read More»
June 7, 2012: IPAB is not the way to lower Medicare costs
Robert McNamara, who served as secretary of Defense in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations, stated in a 2003 documentary: "Never answer the question that is asked of you... Read More»
June 7, 2012: Romney: Obama 'knowingly' held back economy to pass healthcare reform
Mitt Romney charged Wednesday that President Obama "knowingly slowed down" the economic recovery to focus instead on healthcare... Read More»
June 6, 2012: Has Healthcare Reform Brought the End to "Hospital Systems?"
Many healthcare providers don't want to be known as "hospital systems" anymore. Some hospitals and health systems are taking reform into their own hands by redefining their brand... Read More»
June 6, 2012: CMS wants proof Medicaid cuts don't hurt access to care
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is evaluating New Hampshire's Medicaid program, asking state officials to provide data on access levels for services within 30 days, according to an AHA News Now brief ... Read More»
June 6, 2012: Pilot Study Evaluates a Proposed Quality Measure for Family History Collection and Genetic Testing Referral
Of the cancer patients in a retrospective study who were appropriate candidates for genetic counseling or testing, half of those with breast cancer and one-quarter of those with colon cancer were referred for such services by their physicians... Read More»
June 5, 2012: In Health Care Reform Debate, White House Looks Beyond Individual Mandate
Health care reform advocates are growing more confident in the idea that the Affordable Care Act can remain viable even if the Supreme Court strikes down the provision that requires individual citizens to purchase health insurance... Read More»
June 5, 2012: Ways to improve care and reduce the high cost for Medicare beneficiaries highlighted by Hopkins study
It's well known that a relatively small percentage of chronically ill patients account for a disproportionate amount of health care dollars... Read More»
June 5, 2012: CMS Letter Validates Hospital Concerns
Federal regulators have given the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Service 30 days to provide information about the state's Medicaid program... Read More»
June 4, 2012: Health reform gets messy in Massachusetts
Gov. Deval Patrick wants Massachusetts to "crack the code" on health care costs, a punchy slogan he uses when he's promoting nationally the Bay State's cost-containment efforts... Read More»
June 4, 2012: Lessons from Cancer: I want my brain to wake up
  I want my brain to wake up fully, but patience is the name of the game these days. Putting it all in perspective though, it is waking up so much more than it was just two days ago, and it's getting better each and every day... Read More»
June 1, 2012: Don't destroy Medicare by trying to save it
Medicare is in danger. Fiscal hawks in Washington are setting the stage for a so-called "grand bargain" to be struck by both parties after the November elections... Read More»
June 1, 2012: CMS Releases 2011 Data on Primary Care Incentive Program
Most of the funds awarded via the Primary Care Incentive Payment (PCIP) program in 2011 went to family physicians and general internists, according to data (3-page PDF; About PDFs ) recently released by CMS... Read More»
June 1, 2012: Cigna, N.H. network launch state's largest ACO
Cigna and the Granite Healthcare Network (GHN), a partnership among five independent charitable healthcare organizations in New Hampshire, have launched a collaborative accountable care accountable care initiative... Read More»
May 31, 2012: New York Plans to Ban Sale of Big Sizes of Sugary Drinks
New York City plans to enact a far-reaching ban on the sale of large sodas and other sugary drinks at restaurants, movie theaters and street carts, in the most ambitious effort yet by the Bloomberg administration to combat rising obesity ... Read More»
May 31, 2012: Congress flummoxed by can't-miss bills
President Barack Obama asked Congress to pass bills to keep student loan interest rates from doubling, prevent domestic abuse and fund the nation's highway system... Read More»
May 31, 2012: A Separate Peace
I'm losing my battle with cancer and want to stop treatment, but my family thinks I'm giving up too soon... Read More»
May 31, 2012: Terminal breast cancer leads woman to pick palliative care, not aggressive therapy
 The day I found out that I was terminally ill, it was misty, just barely raining, appropriately gray and damp. I was 51 years old. My life was normal — wonderful, in fact... Read More»
May 31, 2012: Can Aspirin, Other NSAIDs Lower Skin Cancer Risk?
Aspirin and other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs ( NSAIDs ) such as ibuprofen and naproxen may help protect against certain types of skin cancer -- including melanoma, the most dangerous form of this disease... Read More»
May 30, 2012: Health care reform: What overturning the law would mean in Washington state
 When the U.S. Supreme Court rules next month on the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA), health care benefits for millions of Washingtonians hang in the balance... Read More»
May 30, 2012: OPINION: Could Nonprofit Health Insurance Plans Be The Real Reformers?
'Consumer Oriented and Operated Plans' have potential to topple the big guys, some say... Read More»
May 30, 2012: Health Care and Constitutional Chaos
The Supreme Court's decision on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will likely be handed down on the last day of this year's term... Read More»
May 30, 2012: Granite Healthcare Network and Cigna Launch Largest Accountable Care Program in New Hampshire Linking Doctors, Hospitals and Health Plan
Consumers benefit from improved care coordination and greater emphasis on preventive care... Read More»
May 30, 2012: Changing How Health Care Is Paid for and Delivered
The Affordable Care Act is the most far-reaching health care legislation to date to tackle health care costs... Read More»
May 29, 2012: Why Closing Medicare's 'Donut Hole' is a Terrible Idea
Many conservatives believe that George W. Bush betrayed their cause. Exhibit A, these conservatives say, is the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 ... Read More»
May 29, 2012: Obama stumbles out of the gate
Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage, the self-certainty in private... Read More»
May 29, 2012: What the USPSTF Prostate Cancer Screening Recommendations Mean for Men
PSA is prostate specific antigen. It's a molecule specific to the cells that make up the male prostate gland... Read More»
May 29, 2012: IPAB must be discontinued
Within the Affordable Care Act of 2010 there is a requirement to establish a board to oversee costs in Medicare... Read More»
May 25, 2012: Why Closing Medicare's 'Donut Hole' is a Terrible Idea
Many conservatives believe that George W. Bush betrayed their cause. Exhibit A, these conservatives say, is the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 . That law established Medicare's prescription-drug benefit plan without offsetting spending cuts or tax increases, adding $16 trillion to our unfunded liabilities.... Read More»
May 25, 2012: Obama stumbles out of the gate
Nothing inspires Democrats like the Barack Obama swagger — the supreme self-confidence on stage, the self-certainty in private.... Read More»
May 25, 2012: Prostate Screening Controversy FAQs
What is PSA screening? PSA is prostate specific antigen. It's a molecule specific to the cells that make up the male prostate gland.... Read More»
May 25, 2012: IPAB must be discontinued
Within the Affordable Care Act of 2010 there is a requirement to establish a board to oversee costs in Medicare. Known as the Independent Payment Advisory Board or IPAB, its purpose will be to propose Medicare spending cuts to Congress every year that meet a strict annual target.... Read More»
May 24, 2012: Does Health Care's Profit Motive Hurt More Than it Helps?
The profit motive in health care can be a very bad thing. The incentive to maximize financial gain -- and not always at the benefit of patients -- can bring us too many surgeries and not enough primary care providers... Read More»
May 24, 2012: What a Nobel Prize-Winning Economist Can Teach Us About Obamacare
Ronald Coase won the Nobel Prize in Economics for showing that social costs are symmetrical... Read More»
May 24, 2012: Wireless health care firms searching for market inroads
Conference tackles adoption hurdlers for emerging wireless health technology... Read More»
May 24, 2012: By Putting Patients First, Hospital Tries To Make Care More Personal
No one likes to go to the hospital. But some hospitals around the nation are trying to make their patients' stays a little less unpleasant... Read More»
May 23, 2012: CBO: Fiscal cliff likely to cause recession
Trillions of dollars in looming tax hikes and spending cuts set to take effect next year would likely cause a recession, the Congressional Budget Office said Tuesday... Read More»
May 23, 2012: Bayer, Onyx cancer drug fails in late-stage study
A cancer treatment from Bayer HealthCare Pharmaceuticals and Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. failed to meet its main, late-stage study goal of improving overall survival in patients with advanced cases of lung cancer... Read More»
May 23, 2012: Healthy Reader: The Conundrum of High-Cost Care
When her husband is diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer at age 60, Amanda Bennett takes up the battle for his life: surgeries, specialists, experimental drugs—and a rapidly mounting pile of medical bills... Read More»
May 23, 2012: Health-Care Costs a Top Concern for Small Business Week
The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) is highlighting health-care costs as one of its top concerns this National Small Business Week... Read More»
May 23, 2012: CBO: Recession in 2013 unless Congress acts on fiscal issues
The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Tuesday that unless lawmakers act to prevent scheduled tax increases and spending cuts at the end of the year, a recession will likely result in early 2013... Read More»
May 22, 2012: Notre Dame, Catholic institutions sue Obama over contraception mandate
Several Senate Democrats who are up for reelection in 2014 have raised less than half a million dollars for their campaign war chests despite being vulnerable to Republican challengers... Read More»
May 22, 2012: Notre Dame, Catholic institutions sue Obama over contraception mandate
The University of Notre Dame joined other Catholic institutions Monday in suing the Obama administration over its contraception mandate... Read More»
May 22, 2012: GUEST OPINION: Health care vs. sick care: Why prevention is essential to payment reform
The Massachusetts Legislature is set to debate major legislation that would overhaul the commonwealth's health care delivery and payment system... Read More»
May 22, 2012: Wichita physician to pay $1.5 million to settle Medicare claims case
A Wichita physician and his company, EECP Heart Center of Kansas, have agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle allegations that false claims were submitted to the federal Medicare program, U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom announced Monday... Read More»
May 22, 2012: Health care industry's perfect storm
When local health care officials talk about the state of their industry, they say a perfect storm is brewing... Read More»
May 21, 2012: Lung cancer screening guidelines updated
New lung cancer screening guidelines from three medical groups recommend annual scans but only for an older group of current or former heavy smokers... Read More»
May 21, 2012: Study: APRNs bring palliative care to oncology units
A consultative visit between a nurse practitioner and a metastatic cancer patient goes a long way toward improving the patient's emotional and mental well-being, according to researchers with the Mayo Clinic... Read More»
May 21, 2012: Sleep Apnea Tied to Increased Cancer Risk
Two new studies have found that people with sleep apnea, a common disorder that causes snoring, fatigue and dangerous pauses in breathing at night, have a higher risk of cancer... Read More»
May 18, 2012: Drug makers shifting towards targeted cancer drugs
The continuing shift away from one-size-fits-all cancer treatments will be on display this week when a medical society releases clinical data for drugs that target unique molecular features of cancer cells... Read More»
May 18, 2012: Donna Summer dead: Her voice soared through disco and beyond
Donna Summer died Thursday after a battle with cancer. The 63-year-old Summer was known for her soaring voice and sensual purrs that made her a queen of disco when the genre was in its heyday in the 1970s... Read More»
May 18, 2012: Fate of 'uninsurables' hinges on Supreme Court
Cancer patient Kathy Watson voted Republican in 2008 and believes the government has no right telling Americans to get health insurance. Nonetheless, she says she'd be dead if it weren't for President Barack Obama's health care law... Read More»
May 17, 2012: Trial Supports Earlier Use of a Prostate Cancer Drug
 A new drug used to treat advanced prostate cancer may also help men if used early in the course of the disease, before an operation, researchers reported Wednesday... Read More»
May 17, 2012: Avoiding a year-end fiscal cliff
One patient, a heavy drinker who often fell while intoxicated, visited Wilmington Hospital's emergency room 19 times in one year, receiving 19 CAT scans and being admitted 10 times... Read More»
May 17, 2012: Avoiding a year-end fiscal cliff
The November 6 elections are less than six months away, but lawmakers and Washington insiders are already trying to figure out what Congress will do in a post-election session to avoid what is being described as a January 1 "fiscal cliff."... Read More»
May 17, 2012: Breast cancer study reveals 'substantial genetic diversity'
A new study of the protein-coding genes in 100 breast cancer tumors revealed vast differences among the cancers and highlights how complicated the disease really is, researchers said Wednesday... Read More»
May 17, 2012: Drug makers shifting towards targeted cancer drugs
    The continuing shift away from one-size-fits-all cancer treatments will be on display this week when a medical society releases clinical data for drugs that target unique molecular features of cancer cells... Read More»
May 16, 2012: 3 Risks for Hospitals Avoiding New Payment Models
There are several catalysts driving the healthcare industry's push for new payment models such as the prospect of a more competitive insurance market... Read More»
May 16, 2012: Not enough doctors
The Supreme Court's ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, expected in June, will determine the future for countless Americans... Read More»
May 16, 2012: Raising money for cancer research
  No youngster should ever have to suffer due to cancer. That is why I am so driven to raise the cash for pediatric cancer research... Read More»
May 16, 2012: Dem: House will ride on healthcare
A senior Democrat said Tuesday that the key to winning back the House in 2012 is selling the party's signature healthcare reform law... Read More»
May 15, 2012: Romney captures lead over Obama in new poll
Mitt Romney holds a 3 percent lead over President Obama nationally in the latest CBS News-New York Times poll... Read More»
May 15, 2012: Accretive Health rebounds on response to Senate subcommittee
29-page reply to questions submitted by U.S. Sen. Al Franken lifts shares, but gains far short of erasing recent losses... Read More»
May 14, 2012: Health care reform enters new era
Behind the rhetoric of health care topics discussed almost daily in this election year, there are serious changes happening in the medical field that will make a better foundation for health care in general through 2012... Read More»
May 14, 2012: Medicare's no-pay rule sharpens infection-control efforts
With financial penalties on the line, hospital leaders and staffers are paying more attention to safety protocols... Read More»
May 14, 2012: Young cancer patients' 'Stronger' video a big hit
With nearly 1.5 million views, patients get attention of singer Kelly Clarkson... Read More»
May 14, 2012: ASCO Preview: Eight Cancer Drugs to Watch at the Big Show
The pistons of the biggest publicity engine in cancer R&D will start firing this week. It's time to behold the annual rite of the American Society of Clinical Oncology ( ASCO ) meeting... Read More»
May 11, 2012: Bernanke to Dems: Congress endangers recovery by not finishing its work
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke warned Senate Democrats Thursday that Congress could derail the national economy if it fails to complete work on important tax and spending issues by year's end... Read More»
May 11, 2012: Healthcare Reform
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has less to do with healthcare reform than either supporters or opponents of the law might like to believe... Read More»
May 11, 2012: Medicare Reimbursement Change Spurs Prevention, Work-Arounds
When Medicare stopped reimbursing for a number of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) in 2008, most facilities responded by working harder to prevent those infections, a new survey of 317 hospital infection preventionists reveals... Read More»
May 11, 2012: Inside The Secret World Of Drug Company Rebates
The free market is alive and well when it comes to drug prices – if you're an insurance company or a government program. But not if you're a consumer... Read More»
May 10, 2012: Canada's cancer death rate declines
Democrats' outlook for keeping control of the Senate has slightly improved, according to an analysis by The Hill, largely due to Sen. Dick Lugar's (Ind.) defeat at the hands of Indiana state Treasurer Richard Mourdock (R), a Tea Party favorite... Read More»
May 10, 2012: Canada's cancer death rate declines
Canada's cancer death rate declined over the past 19 years thanks to healthy lifestyles, improvements in screening and early detection, statistics released by the Canadian Cancer Society showed... Read More»
May 10, 2012: With 180 days to go, election up for grabs
The White House, Senate and the House are up for grabs with 180 days to go before the election... Read More»
May 9, 2012: Jawboning by HHS doesn't scare insurers
The Department of Health and Human Services isn't that much of a bully, it turns out... Read More»
May 9, 2012: Obama using health care law to court Latinos
 Bucking conventional wisdom that Obamacare is a political liability in November, President Barack Obama's re-election campaign on Tuesday unveiled three new ads targeting Latino voters and putting the controversial health care law front and center... Read More»
May 9, 2012: These Health Law Bets Aren't A Figure Of Speech
The stakes are high in the Supreme Court's consideration of the 2010 health law, as countless commentators have observed. In some circles, however, the gambling metaphor has been pushed to its logical conclusion... Read More»
May 8, 2012: The Marie Antoinette of Health Insurance and How to Dethrone Her
Two years ago, as federal health reform lay on death's door, CEO Angela Braly, head of Blue Cross' parent company Wellpoint, spit on beleaguered patients... Read More»
May 8, 2012: Battleground Poll: Obama, Romney in dead heat
A new POLITICO/George Washington University Battleground Poll finds a dead heat in the presidential race six months before the election... Read More»
May 8, 2012: Essential Health Benefit Packages Under Health Care Reform Have Employers Wary
Large and small employers have banded together to form the Essential Health Benefits Coalition to voice concerns in Washington and statehouses around the country on the issue... Read More»
May 8, 2012: Medicare modifies ordering, referring rules for physicians
CMS removes referrals to specialists from the new paperwork rules and indefinitely delays enforcement of physician enrollment requirements... Read More»
May 8, 2012: House GOP seeks austerity
Republicans and Democrats clashed Monday on what is expected to be a chief battleground of the 2012 election — the fiscal plans of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and House Republicans... Read More»
May 7, 2012: Evidence, Not Finances, Drives Urologists' Care: A Critique Of Jean Mitchell's Article
As the physicians primarily responsible for diagnosing and treating prostate cancer, the most common malignancy among American men... Read More»
May 7, 2012: House lawmakers return to deficit battle
House lawmakers will return to a familiar debate over the deficit when they come back to Washington on Monday following a weeklong recess... Read More»
May 7, 2012: Get employers out of health-insurance business
Religious groups taking umbrage with a U.S. Health and Human Services mandate that employers include birth control as part of their employees' health insurance should bring to the fore that such employer-sponsored plans are bad for all... Read More»
May 7, 2012: Embracing Accountable Care: 5 Tips From Tucson Medical Center CEO Judy Rich
CMS announced last month its anticipated list of the first 27 accountable care organizations selected for the Medicare Shared Saving Program. CEO Judy Rich of Tucson (Ariz.)... Read More»
May 4, 2012: Pay-for-Performance Incentives in Healthcare: Purpose, Politics and Pitfalls
Long before the contentious passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, and the Supreme Court hearings on healthcare reform, there was a silent, steady, movement underway to inextricably alter the practice of medicine... Read More»
May 4, 2012: Governor promises veto of insurance exchange bill
The Alabama Legislature is trying to get ahead of the federal Affordable Care Act.  The House passed a bill establishing the framework for health insurance exchanges in Alabama.  But the Governor said the legislation is premature... Read More»
May 4, 2012: What Happens to the Train That Left The Station on Obamacare?
As conference season heats up for financial planners, I'm on the road again sharing particulars of the Affordable Care Act... Read More»
May 4, 2012: Cipla Cuts Prices of Cancer Drugs in India
BANGALORE -- Cipla Ltd. has cut the prices of some of the generic drugs that it sells in India for treating cancers of the lung, liver, kidney and the... Read More»
May 3, 2012: Medicare Disruptions Seen If Health Law Is Struck
The Obama administration has quietly told the courts that tossing out the president's health care overhaul would have major unintended consequences for Medicare's payment systems... Read More»
May 3, 2012: Some Insurers Deny ER Coverage To People Who Have Been Drinking
Up to half of the people who are treated at hospital emergency departments and trauma centers are under the influence of alcohol, experts say ... Read More»
May 3, 2012: The Changing Economics of Colonoscopy
Clinically speaking, no one can question that colonoscopy is ideally suited for the outpatient setting... Read More»
May 2, 2012: Is the Health Care Cost Curve Bending?
What if the growth of health care spending isn't as big a problem as we thought? And what if the health care "cost curve" that got so much attention during the debate over the 2010 health care overhaul is already being bent... Read More»
May 2, 2012: GOP money floods battlegrounds, threatens Dems' hold on Senate
Third-party groups allied with the Republican Party have vastly outspent Democratic incumbents and their backers in Senate battlegrounds... Read More»
May 2, 2012: U.S. health centers for poor, uninsured see ranks swell
U.S. community health centers that cater to the poor and uninsured saw their patients' ranks swell by nearly 18 percent from 2008 to 2011 as job loss left more Americans without health insurance, the Obama administration said on Tuesday... Read More»
May 2, 2012: Payment reform is working in Massachusetts
When it comes to health reform, many in our state are on a mission to demonstrate that it is possible to achieve both near-universal coverage and affordable high quality care... Read More»
May 2, 2012: Are Democrats Reaching On Latest 'War On Women' Claim?
The latest skirmish in the so-called war on women has to do with, of all things, interest rates on student loans... Read More»
May 1, 2012: Woman gets cancer drug released early after posting video pleading for help
Darlene Gant sat in her hospital bed, barely able to lift her head. She was writing letters to her 11-year-son for his upcoming birthday, his eventual high school and college graduations and even a future marriage... Read More»
May 1, 2012: Pitting Employees Against Each Other … for Health
In the effort to make workers healthier, employers and insurers have dangled carrots. They've threatened with sticks. Now, they are trying games... Read More»
May 1, 2012: Pfizer 1Q Net Sinks 19% on Tumbling Lipitor Sales
Slammed by shrinking sales of its blockbuster Lipitor drug, pharmaceutical heavyweight Pfizer ( PFE : 22.72, -0.18, -0.79% ) said Tuesday it suffered a 19% slump in first-quarter profits and a steeper-than-expected decline in revenue... Read More»
May 1, 2012: Cleveland Clinic Florida gets head start on Accountable Care Organization concept
When Cleveland Clinic incorporated Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston into its system in 2007, it not only established a presence in a key Southern state... Read More»
May 1, 2012: Pair of studies may offer clarity on mammograms
Researchers say women who have a mother or sister diagnosed with breast cancer or other risk factors should have their first mammograms earlier... Read More»
May 1, 2012: Way to spot breast cancer years in advance
A genetic test could help predict breast cancer many years before the disease is diagnosed, experts hope... Read More»
April 30, 2012: Conflicts Arise As Health Insurers Diversify
Washington, DC, United States (KaiserHealth) – Like hospitals and doctorseverywhere, Banner Health fights a daily battle to get paid by insurance companies and government agencies for the care it delivers... Read More»
April 30, 2012: As America's waistline expands, costs soar
U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients. The Federal Transit Administration wants buses to be tested for the impact of heavier riders on steering and braking... Read More»
April 30, 2012: As America's waistline expands, costs soar
U.S. hospitals are ripping out wall-mounted toilets and replacing them with floor models to better support obese patients. The Federal Transit Administration wants buses to be tested for the impact of heavier riders on steering and braking... Read More»
April 30, 2012: U.S. Perfecting Formula for Budget Failure, Says Bowles
Erskine Bowles, a true Southern gentleman and co-chairman of President Barack Obama's erstwhile budget-deficit commission , came to New York City from his home in North Carolina the other night to talk sense about the nation's perilous fiscal condition... Read More»
April 27, 2012: Boehner emerges as Romney's chief ally on Capitol Hill
One of the more fascinating developments in the last two weeks on Capitol Hill has been the degree to which House Speaker John Boehner has gone after President Obama and helped to try and frame Obama's general election matchup against Mitt Romney... Read More»
April 27, 2012: Growing Gap in Favorable Views of Federal, State Governments
Just a third of Americans have a favorable opinion of the federal government, the lowest positive rating in 15 years... Read More»
April 27, 2012: Cancer drugs shortages persist in Poland
In Poland, the recent procurement problems of cancer drugs is far from solved, writes Sebastian Gensior on the europe-health-care.eu... Read More»
April 27, 2012: Poor, Sick And Expensive: Colorado's Scaled-Down Medicaid Expansion
Dale Miller spends his days on the streets of downtown Denver selling a newspaper called The Homeless Voice... Read More»
April 26, 2012: US Men Ignoring 2008 Prostate Screening Guidelines
Warren Buffett's decision to undergo prostate cancer screening reflects the reality that nearly half of American men 75 and older continue being tested despite official  recommendations against doing so, researchers reported today... Read More»
April 26, 2012: Bernanke: Nothing Fed can do if Congress takes nation over 'fiscal cliff'
Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke on Wednesday warned he won't be able to save the economy if Congress takes the country over a "fiscal cliff."... Read More»
April 26, 2012: Government shutdown on the horizon?
Plunging ahead along party lines, the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday approved a set of Republican-backed spending targets that break with the August debt accords by demanding more than $27 billion in additional savings from non-defense programs... Read More»
April 26, 2012: Doctors not all on board with new prostate cancer recommendations
Many doctors don't expect new guidelines to affect how often they screen men for prostate cancer, results of a new survey suggest... Read More»
April 26, 2012:Doctor Pay: Where The Specialists Are All Above Average
Making a living practicing medicine is more complicated and frustrating than ever. But it still pays. And pretty well... Read More»
April 25, 2012: Obamacare collapse would put employers in charge
WASHINGTON – If the Supreme Court strikes down President Barack Obama's health care overhaul, don't look to government for what comes next... Read More»
April 25, 2012: Health care laws leave hospitals overwhelmed by 'permanent patients'
For Barbara Latasiewicz , home was a hospital room.  The Poland native, who had cleaned homes in the Chicago area for 20 years, suffered a stroke while on the job in September 2009... Read More»
April 25, 2012: Scientists identify 'critical' gene for development and spread of lung cancer
Scientists from the Mayo Clinic have identified a single gene that appears to be a major driving force in the development and spread of the most common form of lung cancer... Read More»
April 25, 2012: Aspirin taken daily 'cuts bowel cancer death risk'
Bowel cancer patients who take daily aspirin could cut their chance of dying from the disease by about a third, experts believe... Read More»
April 25, 2012: Vt. lawmakers approve health care measures
MONTPELIER (AP) -- The Vermont Senate on Tuesday passed stage two of the state's push to get as close as it can to a universal, single-payer health care system by late in this decade... Read More»
April 24, 2012: The Wrong Way to Stop Fake Drugs
IN 2007-8, when counterfeit versions of heparin, a blood-thinning drug, were shipped from China to the United States market, 149 people died. In the last few months, bogus versions of the cancer drug Avastin , apparently shipped from the Middle East... Read More»
April 24, 2012: Boehner: 'One in three chance' House Republicans could lose majority
Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Monday that his party faces a "real challenge" in holding on to its majority in the House... Read More»
April 23, 2012: Romney's healthcare plan may be more revolutionary than Obama's
Instead of getting coverage at work, more Americans would shop for it on their own. That would mean more choices — and more risk... Read More»
April 23, 2012: It's still the U.S. economy, stupid
The 2012 campaign sometimes feels like a debate over dogs riding on car roofs and which party likes moms more... Read More»
April 23, 2012: Democrats expressing buyers' remorse on Obama's healthcare law
An increasing number of Democrats are taking potshots at President Obama's healthcare law ahead of a Supreme Court decision that could overturn it... Read More»
April 23, 2012: Despite tax breaks, some NC hospitals deny care to poor
Some North Carolina nonprofit hospitals, chartered to benefit their communities, are providing little charity care for the poor and uninsured... Read More»
April 20, 2012: Supporters passing on Susan G. Komen breast-cancer race after Planned Parenthood debacle
DALLAS -- For years, Katie Sanchez participated in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, raising money to honor her aunt, cousin and a male friend -- all breast cancer survivors... Read More»
April 20, 2012: Medicare Competitive Bidding Pilot Reduced Costs by 42%, CMS Says
A year-long Medicare competitive bidding pilot program conducted in nine metropolitan areas reduced costs by 42%, or $202 million, without reducing care quality, according to a CMS report released on Wednesday, the New York Times reports... Read More»
April 20, 2012: Will ACOs replace health insurers?
Ever since Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) have come into existence some have speculated that these entities could eventually replace health insurers altogether... Read More»
April 19, 2012: The Big Squeeze: How to Handle Higher Costs, Shrinking Reimbursements, and Regulations That Endanger Your Practice
Every oncologist is being squeezed by economic pressures and government regulations. Shrinking reimbursements and higher healthcare costs are making it difficult for community oncologists to stay in practice... Read More»
April 19, 2012: World Class Cancer Care, In Your Hometown
The Baylor Charles A. Sammons Cancer Center draws patients to Dallas from around the world. But patients who would prefer to seek treatment closer to home can increasingly find top-quality cancer care at smaller, community based clinics... Read More»
April 19, 2012: Why Was Warren Buffett Screened for Prostate Cancer?
A day after Warren Buffett announced he had prostate cancer , the question on the minds of many men and their doctors is this: "Why was an 81-year-old man screened for the disease in the first place?"... Read More»
April 19, 2012: Breast cancer classification promises better therapies
Researchers have devised 10 categories for breast cancer tumors, an important stride toward targeting treatments more precisely... Read More»
April 18, 2012: Obama, Romney in dead heat, CBS News/New York Times poll finds
Mitt Romney has closed the gap with President Obama among registered voters, a CBS News/New York Times poll released Wednesday found... Read More»
April 18, 2012: Warren Buffett diagnosed with early stage prostate cancer
Billionaire investor Warren Buffett told shareholders of Berkshire Hathaway on Tuesday that he has prostate cancer but "feels great" and will continue to run the conglomerate during treatments... Read More»
April 18, 2012: Junking ObamaCare Might Help Bristol-Myers Squibb
If ObamaCare is sent to history's junk pile, who wins in the medical sector?... Read More»
April 18, 2012: 'Terrified' lobbyists brace for lame-duck chaos, expecting tough tax, budget votes
Lobbyists are making sure to schedule their vacations before the November election in anticipation of a frenzied congressional session at the end of the year... Read More»
April 18, 2012: Jobs, funding related to health care law at risk
If the Supreme Court pulls the plug on health reform, winding it down could be almost as contentious as building it up in the first place... Read More»
April 18, 2012: Adding drug to standard chemotherapy provides no survival benefit for older lung cancer patients
Adding the drug bevacizumab (Avastin) to the standard chemotherapy regimen for non-small cell lung cancer – an approach approved by the FDA in 2006... Read More»
April 17, 2012: Mitt Romney leads Obama in first Gallup national tracking poll
Mitt Romney leads President Obama in the first Gallup national daily tracking poll... Read More»
April 17, 2012: New prostate cancer treatment may reduce side-effects
A new technique to treat early prostate cancer may have far fewer side-effects than existing therapies, say experts... Read More»
April 17, 2012: Health Care Reform: Workers May Trade Health Insurance For Raises
Would you give up your health insurance for a raise? ... Read More»
April 17, 2012: Barney Frank: Dems Should Have Backed Off On Health Care Reform
Retiring Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) says with the benefit of hindsight that Democrats should have slowed their push for health care reform in 2009 and 2010, to prioritize other issues, and paid a huge political price for their persistence... Read More»
April 17, 2012: Patient-centered care requires more than online technologies
Patient-centered care is the mantra of the movement to reform the nation's healthcare delivery system... Read More»
April 17, 2012: Richard Feldman: A threat to Medicare
IPAB. It has nothing to do with electronics. But it has all to do with the future of medical provider payments... Read More»
April 16, 2012: GOP and Dem lawmakers race hand in hand toward a fiscal cliff
Republicans and Democrats are hurtling toward a fiscal cliff, and neither side wants to take the plunge... Read More»
April 16, 2012: White House Opens Door to Big Donors, and Lobbyists Slip In
Last May, as a battle was heating up between Internet companies and Hollywood over how to stop online piracy... Read More»
April 16, 2012: Worcester area health care institutions invest in cancer care
Central Massachusetts health systems are spending big money on cancer treatment facilities and equipment, an expansion that promises to push new services to additional sites and could help hospitals hold on to patients who might otherwise have gone elsewhere for treatment... Read More»
April 13, 2012: Catholic bishops issue 'call to action' on religious freedom
All Americans should be "on guard" as the Obama administration threatens religious liberty, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops declared Thursday... Read More»
April 13, 2012: As Supreme Court weighs health care reform, contractors await their fate
The Public Consulting Group likens its work in implementing states' health insurance exchanges to helping a city set up a farmer's market for the first time... Read More»
April 13, 2012: As Supreme Court weighs health care reform, contractors await their fate
The Public Consulting Group likens its work in implementing states' health insurance exchanges to helping a city set up a farmer's market for the first time... Read More»
April 13, 2012: President of the Twilight Zone
Deconstructing one of President Obama's speeches can be a bit like taking a trip to an alternate universe... Read More»
April 13, 2012: Graying America gets wired to cut healthcare costs
Baby boomers wired to their iPads and smart phones are giving U.S. health experts some new ideas about ways to cut the soaring costs of medical care in graying America... Read More»
April 12, 2012: Romney's health care law gets awkward birthday party Read more
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick marked the state's landmark health care reform law Wednesday with a ceremony at Faneuil Hall — the same place where Mitt Romney signed the bill almost six years ago, long before the state's reform became the model for the federal reform reviled by conservatives... Read More»
April 12, 2012: How has the Massachusetts health care law affected the state?
It's been six years since Mitt Romney signed the Massachusetts health care bill into act. Governor Deval Patrick, D-Mass., joins Daily Rundown guest host Luke Russert to discuss what has changed since the Massachusetts health care law took effect... Read More»
April 12, 2012: Why You Should Ignore The Medicare Trust Fund
In nearly all instances, the right answer about how to think about the Social Security and Medicare trust funds is "ignore them."... Read More»
April 11, 2012: AIM Coalition Welcomes Health Affairs Study on Urologist "Self-Referral" of Surgical Pathology Services
Study by Georgetown's Jean Mitchell says self-referral is increasing billings for prostate biopsy pathology evaluations, but not improving cancer detection... Read More»
April 11, 2012: Chris Christie: Nation of couch potatoes
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Tuesday that the U.S. is turning into a "paternalistic entitlement society" that will bankrupt the country financially and morally because "we'll have a bunch of people sittin' on a couch waiting for their next government check."... Read More»
April 11, 2012: Ex-Medicare chief Berwick unveils 6 steps to cutting waste
Former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services chief Dr. Donald Berwick designs a 6-step program to cut wasteful medical costs in the U.S., where health care spending accounts for 17% of the gross domestic product and may rise to 20% in the near future... Read More»
April 11, 2012: Lung cancer screenings 'a good value,' study says
Screening longtime tobacco users for lung cancer would be less costly than the widely accepted practice of screening for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers and would reduce the death toll of lung cancer by an estimated 15,000 lives a year... Read More»
April 10, 2012: Opinion: A healthcare reform backup plan
With some changes to its financing structure, the Healthy Howard Health Plan could emerge as a viable option for Americans who will not be able to afford to buy insurance should the ACA be struck down... Read More»
April 10, 2012: Health Care Reform – Summary of Benefits and Coverage Final Rule
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act added Section 2715 to the Public Health Service Act, introducing a new disclosure requirement known as the "Summary of Benefits and Coverage" or "SBC."... Read More»
April 10, 2012: Health care reform controversy raises issues that affect all of us
Now that the arguments at the Supreme Court regarding the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act are over, the nation is now, more than ever before, confronted with uncertainty in health care... Read More»
April 10, 2012: Side Effects May Include Hospital Consolidation
TWIN FALLS • Although the Supreme Court has finished debating the constitutionality of the Obama Administration's health care reform, the ripple effect of its initial passage has already begun... Read More»
April 10, 2012: Opposing view: IPAB is not the solution
Imagine that your loved one required surgery, yet you were told by the government that the procedure was unnecessary and wouldn't be covered by Medicare... Read More»
April 9, 2012: CORRECTED-U.S. Congress' spring break a time for voters to vent
At home in New Hampshire, the land of Yankee skepticism, U.S. congressman Charlie Bass was being asked to explain his support for the new Republican budget... Read More»
April 9, 2012: Medicare Cuts: 'End As You Know It' Or Future Gift?
Democrats lost no time in attacking the budget plan House Republicans introduced Tuesday. The plan saves money by overhauling Medicare, but Democrats argue it will destroy the program... Read More»
April 9, 2012: Health-care arguments recall a Supreme Court case that is an equal-opportunity offender
The historical analogy came easily to the former teacher of constitutional law... Read More»
April 6, 2012: Obama Versus Romney Part 2
"I've also put forward a detailed plan that would reform and strengthen Medicare and Medicaid."...... Read More»
April 6, 2012: The New Face of Health Care: Why Nurses Are in Such High Demand
The national conversation about health care reform focuses relentlessly on cost reduction. While bending the cost curve is extremely important, improving quality is also essential -- but sometimes downplayed -- in today's reform equation. Grappling with quality challenges has attracted a new breed of health care leaders: physician and nurse executives.... Read More»
April 6, 2012: Business owners: Health care reform would be stifling
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on Tuesday released results of a survey in which hundreds of Texas business owners gave their thoughts on federal health care reform. The majority of respondents expressed concern about the legislation.... Read More»
April 6, 2012: California Regulator Criticizes Aetna Rate Increase As 'Unreasonable
A California insurance regulator ruled that an Aetna Inc. health-insurance rate increase was "unreasonable," in the latest salvo of a long-running debate in the state over the cost of coverage.... Read More»
April 5, 2012: Business owners: Health care reform would be stifling
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs on Tuesday released results of a survey in which hundreds of Texas business owners gave their thoughts on federal health care reform... Read More»
April 5, 2012: What states can do even without the mandate
For many waiting for the Supreme Court to decide on the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the wait may be worse than the outcome. Uncertainty has paralyzed some state officials and engendered a sense of desperation in others... Read More»
April 4, 2012: Obama Health Care Law Exacerbates Primary Care Physician Shortage
President Obama's health care law is likely to significantly increase demand for primary care physicians even as the nation already faces shortages of doctors in this field... Read More»
April 4, 2012: Opinion: Obama's health-care reform -- A big swing and a miss
Reggie Jackson once compared his fellow Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan's fastball to ice cream. "Every hitter likes fastballs just like everybody likes ice cream... Read More»
April 4, 2012: 2 Major Lessons From CMS' Bundled Payment ACE Demonstration
By now, most hospital executives are familiar with bundled payments but may not know just how successful they are or could be... Read More»
April 3, 2012: Path Set for Accountable Care Organizations in Healthcare Delivery
Even if the U.S. Supreme Court strikes down the Obama administration-backed healthcare reform legislation, accountable care organizations (ACOs)... Read More»
April 3, 2012: Dems wage pressure campaign on Supreme Court over health ruling
Democrats have waged a not-so-subtle pressure campaign on the Supreme Court in recent days by warning a ruling against the healthcare reform law would smash precedent and threaten popular social programs... Read More»
April 3, 2012: Pelosi: Health care is Obama's 'crown jewel'
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dubbed health care as her and President Barack Obama's "crown jewel" and his "greatest achievement," one week after the Supreme Court debated its constitutionality... Read More»
April 3, 2012: Breaking Even on Medicare: 7 Strategies
Trying to break even on Medicare is always a concern for hospital executives, but how plausible is it? And just how important is Medicare to a hospital's bottom line?... Read More»
April 3, 2012: Breaking Even on Medicare: 7 Strategies
Trying to break even on Medicare is always a concern for hospital executives, but how plausible is it? And just how important is Medicare to a hospital's bottom line?... Read More»
April 3, 2012: Paul Ryan Budget Sparks First Ads Blasting Medicare Cuts
WASHINGTON -- Democrats are not waiting long to use Rep. Paul Ryan's federal budget proposal for next year as a campaign billy club... Read More»
April 2, 2012: Biden: 'Don't believe' high court will strike down healthcare law
Vice President Joe Biden said Sunday the administration believes the Supreme Court will rule the individual mandate and the rest of President Obama's healthcare reform law constitutional... Read More»
April 2, 2012: The next health care frontier
Two years after the passage of "Obamacare," the future of the health care system in the United States remains a central issue animating political debate... Read More»
April 2, 2012: Doc's View of Free-Market Healthcare
In today's L.A. Times, Dr. Daniel J. Stone, an internist in Beverly Hills, CA, gives his take on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act... Read More»
March 30, 2012: Insight: New doubts about prostate-cancer vaccine Provenge
 Prostate cancer vaccine Provenge has long incited passions unlike any other cancer therapy... Read More»
March 30, 2012: Businesses Ponder Impact of Health-Care Reform
The health-care reform bill's individual mandate is getting all the attention this week as the Supreme Court heard arguments over whether the government can require all Americans to purchase health insurance... Read More»
March 29, 2012: Medicare Budget Debate Comes Down to Who Does Trimming
This year's debate over the future of Medicare comes down to who wields the knife. Both political parties are proposing to cut the $500 billion-a-year health-care program for the elderly... Read More»
March 29, 2012: Study: Paying hospitals based on quality didn't cut death rates
WASHINGTON — Medicare's largest effort to pay hospitals based on how they perform — an inspiration for key parts of the 2010 health care law — did not lead to fewer deaths, a new study has found... Read More»
March 29, 2012: Breast Cancer Risk May Be Higher With Just One Drink a Day
Consuming as little as one drink a day or less may raise a woman's risk of developing breast cancer, according to a new study published this week... Read More»
March 28, 2012: Cancer research targets a key cell protein
The cell protein CD47 sits on the surface of tumor cells and fends off attacks from the immune system. Blocking its signals slows tumor growth in mice, researchers find... Read More»
March 28, 2012: High Court Rejects Patents on Genes, Sending Breast Cancer Gene Case Back to Square One
Amid all the hype over the federal health care law before the Supreme Court, you might have missed this even more relevant news... Read More»
March 28, 2012: Helping Cancer Survivors Navigate Life After Treatment
Here's some news that may brighten your day. Currently, there are 12 million cancer survivors in the U.S.... Read More»
March 28, 2012: Obamacare is not a civil rights issue
By now you've heard it plenty: The Affordable Care Act (ACA), a.k.a. " Obamacare ," is like the Civil Rights Act of 1964... Read More»
March 27, 2012: Republican contenders use High Court hearing to blast president, each other
The Republican presidential contenders seized Monday's Supreme Court hearing as a ready-made opportunity to bash President Obama — and each other... Read More»
March 27, 2012: One Drug to Shrink All Tumors
A single drug can shrink or cure human breast, ovary, colon, bladder, brain, liver, and prostate tumors that have been transplanted into mice, researchers have found... Read More»
March 27, 2012: Obamacare on Trial: What the Right Already Won
Nobody knows what the Supreme Court will say about the Affordable Care Act, or exactly what a decision striking down part of the law would mean for the health care system... Read More»
March 27, 2012: Health reform could survive loss of individual mandate
 On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments on the individual mandate. This component of the Affordable Care Act, the part that decrees that every American will either buy health insurance or face a financial penalty... Read More»
March 26, 2012: America's health care reform through history
The three days of arguments beginning before the Supreme Court on Monday may mark a turning point in a century of debate over what role the government should play in helping all Americans afford medical care... Read More»
March 26, 2012: Deciphering the Alphabet Soup of Health Reform
Shortly after the Affordable Care Act was passed nearly two years ago, I spent a lot of time talking to people about the key elements of the law... Read More»
March 26, 2012: Evolution of Medicare ACOs
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act) created pathways for providers to become more accountable for their patients' health care... Read More»
March 26, 2012: Prostate Cancer Therapy Too Good to Be True Explodes Health Cost
Imagine a prostate cancer therapy that has almost no side effects. Hospitals say it exists and they're vying to be among the first to offer it... Read More»
March 23, 2012: It's Not About the Law, Stupid
Forget precedent. Ignore Scalia's musings. Next week's health care argument before the Supreme Court is all about optics, politics, and public opinion... Read More»
March 23, 2012: Drug Dosage Was Approved Despite Warning
Four months before a best-selling Alzheimer's drug was set to lose its patent protection, its makers received approval for a higher dosage that extended their exclusive right to sell the drug... Read More»
March 23, 2012: Roche to sell cheaper cancer drugs in India
MUMBAI (Reuters) - Swiss drugmaker Roche Holding AG plans to offer cut-price versions of two blockbuster cancer drugs for the Indian market soon, a company spokesman said on Friday, days after New Delhi moved to slash the price of a rival cancer treatment... Read More»
March 22, 2012: Opionionator
Journalistic convention requires that when there are two identifiable sides to a story, each side gets its say, in neutral fashion, without the writer's thumb on the scale... Read More»
March 22, 2012: The Supreme Court Weighs ObamaCare
Congress's power to regulate interstate commerce is broad but not limitless... Read More»
March 22, 2012: Courtly Battle in Health-Care Case
 The fight over President Barack Obasma's health-care overhaul has featured nearly three years of name-calling and shouting matches... Read More»
March 22, 2012: Breast Cancer Screening And Better Treatment Saves Lives
A Dutch study to look at the effectiveness of breast cancer screening, shows that although treatments have also improved, population-based mammography initiatives still save lives... Read More»
March 21, 2012: Early Evaluations of the Medical Home: Building on a Promising Start
To systematically review the current evidence on the patient-centered medical home (PCMH, or medical home), which aims to reinvigorate primary care and achieve the triple aim of better quality, improved experience, and lower costs... Read More»
March 21, 2012: The Coming Medical Ethics Crisis: How the government is putting the medical profession—and your health—at risk
For the past several years, the medical profession has been undergoing a disturbing transformation. The process was begun by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in an effort to control exploding Medicare costs... Read More»
March 21, 2012: ObamaCare's Flawed Economic Foundations
The insurance mandate has almost nothing to do with remedying costs imposed on the system by those without coverage... Read More»
March 21, 2012: Black women and breast cancer
Sandra Yates is a breast cancer survivor. On this particular day, after being diagnosed with Stage 3 cancer almost a year ago, she received her last treatment and officially became a breast cancer survivor... Read More»
March 21, 2012: ObamaCare's Costs Are Soaring
We already know the rosy budget estimates used to sell the law were wrong... Read More»
March 20, 2012: Big raises for those who lead area's large hospital groups
CEO pay is up, sharply in some cases, at Indianapolis' four large hospital groups, as the systems have grown and dumped more responsibilities on their top leaders... Read More»
March 20, 2012: ObamaCare's Flawed Economic Foundations
The insurance mandate has almost nothing to do with remedying costs imposed on the system by those without coverage... Read More»
March 20, 2012: Antioxidants May Improve Cancer Drugs, NIH Study Suggests
Antioxidants found in fruits, vegetables and red wine killed cancer cells, including those that are resistant to treatment, in a study that scientists said may lead to more effective tumor fighters... Read More»
March 20, 2012: Stakes high for hospital service
Patient satisfaction to count when Medicare reimburses care center... Read More»
March 20, 2012: This cost-cutting reform deserves a chance
ONE OF THE MOST promising cost-control measures in the new health-care law is an entity called the Independent Payment Advisory Board, or IPAB... Read More»
March 19, 2012: Aetna: The Company Scaring Its Competition And Delighting Startups
Whither health insurance ? A former medical advisor to the Obama Administration who happens to be the brother of former Presidential Chief of Staff predicted in the New York Times that by 2020 health insurance companies will be extinct... Read More»
March 19, 2012: 'Simone's OncOpinion': Quality-Focused Oncology Practices
While there are many quality-focused oncology practices in North America, they approach quality improvement in different ways—for example, by use of expert-generated guidelines, such as those produced and updated by NCCN and ASCO, or by participation in ASCO's Quality Oncology Practice Initiative (QOPI)... Read More»
March 19, 2012: How the Roberts court could save Obama's health-care reform
From the inaugural oath do-over to an unprecedented State of the Union throwdown, relations between President Obama and the conservative members of the Supreme Court have had an unusually cantankerous feel... Read More»
March 19, 2012: Stay away
The California Public Employees' Retirement System happily ended 2010 with insurance rates $15 million lower than they might have been, thanks to aggressive efforts by hospitals and doctors to curb medical expenses... Read More»
March 19, 2012: Medicare-Medicaid Announces Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations among Nursing Home Residents
The U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new initiative on March 15, 2012 aimed at reducing avoidable hospitalizations among nursing home residents who are dual Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries... Read More»
March 19, 2012: Insight: Cheap generics no panacea for India's poorest
Cheap generic drugs were meant to change the life of Nandakhu Nissar, whose mouth is swollen by a cancerous tumor... Read More»
March 16, 2012: The Many Legal Barriers Standing in the Way of Health Care Reform
Obsolete law adds costs to the system at every turn. Instead of penalties for referrals, there needs to be greater incentive for collaboration... Read More»
March 16, 2012: Obama shifts healthcare defense
The Obama administration has shifted its legal arguments as it prepares to defend the president's healthcare law before the Supreme Court... Read More»
March 16, 2012: Cancer costs hit young and poor hardest: study
In a new survey , colon cancer patients younger than 50 and those with low incomes or unemployed were most likely to experience severe financial hardships as a result of the treatments meant to save their lives... Read More»
March 15, 2012: Health Care Reform Shows Signs of Saving Medicare Budget
 According to an article in the New England Journal of Medicine published March 7, 2012, health care reform is already slowing the growth in the cost of Medicare - a crucial change that could save the program from bankruptcy... Read More»
March 15, 2012: Healthcare reform, numbers and Beltway politics
This week's updated congressional projections on the 2010 federal healthcare law appear to have reignited the debate over the number of people who will lose their employer-provided coverage because of the law... Read More»
March 15, 2012: Five Costly Health-Care Compliance Slips
Small companies may be especially prone to these potential oversights — and may pay a price if they're unlucky enough to get audited... Read More»
March 15, 2012: Hospitals Aren't Hotels
 YOU should never do this procedure without pain medicine," the senior surgeon told a resident. "This is one of the most painful things we do."... Read More»
March 14, 2012: Mitt may find avoiding Medicare isn't that simple
It's one thing to say you're not going to enroll in Medicare. But it's hard to actually escape it... Read More»
March 14, 2012: Super PAC ads make little-known health care board an issue
Conservative groups are gearing up to spend millions of dollars in advertising this year to hammer President Obama and congressional Democrats over a little-known health care board that is at the heart of a heated debate on holding down Medicare costs... Read More»
March 14, 2012: Ottawa needs to protect patients from drug shortages, says Cancer Society
The federal government must do more to protect Canadians from drug shortages and should have steps in place to ensure no cancer patient has to go without their medication, says the Canadian Cancer Society... Read More»
March 14, 2012: Daily serving of red meat raises risk of cancer, heart disease
It is far from a shocking revelation that red meat is not health food. But a new study from the highly respected researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health offers some of the best and most detailed evidence yet that a daily serving of meat can increase risk of heart disease or cancer... Read More»
March 14, 2012: Study Finds High-Spending Canadian Hospitals Do Better
Canada has long been a favored talking point for debates over the quality of America's health system, alternatively cast as either Eden or Gomorrah... Read More»
March 13, 2012: Health Insurance Premiums Will Surpass Median Household Income in 2033: Study
If current trends continue, health insurance premiums will surpass the median U.S. household income in 2033, a new study says... Read More»
March 13, 2012: G.O.P. Split Over a Bid to Revise Budget Deal
WASHINGTON — The House is bracing for a rancorous showdown over a 2013 budget plan that has already divided Republicans because of a push by conservatives to cut spending below the level both parties agreed to in last year's deal to raise the federal deficit... Read More»
March 13, 2012: Premium Rebates, Coverage Labels, Reduced Medicare Drug Costs Highlight 2012 Health Law Changes
Two years after its passage, the sweeping health care overhaul remains deeply controversial, with both political parties trying to use it to their advantage in the upcoming elections... Read More»
March 13, 2012: Idaho House: Private Insurers Should Set Up Exchange
BOISE, Idaho -- House members voted 49-13 to encourage private insurers to establish their own health insurance exchange, rather than having federal or state governments set one up as envisioned by the 2010 federal health care overhaul... Read More»
March 12, 2012: Healthcare issue will be a heavy lift for Romney against President Obama
As Mitt Romney moves closer to locking up the Republican presidential nomination, the questions about his ability to attack President Obama on healthcare are only getting louder... Read More»
March 12, 2012: Curing our health care system
Since the passage in 2010 of the Patient and Affordable Care Act, also known as "Obamacare," much attention has been given to the availability and cost of insurance for individuals... Read More»
March 12, 2012: Coke, Pepsi to drop level of 'cancer' chemical
Coca-Cola and Pepsi have said they will lower levels of a chemical in caramel colouring to comply with a California law, but insisted the beverages pose no health risks and recipes will not change... Read More»
March 12, 2012: Obama's health care law: A trek, not a sprint
WASHINGTON (AP) — It took only a year to set up Medicare . But if President Barack Obama's health care law survives Supreme Court scrutiny, it will be nearly a decade before all its major pieces are in place... Read More»
March 12, 2012: Health Care Act Offers Roberts a Signature Case
When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. takes his usual center seat on the Supreme Court bench on March 26, he will begin presiding over an extraordinary three days of arguments that will determine the fate of President Obama 's sweeping health care law ... Read More»
March 12, 2012: Long-Term Care: What Now?
Shopping for long-term-care insurance ? You should expect higher costs and a tougher approval process as a growing number of household-name insurers quit selling the policies... Read More»
March 8, 2012: Estrogen taken alone is linked to lower breast cancer risk
An analysis finds that women who took the hormone by itself after menopause had a reduced risk of developing breast cancer. But it's not quite that simple... Read More»
March 8, 2012: Australia faces drug shortages: experts
Medical experts warn Australia is facing shortages of essential hospital drugs and is in need of a centralised distribution network... Read More»
March 8, 2012: Drug shortage causing stress for Alberta cancer patients
A Canada wide drug shortage is starting to take its toll on cancer patients in Alberta... Read More»
March 8, 2012: Drug shortages have doctors worried, province searching for supplies
EDMONTON — Anesthesiologists across the province are taking contingency measures for surgical patients as Alberta hospitals are hit with shortages of pain killers, anesthetics and other injectable drugs... Read More»
March 8, 2012: GAO to CMS: Step Up Your Game and Improve Nursing Home Quality Oversight
There needs to be improved oversight of a new system that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is creating to monitor quality standards in nursing homes, according to a Government Accountability Office report on nursing home quality control ... Read More»
March 7, 2012: Longtime New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne dies from colon cancer
Rep. Donald Payne (D-N.J.), a 12-term member of Congress and former chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, died Tuesday at age 77... Read More»
March 7, 2012: Health care reform remains lightning rod for Romney
As the hours until voters head to the polls ticked away, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney's health care law became a leading topic of discussion again with voters and among his political opponents... Read More»
March 7, 2012: State moves forward on health insurance exchange
New Mexico is taking a step this week toward setting up a health insurance exchange, one of the cornerstones of the nation's new health care system... Read More»
March 6, 2012: The Hill's Senate ratings: Democrats favored to maintain control narrowly
Democrats are favored to retain control of the Senate narrowly in November, according to an analysis conducted by The Hill... Read More»
March 6, 2012: Internists echo call for colon cancer screening
Most adults should get regularly screened for colon cancer between age 50 and 75, according to internal medicine doctors , with the time between screenings dependant on what method is used to check for early signs of cancer... Read More»
March 6, 2012: CMS eyes $370M goal in stemming improper payments
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid aim to recover as much as $370 million by stopping the flow of improper payments... Read More»
March 6, 2012: GOP focus on control of Congress amid presidential doubts this fall
The top Republicans in the House and Senate are closely coordinating their efforts aimed at controlling Congress next year by trading lists of 2012 races they have prioritized... Read More»
March 5, 2012: 07/30/2009 – Mr. President, What's the Rush?
Because of President Obama's frantic approach, health care has run off the rails. For the sake of 47 million uninsured Americans, we need to get it back on track... Read More»
March 5, 2012: Mitt Romney Health Care Op-Ed Presents Deeper Problem
WASHINGTON -- The immediate reaction to Mitt Romney's 2009 USA Today op-ed on health care reform has zeroed in on his suggestion that President Barack Obama pursue an individual mandate... Read More»
March 5, 2012: Rep. Donald Payne gravely ill
New Jersey Rep. Donald Payne is gravely ill and House members have rushed to his bedside as his battle with colon cancer has taken a drastic turn for the worse, multiple sources tell POLITICO... Read More»
March 5, 2012: CVS mixed up kids' pills with cancer drug
Children who may have taken breast cancer treatment medication mistakenly distributed by a New Jersey pharmacy instead of prescribed fluoride pills likely won't suffer any health problems, a pharmaceutical expert said Saturday... Read More»
March 5, 2012: A.J. Hawk cuts his famous locks for kids with cancer
Green Bay Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk will no longer have golden locks peeking out from underneath his helmet every Sunday... Read More»
March 2, 2012: Four steps to a successful ACO
A report outlines issues, such as potential savings, that should be analyzed before a health care institution moves forward with an accountable care organization... Read More»
March 2, 2012: Romney holds double-digit leads in two new national polls
Mitt Romney has opened up a double-digit lead nationally over the rest of the GOP field, according to two polls released on Thursday... Read More»
March 2, 2012: Fundraising: Obama's real priority
It's a big night Thursday for President Barack Obama. In New York, he will hold his 100th fundraiser since declaring reelection — his 33rd this year alone... Read More»
March 2, 2012: Exclusive: Undercover Grandma Catches Medicare Fraud on Tape
In the wake of an ABC News undercover investigation, federal authorities in Texas are investigating how an active 82-year-old grandmother was diagnosed as homebound... Read More»
March 2, 2012: President Obama's health care law is unraveling
As the Supreme Court prepares to hear oral arguments on the constitutionality of President Obama's health care plan at the end of March... Read More»
March 1, 2012: UVa, Johns Hopkins get $3.3M cancer research grant
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins University have received a $3.3 million grant for brain cancer research... Read More»
March 1, 2012: Innovation Center Stays Controversial, but Its Funding Seems Solid
Sparring continues between critics and defenders of the CMS Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation created under the health reform law, but observers tell HRW that CMMI's future seems safe — at least for this year... Read More»
March 1, 2012: New Medicare advantage audits likely to be challenging for and challenged by providers and plans
Since the 2006 payment year, CMS has conducted Risk Adjustment Data Validation audits on Medicare Advantage plans' risk adjustment payments... Read More»
February 29, 2012: Gallup Daily: Obama Job Approval
Gallup tracks daily the percentage of Americans who approve or disapprove of the job Barack Obama is doing as president. Daily results are based on telephone interviews with approximately 1,500 national adults; Margin of error is ±3 percentage points... Read More»
February 29, 2012: 7 accused of bilking $375M from Medicare, Medicaid
DALLAS (AP) — A Texas doctor has been charged with running a massive health fraud care scheme with thousands of fraudulent patients and intermediaries allegedly offering cash, food stamps or free groceries, to bilk Medicare and Medicaid of nearly $375 million... Read More»
February 29, 2012: Cancer seen killing 1.3 million EU citizens in 2012
Almost 1.3 million people will die of cancer in the European Union this year, but death rates from the disease are on a steady decline, according to new research released on Wednesday... Read More»
February 28, 2012: MIT Economist Helps Describe Health Care Reform to the Country's Confused & Divided in Comic Book Form
While the words "health care reform" might sound daunting to some, everything is easier to digest when put into pictures. MIT health economist Jonathan Gruber ... Read More»
February 28, 2012: March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
March has been designated National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and while colon cancer is not a comfortable topic for many, it is essential to raise awareness as colon cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death in the U.S... Read More»
February 28, 2012: Saving Medicare Dollars: Moving From The SGR To Bundled Payments
Once again, Congress has grappled with how to avoid the double digit (about 27 percent this time) reduction in physician fees called for by the (un)Sustainable Growth Formula that governs Medicare physician payments... Read More»
February 27, 2012: Some HIV providers stop taking Medicare patients
Other local doctors say they'll follow suit if Congress goes through with  reductions in reimbursement rate... Read More»
February 27, 2012: Permalink Child cancer patient deals with drug shortage
Learning that the enlarged lymph nodes I showed my mom meant Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL), a type of cancer, and not mono, was devastating... Read More»
February 27, 2012: Oncology Nursing Shortage
Many of us who have been in practice for many years have frequently heard the term "nursing shortage." This term could be meant to reflect a shortage locally, nationally, or globally... Read More»
February 27, 2012: Debt doomsday may come sooner than expected
The federal government could hit the debt ceiling sooner than expected — and possibly around the November election — according to a report out Friday... Read More»
February 27, 2012: Washington could be first state to require health insurance plans to cover abortion
At a time many states are making it harder for women to get abortions, Washington state appears headed in the opposite direction... Read More»
February 27, 2012: Taylor Swift Invites Cancer-Battling Teen To Academy Of Country Music Awards
Turns out Taylor Swift won't be attending prom with Kevin McGuire, the New Jersey teen who is battling cancer for the second time, after all... Read More»
February 24, 2012: Duke debuts $235 million cancer center
A flickering gas fireplace welcomes you at the entrance. Around the corner from the front desk is a boutique with dark wood floors and low lighting calibrated to flatter... Read More»
February 24, 2012: Medicare rate cuts trigger Kindred loss
Kindred Healthcare said Thursday that significant Medicare rate cuts for nursing homes and rehabilitation services resulted in a fourth-quarter loss of $71.8 million, or $1.40 per share, compared with a profit of $20.4 million a year earlier... Read More»
February 23, 2012: Express Scripts-Medco merger under fire
When health care giants Express Scripts and Medco Health Solutions announced their plans last July for a mega-merger , they pitched the $29 billion deal as a boon to consumers... Read More»
February 23, 2012: CBO: Stimulus continues to deliver
The Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday that President Obama's 2009 stimulus package continues to have a significant effect... Read More»
February 23, 2012: Court weighs Medicaid rate cuts
The U.S. Supreme Court, in a 5-4 vote Wednesday, told a lower court to explore the leeway states have in setting Medicaid payments... Read More»
February 23, 2012: Health Care's Coming Price Revolution
The private sector is moving to give people the information they need to get treatments that are worth the money. But ObamaCare blocks the way... Read More»
February 22, 2012: Will Your ACO Pilot Succeed? Predict Success with Just Four Numbers
Successful participation in new payment models will depend on access to accurate information on the current market and the characteristics of population health and utilization of services... Read More»
February 22, 2012: 5 Anti-Cancer Resolutions For 2012
We're well into February, and already those New Year's resolutions about losing 10 pounds, quitting smoking,and cutting out carbs are falling by the wayside... Read More»
February 22, 2012: Super PACs: 2012's campaign Godzillas
Republican super PACs are routinely raising or spending more money than the presidential candidates they are supporting, new filings show — a situation that just four years ago would have been equally bizarre and improbable... Read More»
February 22, 2012: Union for Independent Contractors to Offer Health Insurance
The Freelancers Union, a nonprofit created to represent freelance workers and independent contractors, will receive $341 million in loans from the U.S. government to start health insurance plans in three states... Read More»
February 21, 2012: Health Behaviors Worse Among Female Cancer Survivors
Women who survive cancer receiving mammography screening have "worse health behaviors", than those who had never had cancer and receiving mammography screening, according to a study by researchers at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., and the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn... Read More»
February 21, 2012: Hospitals Demand Payment Upfront From ER Patients With Routine Problems
Next time you go to an emergency room, be prepared for this: If your problem isn't urgent, you may have to pay upfront... Read More»
February 21, 2012: Court action could prolong health care fight
WASHINGTON – Next month's challenge to the Obama-sponsored health care law could affect the care available to most Americans, alter the balance of power between Washington and the states and remain a flash point through this presidential campaign... Read More»
February 21, 2012: How Republicans Could Still Succeed At Privatizing Medicare
Republicans may be backing off their famously toxic plan by Paul Ryan to privatize Medicare, but they've doubled down on the broader concept and are taking strategic steps to get there over time. Democrats... Read More»
February 20, 2012: What's The Cure In The Race Against Breast Cancer? NPR Staff
Tracy Grant was just 39 when she got the diagnosis. "They asked me to stay a little bit longer because they saw something a little weird," she remembers. "In my mind I was saying... Read More»
February 20, 2012: Healthcare reform results in rebates
Some insurance premium payers who were charged too much for providers' overhead will get rebates under a healthcare reform requirement, U.S. officials said... Read More»
February 17, 2012: Hall of Famer Gary Carter Dies at 57
In a rough-and-tumble clubhouse filled with dark secrets and constant conflict, there was always one sunny stall... Read More»
February 17, 2012: Solicitor general brings voice of reason to health care case
WASHINGTON – When the new health care law comes to the Supreme Court for a crucial test next month, the voice defending it will be a new one... Read More»
February 17, 2012: Committee opposes health care exchange
CONCORD — A House committee voted on Thursday to endorse a bill that would bar the state from cooperating in the establishment of a health care exchange, a move praised by House Republican leaders who have waged a dogged fight against "Obamacare."... Read More»
February 16, 2012: House GOP pounces after Obama budget director says health mandate 'not a tax'
House Republicans quickly pounced Wednesday after the White House's top budget official said the healthcare reform law's penalty on people who don't buy insurance isn't a tax... Read More»
February 16, 2012: In health care reform, brokers' future unclear
The fate of a multi-million dollar insurance broker industry in Vermont is unclear as the state marches down the path of health care reform... Read More»
February 16, 2012: GOP's rocky election-year start
House Republicans stumbled toward a congressional recess Wednesday as Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) delayed his signature highway bill and rank-and-file members grumbled about a tentative payroll tax deal... Read More»
February 16, 2012: Meet the ObamaCare Mandate Committee
Think the contraception decision was bad? Wait until bureaucrats start telling your insurer which cancer screenings to cover... Read More»
February 15, 2012: Politics And Faith Collide In Contraceptive Debate
Under a revised plan on contraception health coverage, insurance companies — not Catholic institutions — will have to pay for contraception for employees. The issue has been a flash point for Bishops since before the health care law passed through Congress... Read More»
February 15, 2012: Will Health Care Reform Keep its Cost Reducing Promise?
The February issue of Health Affairs journal is full of good articles about the potential impact of health care reform. In a series of posts, we will be focusing in on three specific pieces covering small companies using health insurance exchanges to provide employees with coverage... Read More»
February 15, 2012: Candidates Court Seniors On Medicare
When GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney told conservative activists on Friday that he wants to "save" Medicare by turning it into a program that would give seniors a defined sum to shop for the health plan of their choice, he teed up an issue that has the potential to sway millions of voters, especially seniors, in November... Read More»
February 15, 2012: Conservatives Sowed Idea of Health Care Mandate, Only to Spurn It Later
It can be difficult to remember now, given the ferocity with which many Republicans assail it as an attack on freedom, but the provision in President Obama 's health care law requiring all Americans to buy health insurance has its roots in conservative thinking... Read More»
February 15, 2012: Court hears hospital bill dispute
RALEIGH -- North Carolina's Supreme Court heard attorneys argue Monday whether consumers should be able to take hospitals to court to justify bills that seem excessive... Read More»
February 14, 2012: Obama's election-year budget challenge
President Obama on Monday sent Congress a $3.8 trillion budget for the federal government that will fuel election-year battles over spending and taxes... Read More»
February 14, 2012: President Obama's budget targets key voters
President Barack Obama used the rollout of his budget Monday to tout aid for community colleges — a minuscule slice of his $3.8 trillion plan but one aimed at the young people who hold outsized importance in his reelection... Read More»
February 14, 2012: Consumer Reports: Colorectal cancer deaths could be cut with preventive action
Prevention strategies and screening tests could help cut the number of deaths in the United States from colorectal cancer — if people took full advantage of them... Read More»
February 13, 2012: Medicare private plan enrollment hits 12.8 million
Advantage plans have remained popular with seniors, but insurers warn that choices could be limited after health reform law cuts... Read More»
February 13, 2012: Obama administration defends budget against early Republican attacks
The election-year budget battle ramped up Sunday, with both sides trading barbs over the honesty and effectiveness of President Obama's budget plan for 2013... Read More»
February 13, 2012: Budget Sets Stage for Year-End Clash
WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama's budget plan, to be released Monday, will serve both as an outline of his re-election campaign message and a blueprint of the White House strategy for another clash looming after the November elections... Read More»
February 13, 2012: Healthcare reform has netted Florida $119 million
Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Legislature are strongly opposed to the Affordable Care Act, but $119 million has flowed into the state because of the federal act... Read More»
February 13, 2012: Republicans sign on to legal brief in challenge to Obama's federal health care reforms
FRANKFORT, Ky. — Nearly all of Kentucky's state-level Republican lawmakers have signed a legal brief in support of a lawsuit challenging President Barack Obama 's health care overhaul... Read More»
February 13, 2012: Should Utah cancer doctors dispense drugs? Senate panel clears bill that would allow it
SALT LAKE CITY — Already undergoing chemotherapy and radiation treatment for breast cancer , Debra Berry received a prescription for a drug to ease her nausea and vomiting... Read More»
February 10, 2012: The Real Trouble With the Birth-Control Mandate
Critics are missing the main point. There are good reasons that your car-insurance company doesn't add $100 to your premium and then cover oil changes... Read More»
February 10, 2012: Uncertainty plagues health-care reform
BOULDER - Health-care professionals around the country were working hard to come up with health-care reform rules long before President Barack Obama came along, said John Sackett, president at Avista Adventist Hospital in Louisville... Read More»
February 10, 2012: Obama budget looms over gridlocked Hill
Clint Eastwood and Chrysler lit up the blogs with their Super Bowl Sunday spot proclaiming, "It's halftime in America" and a lot more game to play. But to cover Congress these days is always to wonder: Will Washington take a knee?... Read More»
February 10, 2012: Health care's new wave: Shift from treating sickness to ensuring health
NORTHAMPTON - When Cooley Dickinson Hospital and its physicians group inked a deal last fall with Blue Cross Blue Shield to launch a new way of paying for medical care, it joined the vanguard of a movement that many believe will reshape health care in America... Read More»
February 10, 2012: Detailing the problems of 'breast cancer culture'
In the early '90s, a Simi Valley, Calif., woman named Charlotte Haley, appalled at the minuscule amount of money going to cancer research, created the first breast cancer ribbon... Read More»
February 9, 2012: Obama administration struggles to contain uproar over birth-control rule
The White House struggled Wednesday to contain the growing uproar over its birth-control mandate, with Democrats peeling off one by one in what has become an increasingly divisive election-year controversy... Read More»
February 9, 2012: Healthcare reform bill slammed by top doctor
A TOP medical specialist says the controversial Health And Social Care Bill is leading us towards "an Americanised system of healthcare"... Read More»
February 9, 2012: Side Effects: Medicare Advantage Gains Won't Last
Last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that average premiums in Medicare Advantage (MA) for 2012 have fallen by 7 percent, and enrollment has increased by about 10 percent... Read More»
February 9, 2012: CMS GIVES CONSUMERS ACCESS TO MORE DETAILS ABOUT INFECTION RATES AT AMERICAS HOSPITALS NEW DATA WILL SAVE LIVES, CUT COSTS.
Central line-associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs) are among the most serious of all healthcare-associated infections, resulting in thousands of deaths each year and nearly $700 million in added costs to the U.S. healthcare system... Read More»
February 8, 2012: Should We Stop Trying To Cure Cancer?
The concept of preventive medicine and wellness is obviously not a new one. In some fields of medicine, like maternal and child health, it is firmly rooted... Read More»
February 8, 2012: Obama OKs contributing to super-PACs: Game on, say Democratic donors
Democratic donors say it is "game on" following President Obama's blessing of Democratic super-PACs designed to rip his GOP opponent to shreds... Read More»
February 8, 2012: Cancer Claims Five-Time Shuttle Astronaut
Former astronaut Janice Voss, one of only six women to make five forays into space, died Monday in Scottsdale, Ariz., where she was being treated for breast cancer, Voss' alma mater Purdue University reported Tuesday... Read More»
February 8, 2012: Roche Breast Cancer Drug Pertuzumab Gets FDA Priority Review
U.S. health regulators have granted a priority review for Roche Holding AG's (ROG.VX) experimental breast cancer drug pertuzumab, opening the way for a launch as early as 2012 for a product the Swiss company hopes can contain damage from lost sales when top seller Herceptin loses patent protection in a few years' time... Read More»
February 7, 2012: Health Care Reform Update
Implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA); Other HHS and Federal Regulatory Initiatives; Other Congressional and State Initiatives; Other Health Care News; and Hearings & Mark-ups Scheduled... Read More»
February 7, 2012: Big MCO Earnings Growth in '11 Likely Won't Be Repeated This Year
While health plan stocks enjoyed a banner year in 2011, it's highly unlikely that earnings will continue to grow at the same pace in 2012... Read More»
February 7, 2012: Real Race in Cancer Is Finding Its Cause
A decision by the nation's leading breast cancer advocacy group, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, to largely cut off financing for breast cancer screenings at Planned Parenthood set off howls of outrage last week... Read More»
February 7, 2012: It's super-PAC v. super-PAC for the 2012 race
In a clear signal that the 2012 presidential election is gearing up to be a monumental slug-fest, the Obama campaign told big-money donors late Monday evening to begin writing their checks to Priorities USA... Read More»
February 7, 2012: Opinion: A Tale of Two ACOs
New Jersey and the federal government have very different takes on ACOs, but both are tasked with driving down the cost of healthcare... Read More»
February 7, 2012: Feds block cuts to California's Medi-Cal program
The state's effort to make Medi-Cal recipients dig into their wallets for co-pays was blocked by the federal government Monday... Read More»
February 6, 2012: Tennessee and Georgia resist health care reform
With less than a year before state legislation must be in place to implement a critical part of national health care reform, Tennessee and Georgia, along with 18 other states, have not made substantial progress toward meeting federal deadlines, according to reports from several nonpartisan organizations... Read More»
February 6, 2012: Health care reform policy sparks outcry by some
A recent federal decision requiring insurance plans to offer contraception will force Catholics to choose between their conscience and their employees' health care, the bishop of the Diocese of Rochester is telling parishioners in a letter to be sent this weekend... Read More»
February 6, 2012: Cancer survivors line up as opponents in Super Bowl
There can only be one winner in Sunday's Super Bowl but for two opposing players, a bigger battle has already been won, victory over cancer... Read More»
February 6, 2012: Hospitals Mine Their Patients' Records In Search Of Customers
When the oversized postcard arrived last August from Provena St. Joseph Medical Center promoting a lung cancer screening for current or former smokers over 55, Steven Boyd wondered how the hospital had found him... Read More»
February 3, 2012: Health Care Reform Was the Tea Party's First Defeat
With Mitt Romney's hold on the Republican nomination looking secure, the Tea Party will soon have to face the reality that despite pushing the Republican Party and its nominee to the right, they'll wind up losing the fight in the end. This isn't the first time... Read More»
February 3, 2012: Blue Cross won't bid on Kansas Medicaid contract
Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to overhaul Medicaid hit a rough spot Thursday after the state's largest health insurance company decided not to bid on a contract to help manage the program, leaving some lawmakers and advocates increasingly uneasy... Read More»
February 3, 2012: 'Pinkwashing' and the dark side of breast-cancer philanthropy
Near the end of the polemical new National Film Board documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. , activist Judy Brady is asked what she thinks of when she sees the pink ribbon symbolizing breast-cancer awareness: "I see evil," says Brady... Read More»
February 3, 2012: Cervical cancer: There's an app for that
When Mary Jo Payne hears about efforts to educate the public about cervical cancer, she thinks back to her own encounter with the disease at age 38... Read More»
February 3, 2012: Health Care Reform Was the Tea Party's First Defeat
With Mitt Romney's hold on the Republican nomination looking secure, the Tea Party will soon have to face the reality that despite pushing the Republican Party and its nominee to the right, they'll wind up losing the fight in the end.... Read More»
February 3, 2012: Blue Cross won't bid on Kansas Medicaid contract
TOPEKA | Gov. Sam Brownback's efforts to overhaul Medicaid hit a rough spot Thursday after the state's largest health insurance company decided not to bid on a contract to help manage the program, leaving some lawmakers and advocates increasingly uneasy.... Read More»
February 3, 2012: CBO: Tax Hikes, Defense Cuts, and Slow Growth -- One Vision for the Future
The recently released Congressional Budget Office report on the budget for the next ten years has what might at first seem like good news for the US fiscal order.  It estimates that, by 2015, the national deficit would fall to under 2% of the GDP, often hovering around 1% until 2022 (when the CBO projections stop). ... Read More»
February 3, 2012: Pinkwashing' and the dark side of breast-cancer philanthropy
Near the end of the polemical new National Film Board documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. , activist Judy Brady is asked what she thinks of when she sees the pink ribbon symbolizing breast-cancer awareness: "I see evil," says Brady.... Read More»
February 3, 2012: Cervical cancer: There's an app for that
When Mary Jo Payne hears about efforts to educate the public about cervical cancer, she thinks back to her own encounter with the disease at age 38.... Read More»
February 2, 2012: How CMS's Final Regulations for Accountable Care Organizations Fall Flat
Abstract:  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued final regulations for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). The outcome is disappointing: There are marginal changes only; the final regulations retain the same flawed structure set out in the proposed regulations... Read More»
February 2, 2012: STOCK Act now makes senators squirm
Senators are now squirming over fast-moving and supposedly non-controversial legislation aimed at barring lawmakers from making insider stock trades.... Read More»
February 2, 2012: Members Most Likely To Call It Quits
The Capitol Hill retirement wave may not have passed just yet. In January alone, seven House members decided to call it quits, and there could soon be more: Officials from both parties are predicting another burst of departures in the coming months.... Read More»
February 1, 2012: Fresh off Florida victory, Romney pushes on to next primary fight
TAMPA, Fla. — Mitt Romney hopped a one-way flight to Minnesota on Wednesday, the wind at his back as he emerged from a forceful victory in Florida's presidential primary... Read More»
February 1, 2012: Next Steps for ACOs
Will this new approach to health care delivery live up to the dual promises of reducing costs and improving quality of care?... Read More»
February 1, 2012: Cancer Group Halts Financing to Planned Parenthood
In a decision that is inflaming passions on both sides of the abortion debate, the world's largest breast cancer organization, Susan G. Komen for the Cure , is cutting off its financing of breast cancer screening and education programs run by Planned Parenthood affiliates... Read More»
February 1, 2012: The dangerous fiscal path that looms
DEBT PROJECTIONS RELEASED Tuesday by the Congressional Budget Office illustrate three fiscal paths: dangerous, dumb and smart... Read More»
February 1, 2012: Informed Patient: Taking Quality of Life into Account in Health Decisions
Quality-of-life questions are becoming increasingly important in medical care, especially when it comes to helping patients make decisions about treatments, today's Informed Patient column reports ... Read More»
January 31, 2012: Politicians obscure facts, impact Americans' views on healthcare reform
You've heard the litany of twisted health reform clichés at backyard BBQs, cocktail parties, and family functions. Indeed, boiling more than 2,000 pages of legislation and legalese into phrases like "socialized medicine" and "death panels" or from the opposing camp "lower care costs" and even "jobs for Americans" is bound to obscure more than a few facts... Read More»
January 31, 2012: U.S. Cancer Survivor Teen Suspended From School for 'Locks of Love'
Seventeen-year-old J.T. Gaskins woke up early this morning and got ready for school like all of his classmates, but instead of going to his Michigan high school, he settled in for what will be his second week of spending the school day working from home... Read More»
January 31, 2012: How Many Lives Does the Health Care Reform Cat Have Left?
How many lives does health care reform have? The law has survived a slew of near-death moments, but 2012 brings new lethal traps for the first-ever law that makes health coverage a right for almost all Americans... Read More»
January 31, 2012: Judge blocks cut to healthcare for poor Californians
California's budget is once again getting tied up in the federal court system... Read More»
January 30, 2012: The Hill Poll: No benefit from tax holiday, say a majority of voters
A majority of voters say they have not benefitted from the payroll-tax holiday that lawmakers are working to extend through the rest of this year, according to  this week's poll conducted for The Hill... Read More»
January 30, 2012: China's healthcare reform advances in right direction
China ' s   healthcare   reform   has   caught   worldwide   attention .  J . P .  Morgan ,  the   World Health   Organization  ( WHO ),  and   U . S .- based   Center   for   Strategic   and   International Studies  ( CSIS )  all   provided   positive   reviews   of   China ' s   healthcare   reform   progress from   different   perspectives   in   three   reports   released   between   October   and   December 2011.... Read More»
January 30, 2012: Catholics hear protests of Obama health ruling at Mass
(Reuters) - U.S. Catholic bishops and priests across the country read out letters at Mass on Sunday protesting plans by President Barack Obama's administration to force religiously-affiliated nonprofit groups to offer birth-control coverage to women employees... Read More»
January 30, 2012: FDA staffers sue agency over surveillance of personal e-mail
The  Food and Drug Administration  secretly monitored the personal e-mail of a group of its own scientists and doctors after they warned Congress that the agency was approving medical devices that they believed posed unacceptable risks to patients, government documents show... Read More»
January 30, 2012: 'Oy Vey': Jewish Republicans In South Florida See Little To Like In Health Care Law
DELRAY BEACH, Fla. —  Waiting for Newt Gingrich to arrive at a  Republican Jewish Coalition rally here late afternoon Friday, Connie Cestari, 80, said health care will be a top issue for her in November... Read More»
January 27, 2012: The State of the Nation's Health Care 2012: How Bad Budget Choices and Broken Politics Are Undermining Progress in Health
American health care in the year 2012 is a story of progress in slowing annual health care cost increases, reducing barriers to affordable coverage, and beginning to address a shortage of primary care physicians, coupled with the enormous challenges of costs still increasing at a rate the nation cannot sustain... Read More»
January 27, 2012: Health Care Reform Debate: More Thought and Less Volume, Please
Health care reform will make huge changes in the way insurance companies do business, but most of that will not go into effect right away. Provisions that will help most Americans in 2012 affect policies that were purchased after March 13, 2010... Read More»
January 27, 2012: The Cost of Care
It is well known that healthcare costs are extremely high in the United States. When lamenting these costs, however, we often fail to distinguish between individual costs and national expenditures... Read More»
January 27, 2012: Free-Market Medicine—A Personal Account
When I recently went to Alta Bates hospital for surgery, I discovered that legal procedures take precedence over medical ones. I had to sign intimidating statements about financial counseling, indemnity, patient responsibilities, consent to treatment, use of electronic technologies, and the like... Read More»
January 26, 2012: Obamacare: Obama Ends Medicare As We Know It
Obamacare Ends Traditional Medicare, but the Wrong Way: Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi claimed that the health law protects Medicare... Read More»
January 26, 2012: GOP: Medicare and Social Security Will Implode if Not Changed
The United States needs to create a "new, affordable safety net" of Social Security and Medicare so that future Americans can continue to be protected along with current generations, Governor Mitch Daniels (R-Ind.) said in his rebuttal to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night... Read More»
January 26, 2012: Private practitioners consider not accepting Medicare
WYOMISSING, Pa. -  The past few years have brought about major changes for seniors on Medicare, as well as private practices that accept it... Read More»
January 26, 2012: WellPoint's 4th quarter profit drops 39 pct as expenses rise, insurer forecasts 2012 growth
INDIANAPOLIS — WellPoint Inc.'s fourth-quarter net income sank 39 percent as medical claims increased, mostly because of a $50 million hit from the health insurer's Medicare Advantage business. But the company forecast earnings growth in 2012... Read More»
January 25, 2012: New Cancer Drugs: Affordable by the 1 Percent?
Julie Gralow, an oncologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center in Seattle, recently prescribed an exciting new therapy for a 60-year-old woman with metastatic breast cancer... Read More»
January 25, 2012: President Obama's State of the Union address, translated
President Barack Obama didn't turn his State of the Union speech into an overt pitch for his reelection, but he did push back against his Republican rivals in his address... Read More»
January 25, 2012: Doctors Refer More Patients to Specialists
The specialist will see you now — and it's one of the reasons that medical care has become more expensive... Read More»
January 25, 2012: Should Physicians Use Email to Communicate With Patients?
Email has been so commonplace for so long that some people consider it nearly obsolete. But in the health-care profession, its use for communications between doctors and their patients is still controversial... Read More»
January 25, 2012: To grow, Catholic hospital system pares religious ties
Catholic Healthcare West , one of the nation's largest hospital systems, is ending its governing board's affiliation with the Catholic Church and changing its name, two steps intended to help the system expand throughout the states in which it operates — California, Arizona and Nevada — and beyond... Read More»
January 24, 2012: Obama Speech to Embrace Manufacturing
President Barack Obama tonight will lay out what he calls a "blueprint" for revitalizing the economy, emphasizing a rebirth for U.S. manufacturing, bolstering domestic energy production and training workers... Read More»
January 24, 2012: The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - Kathleen Sebelius
Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius explains that 2.5 million previously uninsured Americans now have health insurance under the Affordable Care Act... Read More»
January 24, 2012: Health-care programs face deep budget cuts
JACKSON -- Legislative budget writers want to slash the state general-fund appropriation for the state Department of Health to $20.7 million -- the lowest level it has seen since 1990, when it received $20.3 million... Read More»
January 24, 2012: Health reform exchange bill introduced
A bill to create an Iowa health insurance exchange was introduced in the Senate Monday but will go nowhere unless the governor takes some initiative to assist with the effort, a key Democrat behind the effort said... Read More»
January 23, 2012: NHS Reforms: A Catalogue of Disasters Is Gaining Momentum
Last week, we learned that not only are vast swathes of the general public feeling nervous about the Conservative's Healthcare Reform Bill, but so are healthcare professionals... Read More»
January 23, 2012: Doctors, hospitals adjust to health care revolution
BRATTLEBORO -- While lawmakers work on health care reform in Montpelier, another health care revolution is happening on the streets in Windham County... Read More»
January 23, 2012: What We Give Up for Health Care
WHEN it comes to health care, most liberals are committed above all to ensuring that every American has insurance. In their view, the greatest achievement of the health care reform act passed under President Obama is to finally erase the moral stain of the United States' being the only major developed country without universal coverage... Read More»
January 23, 2012: Global drug shortages to hit Australia
Health experts say a growing shortage of a number of drugs in the US will start to affect patients in Australia... Read More»
January 20, 2012: 112th Congress: The worst ever?
President Barack Obama has this in common with the American electorate: They both hate Congress... Read More»
January 20, 2012: Pharmacies want fix to Medicare drug plan's enrollment glitch
The pharmacy lobby is asking Medicare to allow beneficiaries to enroll in new plans if they feel misled by so-called "preferred network" plans... Read More»
January 20, 2012: U.S. Healthcare Hits $3 Trillion
Great post by Rick Ungar over on The Policy Page .  Still, I'm left wondering.  It's an election year and given the stakes, I think we'll look back on 2012 as the year of the great Healthcare Reform debate – Part 2... Read More»
January 20, 2012: Battling brain tumor, health of Hall of Famer Gary Carter takes turn for worse
NEW YORK — Gary Carter's health has taken a turn for the worse... Read More»
January 19, 2012: Column: Why doctors might be turning on 'ObamaCare'
The final verdict may not be in yet, but some of the early returns on "ObamaCare" are not good. Indeed, many doctors are becoming wary of the law at a time when only one in three Americans support it... Read More»
January 19, 2012: The Transition Abyss
n June of 2011, I flew to Washington, D.C. to say good-bye to my friend, Alvin.  I wanted to be there with him and his family during his peaceful passage from this life... Read More»
January 19, 2012: American Cancer Society Blogger Apologizes for Bald Barbie Flub
One unlikely person apologized today after catching the wrath of the nearly 130,000 people who have joined a social media campaign urging Mattel to make a bald Barbie... Read More»
January 19, 2012: Obamacare
L ike everyone else who supported passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), I've been worried about what will happen to Obama's signature legislative accomplishment if he loses in 2012... Read More»
January 18, 2012: 2012 Outlook: Medicaid Reforms at State, Federal Level Will Lead to New Opportunities for Plans
Medicaid managed care plans may prove their usefulness in containing costs in 2012, as states seek out alternative policies and payment/delivery models to cope with a looming Medicaid expansion under the health reform law, not to mention ongoing budget constraints, industry insiders predict... Read More»
January 18, 2012: New Drug For Advanced Colorectal Cancer Shows Promise In Trial
An experimental drug for advanced colorectal cancer (that available approved treatments have failed to halt) has shown promise in a clinical trial, says Bayer HealthCare, the company that makes it... Read More»
January 18, 2012: A Window of Hope for Fixing Medicare
Simplistic rhetoric that Medicare is "broken" fails to diagnose where the real challenge lies in creating enduring financial stability for this critical program. Medicare is doing exactly what it was designed to do... Read More»
January 18, 2012: 'Tiered' Insurance Confounds Consumers, Docs In Mass.
BOSTON — Sarah Bechta, a wife, mother and physician from Northborough, Mass. sat down at her kitchen table with a folder full of brochures, pages from insurance websites and a hand-drawn spreadsheet to try to find out if a new "tiered" health plan would be the cheapest option for her family... Read More»
January 17, 2012: Report: Hospitals' long-term approach to healthcare reform underwhelming
Despite recognizing that success with new healthcare delivery and reimbursement models will depend on commitments to quality, service and efficiency, hospitals haven't done enough to prepare for ongoing and planned healthcare initiatives, according to a report published September 2011 by Towers Watson, a financial management firm... Read More»
January 17, 2012: New Group To Set Priorities for Medical Effectiveness Research
More than two years ago, studies found that injection of medical cement into compression fractures of the spine produced no better pain relief than "sham" injections... Read More»
January 17, 2012: Shumlin administration to pitch health care "exchange" plan to lawmakers on Tuesday
The Shumlin administration plans to reveal legislation and multiple reports on Tuesday making suggestions for how the state should proceed to create a Health Benefits Exchange... Read More»
January 17, 2012: Capitol Business: GOP lawmaker's health-exchange repeal unlikely to get very far
A freshman Republican state senator introduced a bill Friday that would repeal Colorado's health benefits exchange if any part of the federal health care reform law is struck down — a bill more notable for its political implications than its minuscule chances of passing... Read More»
January 13, 2012: Is 2012 The Year Of Online Patients?
Meaningful Use programs, healthcare reform, and the public's love of mobile devices could add up to patients finally getting fully involved in their own care... Read More»
January 13, 2012: Fitness Benefit Gains Healthy Elderly for Insurers, Study Finds
The offer of a fitness club membership is helping insurers including UnitedHealth Group Inc. and Humana Inc. draw healthier and less costly patients to their Medicare programs, said researchers reporting in the New England Journal of Medicine... Read More»
January 13, 2012: Could Cancer Cure Barbie? Mattel vs. Beautiful and Bald Barbie
Barbie is just shy of 53 years old.  She's survived the Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and German reunification, both wars with Iraq and has managed to outlast 10 U.S. Presidents... Read More»
January 13, 2012: Quantifying Costs to States of Noncompliance with the PPACA's Medicaid Expansion
In March 2012, two years after the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), the Supreme Court will hear challenges to the federal health care legislation. One issue the court will take up is whether the PPACA's Medicaid expansion constitutes a coercive infringement on state sovereignty by the federal government... Read More»
January 12, 2012: Slower Growth in Health Spending
 Health care spending in the United States increased at the slowest rate in half a century in 2009 and 2010 , essentially keeping pace with the growth of the economy, according to the latest federal data... Read More»
January 12, 2012: Patients left in lurch by cancer drug shortage
Hospitals are running short of an important drug used to treat several forms of cancer after its American manufacturer decided to temporarily halt production... Read More»
January 12, 2012: Why the Drugs Shortage to Pharmacies Needs to be Rectified Now
Britain is facing an almost unprecedented problem of shortages in the supply of vital drugs for patients with serious, often life-threatening conditions... Read More»
January 12, 2012: Walgreen Is Firm on End of Express Scripts Deal
CHICAGO — The chief executive of the Walgreen Company defended the chain's decision to end its relationship with the prescription benefit manager Express Scripts , even as rivals have stepped up their efforts to attract pharmacy customers covered by Express Scripts plans... Read More»
January 11, 2012: Health Reform May Lessen Sting of Charity Care for NJ Hospitals
Hospitals struggling to provide care for patients without health coverage and juggling high debts hope the Affordable Care Act will alleviate problems... Read More»
January 11, 2012: Commentary: In breast cancer battle, exercise can save lives and dollars
In the battle against breast cancer, there's one self-defense tool that every woman should be wielding. Exercise. And with the direct national cost for breast cancer care in the United States at $16.5 billion yearly, we need to be instituting public policies and community strategies that help ensure that she can... Read More»
January 11, 2012: Health insurance bill would keep feds at bay, Va. Democrats say
Virginia House Democrats proposed a measure Tuesday to establish health insurance exchanges in the state to meet requirements of the federal health care law, calling it a way to keep Washington at bay... Read More»
January 11, 2012: Senate panel backs health exchange
While presidential candidates were crossing New Hampshire on Tuesday getting in their last points about health care, the Senate Commerce Committee was acting on three major pieces of health-related legislation... Read More»
January 10, 2012: Obama needs to find his backbone on healthcare reform
After backing off from a 'public option' and settling on extending coverage to 30 million of the nearly 50 million uninsured, he's apparently content to let each state set policy and price standards... Read More»
January 10, 2012: Kasich Launches New Healthcare Reform
COLUMBUS – Governor John Kasich's Administration today launched a formal initiative to partner with health care stakeholders to begin to change Ohio's public and private health care business models from one that is based on volume to one based on value and performance... Read More»
January 10, 2012: Understanding accountable health care organizations
Five area hospital and doctor groups are trying out this new model, which is designed to improve the care of Medicare patients while lowering the costs of treating them... Read More»
January 10, 2012: Print The most common cancer? It's oropharyngeal cancer, a tongue-twister that involves head and neck
The medical director of the head and neck oncology program at Mount Sinai, Marshall Posner specializes in treating cancers that originate in the oral cavity, salivary glands and surrounding areas. During his 30-year career, he has seen thousands of patients with oropharyngeal cancer... Read More»
January 9, 2012: The cost of shopping for health insurance
When I wrote a story last week about Congress quietly closing health reform's Consumer Assistance Program, Wonkblog readers and health-care economists alike quickly seized on one crucial detail: the program's price tag... Read More»
January 9, 2012: Medicare Study Shows Most Medical Errors Go Unreported
A new study released today by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) found that hospital employees are only reporting fourteen percent of all medical errors and usually don't change their practices to prevent future harm to patients... Read More»
January 9, 2012: Beware the Rush to Presumption, Part A
Scholars of health politics view the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as a historic achievement... Read More»
January 9, 2012: Albany to Tackle Health Exchanges in Coming Months
Governor Andrew Cuomo says creating a health insurance exchange for New York is a priority for 2012... Read More»
January 6, 2012: Collaborating reduces costs of health care
Peter Cady, who works 12-hour shifts on his feet at Intel's plant here, occasionally suffers severe lower back spasms. But he nearly gave up seeking medical help because in the weeks it took to get a doctor's appointment and a referral to physical therapy, the pain usually subsided... Read More»
January 6, 2012: Medicare Payment Reform, SGR Repeal Top AAFP's Legislative, Advocacy Agenda
Medicare payment reform and the need to replace the sustainable growth rate, or SGR, formula continued to drive much of the AAFP's legislative and advocacy efforts in 2011, as the Academy repeatedly pressed Congress for fundamental Medicare payment reform... Read More»
January 6, 2012: 9 States Seek Help For High-Risk Pools
Nine states have asked the federal government for more money to make sure their new high-risk pools that provide health coverage for people with pre-existing conditions don't run out of money before 2014, the Obama administration said Thursday... Read More»
January 5, 2012: Medicare Advantage changes begin to bite
Patients are starting to see the first major changes to Medicare required by the Affordable Care Act. The biggest changes are coming to Medicare Advantage plans... Read More»
January 5, 2012: City & State: High Expectations for Cuomo vs. Medicaid, Round 2
Gov. Andrew Cuomo resolved in his first State of the State address to overhaul New York's mammoth Medicaid program, a $52 billion system threatening to cripple the state's budget. And for the time being at least, he appears to have made good on his promise, healthcare analysts said... Read More»
January 5, 2012: Lawsuit Accuses Company Of Fraudulently Cycling Patients Through Nursing Homes, Hospice Care
A national hospice company improperly cycled patients through nursing homes and hospice with a goal of making as much profit as possible from Medicare, according to a whistleblower lawsuit announced this week... Read More»
January 4, 2012: Affordable Health Care Reform Act….is it time for a change?
You better grab a seat and get ready for an earful before you ask anyone who has ever paid for their own health care what it (truly) costs. From COBRA participants to the self insured, insurance premiums are easily in excess of a mortgage, rent or car payment any day of the week... Read More»
January 4, 2012: What to know about Medicare in 2012
The New Year brings improvements and other changes to Medicare. Here's a brief rundown of what to expect in 2012... Read More»
January 4, 2012: Image-Guided Therapies Highlight Continued Advances in Cancer Care
Michele Albert, M.D., Associate Chief of Radiation Oncology and Medical Director of High-Dose Rate Radiation Therapy, Saint Anne's Hospital Regional Cancer Care... Read More»
January 4, 2012: Starch May Raise Breast Cancer Recurrence Risk, Study Finds
A new study suggests yet again that our diets could have an effect on our cancer risks... Read More»
January 3, 2012: 'Essential Benefits' and Health Reform
The Obama administration surprised supporters and critics when it decided to let states define the "essential health benefits" that must be provided to their citizens under health care reform... Read More»
January 3, 2012: John Packham: 2012 and the fate of health care reform
This year promises to be momentous for the fate of federal health reform efforts and thus the direction of health care in America for the foreseeable future... Read More»
January 3, 2012: Congress inaction threatens consumer health insurance
It was a first for Texas: a state office devoted to consumers struggling to find affordable health insurance coverage. With funds from the federal health reform law, the Texas Consumer Health Assistance Program was launched last January... Read More»
January 3, 2012: Only social care reform will keep the NHS from its deathbed
Urgent backing for the Dilnot proposals points to a health service close to catastrophe, writes Mary Riddell... Read More»
January 3, 2012: California adds patients to health insurance rolls
More than 6,000 with preexisting conditions are getting coverage for medical care under a temporary program... Read More»
December 23, 2011: The Health Care Reform Reference Post
Health care and the Affordable Care Act are very complicated subjects with many moving parts.  My goal is to bring simplicity and understanding of the health care system and the law to everyday people... Read More»
December 23, 2011: Bristol-Myers Says Liver Cancer Drug Didn't Meet Goals in Trial
Bristol-Myers Squibb Co. said its experimental brivanib drug for liver cancer didn't meet the goal of improving survival versus a placebo... Read More»
December 22, 2011: Reader Consult: Time to Retire The 'War On Cancer' Metaphor?
This Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the so-called "war on cancer" — or more technically, the National Cancer Act of 1971... Read More»
December 22, 2011: The health-care landscape is shifting
The tremors you feel are not after-effects of this summer's earthquake, but the healthcare landscape shifting beneath us to create better and more efficient care... Read More»
December 22, 2011: U.S. drug shortages driving up healthcare costs
Drug shortages affecting the U.S. healthcare sector are fueling precipitous jumps in the prices of many medications... Read More»
December 21, 2011: Special Report: Phantom firms bleed millions from Medicare
Articles in this series explore the extent and impact of corporate secrecy in the United States... Read More»
December 21, 2011: Opting to track, not treat, early prostate cancer
John Shoemaker  visited six doctors in his quest to find the best treatment for his early stage prostate cancer — and only the last one offered what made the most sense to the California man: Keep a close watch on the tumor and treat only if it starts to grow... Read More»
December 20, 2011: For Medicare, We Must Cut Costs, Not Shift Them
Suddenly, everybody is talking about turning Medicare into a voucher program. It's not a new idea... Read More»
December 20, 2011: Medicare Penalties For Readmissions Could Be A Tough Hit On Hospitals Serving The Poor
James Breedin cannot keep track of how often he has been admitted to Howard University Hospital for heart problems. "It's been so many," said Breedin, a 75-year-old disabled former truck driver from Northeast Washington... Read More»
December 20, 2011: Amgen Plans to Team Up With Watson on Generics
LOS ANGELES — Amgen, the biotechnology company, is planning to develop generic versions of some best-selling drugs... Read More»
December 20, 2011: Officials struggle to define navigator role in health exchange
If the 2012 Legislature approves of creation of a state-based health exchange – an online portal for purchasing medical insurance – officials will have a number of decisions to make concerning its operation and funding... Read More»
December 19, 2011: Working With Medicare
There are many ways to rein in Medicare spending without scrapping the system and starting over... Read More»
December 19, 2011: Blunt: Congress 'almost totally dysfunctional'
Missouri Sen. Roy Blunt, recently elected to the GOP leadership starting next year, is among those bashing Congress these days... Read More»
December 19, 2011: Number of patients receiving care at retail clinics increases
More in-store clinics are opening in preparation for a possible role in accountable care organizations and other aspects of health system reform... Read More»
December 19, 2011: Five reasons your doctor hates Obamacare
Even with the American Medical Association's endorsement, a large majority of American physicians remain staunchly against Obamacare... Read More»
December 19, 2011: Christopher Hitchens dies at 62 after suffering cancer
British-born author, literary critic and journalist Christopher Hitchens has died at the age of 62... Read More»
December 19, 2011: Former beauty queen Miss Venezuela dies at 28 from breast cancer
FORMER  Miss Venezuela  Eva Ekvall has died in the US after fighting  breast cancer  since last year, at the young age of just 28... Read More»
December 19, 2011: Concern growing over deadlines for health-care exchanges
With many states unwilling or unable to get insurance exchanges operational by the health-care law's deadline of Jan. 1, 2014, pressure is growing on the federal government to do the job for them... Read More»
December 16, 2011: Health reform foes' dismal vision
The Supreme Court's recent decision to consider the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act has reignited the national debate about the future of health care reform. But in Maryland, we can see the value of health care reform every day... Read More»
December 16, 2011: Why Do These Things Keep Happening to Us?
Action movie fans may remember that line delivered by actress Bonnie Bedelia to Bruce Willis at the end of the flick,  Die Hard II... Read More»
December 16, 2011: The Independent Payment Advisory Board
Starting in 2013, a new entity will have authority to curb Medicare spending if growth exceeds targets. Should it?... Read More»
December 16, 2011: Walkouts by Nurses Loom as Hospitals Seek to Cut Costs
The specter of nursing strikes is looming on both coasts, as newly empowered nurses' unions confront hospitals pressed to cut costs amid changes in health care financing... Read More»
December 16, 2011: Health Costs A Key Worry For Those Nearing Retirement
Americans express changing expectations toward retirement, with near-retirees feeling significantly more anxious than those who've already left the workforce about whether their income and savings will support them into their golden years... Read More»
December 15, 2011: Noridian policy would cut prostate coverage
FARGO – Bob Elliott's brother required six weeks of healing after he had robotic surgery to treat his prostate cancer... Read More»
December 15, 2011: CMS Tells Part D Drug Plans to Withhold Pharmacy Payments for Suspicious Claims
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has instructed all Medicare Part D and Medicare Advantage prescription drug plans that they can withhold pharmacy payments for suspicious claims as part of an effort to reduce fraud and abuse within the program, according to a memorandum released Dec. 13... Read More»
December 15, 2011: As Doctors Use More Devices, Potential for Distraction Grows
Hospitals and doctors' offices, hoping to curb medical error, have invested heavily to put computers, smartphones and other devices into the hands of medical staff for instant access to patient data, drug information and case studies... Read More»
December 14, 2011: Kerry: Super Committee GOP 'Put America Second and the Politics First'
In a  National Journal /United Technologies live policy briefing on Tuesday morning, Sen.  John Kerry , D-Mass., said that Republican members of the super committee refused every step of the way to meet Democrats halfway on a deficit-reduction deal... Read More»
December 14, 2011: Medicare, Medicaid Must Change, Says Former Head
Donald Berwick resigned as administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in December... Read More»
December 14, 2011: Memory Issues After Cancer May Not Be From Chemo 
Women treated for breast cancer with radiation with or without chemotherapy had more thinking and memory problems a few years after their treatment ended than women who'd never had cancer, in a new study... Read More»
December 14, 2011: Hospitals Adopt Drug Industry Sales Strategy
In northwest Indiana, Carrie Sota visits five or six doctors' offices every work day as part of her new sales job... Read More»
December 13, 2011: Berwick: Don't Blame Medicare, Medicaid. It's The Delivery System
Dr. Donald Berwick, who oversaw Medicare and Medicaid until earlier this month, defended the programs Monday, but said they are trapped in a U.S. health system that promotes wasteful spending and inefficient care... Read More»
December 13, 2011: The Federal Government's Deeply Flawed System For Controlling Medicare Costs
Medicare's hospital trust fund is set to be exhausted by 2024, according to the latest report from the program's trustees. Federal officials are understandably looking for easy ways to cut spending in the entitlement program in hopes of shoring up its finances... Read More»
December 12, 2011: The Future of U.S. Health Care
What Is a Hospital? An Insurer? Even a Doctor? All the Lines in the Industry Are Starting to Blur... Read More»
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It's a disease that kills millions a year and a slew of hoped-for miracle treatments have gone nowhere. Now scientists say vaccines could hold the key—not just to a cure but to wiping out cancer forever... Read More»
December 12, 2011: What if prevention doesn't save money?
The idea that preventive health care saves money is among the most ubiquitous and bipartisan health policy ideas out there. It's an idea that  numerous contenders  for president in 2008, Democrat and Republican, endorsed... Read More»
December 9, 2011: GOP stonewalls health care reform in Wisconsin
The fate of federal health care reform now hangs on the U.S. Supreme Court, which will rule next year on whether the measure can take effect... Read More»
December 9, 2011: Obama administration refuses to relax Plan B restrictions
The Obama administration stunned women's health advocates and abortion opponents alike Wednesday by rejecting a request to let anyone of any age buy the controversial morning-after pill Plan B  directly off drugstore and supermarket shelves ... Read More»
December 9, 2011: Avastin Has Modest Impact on PFS in Metastatic Breast Cancer
Mere weeks after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) rescinded approval of the use of bevacizumab ( Avastin , Genentech) in metastatic breast cancer, a new study of the drug in metastatic HER2-positive disease shows an improvement in progression-free survival (PFS)... Read More»
December 8, 2011: Lawmaker recounts experience on 'super committee' COMMENTARY U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey
BY NOW, most folks in Pennsylvania know that the Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction (commonly known as the super committee) did not meet its goal of finding $1.2 trillion in deficit reduction. To say that I am disappointed is a huge understatement... Read More»
December 8, 2011: Mobile point-of-care spending to hit $4.4B by 2015
Healthcare providers in the U.S. will spend more than $4.4 billion on mobile point-of-care technology in 2015, up from almost $2.8 billion in 2010, representing an annual growth rate of 9.9 percent, according to a new forecast from Intel and research firm  IDC Health Insights ... Read More»
December 8, 2011: What a Waste: Why We Can't Rein In Extra Health Spending
Depending on whom you ask, waste in the U.S. health care system is either a problem -- or a big problem... Read More»
December 7, 2011: Common Prostate Cancer Treatment May Be Less Risky Than Thought
Just over a year ago the FDA warned that commonly used hormone-blocking treatments may increase the risk for fatal heart attacks  in  prostate cancer  patients, but a new analysis finds these fears to be unfounded for most men... Read More»
December 7, 2011: Over 40% of cancers due to lifestyle, says review
Nearly half of cancers diagnosed in the UK each year - over 130,000 in total - are caused by avoidable life choices including smoking, drinking and eating the wrong things, a review reveals... Read More»
December 7, 2011: Aetna and Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians Provider Collaboration Model Leads to Fewer Hospitalizations for Certain Patients
As groups throughout the health care system work to develop Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), Aetna (NYSE:  AET ) today announced results of a collaborative relationship with Central Ohio Primary Care Physicians (COPC), a physician-owned primary care medical group based in Central Ohio... Read More»
December 7, 2011: Orszag: Defined Contributions Define Health-Care Future
Over the next decade, we are likely to see a shift in health insurance in the U.S.: So-called defined-contribution plans will gradually take over the market, shifting the residual risk of incurring high health-care costs from employers to workers... Read More»
December 7, 2011: Time's up for Utahns enrolling in Medicare
The Medicare deadline has arrived. People who don't want or need to make changes to their coverage can relax... Read More»
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BOSTON (Reuters) - For many years, Rebeccah Pearson, a retail store manager in Newburyport, Massachusetts, was among the state residents who had to forego medical insurance... Read More»
December 6, 2011: The Doctor's Prescription For Restoring Health To Medicare
Uninterrupted expansion of Medicare spending will be the major driver of the growth of our Federal deficit. As a result, how to control Medicare's growth is one of the most important challenges we face as a nation... Read More»
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Pfizer Inc.'s advanced kidney cancer treatment may not be effective at prolonging the time some patients live without the disease getting worse, a Food and Drug Administration staff report said today... Read More»
December 6, 2011: Interest in new employer health insurance option 'off the charts'
PORTLAND, Maine — Maine's first foray into a new model for employer-based health care has attracted more interest than the program can accommodate... Read More»
December 6, 2011: Employers consider cutting health-insurance premiums for lower-paid workers
At most companies, employee health insurance premiums vary only by family size and type of plan. At a small percentage of firms, however, another variable is taken into account: salary... Read More»
December 5, 2011: Care homes suffer cuts
One local nursing home already has laid off an employee, and another is considering layoffs, pay freezes or benefit cuts for the coming year after a state reduction in Medicaid reimbursements... Read More»
December 5, 2011: Colon cancer prognosis worse for the obese, type 2 diabetics
People who have been diagnosed with colon cancer have a poorer prognosis if they're obese or have type 2 diabetes, new research suggests... Read More»
December 5, 2011: High Level Of Waste In Health Spending, Says Medicare And Medicaid Boss
Dr. Donald M. Berwick, head of  Medicare and  Medicaid  until last Thursday, stated that up to 30% of spending on health is wasted with absolutely no benefit to beneficiaries (patients)... Read More»
December 5, 2011: Doing Things Right: Why Three Hospitals Didn't Harm My Wife
My wife was lying in the back of an ambulance, dazed and bloody, while I sat in the front, distraught and distracted... Read More»
December 5, 2011: Bring Health Care Home
ONE of my patients called me with a high fever, chills and dropping blood pressure. He was 48 and had been a quadriplegic since he was shot during a robbery in the hardware store he owned... Read More»
December 2, 2011: Government Price Controls for Health Care: A Deficit-Reduction Strategy to Avoid
Abstract:   The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction—the "super committee"—created under the Budget Control Act of 2011 is tasked with proposing a strategy for reducing the federal deficit by $1.5 trillion over the next decade. If the committee fails, an automatic cut of 2 percent is authorized for Medicare, other domestic programs, and national security and defense budgets... Read More»
December 2, 2011: Weighing Berwick's Top Five Accomplishments At CMS
Today is Donald Berwick's last day as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services... Read More»
December 2, 2011: Scientists' Elusive Goal: Reproducing Study Results
Two years ago, a group of Boston researchers published a study describing how they had destroyed cancer tumors by targeting a protein called STK33. Scientists at biotechnology firm Amgen Inc. quickly pounced on the idea and assigned two dozen researchers to try to repeat the experiment with a goal of turning the findings into a drug... Read More»
December 1, 2011: Medicare to cover obesity counseling, screening
 The U.S. Medicare program for the elderly will cover counseling for obesity in an effort to reduce the condition that has reached epidemic proportions and leads to serious health problems... Read More»
December 1, 2011: Onyx Spurs Pfizer Talk With Cancer Drug as Patent Cure: Real M&A
The promise of an experimental drug for cancer means that Onyx Pharmaceuticals Inc. may reward shareholders with a record windfall by selling itself... Read More»
December 1, 2011: HHS Sec. Sebelius uses Cleveland as electronic medical records platform
Federal officials used Northeast Ohio's success in implementing electronic health records as a platform Wednesday to argue that America's hospitals and doctors need to act faster to adopt the technology... Read More»
December 1, 2011: Americans mixed on adequacy of cancer screenings
 Many Americans are satisfied with how often they are screened for cancer but some say they are not screened often enough, while a growing body of evidence suggests too much screening for certain types of cancer may do more harm than good, a Gallup poll showed... Read More»
November 30, 2011: Data show Roche breast-cancer drug effective
 Roche Holding AG Wednesday said new research shows its prospective medicine pertuzumab is effective in fighting breast cancer, providing a welcome boost for the Swiss pharmaceutical giant after its blockbuster cancer drug Avastin lost its U.S. breast cancer label earlier this month... Read More»
November 30, 2011: Hot Spots and Ghost Towns: 5 Observations on ACO Proliferation
Accountable care organizations are still in their infancy and states are widely uneven when it comes to ACO development... Read More»
November 30, 2011: Dick Cowart: Uncertainty, possible chaos may face health care
We are entering a period in which navigating the ship of health care appears to be fraught with danger — strong winds, high seas and driving rain. Like captains in the tempest, survival appears to be the operative mantra... Read More»
November 30, 2011: Study: Under Obamacare, Employers Will Likely Engage in 'Targeted Dumping' of Employees
 "A loophole in the federal health care overhaul would allow many employers to game the system by dumping their sicker employees [into] public health insurance exchanges, according to two University of Minnesota law professors."... Read More»
November 29, 2011: A grim diagnosis for our ailing health care system
Even had it succeeded, the supercommittee would have failed. Ultimately, the only way to control federal spending and deficits is to suppress the upward spiral of health costs... Read More»
November 29, 2011: Women Who Drink Coffee Lower Their Risk of Endometrial Cancer
Women who appreciate their morning cup of java have yet another reason to continue indulging. Harvard researchers have discovered that coffee consumption can cut the risk for developing endometrial cancer by as much as 25 percent... Read More»
November 29, 2011: LPGA golfers share goal to beat breast cancer
In 2003,  Morgan Pressel , then 15, learned too soon what radiology, mastectomy and chemotherapy meant as she watched her mother, Kathryn Krickstein, die of breast cancer at age 43... Read More»
November 29, 2011: Study: Employers could dump sickest employees on public health care
St. Paul, Minn. — A loophole in the federal health care overhaul would allow many employers to game the system by dumping their sicker employees onto public health insurance exchanges, according to two University of Minnesota law professors... Read More»
November 28, 2011: Cancer therapy center in works
A new $200 million cancer treatment center will allow Atlanta area patients who need the specialized therapy to stay close to home and avoid the added stress of traveling hundreds of miles to an existing facility... Read More»
November 28, 2011: Research, awareness and survival rates for lung cancer continue to lag other major killers
Jon Young understands the question; he just doesn't like it. Tell someone your wife or mother has lung cancer, and a good friend or a total stranger will ask the same thing... Read More»
November 28, 2011: AP Newsbreak: Medicare's drug coverage gap shrinks
Medicare's prescription coverage gap is getting noticeably smaller and easier to manage this year for millions of older and disabled people with high drug costs... Read More»
November 28, 2011: Debt deadlock helps Medicare, Social Security advocates, but for how long?
WASHINGTON  — While many Americans view the debt deadlock in Washington as a national stumbling block, advocates for Social Security and Medicare saw it as a victory when the congressional supercommittee declared defeat last week... Read More»
November 23, 2011: Study links coffee to lower cancer risk in women
Women who drink moderate to high amounts of coffee may reduce their risk for endometrial cancer, new research reveals... Read More»
November 23, 2011: Thread of Idealism a Lifeline to Developing Countries
Ross Donaldson went to Sierra Leone as a third-year medical student to research a deadly but neglected disease and found himself running a Lassa fever ward alone... Read More»
November 23, 2011: It's Still Possible to Cut Spending: Here's How
The obvious place to begin is the repeal of ObamaCare. We also need to empower the states, streamline the federal government and modernize Medicare and Social Security... Read More»
November 22, 2011: Super committee failure threatens key tax breaks
Super committee deal would have made it easier for Congress to extend temporary tax breaks that are buoying the economy... Read More»
November 22, 2011: To Bundle or Not to Bundle?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' pilot initiative — Bundled Payments for Care Improvement — will test and evaluate the use of bundled payments for Medicare services over a five-year period... Read More»
November 22, 2011: Model support
The National Committee for Quality Assurance, like the CMS, is attempting to provide a practical framework to realize the hopes for accountable care organizations... Read More»
November 22, 2011: Why Doctors Won't Like ACOs
Accountable Care Organizations require hard data to support treatment decisions. IT's job is to build that evidence into your organization's systems... Read More»
November 22, 2011: FDA Did the Right Thing in Pulling Avastin for Breast Cancer
On Friday, FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg  announced that the agency was revoking its approval of best-selling cancer drug Avastin for breast cancer... Read More»
November 21, 2011: Son Says Paterno Has Treatable Form of Lung Cancer
Joe Paterno was diagnosed with a treatable form of lung cancer the same weekend Penn State's football team played its first game without the Hall of Fame coach in nearly a half century... Read More»
November 21, 2011: Insuring Against the High Costs of Cancer
If you are diagnosed with cancer, you have two battles ahead of you: to get well and to stay solvent... Read More»
November 21, 2011: Breast Cancer - MRI Does Not Help, Even Though Usage Grows
MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) is increasingly used to help doctors decide on treatment options for  breast cancer  patients, despite there being very little evidence that this type of imaging has any benefit... Read More»
November 21, 2011: Higher copays seen for Medicare brand-name drugs
With three weeks left for seniors to change their Medicare prescription plan for 2012, a new study brings distressing news: Copays for brand-name drugs are going up - sharply in some cases... Read More»
November 18, 2011: Medicare Needs To Elevate IT Approach, Says NRC
New challenges, from health insurance exchanges to shared savings programs, demand that the agency integrate IT into all of its systems and strategies, says National Research Council... Read More»
November 18, 2011: Cancer society hopes to curb love of tobacco use
REDLANDS - The American Cancer Society celebrated its 39th anniversary of the Great American Smokeout on Thursday by highlighting the California Cancer Research Act and encouraging smokers to drop the habit... Read More»
November 18, 2011: Huntsville Hospital: Health Care Reform Bill to Blame for New Fees
Many people who are patients of Huntsville Hospital's doctors or facilities have contacted WHNT News 19 about a new, $25 annual fee.  Those who've emailed us say they do not understand why they are being asked to pay this fee on top of their co-pays... Read More»
November 18, 2011: The Walmart Opportunity: Can Retailers Revamp Primary Care?
In-store medical clinics like those at Walmart – having established a beachhead with relatively healthy patients looking for convenient, low-cost care for simple problems – are eyeing a bigger prize, the millions of Americans with costly illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease... Read More»
November 18, 2011: Over 100,000 primary care providers sign up to adopt electronic health records through their Regional Extension Centers
WASHINGTON, DC – The HHS Office for the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology announced today that more than 100,000 primary care providers are adopting certified Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to help improve their quality of care and ultimately lower health care costs... Read More»
November 17, 2011: Physician Advice Through RUC On Valuing Services Helps Medicare, Primary Care
Medicare provides health care coverage for millions of seniors and baby boomers, and every day more beneficiaries are added to Medicare's ranks... Read More»
November 17, 2011: The Smokers' Surcharge
More and more employers are demanding that workers who smoke, are overweight or have high  cholesterol  shoulder a greater share of their health care costs, a shift toward penalizing employees with unhealthy lifestyles rather than rewarding good habits... Read More»
November 16, 2011: WARNING: Breast Cancer Awareness Month May Be Hazardous to Your Health
The irony of Breast Cancer Awareness Month is that by the end of the month there was significantly more misunderstanding in the public about the disease... Read More»
November 16, 2011: Scorpion anti-venom has stinging cost
When the federal government approved a scorpion antivenom in August, it was hailed as an important tool to protect vulnerable victims from scorpion stings... Read More»
November 16, 2011: Cancer doctors score low on pain management: study
Many U.S.  cancer  doctors say they are good at managing their patients'  pain , but most failed to choose the right treatment options in a test and say that figuring out the level of pain patients have is still a major barrier to care, a survey said... Read More»
November 15, 2011: Accountable Care Lives Or Dies On Performance Data
If your organization hopes to get a piece of the ACO pie, not only will your clinicians need to perform, but your IT team must crunch their performance numbers in ways that motivate them to improve... Read More»
November 15, 2011: Teen girls who drink alcohol are ratcheting up breast cancer risk
Teenage girls who drink alcohol and have a family history of  breast cancer  are increasing their own risk of the disease... Read More»
November 15, 2011: Study of breast cancer patients suggests 'chemo brain' is real
Here's new evidence that the condition known as " chemo brain " is real: A study of  breast cancer  patients finds that women who had chemotherapy along with surgery to treat their disease had more trouble kicking their brains into high gear than women who were treated with surgery alone... Read More»
November 15, 2011: The Economy and Medical Care
Various market watchers have reported that the use of health care services has not been growing recently as it had in the past, resulting in lower than expected health care claims for people with private insurance and higher than expected earnings for insurers... Read More»
November 14, 2011: The Superfluous Super Committee
Once again, we have a familiar soap opera. Will the Democrats save the Republicans from crashing and burning as a consequence of the Republicans' own folly?... Read More»
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Medicare has been paying your doctor too much, and it wants its money back. To make up for years of high payments, Medicare fees are scheduled to drop 27.4 percent in January... Read More»
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Every weekday, nurse Jill Ross telephones some of her sickest patients. On this particular morning, she is asking breast cancer patient Renita Mock when her double mastectomy is scheduled... Read More»
November 14, 2011: Billions Wasted on Billing
LAST year I had to have a minor biopsy. Every time I went in for an appointment, I had to fill out a form requiring my name, address, insurance information, emergency contact person, vaccination history, previous surgical history and current medical problems, medications and allergies... Read More»
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Productivity at a breast care center is laudable, but not if interactions with scared or vulnerable patients lose the individualized human touch... Read More»
November 11, 2011: Billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong Wants To Remake The U.S. Health Care System
Patrick Soon-Shiong  is a rarity. He is the only physician on the Forbes 400 list to have made billions in biotech. He developed a new delivery method to administer Paclitaxel, a widely-used breast cancer drug... Read More»
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The  final rule for Accountable Care Organizations  (ACOs) changed the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) outlined in the proposed regulations in several respects: fewer quality and performance measures, reduced financial risk, and greater potential financial gain, just to name a few... Read More»
November 11, 2011: Illinois mammogram providers to be paid more if they submit quality breast cancer data
Incentive plan hopes to reduce deaths of black women, who die at higher rate than white women... Read More»
November 10, 2011: Cancer treatment shows promise for rapid weight loss
A synthetic peptide that inhibits blood supply, a strategy employed in many cancer drugs, is found to kill fat cells and improve metabolic function in trials involving monkeys... Read More»
November 10, 2011: Drugs That Control Genes May Treat Lung Cancer
 A new approach to treating  cancer  appears to help certain patients with advanced  lung cancer , and researchers say they think they may have a way of spotting those who will benefit... Read More»
November 10, 2011: The threat to San Diego's cancer research centers
In 1971, when the National Cancer Act was signed into law, the president, Congress and the American people came together to set our country on a concerted course to conquer cancer through investment in cancer research and related biomedical science... Read More»
November 10, 2011: Unhappiest Hospital Patients Are In New York City, Chicago And Florida
Not all hospital patients are alike. Some are harder to satisfy. Especially those who are admitted to hospitals in and around New York City, Chicago and parts of Florida... Read More»
November 10, 2011: As a doctor, I'm seeing firsthand the dire, sad effects of AHCCCS cuts
I am a retired physician who does some independent medical examinations on people applying for disability... Read More»
November 9, 2011: On Tour Now: The Balancing Act at the Center of Healthcare Reform
The health reform legislation that President Obama signed in 2010 has been overshadowed by our broad economic problems, and its popularity  appears to be hurting  even among its supporters... Read More»
November 9, 2011: Will Health Insurance Reform Reach Those Who Really Need It?
Issues that affect our lives don't happen in a vacuum. Everything affects everything else, and there's no area where that's truer than health and access to care. So I'm going to take a slight detour from the financial and economic issues I write about most of the time to say a bit about the  Affordable Care Act , which marks a historic expansion of access to health care... Read More»
November 9, 2011: A scramble to shape the new health insurance exchanges
From insurance companies to drug stores to doctors, just about any industry that touches the health care system has a different opinion on how the Obama administration should shape the new insurance markets at the heart of the health-care reform law... Read More»
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A new experimental cancer vaccine that targets the immune system has shown some early progress in improving survival in women with metastatic breast or ovarian cancer... Read More»
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In the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals's decision upholding the Obama health-care plan yesterday, Judge Laurence Silberman writes that it is merely a "sparing" opinion, since the Supreme Court will almost certainly have the final say on the law's constitutionality... Read More»
November 9, 2011: Panel Emphasizes Safety in Digitization of Health Records
Poorly designed, hard-to-use computerized health records are a threat to patient safety, and an independent agency should be set up to investigate injuries and deaths linked to health information technology, according to  a federal study  released Tuesday... Read More»
November 8, 2011: Large Variations In Medicare Payments For Surgery Highlight Savings Potential From Bundled Payment Programs
Payers are considering bundled payments for inpatient surgery, combining provider reimbursements into a single payment for the entire episode. We found that current Medicare episode payments for certain inpatient procedures varied by 49–130 percent across hospitals sorted into five payment groups... Read More»
November 8, 2011: Test for Hospital Budgets: Are the Patients Pleased?
"I'm a great kvetcher," said Pearl Schwartz, sitting in her hospital bed at NYU Langone Medical Center... Read More»
November 7, 2011: Inside Room 200, home of the "super committee"
Deep beneath the Capitol is a red-carpeted room that recently reverberated to the sound of Democrats and Republicans singing together, and then to their angry exchanges over how to fix the U.S. budget... Read More»
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Lung cancer is the biggest killer among cancers in the U.S., but it gets relatively little research funding and attention. That should change, a survivor says... Read More»
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Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) is considered the earliest form of breast cancer and is the most common type of non-invasive breast cancer. Ductal means that the cancer starts inside the milk ducts, while in situ means "in the original place," referring to the fact that the abnormal cells haven't spread out to invade other parts of the breast... Read More»
November 4, 2011: Polls find a generation gap in politics that may help the GOP
Americans ages 18 to 29 would choose President Obama over Mitt Romney, but those ages 66 to 83, who are more angry and more likely to vote, back the Republican, according to Pew Research Center data... Read More»
November 4, 2011: More evidence obesity tied to colon cancer: study
Older adults who are heavy, especially around the middle, seem to have a higher risk of developing colon cancer than their thinner peers -- and exercise may lower the incidence of the disease, especially for women, a European study said... Read More»
November 4, 2011: Obamacare Repeal Not Nearly As Easy As GOP Candidates Claim: AP FACT CHECK
WASHINGTON — To hear some Republican presidential candidates tell it, the president's pen is a magic wand that can make "Obamacare" vanish in one day and sweep in cheaper health care, economic growth and lots of jobs in businesses freed from the health care law's heavy hand... Read More»
November 4, 2011: Bleak Portrait of Poverty Is Off the Mark, Experts Say
WASHINGTON — When the  Census Bureau  said in September that the number of poor Americans had soared by 10 million to rates rarely seen in four decades, commentators called the report "shocking" and "bleak."... Read More»
November 3, 2011: Herman Cain's Mostly Conventional Plan for Health-Care Reform
It's easy to forget, but Herman Cain first became famous in political circles for his wonky takedown of President Bill Clinton at a town hall meeting where the President was touting his universal health-care plan... Read More»
November 3, 2011: Health Care Reform: Some Small Businesses Qualify for Tax Credits
For the first time, small businesses and nonprofit organizations can get financial help for the health care coverage they offer their workers. But so new is the program, part of the Obama health care reform, that campaigns to alert businesses are taking place around the country, including in Maryland... Read More»
November 3, 2011: Prolonged sitting linked to breast cancer, colon cancer
More than 90,000 new cancer cases a year in the  United States  may be due to physical inactivity and prolonged periods of sitting, a new analysis shows... Read More»
November 3, 2011: Guest commentary: Not enough doctors
Michigan, like most of the nation, is confronting a growing shortage of physicians. No matter what the state of the economy, what happens with health care reform or which political party is in power in Washington or Lansing, physicians will be in short supply, because both physicians and their patients are aging... Read More»
November 2, 2011: Affordability, flexibility key to health benefits
The federal government is in the throes of developing an "essential health benefits" package for the controversial health reform law... Read More»
November 2, 2011: Light drinking linked to breast cancer risk
Whether sipping beer, wine or whiskey, women who drink just three alcoholic beverages a week face slightly higher chances for developing breast cancer compared with teetotalers, a study of more than 100,000 U.S. nurses found... Read More»
November 2, 2011: Piece by piece, will Obama's health-care reform law be dismantled?
The administration itself has abandoned a long-term health-care provision for seniors, and the Supreme Court will decide soon whether to take up the law. Critics see beginning of the end for Obama's health-care reforms... Read More»
November 1, 2011: Breast cancer study questions impact of family's genes
(CBS) Woman whose family members carry the BRCA mutation linked to breast cancer often fear the worst. A new study says there may be less reason for alarm... Read More»
November 1, 2011: Prostate cancer screening may do more harm than good
(CNN)  -- The recent news that a group of highly respected medical experts, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, is considering advising against routine prostate cancer screening shouldn't have come as too much of a surprise to anybody... Read More»
November 1, 2011: There's life after cancer
LAUREL — The Jones County Breast Cancer Support Group sponsored by the American Cancer Society is offering those affected by the disease hope and support... Read More»
October 31, 2011: Gregg: Stakes are too high, debt panel must reform entitlement programs
Consider this. As of this year, every other household in America will have at least one person in it who is receiving an entitlement benefit, according to the Census Bureau... Read More»
October 31, 2011: Kaiser: Health Care Reform Favorability At New Low
A  new survey from the Kaiser Family Foundation  shows the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with its lowest ever level of support in their polling, a huge shift from September, when Americans' view of the new health care reform law ran nearly even at 41 percent favorable versus 43 unfavorable... Read More»
October 31, 2011: Medical Schools Say Magazine's Ratings Get An Incomplete
Deans from some of the nation's top medical schools met Thursday — not to talk about training doctors or weathering economic challenges — but to size up the people who grade them... Read More»
October 31, 2011: Early Medicare enrollment period catches many in Sacramento area by surprise
An earlier than usual open enrollment period has brought some added stress for Medicare beneficiaries this year, particularly for those who venture into the complicated world beyond the traditional model... Read More»
October 28, 2011: Mitch McConnell's college football filibuster
Mitch McConnell  is better known for blocking action in the Senate, but he's quietly expanding his defense to the college football world, mounting a goal-line stand against West Virginia University's hopes to join the Big 12 Conference... Read More»
October 28, 2011: Aspirin may cut colon cancer risk by 60%
Taking two aspirins a day reduced the risk of colorectal cancer by more than 60% in people with a family history of the disease, a large study shows... Read More»
October 28, 2011: Doctors split on Avastin for breast cancer: survey
An international survey of cancer doctors shows that many question health advisers' 2010 rejection of Roche Holding's drug Avastin to treat advanced breast cancer... Read More»
October 28, 2011: ACOmg! Doctors change tack on health reform regulation
Behind the scenes, a crucial health-care regulation is starting to win over some of its biggest detractors... Read More»
October 28, 2011: Repeal Obamacare? Good Luck
The Republicans competing for the White House can agree on one thing: They all say they'll get rid of Barack Obama's health-care law. Mitt Romney says it will be his first official act... Read More»
October 27, 2011: Moratoriums not being used to stop Medicare fraud
MIAMI — Nearly one year after receiving powerful new authority to impose moratoriums that would prevent potentially fraudulent Medicare providers from joining the program, federal health officials have yet to impose a single one, according to top Senate Republicans... Read More»
October 27, 2011: Lung cancer screening with chest X-rays doesn't save lives, not even in smokers, research says
CHICAGO — Routine chest X-rays do not prevent lung cancer deaths, not even in smokers or former smokers, according to a big government study challenging a once common type of screening... Read More»
October 27, 2011: Instead Of Unnecessary Cuts To Benefits, Democrats On Super Committee Should Modernize The System
News reports  out today suggest that Democrats on the Super Committee are  proposing $400 billion in cuts to Medicare —$200 billion in cuts to benefits, and $200 billion in cuts to providers... Read More»
October 27, 2011: Supporters Of Health Overhaul Look To Reclaim 'Obamacare'
"Thanks Obamacare." Sounds like sarcasm, right? Sure, opponents of the federal law overhauling health care tagged it with the "Obamacare" moniker  to belittle the measure even before it had passed... Read More»
October 26, 2011: What Could Health Care Reform Mean for You?
Last week, I  discussed  what various tax proposals could mean for you. But tax reform isn't the only big policy area that could affect your finances over the next few years... Read More»
October 26, 2011: What benefits do women really get from mammograms?
Here's a story you've probably heard before: A middle-age woman walks in for a yearly screening mammogram, gets diagnosed with an early-stage breast cancer and 20 years later tells everyone the mammogram saved her life... Read More»
October 26, 2011: Gov. Brown's Proposal to Cut State Medicaid Funding, Combined with $484 Million in Federal Medicare Reductions, Risks Pushing California Nursing Homes 'Over the Edge'
Medicare Regulation in Effect 10/1 Already Places Facility Stability, Patient Care, Jobs at Significant Risk; New Medicaid Cuts in Sacramento Could Induce Dangerous Tipping Point... Read More»
October 26, 2011: Cancer patients require extra workplace support
Lisa Tighe was sitting in her law firm office when her doctor called with test results. She insisted he give her the information over the phone. "You have breast cancer," he said... Read More»
October 26, 2011: WellCare Joining Universal as Bait With Aging Boomers: Real M&A
Oct. 26 (Bloomberg) -- Aetna Inc.'s dearth of Medicare customers as baby boomers reach retirement age is transforming WellCare Health Plans Inc. and Universal American Corp. into takeover targets... Read More»
October 26, 2011: Lessons From Abroad: The Dutch Health Care System, Part 2
In my  last blog post , I looked at the structure of the Dutch health system following reforms undertaken in 2006, which were studied by many of the architects of the Affordable Care Act. Like Americans, the Dutch have a public–private system, albeit one that is more heavily regulated and subsidized by the government than the U.S. health system will be even after all reforms are implemented... Read More»
October 25, 2011: IRS Readies for Health Care Reform Changes
The Internal Revenue Service is gearing up to handle the complex tax provisions of the health care reform law and has made significant progress so far in planning for the law's implementation, according to a new government report... Read More»
October 25, 2011: Pharmacists Prepare to Flee California Medicaid Program
The California Pharmacists Association (CPhA) has sent a letter to Dr. Donald Berwick, administrator for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) outlining why proposed cuts by the California Department of Health Services (DHCS) Medicaid program (entitled Medi-Cal) violate federal law and will result in pharmacists being forced out of the program... Read More»
October 25, 2011: Mammogram's Role as Savior Is Tested
Has the power of the  mammogram  been oversold? At a time when medical experts are  rethinking screening guidelines for prostate  and  cervical cancer , many doctors say it's also time to set the record straight about mammography screening for  breast cancer ... Read More»
October 25, 2011: Three cups of coffee a day to help keep skin cancer away?
Drinking copious amounts of coffee may reduce the risk of the most common type of  skin  cancer, a new study finds... Read More»
October 24, 2011: Healthcare Reform: A Guide to the Affordable Care Act
Eli Y. Adashi, MD:  Hello. I am Eli Adashi, Professor of Medical Science at Brown University, and host of Medscape One-on-One. Joining me today is Dr. John McDonough... Read More»
October 24, 2011: Health reform measures add risks for hospitals
PHOENIX—Accountable care organizations are a top priority for health care risk managers and the insurance industry as risks and exposures emerge... Read More»
October 24, 2011: CMS: Time to renew conditions of participation in Medicare, Medicaid
As the conditions of participation in Medicare and Medicaid have not changed since 1986, the time has come for a full review. That's according to softly stated yet hard-hitting commentary published online Oct. 18 in the  Journal of the  American Medical Association ... Read More»
October 24, 2011: NJ Lawmakers Want Government Discretion Over Health Insurance Rates
TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork)  — Garden State companies that provide health insurance to individuals and small businesses can raise rates  just by filing the information with the state... Read More»
October 21, 2011: President Obama a drag on Senate Democrats
In 2008, President Barack Obama swept into the White House, and Senate Democrats eventually picked up nine seats, giving the new commander in chief the biggest Senate majority in decades... Read More»
October 21, 2011: Jobs Tried Exotic Treatments to Combat Cancer, Book Says
In his last years,  Steven P. Jobs  veered from exotic diets to cutting-edge treatments as he fought the cancer that ultimately took his life, according to a new biography to be published on Monday... Read More»
October 21, 2011: AMA bills for lobbying supercomittee as high as during healthcare bill debate
The American Medical Association spent almost as much money on lobbyists this summer as it did during the height of the healthcare reform debate... Read More»
October 20, 2011: Latest News Legal & Business Tax & Accounting Environment, Health & Safety Human Resources CMS Regulations Aim to Save Money By Streamlining Medicare, Medicaid Rules
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Oct. 18 unveiled delivery system regulatory revisions for hospitals and other providers in response to an executive order... Read More»
October 20, 2011: Does fertility treatment raise breast cancer risk?
(WebMD)   When  E! News  anchor Giuliana Rancic made her  breast cancer diagnosis  public, there was speculation about whether  fertility  treatment might have been a factor... Read More»
October 20, 2011: Understanding the new prostate cancer screening recommendations
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, an independent advisory panel, recently recommended that healthy men not be given PSA blood  tests to detect  prostate cancer . But that won't mean the end of diagnosis and treatment of the disease, the most common cancer  and the second most common cause of cancer death in American men... Read More»
October 20, 2011: Health Care Reform = Free Preventive Care? Not Exactly
Under President Obama's new health care law, "preventive care" is supposed to be free with no deductible or co-pay. So I went for a physical last month – and got billed $730... Read More»
October 20, 2011: Romney's health plan is a good model
The reality TV series called the Republican presidential primary debates - by one count there have been nine so far and another 12 scheduled - has increased in dramatic intensity. Tuesday night's debate in Las Vegas was the most heated to date... Read More»
October 20, 2011: Online Illinois doctor database launches
Website provides array of information about state's 46,000 licensed physicians, surgeon... Read More»
October 19, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations — a debacle of enormous proportions
You could feel the excitement in the air at the Office of the Federal Register in late March as the administration was finally releasing its widely anticipated proposed rule on Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)... Read More»
October 19, 2011: Annual cancer screening tests urged less and less
(AP)  Annual cancer tests are becoming a thing of the past. New guidelines out Wednesday for cervical cancer screening have experts at odds over some things, but they are united in the view that the common practice of getting a Pap test every year is too often and probably doing more harm than good... Read More»
October 19, 2011: Romney: 'I didn't get the job done' lowering healthcare costs as governor
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney seemed to concede Tuesday that the healthcare reforms he signed into law did not successfully lower costs... Read More»
October 19, 2011: U.S. Moves to Cut Back Regulations on Hospitals
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration moved Tuesday to roll back numerous rules that apply to hospitals and other health care providers after concluding that the standards were obsolete or overly burdensome to the industry... Read More»
October 19, 2011: What Do the Stimulus and Obamacare Have in Common?
The stimulus bill of February 2009 and the health-care bill of March 2010 have something in common: Their adoption rested on seriously faulty budget scores and economic predictions, which their advocates (often the same people in both cases) were willing to believe would materialize... Read More»
October 18, 2011: Many expect higher health insurance costs in 2012
Good health is the gift that keeps on giving. Not only do you feel better, you probably paid less for health insurance than some of your co-workers. In recent years, many large employers have passed on the rising cost of health insurance in the form of higher deductibles and co-payments — costs borne primarily by those who use health care... Read More»
October 18, 2011: The Enduring Impact of Healthcare Reform
We've all heard something about healthcare reform in recent months; we also know that the present U.S. government has set healthcare reform as one of its priorities during its current term. However, for various reasons, new reforms could end up affecting many patients in unexpected ways... Read More»
October 18, 2011: Breast cancer studies spotlight "false positive" mammograms, digital scans
(CBS) Mammography can save live by finding breast tumors early, when effective treatment is still possible. But by leading women and their doctors to believe that a perfectly healthy breast is cancerous, a "false positive" mammogram can cause needless anxiety as well as needless - and risky - follow-up care.... Read More»
October 18, 2011: The Medicare Bind
Democrats should defend Medicare. But if they want to accomplish much else, they will have to change it... Read More»
October 18, 2011: The First Stage of Medicare Reform: Fixing the Current Program
Abstract: Medicare spending, a major driver of the federal debt, is expected to jump from $522.8 billion in 2010 to $932 billion in 2020... Read More»
October 17, 2011: Larry Hagman is battling cancer
For the second time in his life,  Dallas  star Larry Hagman is facing a serious medical condition. The 80-year-old actor, who is set to appear in an update of the popular drama which ran for more than a decade starting in 1978, said in a statement Friday that "I do want everyone to know that it is a very common and treatable form of cancer."... Read More»
October 17, 2011: UK medical group rejects new skin cancer treatment
An independent British medical watchdog says the first treatment proven to help people with the deadliest form of skin cancer is too expensive to be used by the U.K.'s health care system, a recommendation critics called a potential death sentence... Read More»
October 17, 2011: Mending Medicare
BETTY ROLLIN , correspondent: For years, Natalie Albin endured aggressive treatment for leukemia. She wound up in Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital in New York. Death was near... Read More»
October 17, 2011: Amid Breast Cancer Month, Is There Pink Fatigue?
It's October and one color dominates the landscape: pink, the color of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer fundraising events dominate the month, from the massive Avon walks that take place in nine U.S. cities to the international Susan G. Komen Races for the Cure... Read More»
October 17, 2011: Bartiromo: Top doc at Cleveland Clinic defends healtcare
There has been much talk recently that America is on the decline. That we have lost our edge in innovation and growth, as emerging economies such as China, Brazil and India grow much faster than the U.S. A recent study by the  Kaiser Foundation  said medical innovation gains will increasingly come from Asia in the coming years... Read More»
October 14, 2011: Clock Starts Ticking Saturday For Medicare Enrollment
The holiday shopping season seems to start earlier every year.  This year,  Medicare's open enrollment  season also begins – and ends – earlier than ever... Read More»
October 14, 2011: Report: Alabama's health insurance market least competitive in U.S.
Alabama has the least competitive health insurance market in the country, according to a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation... Read More»
October 14, 2011: Killing Medicaid the California Way
VIRTUALLY all of the debate over the health care legislation enacted last year has focused on the constitutionality of the individual mandate, the requirement that, by 2014, nearly all Americans either purchase health insurance or pay a fine if they fail to do so... Read More»
October 14, 2011: Harkin hopes Super Committee will spare education grants, preventative care
U.S. Sen.  Tom Harkin , like most congressional committee leaders, submitted suggestions to the 12-member Super Committee that is tasked with slashing $1.5 trillion from the federal government. Unlike most Democratic leaders, however, Harkin provided push-back against deficit reduction recommendations made earlier by the Obama administration... Read More»
October 13, 2011: More People Using Free Preventive Benefits Provided By Affordable Care Act
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reported today that nearly 20.5 million people with Medicare reviewed their health status at a free Annual Wellness Visit or received other preventive services with no deductible or cost sharing this year...... Read More»
October 13, 2011: Truth Squad: Is health care reform the top reason employers aren't hiring?
(CNN)  -- For the second straight Republican presidential debate, U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann on Tuesday said that the health care reform act championed by President Barack Obama is the No. 1 reason that employers aren't hiring.... Read More»
October 13, 2011: Survey: Medicare patients clueless about health plan ratings
Most Medicare beneficiaries have no idea how the federal program's rating system works, according to a new Kaiser Permanente  survey .... Read More»
October 13, 2011: Physician shortage in Massachusetts continues to squeeze primary care
Massachusetts is facing severe or critical shortages of doctors in eight specialties, including a deficiency of primary care physicians for the sixth year, a survey shows.... Read More»
October 13, 2011: The Impact of Consumer IT on the CIO
I've written about the implications of staff  bringing their own devices to the office  instead of using corporate desktops and the challenges of keeping mobile devices secure .... Read More»
October 12, 2011: Vitamin E Is Linked to Prostate Cancer
Researchers studying vitamin E supplements as a way to reduce men's risk of prostate cancer found they actually had the opposite effect, increasing the risk slightly, according to a study funded by the National Institutes of Health... Read More»
October 12, 2011: ACOs face steep funding shortfall, learning curve
A survey says there's "still a lot of confusion" about accountable care organizations and a lack of resources dedicated to them... Read More»
October 12, 2011: Pink ploy? Breast cancer charity motives doubted
PITTSBURGH (AP) — The country is awash in pink for breast cancer awareness month — and some women are sick of it. While no one is questioning the need to fight the deadly disease, some breast cancer advocates are starting to ask whether one of the most successful charity campaigns in recent history has lost its focus... Read More»
October 12, 2011: Medicare Plans See Dollars In The Stars
Three Boston-area health insurers are in a race for a decisive competitive advantage. They're not seeking the usual industry plaudits, exclusive deals with high-profile medical providers, or splashy marketing campaigns... Read More»
October 12, 2011: In Seeking Rate Increases in New York, Health Insurers Fight to Keep Secrets
Major  health insurance  companies seeking steep premium increases in New York have submitted memos to state officials to justify the higher rates. Now they are fighting to keep the memos from the public, saying they include trade secrets that competitors could use against them... Read More»
October 11, 2011: Lifetime Presents FIVE: Exploring the Impact of Breast Cancer
Since 1994, Lifetime Television has been a leader in promoting awareness and activism around the issue of breast cancer... Read More»
October 11, 2011: Roche drug shows promise in early Alzheimer's
An experimental drug being developed by Roche Holding AG removed amyloid plaques from the brains of Alzheimer's disease patients in a small early-stage study, according to data published ... Read More»
October 10, 2011: Breast cancer awareness, fundraising take center stage this month
In the grocery store, at church and even at the movies, Elaine Hare counts women by eights. "Every eighth woman will get breast cancer. We need to be up in arms about that," said Hare, executive director of the Memphis-MidSouth Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation... Read More»
October 10, 2011: CMS, FDA launch 'parallel review' pilot program for medical devices
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today launched a "parallel review" pilot program for concurrent review of medical devices for FDA approval and Medicare coverage... Read More»
October 10, 2011: Pros and cons of PSA screening test for prostate cancer
At first glance, deciding whether to get the  PSA  screening test for prostate cancer seems pretty straightforward... Read More»
October 10, 2011: CA insurer won't cover Avastin for breast cancer
SAN FRANCISCO -- For the past 2 1/2 years, Terry Kalley's wife has battled breast cancer with Avastin, the world's bestselling cancer drug. About a year ago, he found out that federal regulators were considering pulling their approval of the drug for that use... Read More»
October 10, 2011: Cancer research is too important to cut
As Congress grapples with the fiscal year 2012 appropriations process and attempts to develop a long-term deficit-reduction plan, members have the opportunity to stand up for the lifesaving medical science supported by the National Cancer Institute and the National Institutes of Health and preserve funding for these key investments that will enable us to save more lives from cancer and to significantly prolong survival... Read More»
October 7, 2011: Healthcare reform law: What's the big deal?
  There really is no such thing as an individual health insurance mandate. Let's stop suggesting otherwise, and start referring to the individual health insurance incentive... Read More»
October 7, 2011: Medicare Patients Get Costly Surgery Before Death
Nearly one of every three Americans on Medicare undergoes surgery in their last year of life, according to a new study. Those numbers are leading experts to question whether these costly and invasive procedures are the right prescription for dying patients and a bloated health care system... Read More»
October 7, 2011: Breast cancer screening a balance of cost-effective and life-saving
    SALT LAKE CITY — When breast cancer is detected at its earliest stage, it is at its most treatable. And the easiest way to do that in a cost-effective manner is with mammography. But a stunning number of women in the Intermountain region don't have the test that could save their lives... Read More»
October 6, 2011: Beth Israel to build cancer center in Needham
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has announced it plans to consolidate its west suburban cancer services into a new, state-of-the-art comprehensive center in Needham. The center is slated to open in the spring of 2014... Read More»
October 6, 2011: Cancer patients, survivors find truth in '50/50'
Several scenes in the film about a young man undergoing cancer treatment resonate powerfully for actual cancer patients and survivors who are or were in their 20s during treatment... Read More»
October 6, 2011: Early breast cancer screening may help some: study
(Reuters Health) - Starting breast cancer screening as early as age 25 may help women who carry a genetic mutation linked to a higher risk of cancer live longer, suggests a new study... Read More»
October 6, 2011: Nurses know: The best breast cancer weapon is being proactive
In October, we celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Locally and across the nation, you will see businesses, organizations, athletic teams, community groups and others holding "pink" events to raise awareness about the importance of early detection in the fight against breast cancer — the second leading cause of cancer deaths in women... Read More»
October 5, 2011: Green Mountain Care Board begins health care reform effort in earnest
The five members of the recently appointed Green Mountain Care Board have their work cut out for them. Anya Rader Wallack, the board's chair, reeled off a daunting to-do list for each of the new members at the board's first official meeting on Tuesday... Read More»
October 5, 2011: Medicare Patients Abusing, Selling Rx Drugs, GAO Says
WASHINGTON -- As many as 170,000 Medicare beneficiaries may be "doctor shopping" in order to get multiple prescriptions of commonly abused drugs for their own use or to sell to others, a Government Accountability Office (GAO) audit of Medicare's Part D program showed... Read More»
October 5, 2011: Senate finds home healthcare companies at fault
The Senate Finance Committee said Amedisys , Gentiva Health and LHC Group , three of the biggest players in the home healthcare industry, altered the course of patient care treatment to receive more reimbursements... Read More»
October 5, 2011: Our plan to repair Medicaid
Medicaid plays a variety of critical roles in the lives of 1.1 million people in Wisconsin and in our economy. The challenge to us, simply put, is how do we continue to serve the most vulnerable among us while putting the program on a sustainable fiscal path?... Read More»
October 4, 2011: Dendreon Revisited: What Management Is Saying About Provenge
In the aftermath of the 70% meltdown in the price of Dendreon ( DNDN ) stock caused by sharp lowering in expected sales of Provenge in 2011, investors are struggling to balance the positives and negatives of the investment case... Read More»
October 4, 2011: Redesigning Healthcare Delivery Through Bundled Payments for Care: Q&A With Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation's Valinda Rutledge
On Aug. 22, CMS released a  request for application  for the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative. The initiative, created by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, incents physicians and hospitals to coordinate care, which is intended to improve quality and reduce healthcare costs associated with treating Medicaid beneficiaries... Read More»
October 4, 2011: Breast cancer deaths are falling, but poor women benefit less
Deaths due to  breast cancer  have been steadily falling for the last 20 years, but new figures from the American  Cancer Society show that poor women haven't benefitted as much as their peers... Read More»
October 4, 2011: Report on Medicare Cites Prescription Drug Abuse
WASHINGTON —  Medicare  is subsidizing  drug abuse  by thousands of beneficiaries who shop around for doctors and fill  prescriptions  for huge quantities of painkillers and other narcotics far exceeding what any patient could safely use, Congressional investigators say in a new report... Read More»
October 4, 2011: Heineman: Neb. will wait for health care ruling
LINCOLN, Neb. -- Nebraska will not enact a health care exchange mandated by the federal health care overhaul until officials know for sure whether the measure is constitutional, Gov. Dave Heineman said Monday... Read More»
October 3, 2011: Progress on breast cancer slowed by lack of clinical trials
The failure of breast cancer patients to enroll in clinical trials is hampering the effort to bring new treatments for the disease, the most common cancer among women, South Carolina advocates said... Read More»
October 3, 2011: Dr. Kate Scannell: Doctors testing the limits of health care reform
Vince Lombardi once famously declared that, in football, "The best defense is a good offense."... Read More»
October 3, 2011: Stuck in a vicious health-care cost circle
We've just gotten new evidence confirming the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) — a.k.a., Obamacare. The Kaiser Family Foundation reported that in 2010  employer-sponsored health insurance premiums soare ... Read More»
October 3, 2011: Cancer takes NFL offensive coach Mike Heimerdinger
Nashville, Tenn.  -- Mike Heimerdinger, an assistant coach in the NFL for 16 years who directed high-powered offenses and developed such quarterbacks as Steve McNair, Jay Cutler and Vince Young, has died. He was 58... Read More»
October 3, 2011: Study: Men may need colon cancer screening earlier than women do
Men may need to begin colon cancer screening earlier than women, new research suggests... Read More»
October 3, 2011: Doctors Sue Over ER Limits in Washington State
The American College of Emergency Physicians is suing the state of Washington in an effort to overturn the decision that low-income Medicaid patients will be limited to three non-emergency visits to the emergency room each year, which goes into effect today... Read More»
October 3, 2011: Vermont Edges Toward Single Payer Health Care
Starting now, Vermont begins building a single-payer health system that will move many state residents into a publicly financed insurance program and pay hospitals, doctors and other providers a set fee to care for patients... Read More»
September 30, 2011: Provenge-Maker Sued for Fraud, Lays Off 500 Staff
 A series of media reports in the past few weeks have detailed mounting problems at Dendreon, the Seattle, Washington–based maker of the immunotherapy sipuleucel-T ( Provenge ), which is approved for the treatment of asymptomatic or minimally symptomatic metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC)... Read More»
September 30, 2011: The Failure of Health Care Reform: An Insider's View
Employer health insurance premiums went up on average about 9 percent in 2011, and you can expect a lot more where that came from... Read More»
September 30, 2011: Pink ribbon marketing brings mixed emotions, poll finds
The country is about to go pink. And on the eve of  Breast Cancer Awareness Month , also known as October, a new USA TODAY/Gallup Poll shows that Americans have mixed emotions about the annual event... Read More»
September 30, 2011: Breast cancer survivor's advice: think through options
For Diana Rowden, life changed in various ways when she was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago... Read More»
September 29, 2011: Freshmen cash in
They might be rookies, but  freshman Republicans  are becoming Washington fundraising pros. In September and October, the House freshmen are hosting at least 100 fundraisers at Washington power-broker haunts like Charlie Palmer Steak and the Capitol Hill Club, a private GOP hangout, for which the price of admission can run between a few hundred and a few thousand dollars, according to recent fundraising lists obtained by POLITICO... Read More»
September 29, 2011: Cancer comedy '50/50' is a sweet mix of humor and pathos
As frightening as the word is, you don't put "cancer" in a movie's title if you want people to come see it. That's why the seriocomic "I'm With Cancer" was renamed "50/50." Those are the odds the film's hero has of surviving the malignancy he has just found on his back... Read More»
September 29, 2011: To cut insurance costs, companies help workers get healthy
WASHINGTON – Companies nationwide are looking to trim their health insurance costs by combating chronic diseases — such as diabetes, obesity and depression — in their employees, corporate and government officials say... Read More»
September 29, 2011: How One Hospital Reduced Its Readmission Rate
If you're a Medicare patient admitted to the hospital, the odds are about one in six that you'll end up back in the hospital within a month. And there was very little progress made in reducing that rate between 2004-09... Read More»
September 28, 2011: White House: health care reform advisory panel never existed
President Barack Obama never used a "de facto" committee of outside advisers to help him craft health care legislation, a White House attorney wrote in unusual filings with a federal court in Washington Monday night... Read More»
September 28, 2011: Woman who died in Calif. nurse strike had cancer
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The patient who died at a California hospital during a nurses' strike was suffering from ovarian cancer but appeared to be getting stronger, according to a friend... Read More»
September 28, 2011: Employers look to ACOs to help increase value, keep health costs in check
LINCOLNSHIRE, IL – A new report from human resources consulting firm Aon Hewitt and healthcare consulting firm Polakoff Boland says employer interest in accountable care organizations is ramping up as they seek new ways to continue offering healthcare benefits to employees... Read More»
September 28, 2011: Has CMS gone too far?
Previously, I've explained my position on the new rehab regulation changes to take effect on Saturday (Oct. 1). However, has CMS gone too far this time?... Read More»
September 27, 2011: Radiation in Sync With Chemotherapy Cuts Breast-Cancer Return
Giving breast-cancer patients chemotherapy and radiation at the same time reduced the risk of tumors recurring by 35 percent, according to a U.K. study that may change the way doctors treat patients... Read More»
September 27, 2011: Breast cancer treatment change could save time, money
Women facing radiation treatments after breast cancer surgery could complete the therapy in half the time, saving patients time and money and returning them more quickly to normal life if a major national study delivers on expectations... Read More»
September 27, 2011: Wash. to limit Medicaid emergency room visits
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington state is preparing to limit Medicaid coverage of emergency room visits for non-emergency care, hoping to save millions of dollars each year... Read More»
September 27, 2011: Questions about ACOs linger among healthcare providers, survey finds
As the Nov. 4 deadline for healthcare providers to get into the  Bundled Payment initiative  from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid approaches, healthcare providers are still struggling to figure out new approaches to reimbursement... Read More»
September 26, 2011: Medicaid And Medicare Cuts Scare U.S. Hospitals
President Barack Obama's proposal to cut Medicaid and Medicare graduate medical education concerned an association of U.S. hospitals... Read More»
September 26, 2011: Wanda Sykes Takes Her Breast Cancer Seriously
Outspoken comedian  Wanda Sykes  busted out of the breast cancer closet during an interview with Ellen DeGeneres.  Sykes said that her diagnosis of DCIS -  ductal carcinoma in situ  - was discovered during breast reduction surgery that she had in February of this year... Read More»
September 26, 2011: Innovation in Cancer Care
On June 6th, University Hospitals (UH) Seidman Cancer Center — the region's first freestanding cancer hospital — opened its doors to patients. Named after lifelong philanthropists and UH supporters Jane and Lee Seidman, the new $260 million, 150-bed hospital is home to the most advanced technology, treatments and cancer experts available under one roof... Read More»
September 26, 2011: Hospitals analyzing the radiation risk
Dr. Paul Gabriel saw a young man in the Grant Medical Center emergency department last week who had kidney pain and blood in his urine... Read More»
September 26, 2011: UPDATE 1-Novartis's Afinitor shows promise in breast cancer
Combining two drugs from Novartis and Pfizer to treat post-menopausal women with a certain type of advanced breast cancer more than doubled the time they lived without their disease getting worse, study data showed on Monday... Read More»
September 26, 2011: Don Berwick on Medicare: Best job I've ever had
Dr. Donald Berwick doesn't know what he'll be doing after Dec. 31. The Harvard pediatrician who runs the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services needs Senate approval by the end of the year, or he's out of a job. No confirmation hearings have been scheduled... Read More»
September 23, 2011: Medicare Gives Guidance on Claims During ICD-10 Changeover
As of Oct. 1, 2013, claims submitted in the United States must use ICD-10 codes and insurers will reject claims with ICD-9 codes. So what happens if a claim for treatment crosses the ICD-10 implementation date, with ICD-9 codes effective for services on Sept. 30 and earlier, and ICD-10 codes effective starting Oct. 1?... Read More»
September 23, 2011: CMS launching ACO database with identifiable participant info
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will launch a new accountable care organization (ACO) records database that will house personally identifiable information about participants in the Shared Savings Program and Pioneer ACO Program, according to a CMS announcement... Read More»
September 23, 2011: Congress Urged To Renew Commitment to Cancer Research
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) has unveiled a  cancer progress report  that calls for sustained funding increases for biomedical research... Read More»
September 23, 2011: Kaiser Health Tracking Poll -- September 2011
he September tracking poll examines public opinion about the "super committee" and explores the views and experience of individuals who have pre-existing health conditions, in addition to continuing tracking opinion about the health reform law... Read More»
September 23, 2011: State to penalize hospitals that readmit too many patients
Starting next month, the state plans to cut Medicaid payments to more than 20 hospitals that it says have higher-than-average rates of readmitting patients... Read More»
September 22, 2011: In 40 Years of Cancer Research, How Far Have We Come?
I don't normally write about anniversaries, but this one seems worth noting. It's been 40 years since President Richard Nixon signed the National Cancer Act in 1971, the historic legislation that focused attention — and perhaps more importantly, government funding — on the need to research and find treatments for cancer... Read More»
September 22, 2011: Will Healthcare Reform Survive Debt Ceiling Legislation?
Contrary to media headlines closely monitoring the lower- and mid-level federal courts as they opine on the individual insurance mandate, the United States Judiciary Branch may have little impact on the future of President Barack Obama's 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act... Read More»
September 22, 2011: States set up insurance exchanges to comply with health care reform
There's "no 'there' there yet." It's "like nailing Jell-O to the wall." It's "misunderstanding dovetailing with antipathy." Ask what's happening with the creation of health insurance exchanges — a key element of national health reform — and comments like those flow from those working on setting them up... Read More»
September 22, 2011: 46 Mothers Shave Their Heads for Childhood Cancer Awareness
When 10-year-old David Heard succumbed to cancer this winter after a two-year fight, he wrote a list of things he wanted his mother, Susan, to complete for him after he was gone... Read More»
September 22, 2011: Survey Shows Unfamiliarity with ACOs
A survey of more than 200 provider organizations finds 92 percent of respondents are in the development or pre-planning stages for an accountable care organization, but many don't yet understand what they're getting into... Read More»
September 22, 2011: Kaiser southern California healthcare workers strike
 Some 2,500 nurses and other medical workers walked off the job at Kaiser Permanente facilities in southern California on Wednesday in a three-day planned strike protesting benefit cuts sought by the nonprofit healthcare giant... Read More»
September 21, 2011: Medicare pay-for-performance plan criticized over early launch
CMS proposes adjusting 2015 payments for some doctors by using quality and efficiency measured in 2013... Read More»
September 21, 2011: New cancer report: Targeted therapies a success
(CBS News)   There's news in the war on cancer. A landmark report says that there's been remarkable progress on some cancers, but nearly no improvement in others... Read More»
September 21, 2011: Since 1970s, 'Unimagined Progress' Seen in Cancer Research
The nation is in a "defining time" to defeat cancer given the "unimagined progress" in cancer research and treatment options, according to a new report from the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)... Read More»
September 20, 2011: CMS lends ICD-10 transition hand
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an  ICD-10  transition guide. ICD-10 requirements go into effect Oct. 1, 2013... Read More»
September 20, 2011: Will ACOs really get off the ground?
The hype over accountable care organizations—something every major hospital in Indianapolis is moving to become—is increasingly being laced with skepticism as the economics behind the idea get more scrutiny... Read More»
September 20, 2011: ACR urges 'supercommittee' to spare imaging from budget cuts
The American College of Radiology asked the so-called supercommittee , a group of senators and congressmen tasked with slashing $1.2-1.5 trillion from the national budget, to spare imaging in any future Medicare cuts... Read More»
September 20, 2011: Cancer Society report says NY weak against smoking
ALBANY, N.Y. — New York state collected $10 billion in tobacco taxes during the last six years but spent just 4 percent of it to stop smoking in what cancer-fighting groups called counterproductive budgeting and a broken promise... Read More»
September 20, 2011: FDA clears Amgen bone drug for cancer patients
U.S. drug regulators approved two new uses for Amgen Inc's osteoporosis drug Prolia, allowing it to be used for bone loss associated with certain cancer treatments... Read More»
September 20, 2011: Our Hidden Government Benefits
DON'T take at face value the claims that Americans dislike government. Sure, a recent ABC News/Washington Post poll found that 56 percent of Americans said they wanted smaller government and fewer services. Tea Party activists, the most vocal citizens of our time, powerfully amplify those demands... Read More»
September 20, 2011: Questions for Better Care
People often fail to ask their doctors questions that could lead to fewer medical errors and better outcomes—and doctors don't routinely encourage them to do so. That's despite years of efforts to improve doctor-patient communication... Read More»
September 19, 2011: Docs light up cancer cells to kill them
(CBS News)   Doctors trying to detect cancer in its earliest stages may soon have the benefit of a new treatment... Read More»
September 19, 2011: Seattle's own superhero dies from rare cancer; inspired thousands
SEATTLE – In real life he was Erik Martin, a boy with a constellation of severe health problems and a rare form of cancer. But in his imagination he was Electron Boy, a superhero who saved Seattle from the forces of darkness and evil one spring day last year... Read More»
September 19, 2011: Okla. woman raises awareness about breast cancer
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — When Elian Hurtado found out she had breast cancer, she first thought of her children... Read More»
September 19, 2011: Health insurance rates slow
Connecticut employers, who have been hit hard by skyrocketing health care costs in recent years, could be getting some relief in 2012, industry experts say... Read More»
September 19, 2011: Medicare e-prescribing still too rigid
Physicians have an additional opportunity to avoid electronic prescribing penalties, but more program flexibility is needed... Read More»
September 16, 2011: Health-Care Reform Rules Would Restrict Public Reporting
 It's estimated that hundreds of thousands of patients die annually from preventable harm suffered while undergoing medical care. The infections, injuries and errors could rank as a leading cause of death in the United States... Read More»
September 16, 2011: California Breast Cancer Bill: Measure Worries Many Doctors
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- It took seven years of annual mammograms and a cancer diagnosis for Amy Colton to learn something her doctors had realized from the beginning: Her breast tissue is so dense that it could have masked tumors on earlier exams... Read More»
September 16, 2011: Is This the Answer to Hospital Costs?
President Obama's health care reform bill is filled with experiments on how to hold down  health care costs .  There will be bundled payments for episodes of care and extra payments for raising  quality standards ... Read More»
September 16, 2011: Foundations for the Future: Building a Better ACO
The health care industry is undergoing a transformation - spurred by an unsustainable reimbursement model that rewards volume rather than outcome. Many alternatives are being considered, including pay for performance, accountable care organizations (ACOs) and private ACO-like models, medical homes and bundled payments... Read More»
September 16, 2011: Medicare Advantage Premiums To Fall 4% Next Year
Dire predictions by insurers and Republicans that the 2010 health law would cause private Medicare health plans to raise prices and lower benefits on beneficiaries have turned out to be a false alarm — at least for now... Read More»
September 15, 2011: Bowden wishes he'd spoken up sooner about his cancer
NEW YORK -- Bobby Bowden grew up in Birmingham, Ala., and made no secret of the fact that he idolized Alabama coach Bear Bryant... Read More»
September 15, 2011: McKesson Corporation Unveils New Offerings to Empower the Community Patient Care Delivery System
McKesson Corporation  announced today the creation of a new division,  McKesson Specialty Health , focused on empowering the community patient care delivery system to advance the science, technology and quality of care... Read More»
September 15, 2011: Public, Private Payers Should Partner To Change Health Delivery, Payments
Public and private payers of health care need to work in partnership to change the way health care is delivered and paid for, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Donald Berwick said at a health insurance industry conference Sept. 12... Read More»
September 15, 2011: New global killers: heart, lung disease and cancer
What's killing us? For decades, global health leaders have focused on diseases that can spread — AIDS, tuberculosis, new flu bugs... Read More»
September 14, 2011: New global killers: heart, lung disease and cancer
What's killing us? For decades, global health leaders have focused on diseases that can spread — AIDS, tuberculosis, new flu bugs. They pushed for vaccines, better treatments and other ways to control germs that were only a plane ride away from seeding outbreaks anywhere in the world... Read More»
September 14, 2011: Industry Formulates Its Own Medicare Prescription
Seeking to fend off larger cuts in federal medical spending, executives from big pharmaceutical, hospital and insurance companies are crafting their own plan to reduce the deficit which calls for wringing Medicare savings from beneficiaries, not just from hospitals and drug makers... Read More»
September 14, 2011: Obama's Medicare blunder
Early this year, House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) dug a huge hole for the Republican Party by proposing dramatic changes in the Medicare system. True, the changes would extend the life of the program... Read More»
September 13, 2011: Improving the Quality and Efficiency of the Medicare Program Through Coverage Policy
Medicare coverage determinations  can influence the appropriate use of  medical technology and the creation  of better evidence to support clinical  and health policy decisions... Read More»
September 13, 2011: Healthcare consolidation, ACOs questioned on Capitol Hill
Congressional members at a House Ways and Means health subcommittee hearing on Friday were skeptical of the possible side effects of healthcare consolidation and accountable care organizations under health reform, reports  The Washington Times... Read More»
September 13, 2011: Getting Patients to Care About Their Care
Are Americans ready to take up the cause of better-quality health care?... Read More»
September 13, 2011: Women Develop BRCA-Related Cancer Earlier Than Their Moms, Study Says
Jessica Denton was 34 years old and pregnant with her first child when she found a lump in her  breast . She said her doctor said that it was nothing, that everything grows during pregnancy... Read More»
September 12, 2011: 8 Ways That ACOs Can Increase Your Malpractice Risk
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has received a wave of commentary related to its proposed shared savings program; consequently, the final form of an "accountable care organization" (ACO) may end up looking far different from what was initially conceived by CMS... Read More»
September 12, 2011: Monopoly Anyone? The Battle To Control Health Care
Like children gathered around a card table, America's special interests are engaged in a high stakes game of  Monopoly.  But the winner of this game gets more than a day or two of bragging rights; this time the spoils are nothing less than control of our health care delivery system for the foreseeable future... Read More»
September 12, 2011: Feds: Founding doctor, 2 other Miss. cancer clinic workers charged with chemo treatment fraud
JACKSON, Miss. — A shuttered clinic in south Mississippi gave cancer patients less chemotherapy or cheaper drugs than they were led to believe and reused the same needles on multiple people as part of a multimillion-dollar Medicare and Medicaid fraud, a 15-count indictment says... Read More»
September 12, 2011: Pink bobsled to benefit breast cancer research
The national governing body for bobsled and skeleton is going pink for a good cause... Read More»
September 12, 2011: Stronger Cautions Backed on Bone Drugs for Women
Two advisory panels to the  Food and Drug Administration  on Friday recommended increasing the cautionary language on the product labels of bone-building drugs taken by more than five million women in the United States... Read More»
September 12, 2011: Health Insurers Deny Coverage To Many Who Apply For Individual Policies
Amanda Hite says she felt "really healthy" when she applied recently for health insurance. But Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield denied her, because she had seen a chiropractor a few months earlier for a sore back and later had visited an emergency room because of back pain... Read More»
September 9, 2011: September Is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month
Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is urging the nation to join in the battle against childhood cancer... Read More»
September 9, 2011: The Budget Control Act of 2011: Implications for Medicare
On August 2, 2011, President Obama signed the Budget Control Act of 2011 into law, which will reduce net federal spending by $2.1 trillion over ten years and raise the debt ceiling by up to $2.4 trillion... Read More»
September 9, 2011: NBC's Andrea Mitchell Is Fighting Breast Cancer
Our thoughts and prayers are with NBC reporter Andrea Mitchell , who announced at the end of her show Wednesday that she has  breast cancer ... Read More»
September 9, 2011: Learning to Speak Iowan: Corn, Pigs, Cyclones and Hawkeyes
MASON CITY, Iowa—When Aileen Prabhakaran took a job in Iowa, the young doctor from India expected a land of icy winters, cultivated fields and quiet living. One thing the 31-year-old, whose entire schooling was in English, didn't expect: a communication barrier... Read More»
September 8, 2011: Woman whose husband joined Army to get health coverage dies from cancer
Michelle Caudle, a mother of three and ovarian cancer patient who became a reluctant symbol of the nation's fight over health care reform when her husband joined the Army to get coverage for her, died Friday... Read More»
September 8, 2011: Healthier living could cut 2.8 million cancer cases
Healthier lifestyles and better diets could prevent up to 2.8 million cases of cancer each year, the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) said on Wednesday, calling on governments to "avoid a public health disaster"... Read More»
September 8, 2011: Top Hospital CEOs: Reimbursement Cuts and New Payment Models are Greatest Challenges Facing the Industry
Reimbursement cuts and new payment models resulting from healthcare reform are the biggest challenges confronting hospitals, according to a survey of top hospital CEOs conducted by Thomson Reuters... Read More»
September 8, 2011: Physician Payment Reform: An Opportunity To Bolster Primary Care
With the Budget Control Act of 2011 now signed into law, health care lobbyists are preparing to fight any changes to federal programs that affect their constituents... Read More»
September 8, 2011: How Medicare Policy Helped a Stent Trial Recruit Patients
Pretend you're a doctor. You're used to treating patients with a particular malady one way, but then a new technology comes on the market. It's unproven, but seems promising... Read More»
September 7, 2011: Author Geralyn Lucas puts a fresh face on cancer survival
New York — Geralyn Lucas thought she would be dead by 30. Instead, 16 years after her breast cancer diagnosis, the author and activist is a huge fan of hair dye and Botox... Read More»
September 7, 2011: Sweating The Details: Health Reform Supporters Fret Over HHS Rules
Publicly, consumer and patient advocates continue to cheer wildly for last year's health care law... Read More»
September 7, 2011: Energy and Commerce Committee has been Preparing All Year for Administration's Regulatory Push – Legislative Solutions Are Primed for Floor Consideration
WASHINGTON, DC  – U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) today announced highlights of the Committee's pro-jobs, pro-growth agenda for the fall... Read More»
September 7, 2011: Medicare Paying for Surgeries on Dead Patients?
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) paid millions of dollars in benefits for dead Americans between 2004 and 2008 according to a new study by PearlDiver Technologies... Read More»
September 7, 2011: Healthcare Reform's Impact on Pharma Will Be Larger than Expected
Oliver Wyman analysis estimates U.S. revenue impact of 20 percent once fully implemented... Read More»
September 7, 2011: Giants' Mark Herzlich makes NFL roster not long after beating cancer
To calm collective nerves and pass time during a stressful morning, Mark Herzlich joined three other  Giants rookies on Saturday for breakfast at IHOP... Read More»
September 6, 2011: Opportunities in the New Bundled Payment Initiative
On Aug. 22, CMS release the details of the "Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative" program, which is the lesser known of the two pilot programs implemented by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health reform legislation... Read More»
September 6, 2011: Creating an Outcomes-Based Culture: How to Engage Front-Line Staff in Process Improvement
Healthcare reform has drawn a great deal of attention toward bending the cost curve in healthcare, and the Affordable Care Act introduces a number of new programs and initiatives that aim to achieve this... Read More»
September 6, 2011: Creating an Outcomes-Based Culture: How to Engage Front-Line Staff in Process Improvement
Healthcare reform has drawn a great deal of attention toward bending the cost curve in healthcare, and the Affordable Care Act introduces a number of new programs and initiatives that aim to achieve this... Read More»
September 6, 2011: Are new rules on health care and banks killing jobs?
To many Republicans and business leaders, there's little doubt: The health care law and sweeping new Wall Street regulation -- two of President Obama's signature legislative victories -- are causing  uncertainty and killing jobs ... Read More»
September 6, 2011: Israeli Researchers Hail "Breakthrough" System for Breast Cancer Detection
The mammogram has long been the test of choice for doctors examining women for signs of breast cancer. The test has a high detection rate, but many women find the procedure uncomfortable and are sometimes left bruised... Read More»
September 6, 2011: Repeal of sustainable growth rate, Independent Payment Advisory Board top American Urological Association health policy priorities
With the passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the emergence of new payment models in the form of medical homes and accountable care organizations, and continuing threats to reimbursement, the AUA Health Policy Council has no shortage of issues on which to provide guidance to the membership... Read More»
September 6, 2011: ASPIRIN, ANGIOPLASTY, AND PROTON BEAM THERAPY: THE ECONOMICS OF SMARTER HEALTH CARE SPENDING
Abstract: The growing share of the U.S. economy devoted to health care spending is cause for  concern both because of the share that is publicly financed and because of the inefficiency with  which those resources are used... Read More»
September 2, 2011: Study Points to WTC Cancer Link
Firefighters who worked at Ground Zero are 19% more likely to have cancer than their colleagues who did not work at the site, according to newly published research that could pave the way for government payments to those suffering from some types of cancer.... Read More»
September 2, 2011: Health care groups slow to embrace ACO model
RALEIGH – Breaking down the various silos of health care and bringing more coordination across providers could save billions of dollars, say some experts in the field.... Read More»
September 2, 2011: CMS Medicare Payment Cuts Will Force Nursing Homes to Reduce Staff
When the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid services announced it was cutting Medicare rates by 11.1% starting Oct. 1, many in the industry were stunned,  reports  National Real Estate Investor.... Read More»
September 2, 2011: Vitamin D levels tied to colon cancer risk
(Reuters Health) - A new analysis of earlier research finds that both higher vitamin D intake and higher blood levels of the vitamin's active form are linked to lower risk of colon and rectal cancers.... Read More»
September 1, 2011: The Health Care Reform Revolution–Where Are We Now?
A little more than a year ago, the 2,700-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) became law, changing many aspects of the health insurance industry and—in a domino effect—the provider market, the agent and broker community, and even state government functions... Read More»
September 1, 2011: Florida Atlantic baseball team shaves heads to support cancer-stricken teen
BOCA RATON, Fla. — Florida Atlantic's baseball players, coaches and staff have shaved their heads to support the cancer-stricken brother of a teammate... Read More»
September 1, 2011: New Funding Used to Develop Groundbreaking Cancer Treatment
University  of Alberta researchers are leading the world in developing a new cancer  treatment , thanks to a $6 million donation announced recently... Read More»
August 31, 2011: The Perils of Price Controls
Last week in the New York Times, veteran health correspondent Gardiner Harris  wrote  of the recent sharp and puzzling shortages of critical drugs used for treating a wide range of life-threatening cancers and bacterial infections... Read More»
August 31, 2011: How Should Washington Control Medicare Spending?
Abstract:   With the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA), Congress enacted record-breaking provider payment cuts as well as hard caps on the growth of Medicare spending for the first time in Medicare's history... Read More»
August 31, 2011: Researchers Receive Grants from NCCN Oncology Research Program Funded Through GlaxoSmithKline
The NCCN Oncology Research Program received $4 million in research funding from GlaxoSmithKline to support research at NCCN Member Institutions in order to evaluate the effectiveness of ofatumumab (Arzerra(R), GlaxoSmithKline) in hematologic malignancies and pazopanib (Votrient(TM), GlaxoSmithKline) in the treatment of solid tumors... Read More»
August 31, 2011: New Study Claims 9/11 Firefighters Suffer Increased Cancer Rate
The New York Fire Department (FDNY) plans to release a study that claims firefighters who responded to the World Trade Center after the 9/11 terror attacks are suffering an increased rate of cancer, the New York Post reported Wednesday... Read More»
August 30, 2011: Forging the way
Accountable care organizations, a fashionable name for a loosely defined fix for U.S. healthcare, are the center of debate, gossip and conjecture among policymakers and the healthcare leaders... Read More»
August 30, 2011: Niche cancer drugs highlight the targeting trend in R&D
With Roche's Zelboraf likely headed for blockbuster status and Pfizer's ( $PFE ) newly approved Xalkori out to make its mark against non-small cell lung cancer, the trend spotters at the  Wall Street Journal  have declared the arrival of a new development paradigm... Read More»
August 30, 2011: September is National Ovarian Cancer Month
On Friday, September 2, 2011 please join thousands of people across America who are showing their support of ovarian cancer by wearing the color teal. In 2010, President Barak Obama proclaimed September to be National Ovarian Cancer Month... Read More»
August 30, 2011: Supreme Court could affect health care reform: Here's how
Screening for mutations in a gene known as CHEK2 may help determine a woman's odds of breast cancer if the disease runs in her family, Polish scientists suggested Monday... Read More»
August 29, 2011: GOP Trying To Turn Medicare, Health Reform Law Into Political Gain
Republicans are accusing Democrats of using 'scare tactics' to convince Americans the GOP wants an end to Medicare and Social Security. In the party's weekly radio address, Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada says both parties should come together to fix those programs... Read More»
August 29, 2011: Genetic cancer test often urged for wrong women
Doctors are too quick to recommend expensive genetic counseling or testing for ovarian cancer, but at the same time often fail to refer women at high risk for the disease, U.S. government researchers said... Read More»
August 29, 2011: Genetic cancer test often urged for wrong women
Doctors are too quick to recommend expensive genetic counseling or testing for ovarian cancer, but at the same time often fail to refer women at high risk for the disease, U.S. government researchers said... Read More»
August 29, 2011: Cancer patients in England 'three times more likely to get key drugs'
Research by Rarer Cancers Foundation highlights divide in treatments available to patients in Scotland and Wales... Read More»
August 26, 2011: Risk-Shifting In Health Care And Its Implications: Part Two
The employer outlook can best be illustrated by taking a step back, and analyzing the dynamic between employer coverage and the other major sources of health insurance: the government and individuals... Read More»
August 26, 2011: Many seniors leave the hospital without their meds
Senior citizens with chronic medical issues often leave the hospital without prescriptions for the medicines they were getting for their illness -- a move that may raise their risk of landing in the emergency room or even dying, a study said... Read More»
August 26, 2011: New Tool Predicts How Long Cancer Patients Will Live
A cancer survival scale based on readily available clinical and laboratory variables reliably predicted whether patients in palliative care had days, weeks, or months to live, British investigators found... Read More»
August 26, 2011: Act swiftly: the journey of fighting cancer
Nine people, nine different cancer journeys. Yet the message from nearly all of their stories is clear ... no matter your age, gender or background, don't ignore health niggles... Read More»
August 26, 2011: Improving America's healthcare cost consciousness
If you haven't read  Sharon Begley's  wonderful Newsweek cover story on how less healthcare can mean better health, I'd urge you to do so now — it's one of those articles where I just want to quote pretty much the entire thing... Read More»
August 25, 2011: Risk-Shifting In Health Care And Its Implications: Part One
The legislative phase of health care reform closed with President Obama's signature on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on March 23, 2010... Read More»
August 25, 2011: Ovarian cysts may not lead to cancer: study
(Reuters Health) - Finding ovarian cysts on an ultrasound scan isn't a cancer sentence for women who are middle-aged and older, a new UK screening study suggests... Read More»
August 25, 2011: We are already hard at work, say the chairmen of bipartisan supercommittee
They have vastly different approaches to the economy, but the new heads of the bipartisan deficit supercommittee are trying to show they can play nice together... Read More»
August 25, 2011: Information on cancer at your fingertips
Cancer is a scary prospect, and we need all the help we can get to understand what it is, how it's treated, and how to cope with it. Some iPad tablet applications have risen to the task, or parts of it... Read More»
August 24, 2011: Doctor Groups Seek Changes To CMS Disclosure Rule
Concerned about administrative overload and misrepresentation, several physician organizations are recommending changes to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS),  proposed rule  to implement new statutory requirements that govern the release and use of relevant Medicare claims data to measure clinicians' performance.... Read More»
August 24, 2011: CMS Testing Bundled Payments for Medicare
WASHINGTON -- The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new plan on Tuesday that would pay interested doctors, hospitals, and other providers bundled Medicare payments.... Read More»
August 24, 2011: Turbulence ahead for cancer drugs with Ben Venue exit Read more: Turbulence ahead for cancer drugs with Ben Venue exit
In contrast to Sagent Pharmaceutical's ( $SGNT ) half-full view of the drug-shortage glass, Boehringer Ingelheim apparently sees it as half empty. And leaking.... Read More»
August 24, 2011: Drug shortages on rise, some for cancer
WASHINGTON, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. hospitals are running out of many medications -- many crucial chemotherapy medications -- Food and Drug Administration officials say.... Read More»
August 23, 2011: Health Law Will Deepen Deficit
The White House sold "Obamacare" as an instrument for lowering health insurance premiums and reducing federal budget deficits. "Altogether," President Barack Obama said, "our cost-cutting measures would reduce most people's premiums, and bring down our deficit by more than $1 trillion over the next two decades."... Read More»
August 23, 2011: New UHC Calculator Assesses Impact of CMS' VBP Program on AMC Reimbursements
UHC announced its new, interactive online calculator that helps its member academic medical centers determine the potential impact on reimbursements of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program. The VBP program goes into effect in  October 2012  and can reduce hospitals' total Medicare base operating payments by up to one percent in the first year.... Read More»
August 23, 2011: Consumer Reports: Quiz reveals facts and myths about skin cancer
"A healthy tan"? You don't hear that much anymore. Most people know that sun exposure has been linked to skin cancer.... Read More»
August 23, 2011: As Hospitals Push ERs, States' Medicaid Budgets Pressured
Complaining of abdominal discomfort and chronic bronchitis, 22-year-old Toshia Johnson, an unemployed mother on Medicaid, went to a hospital emergency room in Bend, Ore., more than two dozen times in the year that ended in June 2010.... Read More»
August 23, 2011: Super Disclose Them
Washington's influence-peddlers are already out in full force, circling the new deficit-cutting "supercommittee." Now Congress needs to make sure that lobbying — and every dollar of campaign contributions to the committee's members — is fully and immediately disclosed.... Read More»
August 22, 2011: Myths and Realities About Medicare's Competitive Bidding Program for Home Medical Equipment and Services
As Medicare expands a controversial "competitive" bidding program for home medical equipment and services, economists, consumer groups, and members of Congress have gone on record to oppose that program citing reduced patient access to care, flaws in the program design, and impact on local jobs.... Read More»
August 22, 2011:Fort Collins, national hospitals fight to keep life-saving medications in stock
Monika McBride has acute myeloid leukemia, a life-threatening blood cancer that requires six months of intensive chemotherapy.... Read More»
August 22, 2011: Medicare's Next Patient: The Federal Budget Deficit
When it comes to cutting budgets, fiscal conservatives often drag out easy villains like  peanut subsidies  and  bridges to nowhere . But while those obvious targets are great for scoring political points, they represent a tiny fraction of the overall deficit. ... Read More»
August 22, 2011: Hospital talks partly driven by health overhaul
The growing ranks of patients insured by  Medicare  and Medicaid are among the factors driving talks between two independent northern Indiana hospitals to operate jointly in what industry officials say is a growing trend.... Read More»
August 22, 2011: Hospice Care Lobbyists Fight To Prevent Medicare Payment Cuts
For-profit hospice organizations have spent more than $1million this year lobbying to prevent Medicare from reducing payments to try to curb the soaring cost of hospice care.... Read More»
August 22, 2011: How The Merger Of Two Health Care Giants May Affect Your Wallet
You probably haven't heard of either Express Scripts or Medco Health Services, but their plans to merge in a $29 billion deal, announced last month, may have an impact on your pocketbook. Read More»
August 22, 2011: Trade Commission Challenges a Hospital Merger
Obama administration officials have been roaming the country, talking up their vision of a future in which doctors and hospitals team up to provide better care at lower cost. ... Read More»
August 22, 2011: Hospital talks partly driven by health overhaul
The growing ranks of patients insured by  Medicare  and Medicaid are among the factors driving talks between two independent northern Indiana hospitals to operate jointly in what industry officials say is a growing trend.... Read More»
August 19, 2011: Antibody Could Help Predict Ovarian Cancer
 Researchers say they've discovered a marker that could one day help doctors spot women who may be at high risk for ovarian cancer ... Read More»
August 19, 2011: FDA approves drug to treat advanced form of skin cancer
WASHINGTON - The Food and Drug Administration yesterday announced the approval of a new drug to treat advanced melanoma, a deadly form of cancer... Read More»
August 19, 2011: ObamaCare's Latest Judicial Defeat
In the most comprehensive judicial opinion to date, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit last week ruled (2-1) that Congress cannot compel Americans to buy and maintain health insurance... Read More»
August 19, 2011: Fla gets more doctors
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, under legislation by Nelson, redistributed the Medicare funding to residency slots in areas that most needed physicians. Each teaching hospital around the country has a cap on the number of resident slots they can claim for Medicare funding... Read More»
August 19, 2011: The Tea Party's Achilles' Heel
A posture of bold fiscal conservatism simply isn't compatible with timid evasions on Medicare reform... Read More»
August 19, 2011: Health care orgs. balk at rules in overhaul
St. Paul, Minn. — Clinics in Minnesota and nationwide are impatient for revisions of key regulations in the health care overhaul... Read More»
August 19, 2011: To Cut the Debt, Time to End Drug Companies' Blank Check
With the newly created "super committee" gearing up to trim government spending, it seems wise to focus on one of the biggest multipliers to our growing debt... Read More»
August 18, 2011: Buyer beware: Drug shortages and the gray market
For more than a year our healthcare system has experienced an alarming increase in the number of reported drug shortages for a range of products vital to treatment. The University of Utah Drug Information Service reported a record high of 180 drug shortages over the first half of 2011 (January 1-July 31)... Read More»
August 18, 2011: Cancer and Healthcare Reform: Making the Pieces Fit
The public tends to think of healthcare reform as being primarily about healthcare coverage for the uninsured. Certainly, that is one of its most important features, and it will likely bring about striking changes in the broad healthcare marketplace... Read More»
August 18, 2011: Cancer and Healthcare Reform: Making the Pieces Fit
The public tends to think of healthcare reform as being primarily about healthcare coverage for the uninsured. Certainly, that is one of its most important features, and it will likely bring about striking changes in the broad healthcare marketplace... Read More»
August 18, 2011: City Shuts Down Yard Sale for Cancer Victim
The city of Salem, Ore., shut down the yard sale of a woman who had been selling her belongings to pay for her medical bills. The reason? A city ordinance limits a home to hosting a yard sale three times a year, as first reported by  ABC affiliate KATU ... Read More»
August 18, 2011: Fla gets more doctors
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, under legislation by Nelson, redistributed the Medicare funding to residency slots in areas that most needed physicians... Read More»
August 18, 2011: Insurer Aetna spends $902 K on 2Q federal lobbying
Managed care company Aetna Inc. trimmed its federal lobbying spending in the second quarter, as it focused on bills that shape parts of the health care overhaul, including one that asks the Supreme Court to expedite an appeal over its constitutionality... Read More»
August 18, 2011: ACOs: Interoperability-Dependent
  Experts are starting to formulate how accountable care organizations (ACOs) could take shape in various risk- and payment-sharing models, but the general consensus is that there is not enough interoperability between provider partners and internal systems to be successful—just yet... Read More»
August 17, 2011: When a Doctor Isn't Enough
When Judith Nakamura tried to see a surgeon to follow up on her treatment for breast cancer recently, she was told it would be a two-month wait. Colleen Sullivan-Moore stepped in and got Ms. Nakamura an appointment the following week... Read More»
August 17, 2011: 6 strategies to offset heavy Medicare reimbursement cuts
Hospitals under the inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) will witness Medicare reimbursement cuts of $162 billion to $177 billion over the next decade, according to a new MedeAnalytics' white paper... Read More»
August 17, 2011: How to Prevent Medicare Claim Denials Due to Medical Necessity
Medical necessity is one of the top reasons for Medicare claim denials through the Recovery Audit Contractor program... Read More»
August 17, 2011: Thyroid Cancer Radio Iodine Treatment; Who Is Receiving It And Why?
Radioactive iodine usage after thyroid surgery for different stages of thyroid  cancer  is up, but there are few guidelines outlining proper dosages and usage. So what is it and what do patients and health providers need to know?... Read More»
August 17, 2011: Smokers' risk of bladder cancer found higher
Smoking is known to increase the risk of bladder cancer, but a new study shows the link is much stronger than first thought, possibly because cigarettes today are more toxic... Read More»
August 17, 2011: Why Rick Perry Gives Me Hope On Health Care
As I watched Texas Governor  Rick Perry  announce his presidential candidacy this weekend, he gave me a sense of hope and his speech really resonated with me... Read More»
August 16, 2011: Obama healthcare law: two justices may decide fate
(Reuters) - The legal fate of President Barack Obama's signature healthcare law will likely come down to two Republican appointees on the U.S. Supreme Court -- Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Anthony Kennedy... Read More»
August 16, 2011: Hospice lobbyists battle over Medicare payment system
WASHINGTON — For-profit hospice organizations have spent more than $1million this year lobbying to prevent Medicare from reducing payments to try to curb the soaring cost of hospice care... Read More»
August 16, 2011: Music therapy may ease anxiety in cancer patients
(Reuters Health) - Music therapy might help lower anxiety and improve mood in people with cancer, say researchers who analyzed past studies... Read More»
August 15, 2011: Cancer's Secrets Come Into Sharper Focus
For the last decade  cancer  research has been guided by a common vision of how a single cell, outcompeting its neighbors, evolves into a malignant tumor... Read More»
August 15, 2011: Triangle patients feel national drug shortages
National shortages of dozens of drugs are forcing doctors at Triangle hospitals to give patients substitutes, including some that may not be as likely to cure cancer or as effective in prolonging life when it's not curable... Read More»
August 12, 2011: ConnectCare3 Helps Patients Avoid Devastating Health Care Mistakes
t provides individuals with a personal health care advocate for finding top medical treatment options, specialists and facilities; plus accompanies patients to appointments... Read More»
August 12, 2011: Biowatch: Maryland biotechs take different tacks to battle brain cancer
Two Maryland companies continue to make inroads in their quests to find effective treatments for a deadly type of brain cancer... Read More»
August 11, 2011: 'Huge' results raise hope for cancer breakthrough
In early results from a clinical trial, genetically engineered T cells eradicate leukemia cells and thrive. Two of three patients studied have been cancer-free for more than a year... Read More»
August 11, 2011: Three Simple Ways Medicare Can Save Money
Price fixing can be costly. The government should embrace alternatives like concierge physician arrangements... Read More»
August 11, 2011: Implementing ACOs: 10 mistakes and how to learn from them
Achieving higher quality patient-centered care, improving population health and moderating per capita costs requires fundamental change in the U.S. healthcare system... Read More»
August 10, 2011: GEOGRAPHIC VARIATION in spending and ultilization among the commercially insured
Variation in healthcare utilization and spending across the United States has been carefully documented for the Medicare population... Read More»
August 10, 2011: Medicare Actuary: Obamacare Will Triple the Growth Rate of Net Insurance Costs
Remember when the President  promised  that Obamacare would reduce the cost of health insurance? "Under [our] plan, if you like your current health insurance, nothing changes, except your costs will go down by as much as $2,500 per year," said Obama in 2008... Read More»
August 9, 2011: Debt Ceiling Deal Contains Little for Anesthesiologists to Like
You already know that last week's debt ceiling legislation,  "The Budget Control Act of 2011" (S. 365)  (pdf), authorized $2.4 trillion in additional government borrowing, did not raise any new revenues and provided for $2.5 trillion in spending cuts over the next 10 years... Read More»
August 9, 2011: South Carolina Pushes for Medicaid Overhaul After Man Denied Breast Cancer Coverage
South Carolina health officials are petitioning the federal government to overhaul its "discriminatory"  Medicaid  rules after a local construction worker was denied coverage for breast  cancer  treatments because he is a man... Read More»
August 9, 2011: Poll: 'Wave election' could be coming
Less than a quarter of Americans say most members of Congress deserve re-election - the lowest number ever found in the 20-year history of Gallup/USAToday polling - and the dismal numbers could mean another "wave election" is in the cards for Washington... Read More»
August 9, 2011: Man With Breast Cancer Denied Medicaid Coverage Because He's Not a Woman
For Raymond Johnson it was bad enough being diagnosed with cancer when he was just 26 and with no health insurance, but his shock was only aggravated when he was denied Medicaid, because rules say men are not covered for  breast cancer ... Read More»
August 9, 2011: Medicare payment rule promotes improved hospital care, patient outcomes
On August 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that will update Medicare payment policies and rates for hospitals in fiscal year (FY) 2012... Read More»
August 9, 2011: VA data released on CMS' Hospital Compare
Department of Veterans Affairs  (VA)' medical centers are now included in the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) Hospital Compare website, which measures hospital quality based the outcomes of care... Read More»
August 9, 2011: Dems target 44 GOP members with Medicare calls
Voters in such states as California, Wisconsin and Florida will be getting messages starting today and throughout the month, courtesy of the House Democrats' campaign committee and its ongoing effort to remind people of GOP budget proposals... Read More»
August 8, 2011: Morning smoking has cancer risk
People who smoke soon after getting up in the morning are more likely to develop cancer than those who light up later in the day, say US researchers... Read More»
August 8, 2011: Disparities in Cancer Care Need to Be Reduced, Says ASCO
Racial and ethnic disparities exist in cancer care, even after factors such as insurance and socioeconomic status are controlled for... Read More»
August 8, 2011: Exercise Benefits Cancer Survivors, New Report
If exercise were a  cancer  drug, it would be a blockbuster, appears to be the conclusion of a new review on the benefits of physical activity to people surviving and living beyond cancer... Read More»
August 8, 2011: States Face Challenges In Controlling Health Insurance Premiums
For many consumers, the ultimate test for the embattled health-care law is simple: Will it push down insurance premiums -- or at least slow their relentless rise?... Read More»
August 8, 2011: Pawlenty Points To Minn. Health Law As Model For U.S.
GOP presidential hopeful Tim Pawlenty has scorned the health plans engineered by President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, even linking them with the term Obamneycare... Read More»
August 5, 2011: New Jockeying in Congress for Next Phase in Budget Fight
WASHINGTON — Republicans and Democrats maneuvered for advantage on Wednesday in the next battle over federal spending, trying to influence the choice of members and frame the agenda for a powerful "supercommittee" that is supposed to recommend at least $1.5 trillion of additional deficit reduction measures... Read More»
August 5, 2011: Debt ceiling deal ignores real driver of deficits: healthcare costs
Participants in the debt ceiling debate placed the spotlight on programs with a barely measurable impact on the deficit and put off to the indefinite future the things that really matter... Read More»
August 5, 2011: Cancer Treatment Centers of America Breaks Ground on Georgia Hospital With Hundreds of Patients, Community
More than 500 people welcomed  Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA)  to the Southeast during a groundbreaking ceremony today in  Newnan, Ga.  Lt. Governor  Casey Cagle , Senate President Pro Tempore  Tommie Williams  and a delegation of public officials, community and business leaders joined more than 160 cancer patients, survivors and caregivers for the celebration... Read More»
August 5, 2011: Dendreon's Cancer Drug Hit by Doubts
The surprising disclosure from Dendreon Corp. that initial sales of its pricey prostate-cancer drug are progressing slower than expected raised questions about the current appetite for expensive treatments and the methods used to pay for them... Read More»
August 5, 2011: Medicare gives state hospitals $275m lift
Massachusetts hospitals will get $275 million more a year in Medicare payments because of a provision inserted into the nation's new health care law that benefits the state, angering hospitals across the country that will get less money as a result... Read More»
August 5, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations will not serve the best interests of the patient
Physicians take an oath upon graduation from medical school to always put patients' interests front and center, and to "first, do no harm."... Read More»
August 4, 2011: ASCO Calls for Oncology-Based Medical Homes
The health care reform law passed in 2010 offers the potential to reduce socioeconomic disparities in cancer care and outcomes, but it does not go far enough, according to an American Society of Clinical Oncology policy statement published online August 1... Read More»
August 4, 2011: Memo to the Super Committee 32 comments
I know you haven't been established yet. Neither you, nor I, know who you really are. Still, it's possible you'll be pretty important between now and Thanksgiving so I thought I'd drop you this note... Read More»
August 4, 2011: Urine test may help predict prostate cancer risk
A new urine test might help doctors detect prostate cancer and better evaluate a patient's treatment options, researchers say... Read More»
August 4, 2011: Panel Formed To Give Consumers Reliable Treatment Information
Suppose you have prostate cancer, and you want to know what to do. Surgery, your doctor warns, can be physically debilitating, but is generally effective and low risk. Radiation is not as taxing, but its effectiveness is uncertain... Read More»
August 4, 2011: CMS Ups the Stakes for Coordinated Care
A new report that suggests the lower costs and reduced length of stay (LOS) associated with hospitalist care of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries is offset by higher costs post-discharge highlights progress and opportunities for hospitalists, SHM's president says... Read More»
August 4, 2011: Will ACOs create a revolution in American healthcare?
Healthcare reform is setting up new organizations of hospitals and doctors that will be held accountable for a patient's outcome... Read More»
August 4, 2011: Health firms sue to block deal details
Three companies chosen to play key roles in Louisiana's new health-care delivery system for the poor have gone to court to block release of proprietary information in their winning proposals... Read More»
August 3, 2011: 5 Foundational Questions for Hospitals Acquiring Physician Practices
Physicians are increasingly joining hospitals as employees, signaling interest from both hospitals and physician practices to partner together. According to the  Medical Group Management Association 's 2010 physician placement report, roughly 65 percent of established physicians were placed in hospital-owned practices, up from its 2008 report that showed a figure closer to 50 percent... Read More»
August 3, 2011: Employers unlikely to drop coverage because of health law, survey finds
Only 2 percent of employers are "very likely" to stop offering coverage in 2014 and drop their workers into the healthcare reform law's insurance exchanges, according to a new  survey  of 894 employers by the consulting firm Mercer... Read More»
August 3, 2011: Another disappointment for ovarian cancer screening
Of all cancers in women, perhaps none produces more fear among patients and providers than ovarian cancer. Although breast, lung, and colorectal cases will account for more than 50% of new cancer diagnoses in 2011, ovarian cancer will account for only 3% of new cancers, albeit 5% of cancer deaths in women... Read More»
August 3, 2011: Healthcare Quality Congress: How to improve care while bending cost curve
  BOSTON—As the U.S. healthcare system gears up for a movement toward accountable care, thought leaders discussed bending the cost curve during a keynote address at the ninth annual Healthcare Quality Congress, presented by the  World Congress ... Read More»
August 3, 2011: Where's Your Budget, Mr. President?
Ever since they fudged the numbers to pass ObamaCare, Democrats have abandoned credible spending plans... Read More»
August 2, 2011: WellPoint, HCA Drop on Concern Debt Agreement May Lead to Cuts in Medicare
WellPoint Inc. (WLP) , the largest insurer by enrollment, HCA Holdings Inc., the biggest hospital chain, and  Kindred Healthcare Inc. (KND) , the top nursing home operator, dropped in trading after President  Barack Obama  announced a debt-reduction deal that may lead to Medicare cuts... Read More»
August 2, 2011: Hot Dogs, Other Processed Meat Increase Cancer Risk
Studies show a strong link between different types of cancer and processed meats... Read More»
August 2, 2011: Cost Shifting on the Increase under Obamacare
In a recent article in  Health Affairs ,   health economist James Robinson reveals that in areas where hospitals consolidate and enjoy a larger market share, providers are more likely to charge higher prices, as low competition gives them a monopoly in delivering patient care in the region... Read More»
August 2, 2011: Thrown a curve
The landmark 2010 healthcare law will not slow the nation's ballooning healthcare spending in the coming decade, and it will drive spending away from hospitals and toward physicians... Read More»
August 2, 2011: Healthcare partnership pays big dividends
By working together, Blue Shield of California, Catholic Healthcare West and Hill Physicians Medical Group saved more than $20 million in costs last year in serving 41,500 HMO members in Northern California... Read More»
August 1, 2011: CMS Gives Attestation Tips
More than 56,000 providers have registered for the Medicare or Medicaid electronic health records meaningful use programs through May 2011, officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services noted during a recent Health Data Management Web seminar... Read More»
August 1, 2011: Medicare To Cut Payments To Nursing Facilities; Stocks Fall
Medicare said it will cut payment rates to skilled nursing facilities by 11.1% next fiscal year, sending shares of health-care providers tumbling after hours... Read More»
August 1, 2011: Cancer-stricken Ground Zero worker receives compensation cheque for 0$
The  New York Post  reported the 51-year-old Queens man, who suffered sinus problems and then throat cancer after months of removing toxic debris from the World Financial Center, was relieved to get a cheque in the mail for his court settlement with Merrill Lynch, whose offices he had cleaned... Read More»
August 1, 2011: Health care reform key to debt crisis
The debate over raising the statutory debt ceiling has accomplished little but revealed much about the unwillingness of many in Washington to face up to our generation's most pressing challenges... Read More»
August 1, 2011: Florida's Medicaid program heading to managed care system
As Washington grapples with debt ceilings and spending, another set of fiscal negotiations quietly begins this week that will impact Floridians for years... Read More»
July 29, 2011: New Drugs Trump Mammograms for Fewer Cancer Deaths, Study Says
Better medicines and more efficient health-care systems, rather than a greater number of mammograms, may explain drops in  breast-cancer deaths in  Europe  over the past two decades, researchers found... Read More»
July 29, 2011: Tamoxifen May 'Cure' ER-Positive Breast Cancer
The latest update of long-term data on tamoxifen in early-stage breast cancer confirm and further define the benefit of the drug... Read More»
July 29, 2011: Legal hurdles in ACO process to dissuade participants
The legal challenges associated with accountable care organizations (ACOs) might dissuade healthcare institutions, providers, and payers from hopping on the bandwagon, according to an article in  The National Law Journal  yesterday... Read More»
July 29, 2011: Women who eat lots of fiber have less breast cancer
(Reuters Health) - A fresh look at the medical evidence shows women who eat more fiber are less likely to get breast cancer... Read More»
July 29, 2011: Most common type of breast cancer on rise in U.S.
Breast cancer rates, which had been declining in the U.S. since 2000, leveled off in 2007 and since then have remained relatively constant, a new study shows... Read More»
July 28, 2011: Rescuers rage over cancer exclusion in 9/11 fund
(AP)   NEW YORK — First responders and others who say they became ill after working at ground zero voiced anger and disappointment at a town hall meeting in New York about a $2.8 billion federal fund for them... Read More»
July 28, 2011: Retirement-Age Physicians Should Not Be Hit With eRx Penalty
Any physician who is currently eligible for Social Security retirement benefits — or will be by 2014 — should be exempted from the Medicare penalty that debuts next year for not electronically prescribing,  organized medicine  stated Monday in a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)... Read More»
July 28, 2011: Report: Obama Prepared To Raise The Age Of Medicare Eligibility Age To 67!
Politico is reporting that, prior to the 'grand bargain' negotiations between the President and Speaker John Boehner falling apart, the two had tentatively agreed on raising the age of Medicare eligibility from 65 to 67  – albeit over a twenty year period... Read More»
July 28, 2011: THE INFLUENCE GAME: Lobbying on debt limit fight
WASHINGTON (AP) — Hospital associations, labor groups, tea party supporters and die-hard liberals are plunging into the debt battle between President Barack Obama and Congress as it whirls toward a final showdown... Read More»
July 28, 2011: Lifetime's "Five" to explore humor in breast cancer
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - Just because a movie  deals  with the grim topic of breast cancer doesn't mean that it can't include a few laughs along the way. Just ask Marta Kauffman... Read More»
July 28, 2011: Cell Phone Brain Cancer Study Doesn't Ring True? Scientists Explain Why
BERKELEY, Calif. - Youths using cell phones do not face a higher risk of brain cancer,  a new study says. However, two California scientists who have looked at the report say that's not the whole story... Read More»
July 28, 2011: Inside Pfizer's palace coup
Did CEO Jeff Kindler get pushed out because he was shaking up the dysfunctional pharmaceutical giant -- or because he's an ineffective leader?... Read More»
July 27, 2011: Giants Sign Boston College Linebacker Mark Herzlich, Bone-Cancer Survivor
The  New York Giants  signed Mark Herzlich, a former  Boston College  linebacker and bone-cancer survivor, as a free agent after he went undrafted in April, according to his Twitter account... Read More»
July 27, 2011: Medical Societies Seek Medicare e-Prescribing Changes
In its proposed rule making changes to the Medicare electronic prescribing incentive program, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is not giving physicians enough time to understand and comply with "last minute modifications" before a 1 percent reimbursement penalty for non-compliance begins in 2012... Read More»
July 27, 2011: Scant Evidence to Link 9/11 to Cancer, U.S. Report Says
There is not enough evidence yet to say whether the dust and smoke cloud produced by the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center caused cancer, federal officials concluded in a report released on Tuesday... Read More»
July 27, 2011: The debt-reduction threat to health care
THE MIRROR image of "Build it and they will come" ( "Eliminate It and We Won't Need It" ) seems to be the idea behind many health-care proposals suggested as part of D.C. deficit-reduction negotiations... Read More»
July 27, 2011: Rep. David Wu, plagued by scandal, says he'll resign from Congress
Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.) announced Tuesday that he will resign from Congress after allegations surfaced he was involved in an unwanted sexual encounter with a teenager... Read More»
July 27, 2011: Federal funding cuts for Medicaid and Medicare may add to your bill
Ice cream manufacturers have shrunk their half gallon containers in response to the swelling price of ingredients... Read More»
July 27, 2011: At Age 46, Is Medicare Ripe For A Change?
Medicare, the federal entitlement program for the elderly and disabled, was  signed into law  by President Lyndon Johnson 46 years ago this week... Read More»
July 26, 2011: Study: Doctors Differ in How Best to Care for America's 12 Million Cancer Survivors
Washington, DC  -- There are major differences between oncologists and primary care physicians regarding knowledge, attitudes, and practices required to care for American's 12 million cancer survivors... Read More»
July 26, 2011: Plan to save on Medicare drug costs would hurt seniors — and Maryland's economy
Making prescription drug program like Medicaid would reduce incentives to research drugs that could help older Americans... Read More»
July 26, 2011: New Advice on Mammogram Timing
New advice on how often and at what age women should get mammograms could add to the confusion surrounding breast-cancer screening... Read More»
July 26, 2011: Breast cancer more lethal in blacks, reason unknown
(Reuters Health) - It is still a mystery why black women are more likely to die from breast cancer than whites, according to a new study that shows the racial disparity can't be chalked up to obesity differences... Read More»
July 26, 2011: High-Risk Women Not Referred for Genetic Cancer Counseling
 Physicians followed recommendations for breast cancer susceptibility 1 and 2 ( BRCA1  and  BRCA2 ) gene mutations in 71% of women of average risk, but only 41% of women at high risk, according to a study  published online  July 25 in  Cancer... Read More»
July 26, 2011: Seeing clearly
In all the years I have practiced medicine, I have yet to meet the physician who didn't want to do right by his patients. Even so, in every community across America, doctors and hospitals can... Read More»
July 26, 2011: Prescription Drug Prices Expected to Plummet Due to Expiring Patents
With seven out of twenty of the best-selling drugs worldwide being scheduled to go "off patent" over the next 14 months, brand-name drug sales are expected to plummet due to the availability of generic versions... Read More»
July 26, 2011: Transparency rules a tangle at cancer journals
(Reuters Health) - Economic ties that could bias drug trials and patient care might remain hidden due to tangled disclosure rules at medical journals, a new study reveals... Read More»
July 25, 2011: Why Would Anyone Choose to Become a Doctor?
You hear it all the time from doctors — they would never choose medicine if they had it to do all over again... Read More»
July 25, 2011: Teaching hospitals targeted in budget talks
Budget discussions targeting programs that train the next generation of doctors have Lehigh Valley hospitals feeling a little sick... Read More»
July 25, 2011: Seeing clearly
In all the years I have practiced medicine, I have yet to meet the physician who didn't want to do right by his patients... Read More»
July 25, 2011: Physician alignment presents biggest obstacle to ACOs
A survey finds doctors and health facility administrators often on different sides when it comes to patient care, cost and reimburse... Read More»
July 25, 2011: Drug prices to plummet in wave of expiring patents
The cost of prescription medicines used by millions of people every day is about to plummet... Read More»
July 25, 2011: Cancer patient sees signs of hope
There are times in life when you reach a crossroads. A decision must be made. And once it's done, there's no turning back... Read More»
July 25, 2011: PREVIEW-Automakers gun for healthcare savings in UAW talks
Worried about its rising healthcare costs, General Motors Co ( GM.N ) tried several years ago to buy a bar adjacent to its Janesville, Wisconsin assembly plant so it could eliminate a source of junk food and alcohol... Read More»
July 22, 2011: Senate Dems continue push to curb Medicare drug costs
Senate Democrats used a hearing on Medicare drug policy to add to the drumbeat calling for cuts to Medicare drug spending as part of any deficit-reduction deal... Read More»
July 22, 2011: 5 cost-cutting healthcare trends to watch
Perhaps more than ever, hospitals and health systems are closely examining their pocketbooks and ways to reduce spending... Read More»
July 22, 2011: Debt-Limit Showdown Threatening Retirement Unsettles Seniors at Bagel Time
When President  Barack Obama  says he's willing to take "significant heat" from Democrats who don't want Social Security and Medicare cuts to be part of a debt deal, he doesn't mean  Harry Reid  or  Nancy Pelosi ... Read More»
July 22, 2011: Susan B. Komen's pink ribbons raise cash -- and questions
Supporters of Susan G. Komen for the Cure are used to seeing the group's founder, Nancy Brinker, at fundraisers such as Race for the Cure... Read More»
July 22, 2011: Bone drugs reviewed for cancer risk
People taking a popular group of bone-strengthening drugs linked to throat cancer have been advised to continue despite an investigation by America's drug regulator... Read More»
July 21, 2011: Doctor and Fisherman
You may think that as a practicing cancer doctor in Salt Lake City for over 25 years, I would get plenty of exposure to cancer patients... Read More»
July 21, 2011: Home chemo for cancer patients in NHS drive for choice
Cancer patients will be able to get chemotherapy at home from private firms in the future under plans to give them more choice... Read More»
July 21, 2011: Patient Advocate Foundation Partners with MyLifeLine.org to Increase Patient Support
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases, today announced a new partnership with  MyLifeLine.org... Read More»
July 21, 2011: Medigap limits could save Medicare money
Federal deficit-reduction proposals that would limit Medicare supplemental insurance plans could save money but raise costs for some elderly beneficiaries, a study said on Wednesday... Read More»
July 21, 2011: ACOs Widen Marketing's Scope
Chances are if you've clicked on this story, " accountable care organizations" have caught your eye. In fact, ACOs have caught the eye of the healthcare industry as a whole... Read More»
July 21, 2011: Group urges more frequent mammograms
Gynecologists should urge women to have annual mammograms starting at age 40, a national doctors group said yesterday in a statement that reignited a debate about the most appropriate ages and frequency for breast cancer screening... Read More»
July 20, 2011: Baby boomers becoming more obese, could result in high Medicare costs
(CBS/AP) Baby boomers fear dying from cancer, or losing their memory from Alzheimer's as they age... Read More»
July 20, 2011: Tests for Inherited Colon Cancer May Be Worth Cost
Screening tumors from all  colon cancer  patients could be a cost-effective way of spotting families at high genetic risk of the disease, a study published Monday suggests... Read More»
July 20, 2011: CMS Proposes More Loopholes for E-Prescribing Penalty
The federal government will begin to penalize some physicians next year for not electronically transmitting their Medicare patients' prescriptions to pharmacies. At the same time, the government wants to help physicians avoid paying those penalties... Read More»
July 20, 2011: Patient Advocate Foundation Announces the Launch of Two New Support Categories within Their Co-Pay Relief Program
Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF), a national non-profit organization that seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability relative to their diagnosis of life threatening or debilitating diseases... Read More»
July 20, 2011: GOP Warns of ObamaCare Rationing Panels
The Obama administration has declared many times that ObamaCare will not institute death panels.  Rationing panels  may be another story... Read More»
July 20, 2011: Trends To Watch For Curbing Health Costs
As President Barack Obama and Capitol Hill lawmakers scramble for ways to cut federal spending, changes to federal health entitlements have been a key negotiating point... Read More»
July 19, 2011: Health Reform That Passes the Buck Is Short-Sighted
The Congressional Budget Office continues to provide sobering data about our projected budget deficit. Over the next decade, federal spending will hover around 23 to 24 percent of gross domestic  product  while revenues are not expected to exceed 20 percent of GDP... Read More»
July 19, 2011: Poll: Obesity hits more boomers than others in US
WASHINGTON (AP) — Baby boomers say their biggest health fear is cancer. Given their waistlines, heart disease and diabetes should be atop that list, too... Read More»
July 19, 2011: Patient Advocates: Flies In The Ointment Of Evidence-Based Care
The women recounted how their lives had been saved as they pleaded for the Food and Drug Administration not to withdraw approval for Avastin as a treatment for advanced breast cancer... Read More»
July 19, 2011: HHS to loan $4B for health co-ops, says one-third might default
The Obama administration on Monday rolled out nearly $4 billion in loans for a program established by the healthcare reform law, but said roughly one-third of those loans could end in default... Read More»
July 19, 2011: Health Is the Health of the State
Between 1966 and 2007, the entire increase in the size of government relative to the economy resulted from growth in tax-financed health spending... Read More»
July 19, 2011: IPAB Continues To Draw Repeal Talk
Health exchanges, accountable care organizations, high-risk pools and waivers are among health law hot topics also attracting headlines... Read More»
July 19, 2011: Medicare doesn't cover many health-care expenses for low-income seniors
Helen Johnson gave a welcoming smile to the group of older men and women who had assembled at the senior center in the Maryland Eastern Shore town of Snow Hill on a recent evening... Read More»
July 19, 2011: Lilly Donation to Patient Advocate Foundation Expands Services and Access for Patients With Most Common Form of Lung Cancer
li Lilly and Company (NYSE:  LLY ) announced that it has made a charitable contribution to the Patient Advocate Foundation (PAF)... Read More»
July 19, 2011: "Bundling" Payment for Episodes of Hospital Care
As part of the health reform law the Department of Health and Human Services must launch a pilot project to bundle Medicare payments around hospital "episodes" of care... Read More»
July 18, 2011: It's Not Just The Money: Cost Control In Cancer Care (Guest Opinion)
Health reform raises central ideological questions about the size and scope of government, about progressive taxation, about the individual mandate and more... Read More»
July 18, 2011: Health care law encourages collaboration, but anti-trust worries arise
St. Paul, Minn. — One of the hassles about getting sick is having to repeat your story of medical woe over and over again to different health care providers... Read More»
July 18, 2011: How Does Accountable Care Change Health Information Management?
A new free white paper from the American Health Information Management Association examines how the concept of accountable care organizations will change the way health information is captured, stored and used... Read More»
July 18, 2011: Commentary: A Medicare reform model everybody can love
Democrats and Republicans may not be able to agree on whether to increase taxes as part of a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling... Read More»
July 18, 2011: NY cancer plan notes more diagnoses, fewer deaths
ALBANY, N.Y. — Nearly 3,000 fewer New Yorkers died of cancer last year compared to a decade ago, according to the state's new draft cancer plan... Read More»
July 18, 2011: Lung cancer scans can be unreliable - study
CT scans to measure lung tumors can be unreliable, potentially leading patients and doctors to believe cancer is growing when it's not, according to a study... Read More»
July 18, 2011: Does President Obama Really Want To Means-Test Medicare? Probably Not
President Obama (and many, many others) have been throwing around the phrase "means testing" as they talk about ways to cut spending for Medicare... Read More»
July 15, 2011: Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer or Not? The Latest Answer Is No
Back in May, a group of experts from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) made waves when they warned that mobile phones may indeed raise the risk for some brain tumors... Read More»
July 15, 2011: Health care players decry cuts pitched in Washington
More than 50 state health care workers, executives, union activists, and lobbyists gathered on Beacon Hill yesterday to protest anticipated federal funding cuts they say would squeeze the state budget and devastate a business sector key to the Massachusetts economy... Read More»
July 15, 2011: Hormone therapy shown to prolong life for some prostate cancer patients
Men diagnosed with prostate cancer are routinely given a harsh hormone therapy treatment for four months -- it suppresses the production of the male sex hormone testosterone... Read More»
July 15, 2011: Roche moves forward with breast cancer treatment
 Roche Holding AG (ROG.VX) Friday said it will file cancer drug pertuzumab for approval in Europe and the U.S. later this year after a late-stage trial showed the drug, in combination with other treatments, helped some breast cancer patients live "significantly" longer without their disease worsening... Read More»
July 14, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations in California: Programmatic and Legal Considerations
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) authorizes the federal government to test new health care payment and delivery models through Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)... Read More»
July 14, 2011: GOP dilemma: How to oppose IPAB
Republicans can't seem to decide whether they want to lambaste the health reform law's Independent Payment Advisory Board or present a more moderate tone... Read More»
July 14, 2011: 42% of Britons will get cancer, statistics show
New cancer statistics show that four in 10 Britons will get the disease in their lifetime, as incidence of cancers rise, says charity... Read More»
July 14, 2011: Health Affairs: Road to ACOs trying for CMS
The support for the variety of  accountable care organization s (ACOs) from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has been storied, according to an article published in the July edition of  Health Affairs... Read More»
July 14, 2011: A Supreme Court Scorecard
The recently concluded Supreme Court term is not lacking for  sober analysis , so I'll indulge my freedom to take a different approach... Read More»
July 13, 2011: Men Have Higher Cancer Death Rates Than Women
Men are more likely than women to die of  cancer  in the U.S., a new study shows... Read More»
July 13, 2011: Changes in Family Cancer History Impact Screening Needs
Clinically relevant family history changes over time, specifically between the ages of 30 and 50 years, impact screening recommendations for colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer, according to a study published in the July 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association... Read More»
July 13, 2011: Fix them while you can
Let's all keep stipulating that, unfortunately, the United States needs to raise its debt ceiling so it can keep borrowing more than $4 billion a day. Every day... Read More»
July 13, 2011: Total Cancer Care: Targeted treatments
A tiny slice of human tumor tissue — taken from a biopsy in Sarasota, ferried to a freezer in Tampa and stored at minus-80 degrees Centigrade — is the literal puzzle piece at the center of a new era of personalized medicine... Read More»
July 13, 2011: Big Government And Health-Care Stocks: A Happy Marriage?
What with the underwhelming market response to my  previous article discussing the effect of the 2010 federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) on health insurers... Read More»
July 13, 2011: New Insurance Models and the Independent Payment Advisory Board
Thank you, Mark, and Jim to come next. When I heard you were going to be talking about new insurance models, I was surprised that you actually were talking about ones in the real world... Read More»
July 13, 2011: IPAB: The Controversial Consequences for Medicare and Seniors
The Health Subcommittee hearing scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, 2011, at 10:30 a.m. in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building has been  rescheduled for Wednesday, July 13, 2011, at 9:00 a.m.  in 2123 Rayburn House Office Building... Read More»
July 13, 2011: Health insurance CO-OPs: Challenges and opportunities
The federal government pledged $3.8 billion in grants and loans in Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) to assist in the establishment of nonprofit, member-run health insurance issuers—Consumer Operated and Oriented Plans (CO-OPs)... Read More»
July 12, 2011: Lung cancer scans can be unreliable: study
(Reuters Health) - CT scans to measure lung tumors can be unreliable, potentially leading patients and doctors to believe the cancer is growing when it's not, a new study suggests... Read More»
July 12, 2011: Alcohol and cancer: Is any amount of drinking really safe?
In a piece published Monday, Paule Latino-Martel, a  cancer researcher at the French National Institute for Agricultural Research, and co-authors argued that many countries' alcohol consumption guidelines -- which typically define a moderate... Read More»
July 12, 2011: Massachusetts limits unions' bargaining power on health care
The new state budget will give Massachusetts town and city leaders more power over how much municipal employees pay for health coverage in a bid to limit the pain that soaring insurance costs are inflicting on local budgets... Read More»
July 12, 2011: Govt. health-care rhetoric won't end insurers' games
I t's become fashionable for powerful pols to take shots at powerful insurance firms, amid growing consumer rage over rising rates... Read More»
July 12, 2011: New for Aspiring Doctors, the People Skills Test
ROANOKE, Va. — Doctors save lives, but they can sometimes be insufferable know-it-alls who bully nurses and do not listen to patients. Medical schools have traditionally done little to screen out such flawed applicants or to train them to behave better, but that is changing... Read More»
July 12, 2011: We Can't Afford to Train Fewer Doctors
The savings from government funding cuts to graduate medical education aren't worth the negative effect on patients... Read More»
July 11, 2011: Should Medicare benefits be based on a person's financial status?
A Democratic official said Messrs. Obama and Boehner worked through the Independence Day weekend to craft a grand deal, and that the White House proposed "serious things" regarding Medicare and Social Security... Read More»
July 11, 2011: For Patients in Both Medicare and Medicaid, Care Is Inefficient and Costly
The Wall Street Journal  recently reported on bureaucratic barriers for patients covered by both Medicare and Medicaid... Read More»
July 11, 2011: Drug makers lobby against discounting proposals
WASHINGTON • As President Barack Obama and congressional leaders look for savings as part of a major debt deal, the pharmaceutical industry has stepped up its behind-the-scenes lobbying to kill proposals that it contribute to any compromise... Read More»
July 11, 2011: Cancer Demands a Sense of Humor
Surviving  cancer  demands a sense of humor. One of the women in my support group was scheduled for surgery last week to have the final step of her reconstruction done on her breasts... Read More»
July 11, 2011: Drug Makers Refill Parched Pipelines
The pharmaceutical industry, after years of research flops that led some to write its obituary, shows signs it is coming back to life... Read More»
July 11, 2011: A Guide To Health Insurance Exchanges
It seems like a simple idea: create new marketplaces, called " exchanges ," where consumers can comparison shop for health insurance, sort of like shopping online for a hotel room or airline ticket... Read More»
July 11, 2011: Low Compliance To Guidelines By Physicians Resulting In Suboptimal Treatment Of Bladder Cancer Patients
A new study published early online in  Cancer , a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society has reported that low compliance by healthcare providers to the current guidelines for the treatment of high-grade noninvasive bladder  cancer  is resulting in incomplete care of patients with the disease... Read More»
July 8, 2011: Mark Foley has prostate cancer
Former Rep. Mark Foley (R-Fla.), who resigned after sexually explicit messages he sent to underage male pages were made public, said Thursday that he's battling prostate cancer... Read More»
July 8, 2011: America just keeps getting fatter
A comprehensive state-by-state report titled 'F as in Fat' shows that obesity rates continue to climb, along with diabetes and high blood pressure... Read More»
July 8, 2011: For Patients in Both Medicare and Medicaid, Care Is Inefficient and Costly
The Wall Street Journal  recently reported on bureaucratic barriers for patients covered by both Medicare and Medicaid. These two programs serve the elderly and the poor, respectively, and people who fall into both categories—the "dual-eligibles"—should get better-quality care with more efficient taxpayer spending... Read More»
July 8, 2011: Whatever Happened To Health Care Reform?
Appearing at a recent conference sponsored by Campus Progress, President Bill Clinton took on his own party for running away from the Affordable Care Act during the 2010 elections... Read More»
July 8, 2011: Dermatologist shortage can delay diagnosing skin cancer
Even as  skin cancer  rates in the Sunshine State are on the rise, scheduling an appointment to diagnose and treat the disease may be difficult... Read More»
July 8, 2011: Q1Medicare.com Reminds Medicare Beneficiaries They May Now Qualify for the Medicare Part D Financial Extra Help Program
Changes in the Medicare law have made it easier for more Medicare beneficiaries to qualify for the Medicare Part D financial Extra Help program and hundreds of thousands of people could now receive financial assistance, potentially saving themselves as much as $4,000 per year on their prescription drug costs... Read More»
July 7, 2011: Study: CT could be the answer for lung cancer screening
Screening smokers with low-dose spiral CT revealed a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer compared to smokers who were screened with chest X-ray, finds a new large research study... Read More»
July 7, 2011: Arthritis drug may help fight lung cancer
ALBUQUERQUE, July 7 (UPI) -- Celecoxib, a drug used to treat arthritis, may emerge as a potent chemopreventive agent for lung cancer, U.S. researchers say... Read More»
July 7, 2011: Senate Dems insist they'll protect Medicare in debt talks
Amid  reports  that the White House is ready to accept cuts to Medicare in its debt reduction negotiations with Republicans, Senate Democrats today reiterated their pledge to protect the government health care program... Read More»
July 7, 2011: Utah Health Exchange Is Geared To Small Business Employees—The KHN Interview
With the release of federal health exchange regulations expected very soon, states are starting to feel pressure to make decisions about these online insurance marketplaces for consumers and small businesses that the 2010 health law mandates... Read More»
July 7, 2011: Extremely Expensive Cancer Drugs
Many patients with advanced cancer must feel great relief after last week's decisions by Medicare to pay for two drugs that provide limited medical benefits. For these patients, even a few more months of life is beyond price... Read More»
July 7, 2011: Florida lawmakers' war on reform has cost patients and taxpayers dearly
Democrats  were in charge last year when Congress passed President Obama's health-care overhaul. Republican legislators in Florida have been waging a partisan war on it ever since, not caring about the collateral damage... Read More»
July 6, 2011: Governors say feds could owe states $4B for Medicare errors
The National Governors Association is requesting that the federal government reimburse states for Medicare errors that might have cost their Medicaid programs more than $4 billion over several decades... Read More»
July 6, 2011: Redistricting adds to Republican House leaders' debt-ceiling vote pressures
Redistricting is expected to make a House vote on raising the debt ceiling even more difficult for GOP leaders... Read More»
July 6, 2011: Doctors' Challenge: How Real Is That Pain?
Even When Patients Describe Pain in Vivid Detail, Doctors Have Few Tools to Determine What's Real... Read More»
July 6, 2011: Dems To CMS: Hold Firm On Medicaid 'MOE' Requirements
Meanwhile, a Government Accountability Office report finds that, although most physicians still accept some new Medicaid or Children's Health Insurance Program patients, a majority of primary care docs say they have difficulty finding specialists to provide care for young low-income patients... Read More»
July 6, 2011: Colorado hospitals hiring in-house doctors to bolster health care integration Read more: Colorado hospitals hiring in-house doctors to bolster health care integration
Denver-area hospitals are hiring doctors by the hundreds as in-house staff, promising quality care and cost savings, but critics warn the direct-employment trend threatens patient choice and monopoly pricing from mega-hospitals... Read More»
July 6, 2011: Experimental Drug Bests Chemo in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer Study
Better response, progression-free survival time seen with Tarceva in trial patient... Read More»
July 6, 2011: Heart Treatment Overused
Study Finds Doctors Often Too Quick to Try Costly Procedures to Clear Arteries... Read More»
July 6, 2011: Medicare Coverage of Pricey Cancer Drugs Sparks 'Rationing' Debate
As health care costs play an ever-increasing role in Washington's budget drama, Medicare officials announced last week they will continue to pay for two extremely expensive cancer treatments despite lingering questions about their effectiveness... Read More»
July 5, 2011: Preventive care or a waste of time for docs, patients?
Dr. Patricia Lindholm thought it was a great idea this year when Medicare announced it would cover free annual wellness visits for older people... Read More»
July 5, 2011: Life after prostate surgery worse than men expect: poll
(Reuters Life!) - Nearly half of men who undergo surgery for prostate cancer find that life after the surgery is worse than they expect, with less sexual function and greater incontinence problems than they anticipated, according to a poll... Read More»
July 5, 2011: Medicare paving way to health care accountability
Private insurers, federal program in search of savings through higher quality medical services... Read More»
July 5, 2011: A Medical Malady: Where Are New Jersey's Primary Care Physicians?
Demographics and public policy changes are expected to increase the workload on family doctors in the years to come... Read More»
July 5, 2011: U.S. health plans cut premiums for consumers with preexisting conditions
Uninsured sick people got  some good news recently, or  some of them did, anyway. Starting July 1, the Obama administration reduced the premiums by  up to 40 percent  in special high-risk insurance plans that the federal government is running in 17 states and the District... Read More»
July 5, 2011: Preventive care or a waste of time for docs, patients?
Medicare's new annual wellness tests are designed to catch problems early. Some say they're not enough... Read More»
July 5, 2011: Medicare spending up 50% in 5 years
Medicare patients in the Tampa Bay area cost the federal government as much as 50 percent more in 2008 than they did five years earlier, with much of that growth coming from higher spending on hospital and home-based care, according to a national review of Medicare spending... Read More»
July 1, 2011: Would your doctor pay for wasted time?
(CNN)  -- Elaine Farstad got antsy as she waited for her doctor, who was late for her scheduled appointment. Then she got downright impatient. Then, as nearly two hours passed, she got mad. Then she came up with an idea... Read More»
July 1, 2011: One patient's plea for FDA approval of Avastin
(Reuters) - She made her doctor repeat it several times: There's nothing there. There's nothing there. There's no evidence of cancer... Read More»
July 1, 2011: The Sustainable Growth Rate -- What Happens Now?
Eli Y. Adashi, MD:  We are pleased to continue our discussion with Senator Tom Coburn, the junior Senator from Oklahoma, and hear more of his views on the ever-changing healthcare scene... Read More»
July 1, 2011: Senators' Unveil Plan to Save Medicare
My next two guests taking a lot of heat after taking up a plan they say will save money and Medicare. One is a Democratic-leaning independent. The other's a Republican... Read More»
July 1, 2011: Tampering with Part D Will Not Solve Our Debt Crisis
Given the current climate and the debate over the debt limit, reform of Medicare--which faces a significant fiscal crisis--is inevitable... Read More»
June 30, 2011: AP Exclusive: Fuzzy math in health law formula
WASHINGTON (AP) — Older adults of the same age and income with similar medical histories would pay sharply different amounts for private health insurance due to what appears to be an unintended consequence of the new health care law... Read More»
June 30, 2011: Joe Courtney Speaks to Local Residents About Impacts of GOP Medicare Plan
Congressman Joe Courtney hosted a public forum at Windham Middle School on Tuesday to discuss the House Republican plan to privatize Medicare... Read More»
June 30, 2011: Why is Congress a millionaires club?
The evidence is clear: Americans  overwhelmingly disapprove  of Congress and  don't believe  their representatives share their priorities... Read More»
June 30, 2011: LEGISLATION ALERT: THE LATEST HEALTH-RELATED LEGISLATION
S. 914, Mark Begich, to amend title 38, United States Code, to authorize the waiver of the collection of copayments for telehealth and telemedicine visits of veterans, and for other purposes... Read More»
June 30, 2011: Repealing and Replacing IPAB with Better Solutions
The Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) was created by Congress as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) as a means of containing Medicare spending... Read More»
June 30, 2011: Maine businesses caught in middle of health reform
AUGUSTA, Maine — Maine businesses are caught between a rock and a hard place these days, trying to prepare for the complex and evolving demands of national health reform while still responding to the immediate crisis in Maine's  health insurance  market... Read More»
June 30, 2011: Lawmaker says Capitol Hill aims to tackle Medicare reimbursement challenges soon
Despite the nation's budget crisis, the fact that Medicare reform is being debated on Capitol Hill and a near 30 percent Medicare physician pay cut looms in January appears to be moving some influential lawmakers to get serious about reforming the system used to pay Medicare doctors... Read More»
June 29, 2011: New York Breast Cancer Charity Sued for Misusing Millions
NEW YORK –   New York's attorney general filed a lawsuit Tuesday to shut down a phony  breast  cancer  charity whose directors allegedly spent nearly all of the $9.1 million it raised over the past five years on exorbitant salaries and personal purchases... Read More»
June 29, 2011: Discover the AAFP's Newly Posted FAQ on ACOs
In an effort to equip Academy members with more information about accountable care organizations, or ACOs, the AAFP has created a document that answers some of family physicians' most frequently asked questions, or FAQs... Read More»
June 29, 2011: Your Breast Health: 12 Tips for Reducing Your Cancer Risk
Mammograms save lives; catching breast cancer early increases the likelihood that treatment will be successful, so says a new  massive 30-year trial in Sweden ... Read More»
June 29, 2011: The Insurance Industry's Scheme to Circumvent Reform and Make You Pay More Than Ever for Health Care
In its ongoing attempt to weaken a key provision of the health care reform law -- the one that requires insurers to spend at least 80 percent of premiums on medical care -- the insurance industry is predicting dire consequences for people enrolled in health savings accounts (HSAs) if lawmakers don't act soon... Read More»
June 29, 2011: Pharma Spending Less on Finding New Drugs
Worried about me-too drugs?  The  medicalization of human variability  in order to medicate them into compliance and/or sell them  quack cures  of dubious value?  Ever-rising prices for brand name drugs pushing seniors into penury?... Read More»
June 28, 2011: Benefit of mammograms even greater than thought
(Reuters) - The longest-running breast cancer screening study ever conducted has shown that regular mammograms prevent deaths from breast cancer, and the number of lives saved increases over time, an international research team said on Tuesday... Read More»
June 28, 2011: Opinion: Eliminating Avastin will be a death sentence for some cancer victims
Earlier this month, 80,000 women, men, and children in just four cities ran and walked their way to raising $7 million for the Susan G. Komen foundation. This helps illustrate how committed our nation is to beating breast cancer... Read More»
June 28, 2011: Oregon House passes health care transformation bill to reduce costs
 A bill presenting the centerpiece of Gov. John Kitzhaber' s plan to save costs and improve health care passed swiftly through the Oregon House today... Read More»
June 28, 2011: Legislators vow bill to curb health care costs
State legislative leaders made their strongest statements yet in support of placing significant cost controls on health care, predicting yesterday that they will agree on a bill as early as the fall... Read More»
June 28, 2011: An ObamaCare Legal Precedent?
The Supreme Court's most important ruling this year may have been its unanimous decision in Bond v. United States, which held that individual citizens can challenge federal statutes when they encroach on authority the Constitution reserves to the states... Read More»
June 28, 2011: Biotech fights Medicare cost panel
WASHINGTON — Robert Coughlin faced a busy agenda recently when he landed in Washington. He and a team of Massachusetts life sciences executives attended an evening fund-raiser for Senator John F. Kerry... Read More»
June 27th, 2011: How Much Does Lifestyle Affect Breast Cancer Risk?
Study Suggests Weight, Drinking Habits, and Physical Activity Account for Small Portion of Overall Risk... Read More»
June 27th, 2011: Prices paid to doctors' groups vary widely, too
It's not just hospitals with market clout that cost more. The state's latest report on health care costs shows that insurers also pay widely varying amounts to physicians' groups... Read More»
June 27th, 2011: What happened to the family doctor?
They're overwhelmed with patients and paperwork and they're leaving the field. Solutions could include patient-centered medical homes, healthcare coaches and fee changes... Read More»
June 27th, 2011: Babe Didrikson Zaharias's Legacy Fades
BEAUMONT, Tex. — Mildred Ella Babe Didrikson Zaharias has, in many ways, become America's all-but-forgotten sports superstar... Read More»
June 27th, 2011: Celebrity Death: Peter Falk, cancer survivor, dies at home
Actor Peter Falk, who played the quirky and popular television detective character Columbo, died this week at age 83. The former cancer survivor lost his right eye years ago after being diagnosed with cancer at age 3... Read More»
June 24, 2011: Berenson: Take Small Steps Now To Lower Medicare Costs – The KHN Interview
With the 2012 election fast coming into focus, Congress is unlikely to alter seniors' beloved Medicare in any fundamental way. But Congress can, and should, take small but important steps now to lower the cost of the program, says Robert Berenson, a physician, health policy researcher and former Medicare official... Read More»
June 24, 2011: An ACO Is Born In Camden, But Can It Flourish In Medicaid?
Across the country, policy experts are heralding accountable care organizations (ACOs) as the way to rethink the delivery of higher quality and more efficient care. Yet Medicaid, which cares for many of the nation's sickest and highest-cost patients, has been largely absent from the ACO conversation... Read More»
June 24, 2011: 16 year-old cancer patient earns diploma in hospital, overcomes aggressive physical issues
A cancer-stricken teen too sick to attend school earned her diploma in the hospital, where teachers and staff paid tribute yesterday at a one-person graduation ceremony... Read More»
June 24, 2011: Medicare requires evidence-based decision-making to remain viable
As Congress and the White House tackle the related challenges of the budget and the national debt, it is promising that both political parties publicly confess that so-called entitlement spending is on the table... Read More»
June 24, 2011: Court sides with generic drugmakers
WASHINGTON - After a four-year legal battle, the U.S. Supreme Court sided against Gladys Mensing of Owatonna on Thursday, ruling that generic drugmakers could not be held liable for inadequate labels... Read More»
June 24, 2011: Smoking, Prostate Cancer a Deadly Mix
TUESDAY, June 21 (HealthDay News) -- Smokers diagnosed with prostate cancer are more likely to have the cancer recur after treatment and are more likely to die than non-smokers, a new study says... Read More»
June 23, 2011: Many Hospitals and Doctors Not Happy with Federal Rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)
It may be that the Obama administration bit off more than it can chew with its first release of proposed rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). Lining up in opposition to these rules is an impressive list of the nation's most respected healthcare organizations... Read More»
June 23, 2011: Study: Doctors overtesting for cervical cancer virus
WASHINGTON — Too many doctors are testing the wrong women or using the wrong test for a virus that causes cervical cancer... Read More»
June 23, 2011: Health reform law goof could hurt taxpayers
Y et the scope and length of the  Affordable  Care Act, last year's health care reform, has created an embarrassing glitch that would undermine the very idea of reform and cost taxpayers untold millions... Read More»
June 23, 2011: Shutting Up McKinsey
The White House routinely tries to intimidate its health-care critics, but the campaign against McKinsey & Co. is something else... Read More»
June 23, 2011: Why can't we fix Medicare — once and for all?
W e can try to fix Medicare in two ways. One is a proven winner, the other a proven loser. The stakes could scarcely be higher — and right now we're betting on the loser... Read More»
June 23, 2011: Ohio House Opts Not To Put Health Overhaul To Vote
COLUMBUS, Ohio --  A resolution to let voters decide whether Ohio should opt out of requirements under the federal health care overhaul has fallen one vote short of passage in the House... Read More»
June 22, 2011: For Children on Medicaid, the Doctor Is Out
Children with Medicaid, the nation's heath insurance program for those with low incomes, are more likely to be turned away by medical specialists compared to those with private insurance, a new study finds... Read More»
June 22, 2011: Rep. John Barrow of Ga. diagnosed with early prostate cancer, says he expects full recovery
SAVANNAH, Ga. — A Georgia congressman says he'll undergo treatment for prostate cancer after being diagnosed at an early stage of the disease... Read More»
June 22, 2011: Despite the warnings, more women battling skin cancer
Just because someone is college-educated doesn't mean he or she is cancer smart. Young, educated, higher-income white woman are six times as likely as normal to develop deadly melanoma skin cancer, according to a recent study... Read More»
June 22, 2011: Smoking Tied to Prostate Cancer Mortality, Recurrence
M en who are smokers at the time of prostate cancer diagnosis have an increased risk of total mortality, cardiovascular disease mortality, prostate cancer mortality, and recurrence, according to a study published in the June 22/29 issue of the  Journal of the American Medical Association... Read More»
June 22, 2011: ACO buzz kill: Micromanagement, bureaucracy
Despite efforts to cut costs and improve care through coordinated teams of providers and organizations, accountable care organizations (ACOs) are filled with bureaucracy and micromanagment, according to an editorial published in  The Wall Street Journal... Read More»
June 22, 2011: AMA: BPA to Speed Eating, Group Adopts New Policies
CHICAGO -- The American Medical Association has adopted a number of policies, including one that recognizes that bisepherol A (BPA) interferes with human hormones... Read More»
June 22, 2011: Senators Seek Information on Side Effects of Medtronic Bone-Growth Product
Two senators on Tuesday expanded an investigation of the medical device maker  Medtronic , demanding that the company turn over records involving millions of dollars in payments to researchers and internal correspondence with doctors who had published its research on a controversial bone-growth product... Read More»
June 21, 2011: Critics of Drug Industry Attack New Innovations
A two-day conference at Georgetown University by some leading critics of the pharmaceutical industry is attacking some of the very innovations that industry says would improve care and reduce costs... Read More»
June 21, 2011: Treatment May Help Ease Effect of Cancer
The Obama administration says more than 5 million seniors have taken advantage of one or more preventive services that Medicare started covering free of charge this year because of the new health care law... Read More»
June 21, 2011: Treatment May Help Ease Effect of Cancer
Top plastic surgeons from around the country met in Manhattan last month to observe an experimental surgery that may cure lymphedema , a serious complication of  breast cancer  treatment... Read More»
June 21, 2011: RPCI Supports Parity for Oral Chemotherapy
Cost is one of the main barriers for access to oral chemotherapy, but Roswell Park leaders believe cancer patients should know that their chemotherapy drugs will be covered regardless of whether they receive it through an infusion at a doctor's office or cancer center or they take it with a glass of water in their home... Read More»
June 21, 2011: On video: Welch outlines bill to reduce prescription drug costs for seniors
Congressman Peter Welch, D-Vt., appeared at the Barre Senior Center Monday to outline a bipartisan bill designed to reduce prescription drug costs for seniors and reduce the federal deficit... Read More»
June 21, 2011: The McKinsey Health Insurance Survey Was Rigorous, After All
Obamacare's defenders have worked themselves  into a tizzy , attacking the recent study published by McKinsey & Co., the world's leading management consulting firm... Read More»
June 21, 2011: Effort To End Surgeries On Wrong Patient Or Body Part Falters
When the president of the  Joint Commission , the Chicago-based group that accredits the nation's hospitals, unveiled mandatory rules to prevent operations on the wrong patient or body part, he did not mince words... Read More»
June 20, 2011: Genentech's Investigational Skin Cancer Drug Found Effective In Mid-stage Study
Swiss  pharmaceutical   giant Roche Holding AG's (RHHBY.PK: News  ) unit Genentech Monday stated that its investigational drug vismodegib showed positive results in a pivotal phase II study in people with basal cell carcinoma, an advanced form of skin cancer... Read More»
June 20, 2011: There's No 'Average' Cancer Patient
On June 28, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will hold a hearing to decide the fate of Avastin, a drug taken by thousands of women fighting late-stage breast cancer... Read More»
June 20, 2011: Give patients control of health care
Trustees of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds released a report on the two programs' financial status and news was not good: Medicare is likely to go bankrupt by 2024 —five years earlier than last year's estimate... Read More»
June 20, 2011: Hospitals courting primary-care doctors
In one of the first concrete steps to remake the way medical care is delivered, hospitals are competing to hire primary-care physicians, trying to lure them from their private practices to work as salaried employees alongside specialists... Read More»
June 20, 2011: Bennett: South Florida Tea Party chief slams GOP Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare plan
Few issues unite Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, billionaire part-time Palm Beacher Donald Trump and South Florida Tea Party Chairman Everett Wilkinson... Read More»
June 20, 2011: Scientists Develop New Approach for Cancer Vaccine
Scientists have developed a technique that uses a library of DNA taken from organs in which tumors can form and harnesses the body's immune response to create a vaccine designed to treat cancer... Read More»
June 17, 2011: If I Have to Have Cancer, I Wish I Were Bald
I have been living with cancer for 10 years now. I have gone through lots of ups and downs both physically and emotionally... Read More»
June 17, 2011: Man Says He Was Fired After Telling Employer His Wife Has Cancer
Companies with fewer than 50 employees may offer little legal protection for employees requiring medical leave... Read More»
June 17, 2011: AARP urges Congress to protect seniors
For more than 50 years AARP has been working to ensure older Americans have affordable health care and financial security in retirement... Read More»
June 17, 2011: GUEST OPINION: Outlook for hospitals is bleak due to health care reform
The Moody's credit rating agency recently published a report on the financial health of California hospitals... Read More»
June 17, 2011: Opinion: Health care reform could prove unfriendly for innovation, patients
President Obama's health care reforms are beginning to take effect across Michigan. Some are going to be great for our state... Read More»
June 17, 2011: Rockefeller Says He Will Fight 'To The End' Against Medicaid Cuts—The KHN Interview
As Vice President Joe Biden and congressional lawmakers look for ways to trim federal spending as part of a deal to raise the federal debt ceiling, Democratic Sen... Read More»
June 17, 2011: NH's Guinta: repeal health overhaul provision
CONCORD, N.H.— U.S. Rep. Frank Guinta is sponsoring a bill to repeal part of the national health care overhaul law... Read More»
June 16, 2011: Abolish IPAB
The latest Medicare trustees' report [ pdf ] estimates Medicare will go bankrupt by 2024, which is five years earlier than last year's estimate... Read More»
June 16, 2011: Denver oncologist helped patients enter clinical trials closer to home
Dr. Robert Berris, founder of a program that helps Colorado cancer patients get advanced treatment in their home towns, died May 23. He was 92... Read More»
June 16, 2011: Competing Ideas for Saving Medicare
In his June 13 column, " Medicare Saves Money ," Paul Krugman criticizes my proposals for bringing Medicare back to fiscal balance based on the argument that Medicare costs less than private insurance... Read More»
June 16, 2011: More hospitals are being careful about CT scans
Over 14 months, physicians at Crozer-Keystone Health System ordered a series of CT scans for a 22-year-old woman with massive internal injuries... Read More»
June 16, 2011: The Analytics Behind Tucson Medical Center's New Sustainable Health Community
Tucson Medical Center launched an accountable care organization, Southern Arizona ACO, in 2010... Read More»
June 16, 2011: In a struggling economy Congress members saw their wealth grow
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) saw her net worth rise 62 percent last year, cementing her status as one of the wealthiest members of Congress... Read More»
June 16, 2011: Weighing Cancer Risks, From Cellphones To Coffee
You're sitting in a freshly drywalled house, drinking coffee from a plastic foam cup and talking on a cellphone. Which of these is most likely to be a cancer risk?... Read More»
June 15, 2011: FDA approves new test to help determine if breast cancer patients are candidates for Herceptin treatment
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved a new genetic test that will help health care professionals determine if women with breast cancer are HER2-positive and, therefore, candidates for Herceptin (trastuzumab), a commonly used breast cancer treatment... Read More»
June 15, 2011: Cancer survivors spend more on health care
University Park, Pa. -- Approximately 12 million people in the United States are cancer survivors. On average, their medical care costs $4,000 to $5,000 more annually than the care of people who have never had cancer, according to Penn State researchers... Read More»
June 15, 2011: Hold those drugs, doctor
(Reuters Health) - U.S. doctors are too quick to reach for their prescription pads, according to a new report urging them to think more about side effects and non-drug alternatives... Read More»
June 15, 2011: Why Primary Care Needs a New Organization
A few weeks ago, the Board of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) announced that, for now,  it would continue participating in the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) , the secretive American Medical Association committee that, through a longstanding relationship with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), has heavily influenced physician reimbursement... Read More»
June 15, 2011: Congress Moves to Drastically Cut Prostate Cancer Funding
WASHINGTON ,  June 14, 2011   /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congress is poised to ruin  Father's Day  for millions of men and their families by drastically cutting funding for prostate cancer research... Read More»
June 15, 2011: Government objective in granting health care reform waivers: GAO
WASHINGTON—Regulators have followed objective criteria in deciding requests by limited health care plan sponsors for temporary waivers from a health reform law requirement that they must provide a minimum coverage amount on essential benefits each year, the Government Accountability Office said Tuesday... Read More»
June 15, 2011: Program helps cancer survivors in transition to post-treatment
ENID — The life of a cancer patient in active treatment is full of doctors, nurses and chemotherapy rooms full of staff and other patients all helping to guide and ease the treatment process... Read More»
June 14, 2011: House GOP: Eliminate Medicare, Disembowel Medicaid. Next: Social Security
They've already voted to  end Medicare  and  disembowel Medicaid  to pay for  trillions of dollars in new tax breaks for millionaires and Big Oil under the Ryan plan. 'Hey, why stop now,' figure House Republicans... Read More»
June 14, 2011: Hospitals ask for time to make EMR switch
For physicians, the transition to electronic patient medical records is fraught with challenge and opportunity... Read More»
June 14, 2011: Even ObamaCare's Supporters Don't Support The Rationing Board
The House Energy and Commerce Committee just scheduled hearings for next month on one of the most controversial components of ObamaCare — the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)... Read More»
June 14, 2011: After nearly a half-century, support for Medicare is growing frail
Nearly half a century ago, President Lyndon B. Johnson flew to Independence, Mo., to sign the Medicare bill, a far-reaching piece of legislation that many agreed would bring hope and peace of mind to elderly Americans... Read More»
June 14, 2011: The cost of Medicare
Debate on its cost goes on, but recipients say it's too important to do without... Read More»
June 14, 2011: Medicare tracks hospital mistakes
They are called "never events" — preventable accidents that should never happen to hospital patients, such as getting bedsores or the wrong type blood... Read More»
June 14, 2011: Drug Makers Increase Focus On Cancer Immunotherapies
--Companies increase focus on harnessing immune system in cancer fight... Read More»
June 14, 2011: One Doctor's Prescription To Cut Health Care Costs
Health care reform starts and ends in the exam room.  For most of my 27 years as an internist, I have structured my medical practice to align the financial incentives (for both patient and doctor) with patient wellness and lower costs... Read More»
June 13, 2011: Medicare, private insurers exploring house calls to save money
PORT RICHEY -- Standing at Kathy Larson's front door last week, Dr. James Condon offered up the latest health care innovation: a house call... Read More»
June 13, 2011: Medicare Versus Private Insurance: The Data
Note that the table does both a raw comparison and a comparison of "common benefits", which takes care of the problem of differential coverage. If you look at the bottom of the table, you'll see that on both comparisons Medicare payments have grown 1 percentage point more slowly than insurance premiums over the past 40 years... Read More»
June 13, 2011: Obama Postures for 2012 as Medicare Hurls Toward its Demise
The latest government financial report on Medicare finds the health program for the elderly and disabled won't be able to pay benefits starting in  2024 , five years earlier than expected... Read More»
June 13, 2011: Should a database that reveals what physicians earn from Medicare be made public?
Two senators have introduced legislation to overturn a 1979 court injunction that bars the government from revealing what individual physicians earn from Medicare... Read More»
June 13, 2011: British fear 'American-style' healthcare system
As leaders debate ways to reform healthcare, politicians repeatedly tell a worried public that Britain will not turn the National Health Service into an 'American-style' private system... Read More»
June 13, 2011: Stand Up To Cancer Co-Founder Laura Ziskin Dies at Age 61
LOS ANGELES ,  June 13, 2011 , /PRNewswire/ -- Acclaimed film producer and cancer activist  Laura Ziskin  died Sunday evening at her home in  Santa Monica  at the age of 61... Read More»
June 13, 2011: The Week Ahead: Democrats and Republicans play tug-of-war over Medicare in plan to trim debt
Seven weeks remain before the Aug. 2 deadline for Congress to raise the debt limit and avoid default on some portion of U.S. bonds... Read More»
June 13, 2011: We Say No to Medicaid Block Grants
Nansen Malin incorrectly cites Senate Bill 5596 as evidence of Washington state's support for block granting the Medicaid program and implies that support for this approach from among the most unlikely of states is a general indicator of its overall merit... Read More»
June 13, 2011: Medicare Saves Money
Every once in a while a politician comes up with an idea that's so bad, so wrongheaded, that you're almost grateful. For really bad ideas can help illustrate the extent to which policy discourse has gone off the rails... Read More»
June 10, 2011: Cell phone use is way up. So why did brain cancer rates fall?
Despite a 500-fold increase in radiation exposure from cell-phones since 1990, brain cancer rates have fallen... Read More»
June 10, 2011: Medicare Part D, Not Medicaid Rebates, Is the Model for Refor
Even as states around the country  protest  that they are financially drowning under Medicaid, President Obama wants to take part of the failed Medicaid model and impose it on Medicare... Read More»
June 10, 2011: Lawmakers Doubt Ryan Plan Will Become Law
Members of Congress in both parties don't believe the controversial Medicare reforms drafted by the House Republican Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan will be a part of an eventual agreement to raise the debt ceiling, according to the results of this week's National Journal Congressional Insiders Poll... Read More»
June 10, 2011: Tucson Medical Center, Independent Area Physicians Establish Region's First Fully Operational Accountable Care Organization
Tucson Medical Center and local physicians, with the help of health technology and services company Optum, today announced they are creating the nation's first "Sustainable Health Community," based on an Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model... Read More»
June 10, 2011: Medical device companies bang the drum over ACO dangers
Medical device companies are warning Medicare to make sure its forthcoming accountable care organization model ensures doctors aren't rewarded for using lower cost devices or stinting on patient care... Read More»
June 10, 2011: A pox on both their 'Mediscare' houses
Newly elected Rep. Kathy Hochul (D) unexpectedly  won a special election last month  in a conservative Upstate New York congressional district, in part because of an effective attack on the House Republican Medicare plan written by Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.)... Read More»
June 10, 2011: New cancer drugs aim to block broken genes
(Reuters) - In the future fight against cancer, doctors are looking beyond afflicted organs -- whether lung, brain or stomach -- and finding new answers by disrupting the genetic mechanisms of specific tumor cells... Read More»
June 10, 2011: CMS to Make Medicare Info on Quality, Cost of Health Care Providers Available
Affordable Care Act opens opportunity for public to select better care and lower cost... Read More»
June 10, 2011: CMS Innovation Center Call to Cover Medicare Shared Savings ACO Program
e Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Innovation Center will hold a conference call, on June 14 to provide information and answer questions about the Advance Payment Initiative being considered to support the Medicare Shared Savings Program for accountable care organizations... Read More»
June 10, 2011: Cancer Society enlists CEOs in fight
Heads of two dozen Minnesota companies, including 3M and General Mills, have joined an effort to reduce cancer's toll... Read More»
June 10, 2011: The Cook Report: Too Good to Last
No matter how you look at it, Medicare "as we know it" is a great deal for seniors but not for taxpayers... Read More»
June 9, 2011: Editorial: ObamaCare's Many Flaws Could Doom It
Reform:  An appeals court heard arguments Wednesday that focused on the constitutionality of ObamaCare's individual mandate. But if the judges have any sense of mercy, they'll put this entire misbegotten law out of its misery... Read More»
June 9, 2011: Women from deprived areas less likely to survive breast cancer
Women from poorer areas of the UK are less likely to be diagnosed early and are less likely to survive breast cancer, say researchers... Read More»
June 9, 2011: DAVID BROOKS: Medicare: Top down or bottom up?
Sometimes life presents you with a basic philosophical choice. Americans are going to have to confront a giant one over the next several years... Read More»
June 9, 2011: WOLF: Obamacare wrecks Medicare by design, but why?
"We don't want to take away people's health insurance," Health and Human Services Secretary  Kathleen Sebelius  so graciously declared earlier this year. But then she quickly qualified that with these ominous words: "before they have some realistic other choices."... Read More»
June 9, 2011: Wyoming Hospitals Plan Integrated Care Network
As rural hospitals try to determine whether or not they'll be able to form accountable care organizations, hospitals throughout Wyoming are in the early stages of developing the Wyoming Integrated Care Network... Read More»
June 9, 2011: Employee Healthcare Costs Outpace Premium Hikes
WASHINGTON -- The amount employees paid for employer-sponsored health insurance increased by as much as 121% from 2001 to 2009, far outpacing the actual premium costs, according to a new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)... Read More»
June 9, 2011: Bankruptcy Risk Nearly Doubles in Year After Cancer Diagnosis
WEDNESDAY, June 8 -- As cancer patients' survival times increase, so do their bankruptcy rates... Read More»
June 8, 2011: Senators: No Budget Proposal Should Cut Medicare, Social Security
CHARLESTON -- West Virginia's two senators are taking a stand against Republican budget proposals that would trim the budget and possibly impact Medicare and Social Security... Read More»
June 8, 2011: Utah AG Mark Shurtleff free of cancer
When a federal appeals court in Atlanta hears arguments tomorrow in the constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act brought by 26 states, the only advocate for the states to stand before the judges will argue against the Act... Read More»
June 8, 2011: Utah AG Mark Shurtleff free of cancer
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Attorney General  Mark Shurtleff  said Tuesday that he's free of cancer, after more than five months of chemotherapy... Read More»
June 8, 2011: The Medicare Crisis and End of Life Care
Medicare is on the minds of many baby boomers. It has been on my mind for a while, even before the current political wrangling about its fate. Let's face it; we have been here  before,  though the stakes seemed much lower... Read More»
June 8, 2011: Health care: Debate over 'accountable care'
Who could argue with the lofty goals: Improve  health care  for Medicare  patients  while lowering costs... Read More»
June 7, 2011: Cancer breakthrough: Drugs target specific genes
It's big news in the fight against cancer: Two new studies report dramatic progress in treating advanced melanoma and lung cancer... Read More»
June 7, 2011: Piercing the Fog Around Cellphones and Cancer
The debate about cellphone safety was reignited yet again last week when a panel of the World Heath Organization declared that it was "possible" the phones could cause  cancer ... Read More»
June 7, 2011: Blue Shield will cap profits
We are living in incredibly challenging economic times. At Blue Shield of California, we believe we have an obligation to tighten our budget, just like everyone else... Read More»
June 7, 2011: Doctors Targeted By Spearphishing Scam
Scammers are relentless. It's easy to see why when you consider the size of the playground they have to work with and scores of potential victims. The internet gives them almost instant access to millions of people and their computers... Read More»
June 7, 2011: Calif. Medicaid cuts pit HHS vs. DOJ
Much of the health policy world was stunned when acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal filed an amicus brief in a Supreme Court case on May 26 arguing against Medicaid patients and providers suing California over changes to its Medicaid program... Read More»
June 7, 2011: What Your Taxes Do (and Don't) Buy for You
Last week  I showed that total taxes at the federal level — individual and corporate income taxes, payroll taxes and so on — are at a 60-year low as a share of the broadest measure of income, the  gross domestic product ... Read More»
June 7, 2011: Comments on Proposed Accountable Care Rule Largely Unenthusiastic
A six-week comment period on a  proposed rule  for the creation of accountable care organizations under the federal health reform law ends on Monday, and most of the responses from health care providers are negative,  CQ Weekly  reports (Kenen,  CQ Weekly , 6/6)... Read More»
June 7, 2011: Cancer care up to par at veterans' hospitals
(Reuters Health) - Older men who are diagnosed with cancer and treated at Veterans Health Administration hospitals get care that rivals or beats care given to men covered by Medicare and treated at non-VHA hospitals, according to a new study... Read More»
June 6, 2011: GOP freshman unconvinced on Geithner's debt ceiling timetable
Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner did little to convince freshman GOP lawmakers of the newfound urgency of raising the debt ceiling on Thursday... Read More»
June 6, 2011: Democrats stay quiet on Medicaid cutbacks
Since Rep.  Paul Ryan  introduced his budget blueprint in April, Democrats have held countless news conferences and issued even more press releases condemning the plan — as they say — to eliminate, end or kill  Medicare  as we know it... Read More»
June 6, 2011: Vouchercare Is Not Medicare
What's in a name? A lot, the National Republican Congressional Committee obviously believes. Last week, the committee sent a letter demanding that a TV station stop running an ad declaring that the House Republican budget plan would "end Medicare."... Read More»
June 6, 2011: Debt, Medicare spark political maneuverering
WASHINGTON • The threat of a first-ever default by the federal government is pushing President Barack Obama and Republicans toward a sweeping agreement to cut government spending and increase the Treasury's borrowing authority... Read More»
June 6, 2011: The high price of not fixing Medicare
The recent upstate New York special election for Congress was won by a Democrat who used scare tactics against Medicare reforms proposed by Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis... Read More»
June 6, 2011: Aggressive care to the end: Who pays?
Every night before closing his eyes, while lying on a hospital bed in his living room, Francis Massco pleaded to his wife of almost 60 years: "Pray that God takes me home tonight."... Read More»
June 3, 2011: Irrational Exuberance and Accountable Care Organizations
What is it about health care that leads otherwise rational people to conclude they can effectively micromanage the health care decisions of millions of patients and providers?... Read More»
June 3, 2011: Ryan plan would endanger Medicare
"I think that's a big part of it." Those are the words of my colleague, Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee... Read More»
June 3, 2011: Rick Santorum: GOP must push back on Dems' "absurd" Medicare claims 
Possible presidential hopeful Rick Santorum expects health care to be the top issue for voters in next year's presidential election and says Republicans in Congress should be doing a better job of explaining the GOP position on Medicare... Read More»
June 3, 2011: Here comes Obamacare's Big Brother: Accountable Care Organizations
The fundamental flaw with ACOs is the Big Brother approach of controlling costs by dictating how physicians may practice. Doctors may decide they'd rather be 'accountable' to their ACO paymasters rather than patients... Read More»
June 3, 2011: Matt Damon's Father Battling Cancer
Cambridge native  Matt Damon  flew home to Boston Wednesday night to extend a personal thank you to doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital for treating his father, Kent, who is currently in remission from the rare blood disease multiple myeloma... Read More»
June 3, 2011: Health Care Reform: Preserving Judicial Independence in a Partisan Age
Judicial independence depends upon the public's confidence that the federal judiciary is something more than a third political branch. Correspondingly, judicial independence has never been more imperiled than it is today, for at least two reasons... Read More»
June 3, 2011: The Other Health Care Lawsuit: California Medicaid Case Headed To Supreme Court
SANTA ROSA, Calif. – With valet parking for patients, video-conferencing for parents of premature babies and a healing garden abloom with azaleas, Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital tries to maintain the amenities of a thriving community hospital... Read More»
June 2, 2011: Yale Cancer Center, Smilow Cancer Hospital, and Sarah Cannon Research Institute Announce Intent to Collaborate Scientifically to Advance Cancer Research
CHICAGO--( EON: Enhanced Online News )-- Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) today announced an intention to collaborate scientifically with Yale Cancer Center (YCC) and Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven (SCH) to advance cancer research. A formal agreement will follow in the coming weeks... Read More»
June 2, 2011: Why Paul Ryan is losing the Medicare argument
It always gets back to health care.That's why 2009 and 2010 were so consumed by President Obama's push for health-care reform and why Rep. Paul Ryan's Medicare proposals are at the center of politics in 2011... Read More»
June 2, 2011: Health Care Quality Gaps and Disparities Persist in Every State
  States are seeing improvements in health care quality, but disparities for their minority and low-income residents persist, according to the 2010 State Snapshots , released today by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)... Read More»
June 2, 2011: The Oncology Landscape: Complexity, Cost, Care, and Coordination
Here's an up-to-date review of the oncology therapeutic class, as today's specialty pharmacies need to learn the landscape from all perspectives... Read More»
June 2, 2011: Obamacare and loss of the fee-for-service payment model - Statement by Richard Amerling, MD
After graduating medical school, young doctors must complete several years of residency training in a hospital. This is where they learn to function as a physician... Read More»
June 2, 2011: AMA registers concern about regulatory burdens related to accountable care organizations
The American Medical Association has raised concerns about a proposed Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice policy regarding accountable care organizations, according to a news release from the organization... Read More»
June 2, 2011: A guide to the Obama-Ryan smackdown
Rep. Paul Ryan scolds President Barack Obama for calling his Medicare plan a "voucher." Obama fires back at House Republicans for accusing him of cutting Medicare in the health reform law... Read More»
June 2, 2011: « Back to Article A guide to the Obama-Ryan smackdown
Rep. Paul Ryan scolds President Barack Obama for calling his Medicare plan a "voucher." Obama fires back at House Republicans for accusing him of cutting Medicare in the health reform law... Read More»
June 2, 2011: Don't Let Oncologists Make All the Decisions
Many cancer patients spend their last days undergoing treatments that both oncologists and hospitals know will give them a few extra weeks, at best a couple of months... Read More»
June 1, 2011: As Physicians' Jobs Change, So Do Their Politics
AUGUSTA, Me. — With Republicans in complete control of Maine's state government for the first time since 1962, State Senator Lois A. Snowe-Mello offered a bill in February to limit doctors' liability that she was sure the powerful doctors' lobby would cheer... Read More»
June 1, 2011: Global panel adds cellphones to list of 'possible' carcinogens _ like coffee, exhaust fumes
LONDON — A respected international panel of scientists says cellphones are possible cancer-causing agents, putting them in the same category as the pesticide DDT, gasoline engine exhaust and coffee... Read More»
June 1, 2011: Why Medical School Should Be Free
DOCTORS are among the most richly rewarded professionals in the country. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that of the 15 highest-paid professions in the United States, all but two are in medicine or dentistry... Read More»
June 1, 2011: More Realistic Medicare Spending Projections
My chart  this week shows what a more realistic path for Medicare spending may look like. It compares the long-term projections of Medicare costs under the current law ("2011 Trustees Report") with the CMS Office of the Actuary's alternative projections ("2011 Trustees Report Alternative")... Read More»
June 1, 2011: How Will Dent Defend His Medicare Vote?
Congressman performed a "bait and switch" on the program, our columnist argues... Read More»
June 1, 2011: Stirrings of sanity on health-care spending
Doctors sometimes do dumb things. Like ordering antibiotics that are certain to be ineffective. Or prescribing expensive brand-name drugs when cheaper generics would do... Read More»
June 1, 2011: Hospitals Hunt Substitutes as Drug Shortages Rise
A growing shortage of medications for a host of illnesses — from cancer to cystic fibrosis to cardiac arrest — has hospitals scrambling for substitutes to avoid patient harm, and sometimes even delaying treatment... Read More»
June 1, 2011: Obama Health-Care Law Goes to Appeals Court
President  Barack Obama 's health-care law, including its mandate that most Americans obtain insurance, goes before a U.S. appeals court, the second of at least three such panels that will consider the act's constitutionality... Read More»
May 31, 2011: Health-care law makes Medicaid reform urgent
New Jersey has an unfortunate tradition of failing to address long-term public policy issues before they become full-blown crises... Read More»
May 31, 2011: Health care prices in New York City skyrocket, residents anxious for Obamacare policy to kick in
ALBANY  - For city residents forced to buy their own health insurance,  President Obama 's sweeping health care law can't take effect soon enough... Read More»
May 31, 2011: Administration Opposes Challenges to Medicaid Cuts
WASHINGTON —  Medicaid  recipients and health care providers cannot sue state officials to challenge cuts in Medicaid payments, even if such cuts compromise access to health care for poor people, the Obama administration has told the  Supreme Court ... Read More»
May 31, 2011: Many in GOP who oppose health insurance requirement used to favor it
Before Obama's healthcare law, mandating medical coverage was a mainstream Republican idea... Read More»
May 31, 2011: High-deductible insurance plans are gaining popularity
WASHINGTON — Last year, Tina Holwin Hodges' healthy family switched to a high-deductible health insurance plan and were able to save $100 a month on their monthly premiums, which seemed like a bargain... Read More»
May 27, 2011: Not All Medicare Cuts Are Created Equal (Guest Opinion)
Even before Tuesday's special election in New York, in which Medicare figured so prominently, congressional Republicans and their supporters had altered their rhetoric about the cherished government health insurance program... Read More»
May 27, 2011: athenahealth and Physicians Practice rank the payers
WATERTOWN, MA – Health insurers, on average, are paying physicians seven days faster and denying 12 to 18 percent fewer claims than last year, according to the fifth annual PayerView Rankings athenahealth and Physicians Practice released Wednesday... Read More»
May 27, 2011: Cancer Care Network's Tahoe Forest Program a model for rural oncology care
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Before Tahoe Forest Cancer Center in Truckee, Calif. opened five years ago, a cancer diagnosis for someone living in the area meant regular treks out of town to a facility specializing in cancer treatment... Read More»
May 27, 2011: Medicare's woes terminal
A merica is drowning in red ink. Washington is racking up record deficits, with no end in sight. Unless Congress changes its ways — and fast — they will spend this nation into the poorhouse... Read More»
May 27, 2011: Pentagon Plans to Consolidate Military Health Records
For many years, service members who were leaving the military have had to worry about whether their medical records would be properly transferred from one vast computer network in the Defense Department to another in the  Department of Veterans Affairs ... Read More»
May 27, 2011: HIPAA, HITECH Compliance Not Improving Health Care Data Security: Survey
Despite spending a lot of time making sure they are compliant with federal and state regulations, health care organizations claim they are still seeing a lot of data breaches... Read More»
May 27, 2011: Independence Blue Cross reports profit margin
Independence Blue Cross  was back in the black in 2010 with what the region's largest health insurer described as a "modest profit margin" of 2.2 percent and net income of $211.2 million... Read More»
May 27, 2011: Oral Cancer Drugs Deserve Parity
Conservatives continue to use the annual report recently released by Medicare's Trustees as evidence that Medicare needs what one conservative pundit calls  a "sweeping overhaul." ... Read More»
May 26, 2011: Skin Cancer Foes Declare May 27 'Don't Fry Day'
This Friday, the start of the Memorial Day weekend, is also "Don't Fry Day," a time for skin-safety experts to remind Americans about the hazards of overexposure to sunlight... Read More»
May 26, 2011: Prostate cancer drug which extends life of men to go on sale in a year
A pill for men with prostate cancer who have 'run out of options' gives them four months' extra life, say new trial results... Read More»
May 26, 2011: Pawlenty Breaks With Ryan on Medicare
Former Minnesota Gov.  Tim Pawlenty , who formally entered the presidential race this week, broke gingerly with House Republicans on Wednesday and said his plan to secure Medicare's finances will allow seniors to choose between the current fee-for-service program or other options... Read More»
May 26, 2011: Does It All Come Down to Medicare?
Gail Collins:  David, this is going to be our last conversation until after Labor Day. I'm already nostalgic — we've been doing this for almost three years to the day , and this will be our first real break... Read More»
May 26, 2011: Baucus, Grassley Report Details Financial Relationship Between Drug Company, Physicians Who Lobbied the FDA
Washington, DC  –  Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and senior Committee Member Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) today sent a letter and a new Committee Report to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) detailing the financial relationship between the pharmaceutical company Sanofi-Aventis and physicians' groups that lobbied the agency against approving generic drugs that would compete with Sanofi products... Read More»
May 26, 2011: Md. Health Secretary Sharfstein: Health Law Brings 'Fast And Furious' Opportunity – The KHN Interview
When the health law moved from the corridors of Congress last year to state capitals, where officials continue putting it into action, much of the controversy followed it... Read More»
May 26, 2011: Kentucky moves step closer to new Medicaid plan
With the bid deadline past, Kentucky has moved closer to turning most of its Medicaid program over to outside managed care organizations — a move the state hopes will improve efficiency and cut costs in the $6.5 billion-a-year  health   plan  for the poor and disabled... Read More»
May 25, 2011: Drugs and Profits
LAST year the Food and Drug Administration  rescinded approval of the drug Avastin  for treating breast cancer patients, prompting a firestorm of criticism... Read More»
May 25, 2011: Prevention: The Answer To Curbing Chronically High Health Care Costs (Guest Opinion)
While Congress tries to control health care spending, lawmakers should be careful to make choices that are pennywise but not pound foolish... Read More»
May 25, 2011: Medicare Fix Must Include Means-Testing
The Democrats may have picked up a seat in New York by running against Paul Ryan's Medicare reform proposals... Read More»
May 25, 2011: Yes, there's a doctor in the house: Medical home visits grow
More cost effective than ER visits or hospital stays, house calls will become more common as the U.S. population lives longer with chronic health problems... Read More»
May 25, 2011: Members of Congress Get Abnormally High Returns From Their Stocks
Members of the House of Representatives considerably outperform the stock market in their personal investments, according to a new academic study... Read More»
May 25, 2011: In Coral Gables, Pawlenty praises GOP Medicare plan
Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty brought his fledgling campaign to Coral Gables on Tuesday... Read More»
May 25, 2011: Hawks legend Stan Mikita has oral cancer
Blackhawks legend Stan Mikita announced through the Hawks on Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with Stage 1 oral cancer. It's not life-threatening... Read More»
May 24, 2011: Daily acetaminophen use reduces prostate cancer risk by 38%
Taking an  acetaminophen  tablet daily for at least five years reduces the risk of developing  prostate cancer  by 38%, researchers from the American  Cancer  Society reported Monday... Read More»
May 24, 2011: Guerra On Healthcare: Beware Cost Of MU, ACOs
The feds want your involvement in Accountable Care Organizations and Meaningful Use, but will you see a  meaningful  return on investment?... Read More»
May 24, 2011: Medicare's Worsening Finances: The Other Shoe Drops
A week ago, the Medicare Trustees issued their annual report, which showed that the program is on the fact track to insolvency... Read More»
May 24, 2011: Domenici: Geithner made a 'gigantic misstatement' on debt limit
Former senator Pete Domenici (R-N.M.), the chairman of the Bipartisan Policy Center's debt-reduction task force and a onetime chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, on Monday criticized Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner  for earlier this month extending the deadline  by which Congress must vote to raise the country's debt limit... Read More»
May 24, 2011: Roche's MabThera Gets U.K. Health Agency Backing for Wider Use in Cancer
Roche Holding AG (ROG)  won the backing of the U.K.'s health-cost agency for expanded use of its MabThera medicine against a common form of blood cancer... Read More»
May 24, 2011: John C. Goodman Cookbook Medicine
Would you like the government to tell your doctor how to take care of you? That possibility is not as remote as you may think... Read More»
May 24, 2011: Lawsuit challenges Ariz. Medicaid eligibility cut
PHOENIX (AP) — Opponents filed a lawsuit Monday to block Arizona's plan to help close a budget shortfall by using signup freezes to implement new eligibility restrictions for the state's Medicaid program... Read More»
May 23, 2011: Yankees great Moose Skowron has lung cancer
The  Chicago Tribune  this weekend ran a  tribute to homegrown hero Bill "Moose" Skowron , a 14-year major leaguer now battling lung cancer... Read More»
May 23, 2011: Mets legend Gary Carter has brain cancer
Gary Carter was diagnosed with four brain tumors earlier on Saturday, as he revealed in a statement through the New York Mets... Read More»
May 23, 2011: Plans post bigger profits as weak demand for health care services continues
Some insurers report membership growth as young adults join their parents' plans. But these enrollees aren't visiting their doctors much, either... Read More»
May 23, 2011: Republicans and Mediscare
Underneath Newt Gingrich's rhetoric last week about Paul Ryan's "right-wing social engineering" was a common anxiety about the politics of Medicare: Is this the right moment for entitlement reform?... Read More»
May 23, 2011: Nelson says GOP opponents threaten Medicare
Sen. Ben Nelson said Saturday his Republican Senate opponents would place future Medicare, Social Security and health care benefits in jeopardy... Read More»
May 23, 2011: Warning to Republican presidential hopefuls: Support Ryan plan — or else
For Republicans running for president in 2012, there's a new political reality: Support Rep. Paul Ryan 's budget plan — or else... Read More»
May 20, 2011: Targeted drugs in focus ahead of cancer meeting
The next wave of cancer therapy is focused on better ways of matching medicines to patients and on keeping tumors from recurring following successful treatment... Read More»
May 20, 2011: Rove-Backed Group Alleges Union Cronyism In Health Care Waivers
Crossroads Grassroots Policy Strategies, an affiliate organization to the Karl Rove backed American Crossroads PAC, is out with a new web video insinuating that the Obama administration is rewarding unions who pushed for the health care law with expeditions from that same law... Read More»
May 20, 2011: Subspecialization in Community Oncology: Option or Necessity?
It is not news to any practicing oncologist that staying clinically current is a huge challenge... Read More»
May 20, 2011: Budget surplus to deficit: How we got here
It's a crude but fair summary of the two presidents based on new data mapping how the nation moved from surpluses in 2001 to record deficits over the past decade... Read More»
May 20, 2011: Early prostate tests predictive
NEW YORK — Prostate cancer screening beginning from ages 44 to 50 may rule out the risk of death from the disease in half of men, according to a study that showed some may need as few as three screening tests in a lifetime... Read More»
May 20, 2011: Pfizer asks FDA to speed review of cancer drug
Pfizer Inc., seeking products to replace its blockbuster cholesterol drug Lipitor, is asking for quick regulatory approval of one experimental medicine and reporting good results in the study of another... Read More»
May 20, 2011: The Medicare Test for President
Medicare reform has risen to the top of the national agenda and will be the defining issue of next year's elections... Read More»
May 20, 2011: "Essential Health Benefits" - What is Typical?
According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Essential Health Benefits are to be denied using the "typical" employer healthcare plan standard... Read More»
May 20, 2011: Institute to Pilot Health Care Reform in N.H.
Newswise — DURHAM, N.H. – Just beyond the one-year anniversary of the nation's landmark health care law, a health policy group at the University of New Hampshire will pilot a health care payment model that could serve as an example for health care reform nationwide... Read More»
May 19, 2011: Coburn lashes out at Reid on deficit
The senator who left the bipartisan Gang of Six talks says Reid should bring the debate to the floor... Read More»
May 19, 2011: Pelosi to Wisconsin to defend Medicare
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) will appear in Wisconsin Thursday to highlight the Medicare cuts recently passed by House Republicans... Read More»
May 19, 2011: Cravaack defends GOP budget vote, says he wants to make Medicare available to next generation
CAMBRIDGE, Minn. - U.S. Rep. Chip Cravaack explained his vote in favor of a Republican budget plan to a small crowd attending a town hall meeting Wednesday night, saying he wants to protect future generations of Americans from massive debt... Read More»
May 19, 2011: Miller talks to Solano County seniors about Medicare
Rep. George Miller, D-Solano, said Wednesday he visited Vallejo's Florence Douglas Senior Center in part to warn his older constituents to keep a close eye on the Medicare debate on Capitol Hill... Read More»
May 19, 2011: AstraZeneca, Exelixis Cancer Drugs Show Promise Amid Slew Of Data
An experimental AstraZeneca PLC (AZN) drug delayed death or the return of tumor growth in women with serious ovarian cancer by nearly four months, when compared with a placebo, a new clinical trial found... Read More»
May 19, 2011: California health care bill would initiate single-payer reform
The national debate over health care can be summed up in a bill being debated in Sacramento... Read More»
May 19, 2011: Smoking Raises Odds for Cancer in Women Already at High Risk
Long-term smoking significantly increases the risk of invasive breast, lung and colon cancers in women with a high risk of breast cancer, a new  study   finds... Read More»
May 19, 2011: Hochul, Corwin spar on Medicare, other issues in Rochester debate
The Democratic and Republican contenders in the 26th Congressional District race squared off on the future of Medicare, jobs creation and reducing the federal deficit during an hourlong debate Wednesday in Rochester... Read More»
May 18, 2011: Killebrew remembered fondly by baseball media
Harmon Killebrew, a major league baseball legend, died of esophageal cancer at his Scottsdale, Ariz., home Tuesday. He was 74. Read More»
May 18, 2011: Fewer Emergency Rooms Available as Need Rises
Hospital emergency rooms, particularly those serving the urban poor, are closing at an alarming rate even as emergency visits are rising, according to a report published on Tuesday... Read More»
May 18, 2011: Cancer cuts save money, cost lives
Hearing about the health care decisions being made by policymakers in Washington and in state capitals across the country, I grow increasingly concerned. The advances we've made against breast cancer may be in danger... Read More»
May 18, 2011: Skin Cancer Awareness Month: Melanoma, Tanning Bed Ban War Wages On
While May 2011 is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, the war rages on between those that want to tan naturally and unnaturally and the agency that is doing its damndest to save lives from overexposure to harmful UV rays that damage the skin's natural defense and can often lead to increased prevalence of killer  melanoma ... Read More»
May 18, 2011: Not ready for takeoff?
Health policy experts met in Washington last Friday and most politely took apart the proposed plans to launch accountable care under Medicare... Read More»
May 18, 2011: Six cups of coffee a day 'can slash prostate cancer risk'
Drinking cup after cup of coffee could more than halve the odds of developing a deadly prostate tumour, research suggests... Read More»
May 18, 2011: Health-care law lets bureaucrats rule
Former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's plea that Congress would have to pass the 906-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act in order to "find out what's in it" has become a classic in the annals of dysfunctional government... Read More»
May 17, 2011: Column: 'Ruined' U.S. health industry is making massive profits
Someone from the tech industry, maybe. Or bioscience. Or petroleum. And to be sure, some sweet compensation packages and bonuses are to be had in those fields... Read More»
May 17, 2011: Romney's Speech on Health Care
It was a close-to-impossible assignment: explain why the Massachusetts health care reform was good policy and President Obama's health care reform, so strikingly similar, wasn't... Read More»

May 17, 2011: Legislative committee approves bill to transform health care in Oregon

A legislative committee approved a health reform bill Monday evening intended to reduce costs, improve quality and simplify health care in Oregon... Read More»
May 17, 2011: Minnesota GOP Between A Rock And Hard Place on Health Exchange Options
ST. PAUL, Minn.— Minnesota state Rep. Steve Gottwalt, a three-term Republican with 10 years experience in the health care industry, is no fan of last year's health care law -- or its requirement that states set up insurance exchanges... Read More»
May 17, 2011: Medicare Revamp Exposes Divisions Within the GOP
Newt Gingrich's dismissal of the House Republican plan to overhaul Medicare provoked a rebuttal from the proposal's author, Rep. Paul Ryan, highlighting a split in the party over how hard to push a priority for the House GOP majority... Read More»
May 17, 2011: The Value of Comparison
Before you take a drug or undergo a medical procedure, wouldn't you want to be sure it is the most effective and, if possible, the least costly available?... Read More»
May 16, 2011: AMA: Trustees Report Shows Repeal Of Medicare Physician Payment Formula Needed Now
"The  Medicare  Trustees report leaves no doubt that the time to repeal the Medicare physician payment formula is now - to keep from digging a deeper financial hole and to preserve access to care for patients... Read More»
May 16, 2011: Aetna sues 9 N.J. doctors for "unconscionable" fees
Lawsuits claim that the out-of-network physicians charged as much as $50,000 for an inpatient consultation... Read More»
May 16, 2011: Nursing Homes Seek Exemptions From Health Law
WASHINGTON — It is an oddity of American health care: Many nursing homes and home care agencies do not provide health insurance to their workers, or they pay wages so low that employees cannot afford the coverage that is offered... Read More»
May 16, 2011: Health-care lawsuits: Delaying the inevitable
A s if our political system were not having enough trouble already, we now confront the possibility that a highly partisan judiciary will undo a modest health-care reform that is a first step toward resolving a slew of other difficulties... Read More»
May 16, 2011: Independent medical practices find it harder to stay that way
St. Paul, Minn. — The age of the traditional doctor's office is ending. Powerful forces are pushing independent doctors to merge with major medical systems... Read More»
May 16, 2011: Florida Pushing New Fees For Most Medicaid Recipients
Florida wants to be the first state in the nation to charge most of its Medicaid recipients a monthly premium as well as $100 for using the ER for routine care... Read More»
May 16, 2011: N.Y. race is referendum on GOP Medicare plan
AMHERST, N.Y. — Special congressional elections tend to be sleepy affairs, campaigns so condensed and out of step with the normal political calendar that they're often missed... Read More»
May 12, 2011: House Energy & Commerce Approves Medical Liability Reform Bill
WASHINGTON, DC  – The House Energy and Commerce Committee today approved the Help Efficient, Accessible, Low Cost, Timely Health Care (HEALTH) Act, H.R. 5, by a vote of 30 to 20... Read More»
May 12, 2011: Healthcare costs for American Families double in 9 years
The annual Milliman Medical Index (MMI) measures the total cost of the healthcare for a typical family of four covered by a preferred provider plan (PPO)... Read More»
May 11, 2011: KHN - The IPAB: How Will It Change Medicare?
It sounds like a new Apple product, but IPAB is actually a controversial board at the heart of a highly charged battle over Medicare, the federal health program for the elderly and disabled... Read More»
May 9, 2011: Sanofi changes name, pace of acquisitions to slow
Sanofi ( SASY.PA ) shareholders approved a move to drop Aventis from its name on Friday after buying U.S. biotech Genzyme, seven years after the merger of France's Sanofi-Synthelabo with Franco-German group Aventis... Read More»
May 6, 2011: WellCare 1Q Profit More Than Triples; 2011 EPS View Raised
WellCare Health Plans Inc.'s (WCG) first-quarter earnings surged as the Medicaid and Medicare managed-care company reported increased membership and as the portion of premiums used to cover medical costs declined. Read More»
May 6, 2011: Doctors' group calls rules 'stingy'
California medical group practices are already ahead of the curve and setting the standards for new levels of accountable care that health care reform mandates. And they'd like to get paid for it. Read More»
May 6, 2011: European Models Of Health Care Reform Not The Answer
NEW HAVEN, Connecticut, May 6, 2011/ Troy Media/ – A curious development has emerged in right wing versions of Medicare reform in both Canada and the United States: the embrace of European models of public health care financing and delivery.
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May 6, 2011: Celgene Int'l. Reports Data From Multiple Phase III Studies Of REVLIMID
Celgene International Sàrl (CELG: News ) announced data from multiple phase III studies evaluating the benefit/risk profile of REVLIMID were presented during the International Myeloma Workshop in Paris, France. Read More»
May 6, 2011: Novartis gets FDA approval for pancreatic cancer drug
ZURICH, May 6 (Reuters) - Novartis AG's (NOVN.VX) (NVS.N) cancer drug Afinitor has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a rare type of pancreatic cancer that has few treatment options. Read More»
May 6, 2011: New Labels Will Soon Help Consumers Choose Health Plans
Cars have sticker prices, ketchup bottles have nutrition facts labels and soon health plans will get coverage labels, too. Read More»
May 5, 2011: Lawmakers ask voters to repudiate health-care act
TALLAHASSEE — The Florida Legislature is taking a second stab at asking voters to repudiate last year's sweeping federal health-care reform. Read More»
May 5, 2011: ACOs: 5 Tips to Avoid Anticompetitive Behavior
At the end of March, the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Justice released a proposed antitrust policy statement for accountable care organizations. While the guidance is directed toward ACOs that participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, it also addresses antitrust issues for these ACOs' dealings with commercial insurers.  Read More»
May 5, 2011: Blog reflects loves and hopes of South Bay mom with late-stage cancer
In her new blog "A Mom's Battle with Lung Cancer," Fawn Lee finds herself writing more about love than loss, more about hope than despair. Read More»
May 5, 2011: McKesson's CEO Discusses Q4 2011 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

McKesson (MCK) Q4 2011 Earnings Call May 03, 2011 5:00 pm ET  Operator: Good afternoon, and welcome to the McKesson Corporation Quarterly Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions] Today's call is being recorded. If you have any objections, you may disconnect at this time

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May 5, 2011: Novartis: We're paying for reform without seeing benefits yet
FORTUNE -- Swiss drug maker Novartis AG is facing tough competition from generics as several of its key drugs -- namely, bestseller Diovan for hypertension -- begin to lose patent protection in 2012. Read More»
May 5, 2011: Nine Physicians Associated with Sarah Cannon Research Institute Named to Best Doctors List
Nine Tennessee physicians affiliated with the Sarah Cannon Research Institute (SCRI) were chosen by fellow physicians as Best Doctors in America for 2011-2012. Read More»
May 5, 2011: Breast Shield Better for Women Getting Chest CT Scan: Study
Breast shields are the best way to protect the breasts of women from radiation exposure while they have a chest CT examination, according to a new study Read More»
May 5, 2011: Agreements Filed with the Federal Trade Commission under the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement, and Modernization Act of 2003

During the fiscal year 2010 (October 1, 2009 to September 30, 2010), the Federal Trade Commission received 113 final resolutions of patent disputes between a brand and a generic. This preliminary assessment summarizes the types of final settlements received in FY 2010 and describes how the FY 2010 results compare to filings in other recent years.

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May 4, 2011: Negative Consequences Of Fewer Mammogram Screenings May Be Hitting Breast Cancer Survival Rates
Breast cancer  survival rates may be undermined by a recommendation not to routinely screen females aged from 40 to 49 years using mammograms, two new studies have revealed... Read More»
May 4, 2011: Indiana Oncology Society Launches Landmark Oncology Clinical Pathway Project
The Indiana Oncology Society (IOS) has launched a new initiative to ensure it has a voice in the development of oncology clinical pathways within the state... Read More»
May 4, 2011: Ted Forstmann Has Brain Cancer
The head of sports management firm IMG  Ted Forstmann , 71, has been treated for brain cancer, according to reliable sources. According to IMG, which is only confirming that he is dealing with a serious health issue, Forstmann is coming to work every day and "it's business as usual at IMG."... Read More»
May 4, 2011: Twins prospect Paul Bargas diagnosed with brain cancer
In baseball's insular world, injuries that sideline players for extended stretches are often referred to as "devastating'' or "crushing.''... Read More»
May 4, 2011: Reliance On God Linked With Treatment Choices In New Cancer Study
(RNS) Cancer patients who consider the length of their lives to be "in God's hands" are more willing than others to spend money on treatments that might extend their lives, a new study shows... Read More»
May 3, 2011: Alcohol Bigger Cancer Danger Than Originally Thought, Study Says
A fresh analysis of cancer rates published in  Australia  on Monday suggests alcohol is to blame for many more cases than previously thought—with 5.6 percent likely to be triggered by regular drinking even at moderate levels... Read More»
May 3, 2011: The Right Way to Reform Medicare
In recent weeks, our country has continued an important conversation about our fiscal future. Washington doesn't agree on much, but we all agree that we need to reduce our deficit and debt... Read More»
May 3, 2011: Obama's Medicare Chief Has Accidental Encounter With Reality, Learns Nothing
I just read something that unleashed my inner teenager, because I want to respond with a combination of OMG, LMAO, and WTF... Read More»
May 3, 2011: The Coming Doctor Shortage
The United States going to experience an absolutely devastating doctor shortage in the coming years... Read More»
May 3, 2011: 3 Ways Healthcare Reform May Impact Medical Education
Healthcare reform has been all over the news lately. Wherever your beliefs lie on this issue, there's one certainty: Healthcare reform will have a significant impact on the careers of future physicians... Read More»
May 3, 2011: Uncertainty, Risk in Accountable Care Regulations May Keep Insurers Out
Federal officials are hoping for  Medicare  savings from the debut of Accountable Care Organizations, but some analysts and insurers are struggling to see an opening... Read More»
May 3, 2011: Feds mull 'mystery shoppers' to gauge Medicaid access to doctors
It can be difficult to line up that first appointment with a new family doctor, but is it harder if you're on Medicaid, or have a host of chronic ailments?... Read More»
May 2, 2011: Medicare's missed checkups: Few seniors get wellness exam
Policymakers hope the initial "Welcome to Medicare" visit will help physicians get new and returning beneficiaries hooked on preventive care, but most doctors aren't taking the bait... Read More»
May 2, 2011: Proposal for Medicare Is Unlike Federal Employee Plan
WASHINGTON — House Republicans say their budget proposal would make  Medicare  work just like the  health insurance  that covers federal employees, including members of Congress... Read More»
May 2, 2011: Abolish burdensome regulations
Unfunded mandates, a ban on billing consultations and misaligned incentive programs are all federal requirements that negatively impact practices the most... Read More»
May 2, 2011: Medicare board remains best bet
The 2010 Affordable Care Act contains strong but controversial medicine for reining in Medicare's soaring costs: the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB)... Read More»
May 2, 2011: ACR white paper prepares radiologists for participation in accountable care organizations
The latest American College of Radiology white paper, Strategies for Radiologists in the Era of Health Care Reform and Accountable Care Organizations, published in the May issue of the  Journal of the American College of Radiology , offers strategies for successful radiologist participation in accountable care organizations (ACOs)... Read More»
May 2, 2011: FDA approves Spectrum Pharma Fusilev for metastatic colorectal cancer patients
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Spectrum Pharmaceuticals' treatment for advanced metastatic colorectal cancer, Fusilev (levoleucovorin) for use in conjunction with 5-fluorouracil... Read More»
May 2, 2011: FEE-FOR-SERVICE HAS TO GO – THE RETURN OF MANAGED CARE
At the opening session of the Microsoft *  Connected Health Conference, held this week in Chicago, former Tennessee Governor Phil Bredesen, current Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Services Bill Hazel and former HHS Secretary Mike Leavitt engaged in a discussion about the direction of health care reform... Read More»
May 2, 2011: At Least 600,000 Young Adults Join Parents' Health Plans Under New Law
Hundreds of thousands of young adults are taking advantage of the health care law provision  that allows people under 26 to remain on their parents' health plans, some of the nation's largest insurers are reporting... Read More»
April 29, 2011: Rep. Lankford: 'I'm Not Spooked' by Reaction to Paul Ryan Budget
Despite anger that's erupted at town-hall meetings in districts across the country, Republicans are standing by their support for House Budget Chairman Paul Ryan's spending plan – including the controversial proposal to phase out Medicare for those who are now under 55 years of age... Read More»
April 29, 2011: Avastin just as effective as Lucentis in treating macular degeneration, study finds
The cancer drug Avastin may work just as effectively as the more expensive Lucentis at treating age-related macular degeneration, new research suggests. But the potential side effects bear watching.   
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April 29, 2011: Congress Wants Answers from the IRS on Health Care Reform Funds
Two Republican congressional leaders have written to Internal Revenue Service Commissioner Doug Shulman demanding information on how the IRS is spending $1 billion in funds the agency received under the health care reform law. Read More»
April 29, 2011: ER Visits Keep Increasing, Survey Finds
One of the most frequently mentioned goals of  health care reform  is reducing expensive emergency room care, but a new survey of emergency room doctors indicates that this will be difficult to achieve... Read More»
April 29, 2011: Physician Integration: Hospital Medical Leaders Share Challenges, Strategies
ealthcare leaders are finding that physician integration will be critical for achieving the increased efficiencies and coordination necessary for meeting healthcare reform standards and for producing savings... Read More»
April 29, 2011: Ryan draws national attention at town halls
GREENFIELD, Wis. — At the last of four events on Rep. Paul Ryan's "listening tour" of his district Thursday, he called on a man in the front row of a high school auditorium, then instantly recognized him... Read More»
April 28, 2011: 5 Ways to Energize Your Patient Experience Strategy
There is a lot of chatter these days about improving the patient hospital experience. Ask any C-suite hospital executive to list his or her priorities and some variation of patient experience (patient satisfaction, patient safety, quality care, etc.) will likely top the list. Read More»
April 28, 2011: Priming the Body to Tackle Cancer
Melanoma, one of the most common cancers, is usually treated with surgery and aggressive chemotherapy... Read More»
April 28, 2011: People, or Rules?
I  found it very odd to see Paul Krugman  complaining  that "patients are not consumers" as if "consumer" were some sort of horrible, low-status role that should never taint the sacred realm of health care... Read More»
April 28, 2011: The White House Blog

Earlier this week, Speaker John Boehner said Rep. Ryan's plan to privatize Medicare "transforms Medicare into a plan that's very similar to the President's own health care bill." This comparison is deeply flawed. Here's why: 

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April 28, 2011: GOP Medicare Proposal Doesn't Work Like Members of Congress' Health Care as Republicans Claim
The Center for American Progress has previously pointed out that the House Republican budget for fiscal year 2012  forces future beneficiaries out of Medicare into more expensive private plans ... Read More»
April 28, 2011: Medicare's Old Age Problem Is New Again

Medicare isn't expected to live long enough to qualify for Medicare. The most recent CMS trustees annual report forecast that Medicare will run out of money in 2029 -- or one year shy of the program's 65th birthday.


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April 27, 2011: Hospitals may have to cede power to get docs in ACOs
Hospitals may have to fork over more power, but not necessarily higher pay, to get physicians to participate in accountable care organizations and other cooperative initiatives... Read More»
April 27, 2011: When Doctors Own or Lease MRI, Back Scans and Surgery More Likely
When doctors own or lease MRI equipment, their patients are more likely to receive scans for low back pain. Patients of orthopedists are more apt to undergo back surgery as well, according to a study published online in Health Services ResearchRead More»
April 27, 2011: Medicare As We've Known It Isn't an Option
The Democratic Party is urging Americans to choose Medicare as we've always known it rather than a new plan by Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) that would enroll seniors in private health insurance beginning in 2022. This choice is a hoax: Medicare as we've always known it is already gone... Read More»
April 27, 2011: The 'ObamaCare' lawsuits: 4 predictions
After the Supreme Court refuses to fast-track Virginia's challenge to health-care reform, commentators weigh in on the law's fate... Read More»
April 27, 2011: The Vermont Senate Passes Bill Establishing A Single Payer Health Care System In The State
As  ThinkProgress previously   reported , the Vermont legislature, led by Gov. Peter Shumlin (D), has been considering a proposal to establish some sort of single payer health care system — a system in which a single public insurer provides health insurance to all state residents, similar to the Medicare system for American seniors... Read More»
April 27, 2011: Webster town hall 'degenerates into bedlam'
A town hall meeting with freshman Rep. Dan Webster (R-Fla.) spiraled into chaos Tuesday, when the crowd of roughly 300 started screaming at each other over his vote for the Paul Ryan budget, according to an account from the Orlando Sentinel... Read More»

April 27, 2011: RomneyCare's Unhappy Anniversary

Higher costs and less accessible medical care has been the Massachusetts experience--and will soon be the nation's... Read More»
April 27, 2011: BITTER PILLS
Multitrillion-dollar piles of debt have a way of making people nervous, so it's not really surprising that Washington is now in the throes of budget-cutting hysteria... Read More»
April 26, 2011: Bipartisan bill targets lung cancer screening
Senator  Dianne Feinstein  (D-Calif.), and co-sponsors Senator  John Isakson  (R-Ga.) and Senator  John Kerry  (D-Mass.), have introduced the Lung Cancer Mortality Reduction Act of 2011 (S. 752)... Read More»
April 26, 2011: Patients Are Not Consumers
Earlier this week,  The Times reported  on Congressional backlash against the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a key part of efforts to rein in health care costs... Read More»
April 26, 2011: 'Use Only as Directed' Isn't Easy
A new push is under way to make prescription drug information clearer and stem the rise in emergency room visits and hospitalizations resulting from patients incorrectly taking their medicine... Read More»
April 25, 2011: There's a national shortage in primary care doctors, but in NW Georgia the gap is large
DALTON, Ga. — The United States faces a growing shortage of primary care physicians — those who specialize in family practice, internal medicine, pediatrics and obstetrics/gynecology. And smaller communities, such as in Whitfield and Murray counties, are getting hit hardest... Read More»
April 25, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations: An Opportunity To Transform Care
The  latest study , out last week, shows one in three patients in the hospital may experience a medical error—an incidence almost ten times higher than previously assumed... Read More»
April 25, 2011: Under Health Law, Colonoscopies Are Free—But It Doesn't Always Work That Way
For years, doctors have urged patients over the age of 50 to get colonoscopies to check for  colorectal cancer , which kills 50,000 Americans a year... Read More»
April 25, 2011: A Real Choice on Medicare
We know it is not how most people want to spend their time, but Americans need to give a close reading to the Democrats' and Republicans' plans for Medicare reform... Read More»
April 25, 2011: Lobbying efforts persist long after health-care, financial regulation bills passed
Two historic pieces of legislation,  overhauling the nation's health-care system  and  rewriting regulations governing financial institutions , passed Congress last year after heated debate and intense lobbying... Read More»
April 25, 2011: Killing Medicare won't solve nation's problems
We must not end Medicare: Too many American seniors would suffer or die prematurely if we did... Read More»
April 22, 2011: NEJM: America's Medicare choice is key to deficit reduction
With the introduction of Congressman  Paul Ryan 's (R-WI) "Roadmap for America's Future," Congress has now been presented with distinct alternatives for tackling  Medicare reform ... Read More»
April 22, 2011: Idaho governor blocks federal health care reform law
Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has issued an executive order prohibiting the state from implementing the federal health care reform law... Read More»
April 22, 2011: Texas House passes bill that challenges Obama's health care reform law
A challenge to President Obama's health care reform law has cleared another hurdle... Read More»
April 22, 2011: Huntsmans give another $41 million to Huntsman Cancer Institute; donation fills patient with hope
SALT LAKE CITY — Jon M. and Karen Huntsman gave $41 million in their fight against cancer on Thursday... Read More»
April 22, 2011: IPAB Is an Acronym for 'Death Panel'
Contemplating the 2012 election that can already be seen looming on the distant horizon, the President's advisors were no doubt hoping that the "death panel" debate was… well… dead... Read More»
April 22, 2011: Nation's Mood at Lowest Level in Two Years, Poll Show
Americans are more pessimistic about the nation's economic outlook and overall direction than they have been at any time since  President Obama 's first two months in office, when the country was still officially ensnared in the Great Recession, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll... Read More»
April 22, 2011: There Aren't Enough Rich People To Pay For Medicare And Medicaid! -- Guest Opinion
I hear more and more of my progressive friends arguing, in the context of deficit reduction, that we should be raising taxes before getting aggressive about reducing the cost of Medicare and Medicaid -- as well as Social Security... Read More»
April 21, 2011: Another important battle over the future of Medicare and Medicaid
Given the broader Republican attacks on  Medicare and Medicaid , the confirmation of the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) may not seem like a big deal. But as the Senate decides between two candidates — Dr. Donald Berwick, President Obama's recess appointment for the post, and Marilyn B. Tavenner, the current CMS deputy administrator — the stakes are quite high... Read More»
April 21, 2011: Congressman tours local Cancer Center
Congressman Steve Southerland spent part of his day Tuesday checking out the Gulf Coast Cancer Treatment Center. The Cancer Community is hoping to persuade the congressman to fight to maintain adequate medicare reimbursement for patients. Southerland says he's listening... Read More»
April 21, 2011: Idaho governor blocks federal health care reform law
(CNN)  -- Idaho Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter has issued an executive order prohibiting the state from implementing the federal health care reform law... Read More»
April 21, 2011: Cancer Centers of North Carolina Acquires Wake Radiology Oncology Services of Cary, N.C.
CARY, N.C.  and  THE WOODLANDS, Texas ,  April 20, 2011   /PRNewswire/ --  Cancer Centers of North Carolina  (CCNC), an affiliate of the  United Network of US Oncology  and the first practice to offer community-based outpatient cancer care in the Triangle with locations in  Raleigh ,  North Raleigh ,  Cary ,  Dunn  and  Clayton , has purchased  Wake Radiology Oncology Services  (WROS) from  Wake Radiology , the oldest and largest multi-site radiology group in central  North Carolina... Read More»
April 21, 2011: Patrick: Deal on way to curb high costs of health care
A landmark agreement on new laws to contain out-of-control health care costs in Massachusetts is in sight this year, Gov. Deval Patrick said Wednesday... Read More»
April 21, 2011: Editorial: ObamaCare's Costs Just Keep Rising
Health Care:  You'd think that when the Congressional Budget Office reported that Obama-Care would cost tens of billions of dollars more than it originally claimed, that would be news. Guess again... Read More»
April 20, 2011: GOP health insurance plan would hurt poor, elderly, says L.A. County chief
A Republican proposal to radically reshape Medicare and Medicaid, the federal and state-federal health insurance programs for the poor and elderly, would devastate L.A. County's public hospitals and clinics, said County Chief Executive William T Fujioka... Read More»
April 20, 2011: Panel addresses single-payer concerns
SHAFTSBURY -- Despite concerns about the remedy, most Vermonters now agree that something has to be done to reform the health care system, said Dr. Harry Chen, commissioner of the Vermont Department of Health, during a forum here Monday... Read More»
April 20, 2011: Roche Wins U.S. Approval for Cervical Cancer Viral Test
Roche Holding AG (ROG) , the world's biggest diagnostics company, won U.S. approval for a test to identify women at high risk of developing cervical cancer... Read More»
April 20, 2011: Breast Implant Removal Stops Blood Cancer Linked to Device, Doctors Say
Breast implant-linked lymphoma can be controlled by removing the implant and the surrounding tissue, researchers said... Read More»
April 20, 2011: Can't have it both ways on Medicare
Medicare insures about 50 million seniors and disabled people. That's roughly one-sixth of the population. Much debate in Washington is over how to control costs and pay for the entitlement going forward... Read More»
April 20, 2011: Obama's Medicare hypocrisy
Piously posturing as the savior of Medicare, President Obama lashed out at the House Republicans for embracing the budget proposed by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.)... Read More»
April 20, 2011: ACO Fairy Tale Faces a Rumpelstiltskin Moment -- Guest Opinion
The government's long-awaited  draft regulations  on Accountable Care Organizations have brought a dose of ugly reality to a concept that's always seemed coated with a patina of pixie dust... Read More»
April 19, 2011: The President's Medicare Plan: A Trojan Horse to Ration Health Care?
Medicare, the federal health care program for America's seniors, represents $30.8 trillion in long-term unfunded obligations... Read More»
April 19, 2011: Doctors overusing thyroid cancer treatment: study
(Reuters Health) - Too many patients are getting a thyroid cancer treatment that kills thyroid tissue but can also harm other tissues in the process, according to a new study... Read More»
April 19, 2011: A thinly disguised assault on Medicare
Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal to make Medicare a voucher program is extremely unlikely to be enacted. But Ryan (R., Wis.) and his fellow Republicans aren't hoping to win a legislative battle over Medicare or Medicaid this year. Rather, they're trying to shift the debate over the programs in favor of their ideology... Read More»
April 19, 2011: NCQA Readies ACO Accreditation
The National Committee for Quality Assurance, an accreditation firm in Washington, is on schedule to launch a new program in July to accredit accountable care organizations... Read More»
April 19, 2011: The case for rationing healthcare
Several years ago, I was asked to speak on end-of-life issues at a retreat for Southern California physicians... Read More»
April 19, 2011: ObamaCare Opt Out
It's not often that states turn their back on money from Washington, but at least two states may say no thanks to federal grants to implement the new federal health-care law... Read More»
April 18, 2011: Blood Test May Help Predict Spread of Melanoma
FRIDAY, April 15 (HealthDay News) -- It's possible that a blood test could be used to predict the risk of cancer spreading, or metastasizing, in people who have melanoma skin cancer, a new study suggests... Read More»
April 18, 2011: Twitter, Facebook and YouTube now crucial to presidential campaigns
Obama set the 'gold standard' for use of social media, and now it's an absolute must for candidates... Read More»
April 18, 2011: Head of Surgeons Group Resigns Over Article Viewed as Offensive to Women
The president-elect of the  American College of Surgeons  resigned his position Sunday after weeks of controversy surrounding a  Valentine's Day  editorial he wrote touting the mood-enhancing effects of semen on women during unprotected sex... Read More»
April 18, 2011: Cherry-picking patients leaves sour taste
Scenario: Is it ethical for physicians to employ health IT to select healthy patients?... Read More»
April 18, 2011: Comparing Ryan's Medicare Plan to What Congress Gets
On April 15, the House of Representatives  passed , on a partisan vote, the budget plan that  Paul D. Ryan , Republican of Wisconsin and chairman of the House Budget Committee, had earlier introduced to his committee... Read More»
April 18, 2011: Proposed Changes to Medicare in the "Path to Prosperity"
On April 5, 2011, Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), chairman of the House Budget Committee, released a budget proposal, entitled The Path to Prosperity: Restoring America's Promise, which reduces federal spending over the long term... Read More»
April 15, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations Gain Momentum
While everyone claims to be forming an ACO remember, the basic idea is that carriers like Medicare will contract organized networks of healthcare providers that may include hospitals, physicians, and ancillary services to care for members of a defined population... Read More»
April 15, 2011: Obama's Plan To Cut Medicare Costs Lets Drug Companies Off The Hook -- Again
WASHINGTON -- In laying out his framework to cut the deficit, President Obama appears to have abandoned a campaign promise he reneged on last year in order to get his health care reform bill passed: using the buying power of the federal government to negotiate lower prescription drug prices for Medicare... Read More»
April 15, 2011: Medicare on the Table
Probably no other federal program aside from Social Security has as much impact on older Americans and their families as  Medicare , now front and center in the intensifying argument over the federal budget and deficit reduction... Read More»
April 15, 2011: China Struggles With Health Care Reform Amid Growing Demand
JEFFREY BROWN:  The United States isn't the only country struggling with health-care reform... Read More»
April 15, 2011: Massachusetts Outlines Success Of Health Care Reform Efforts
Governor Deval Patrick headlined a forum at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC, highlighting the success of health care reform in Massachusetts, five years after its enactment... Read More»

April 15, 2011: A Budget for the 21st Century

This week the House of Representatives will take the first real step in addressing our looming fiscal crisis by bringing " The Path to Prosperity ," a budget resolution for next year and beyond, to the House floor. This budget offers a clear contrast to the  president's speech on Wednesday ... Read More»
April 14, 2011: Medicare's perfect storm
The roots of modern GOP resistance to healthcare reform date back to 1964, when Johnson clobbered Goldwater... Read More»
April 14, 2011: Government Plan Takes Aim At Minority Health Care Gap
A new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report shows that people of color, throughout their lives, tend to suffer from poorer health and have less access to quality health care, than whites... Read More»
April 14, 2011: Government Plan Takes Aim At Minority Health Care Gap
A new U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report shows that people of color, throughout their lives, tend to suffer from poorer health and have less access to quality health care, than whites... Read More»
April 14, 2011: The Independent Payment Advisory Board: A New Approach Controlling Medicare Spending
In 2010, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act authorized the creation of the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) to help control the growth in Medicare costs... Read More»
April 14, 2011: Patrick: 'health care reform is doing exactly what it was designed to do'
WASHINGTON — Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick today paused his media book tour to offer a strong report card for the Bay State's 2006 health reform law, and to urge opponents of national health care reform to turn away from trying to repeal the law, and focus on controlling medical costs... Read More»
April 14, 2011: Medical marvel: A U.S. doctor discovers Canadian health care
Eight doctors from the U.S.-based Physicians for a National Health Program visited Toronto's Women's College Hospital for an inside look at Canada's single-payer  health   care  system. Hosting the trip was family physician Danielle Martin, chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare... Read More»
April 14, 2011: More evidence for waiting to treat prostate cancer
(Reuters Health) - For older men with low-risk prostate cancer, a new study adds to evidence that closely watching the tumor instead of immediately treating it may be a reasonable option... Read More»
April 14, 2011: Medicare at the center of budget debate
WASHINGTON — In the debate over deficits that is likely to dominate the capital for the next year, there are a few signs of common ground between President Obama and emboldened Republicans as each side tries to trim trillions of dollars from the federal budget... Read More»
April 13, 2011: Taxpayers Laughing At, Not With, Obama's Accountable Care Organizations
It is always a bad sign when the only way to explain a government program or rule is with a joke.  Ronald Reagan was famous for collecting the jokes told by the Russian people about the infamous bureaucracy and inefficiency of the Soviet state... Read More»
April 13, 2011: Who Will Do Antitrust Reviews of Accountable-Care Organizations?
A few weeks back the  government released its proposed rules  outlining how doctors and hospitals can organize into so-called accountable-care organizations to better coordinate care... Read More»
April 13, 2011: Mass. health care still has sniffles
PITTSFIELD -- As Massachusetts' groundbreaking health care reform reached its fifth anniversary this week, local and state officials are praising the legislation's successes while acknowledging there were many more steps that needed to be taken... Read More»
April 13, 2011: Prostate cancer screening higher in older, not middle-aged, men
Prostate-cancer screening is at the center of a medical divide, with some medical experts saying men should be screened frequently and others saying too many are screened and that the false alarms aren't worth the trouble... Read More»
April 13, 2011: U.S. Cancer Doctors Back Genetic Tests to Assess Lung Cancer Patients
Patients with the most common form of lung cancer should be genetically tested prior to treatment to predict whether they might be helped by  Roche Holding AG (ROG) 's Tarceva and AstraZeneca Plc (AZN) 's Iressa tumor medicines, a U.S. physicians' group said... Read More»
April 13, 2011: Hospital Care at Life's End: A Disparity
At the end of life, people with chronic diseases like cancer get more aggressive medical care in the New York area than anyplace else in the country, continuing a trend going back decades, according to a report released on Monday by researchers at  Dartmouth Coll ege... Read More»
April 13, 2011: KU wins backing for cancer center bid
An advisory panel that had doubts a year ago about the University of Kansas Cancer Center's bid for federal designation now says KU should proceed with its plans to apply this fall... Read More»
April 12, 2011: 19% of health insurance applicants were denied coverage in the first quarter of 2010

The government is looking for a way to track and report denial rates to consumers as part of health insurance exchanges

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April 12, 2011: Judge tosses lawsuit seeking to bar physician rating program
The California Medical Assn. says "blue ribbons" are based on inaccurate information and perpetuate misperceptions about care... Read More»
April 12, 2011: More evidence painkillers lower colon cancer risk
(Reuters Health) - A new study adds to growing evidence that regular use of painkillers like aspirin or ibuprofen may reduce a person's risk of developing colon or rectal cancers - sometimes by as much as 50 percent... Read More»
April 12, 2011: Nearly 20% of Lung Cancer Patients Keep Smoking
 Many patients diagnosed with lung cancer -- as well as their family caregivers -- continue to smoke even though doing so may jeopardize their recovery and long-term health outcome, says a study sponsored by the U.S. National  Cancer  Institute ... Read More»
April 12, 2011: Cleveland, Ohio Will Be The Proving Ground for the Success of Accountable Care Organizations
NASHVILLE, Tenn.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--HealthLeaders-InterStudy, a leading provider of managed care market intelligence, reports that the Cleveland, Ohio, area will be the proving ground for the success of accountable care organizations (ACOs)... Read More»
April 12, 2011: Doctors may choose different treatments for themselves than for their patients, a study finds
When faced with making serious health-related decisions, patients often ask their physicians for advice. But what doctors counsel their patients to do may not be what they would do if confronted with the same scenario... Read More»
April 12, 2011: Medicare's ACO Regs Recall MAD's Squamish Rulebook
After sitting through a 90-minute  webinar by a Washington law firm  on Medicare's new  draft regulations for Accountable Care Organizations  (ACOs), I realized why they sounded familiar... Read More»
April 12, 2011: Vermont may implement nation's first single-payer health care system
Faced with rising costs and residents still without health insurance, Vermont lawmakers are poised to pass a single-payer  healthcare  plan , which would reshape how the state's doctors are paid and become the first of its type in the US... Read More»
April 11, 2011: Medicaid To Offer Rewards For Healthy Behavior
A federal grant program authorized in the health overhaul law is offering states  $100 million  to reward Medicaid recipients who make an effort to quit smoking or keep their weight, blood pressure or cholesterol levels in check... Read More»
April 11, 2011: Redford laments 'war zone' nature of Congress
Although Robert Redford has been a regular crusader for progressive causes and candidates, he's pessimistic about how things operate on Capitol Hill nowadays... Read More»
April 11, 2011: Q&A With Authors of "Accountable Care Organizations: Your Guide to Strategy, Design, and Implementation"
In their new book,  Accountable Care Organizations: Your Guide to Strategy, Design, and Implementation , Marc Bard, MD, chief innovation officer in Navigant's Healthcare Practice, and Mike Nugent, managing director in Navigant's Healthcare Practice, offer practical advice for hospitals to assess their ACO-readiness and make cultural changes to bolster ACO success... Read More»
April 11, 2011: Medicare's Drug Coverage Gap to Shrink Away Under Health Care Reform
Starting this year, Medicare Part D's widely despised "donut hole" -- the gap in drug cost coverage enrollees encounter when they reach a certain spending threshold -- will start to disappear, one result of the health care reform package enacted last year, experts say... Read More»
April 11, 2011: Study finds diminishing effect from National Breast Cancer Awareness Month event
Each October, the color pink marks the arrival of National  Breast Cancer  Awareness Month. Media coverage, product promotions and even the football gridirons showcase the national effort to promote screenings and early detection of the  cancer  that 200,000 American women are diagnosed with each year... Read More»
April 11, 2011: Why Provenge Could Be a $10 Billion Drug for Dendreon
On March 10, 2011 a Federal Judge in the Southern District of New York issued a ruling in a case involving Medicare coverage for "off label" drugs that may come to have tremendous importance for cancer treatments, and specifically for Dendreon and its recently FDA-approved, revolutionary treatment for prostate cancer, Provenge... Read More»
April 8, 2011: Health Insurance From Both Sides: KHN Interview Of Aetna CEO Bertolini
To a greater degree than most insurance company CEOs, Mark Bertolini has had his own first-hand experiences with the health system... Read More»
April 8, 2011: Federal health care reform may cost California
SACRAMENTO -- California will spend $2 billion more per year on Medi-Cal when federal health care reform goes into full effect in 2016 and $4 billion more annually by 2020, according to a Rand Corp. study released this week... Read More»
April 8, 2011: Kentucky seeks proposals to manage Medicaid
Kentucky has taken the first step toward a sweeping, statewide managed-care system for  Medicaid  that would put one or more outside companies in charge of most of the $6.5 billion-a-year health plan... Read More»
April 8, 2011: The Ryan Journey
For decades, academics and think tankers have been proposing plans to avert a fiscal catastrophe. The ensuing debates were always sedate, high-minded affairs... Read More»
April 8, 2011: Ludicrous and Cruel
Many commentators swooned earlier this week after House Republicans, led by the Budget Committee chairman, Paul Ryan, unveiled their budget proposals. They lavished praise on Mr. Ryan, asserting that his plan set a new standard of fiscal seriousness... Read More»
April 8, 2011: Concierge medicine is bright future for patients and doctors
I welcomed The Associated Press' recent article on concierge medicine, which appeared on the front page of the Daily Breeze. However, as the first of three, soon to be five, concierge physicians in the South Bay and past president and current board chair of the national concierge doctor's professional society, I am well qualified to tell you that the case for concierge medicine is even better than described... Read More»
April 8, 2011: Alcohol 'a major cause of cancer'
PARIS — About one in 10 cancers in men and one in 33 in women in western European countries are caused by current and past alcohol consumption, according to a study released on Friday... Read More»
April 8, 2011: The Nation: Ryan's Budget Blunders On Medicare
As an opening salvo from Republicans in the 2012 budget debate, the plan offered by Wisconsin's Paul Ryan — supposedly a model of "seriousness" and "courage" next to overzealous Tea Partiers and Democrats silly enough to want to keep the government minimally functional — is remarkable mostly for its cynicism... Read More»
April 7, 2011: Overall Health May Be Key to Beating Breast Cancer
Poor overall  health  seems to be associated with worse outcomes for breast cancer survivors, according to the results of a new study... Read More»
April 7, 2011: WMC talks with Cheyenne hospital about statewide care organization
?CASPER, Wyo. — Wyoming Medical Center officials have been meeting with their counterparts at Cheyenne Regional Medical Center to create a statewide "accountable care organization," the WMC's chief executive officer said Wednesday. Read More»
April 7, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations in the U.S.
In the U.S. everybody is talking about Accountable Care Organizations or ACOs these days. The reason being that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS released the rules for shared savings between ACOs and CMS  last week... Read More»
April 7, 2011: Severe Weight Gain After Breast Cancer May Threaten Health
Extreme weight gain increases breast cancer survivors' risk of cancer recurrence and death, but moderate weight gain has no effect on outcomes, a new study finds... Read More»
April 7, 2011: Most Americans Think Health Care System Needs Major Surgery
WEDNESDAY, April 6 (HealthDay News) -- The U.S.  health  care system  is in need of a major overhaul, according to 72 percent of American adults who took part in a national survey... Read More»
April 7, 2011: Drug Spending Rose 3.6% Last Year, Express Scripts Report Says
Express Scripts, a pharmacy-benefit manager, released its    annual drug trend report today , which offered a bit of good news on the health-care cost front: Overall drug spending grew just 3.6% last year, compared to 6.4% the year earlier... Read More»
April 7, 2011: Reducing Hospital Readmissions: Lessons from Top-Performing Hospitals April 6, 2011
Significant variability in 30-day readmission rates across U.S. hospitals suggests that some are more successful than others at providing safe, high-quality inpatient care and promoting smooth transitions to follow-up care... Read More»
April 6, 2011:HDM Seminar Clears Up Some ACO Confusion
After an hour of examining the accountable care organization proposed rule during a Web seminar that Health Data Management hosted on April 5, the last question was probably the best: "Why would anyone do this?"... Read More»
April 6, 2011: Louisville health-care companies pursue accountable care organizations
As the Obama administration proposes new regulations on "accountable care organizations," local hospital systems are continuing their work on such programs to provide financial incentives for health care providers to improve quality, eliminate waste and control costs... Read More»
April 6, 2011: More Physicians Say No to Endless Workdays
HONESDALE, Pa. — Even as a girl, Dr. Kate Dewar seemed destined to inherit the small-town medical practice of her grandfather and father. At 4, she could explain how to insert a pulmonary catheter. At 12, she could suture a gash. And when she entered medical school, she and her father talked eagerly about practicing together... Read More»
April 6, 2011: New Accountable Health Care Public Education Program Launched
OAKLAND, Calif. ,  April 5, 2011  /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Council of Accountable Physician Practices (CAPP), an affiliate of the American Medical Group Association, today announced a new initiative to provide the public, media, and policymakers with resources and information about the value of care coordination and accountable care to national health care reform... Read More»
April 6, 2011: Back to Work and Life, With a Fresh Perspective
I was in the car with Ruth, headed home from one of her last radiation treatments at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center... Read More»
April 6, 2011: HHS Medicare Incentive Program a Challenge for Tech Companies
As HHS proposes new rules on accountable care, IT vendors may need to adjust their health care IT portfolios to cash in on the shared savings program... Read More»
April 6, 2011: Health care's evil twins — cost and coverage
BOSTON  —  Gov. Deval L. Patrick ramped up his push yesterday for fundamental changes in the way medical care is paid for. He called for faster legislative action on cost-containment reforms as well on a proposal to reduce municipal health care costs... Read More»
April 6, 2011: Estrogen pills found to lower cancer risk
NEW YORK — In a finding that challenges the conventional wisdom about the risks of some hormones used in menopause, a major government study has found that years after using estrogen-only therapy, certain women had a markedly reduced risk of breast cancer and heart attack... Read More»
April 5, 2011: Understanding Rep. Ryan's Plan For Medicare
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left many details to Congress when he unveiled Tuesday his plan to make major changes to Medicare as part of a fiscal 2012 budget resolution... Read More»
April 5, 2011: FTC, DOJ Open ACO Antitrust Guidelines to Public Comment
Some accountable care organizations could fall into designated antitrust "safety zones" while other ACOs could be eligible for expedited antitrust reviews under proposed rules  issued jointly Thursday by the Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice... Read More»
April 5, 2011: UnitedHealthcare: Home Programs, Accountable Care Represent 'Next Generation' of Managed Care
A program launched by UnitedHealthcare two years ago to help members receive better coordinated care from their primary-care physicians may indicate a return to something resembling managed care... Read More»
April 5, 2011: Study Links Smoking, Breast Cancer in Older Women
SUNDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- There's a significant link between smoking and breast cancer risk in postmenopausal women, but it depends on their body weight, researchers report... Read More»
April 5, 2011: Can Private Insurers Fix Medicare?
The House Republicans are putting forward a plan, drafted by Representative Paul Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, to cut federal spending by $4 trillion over the next decade... Read More»
April 5, 2011: Breast milk key to detecting breast cancer
A new study suggests that  breast cancer  risk can be assessed by examining the epithelial cells found in breast milk... Read More»
April 5, 2011: Aspirin may protect against pancreatic cancer, researchers say
Taking aspirin regularly can help reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke -- and now, we may be able to add pancreatic cancer to the list, researchers say... Read More»
April 4, 2011: Wally Herger: The AARP America doesn't know
As Congress debated the Democrat health care overhaul legislation last year, the ardent support of the senior advocacy organization AARP, which was key to its passage, raised a massive red flag with many people, including many AARP members... Read More»
April 4, 2011: HHS issues accountable care guidelines
The  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  on March 31 outlined new guidelines that will change the model for delivering care to large groups of Medicare beneficiaries... Read More»
April 4, 2011: Ryan Budget: A Huge Opportunity To Improve Health Care
The federal budget is set to produce at least another  $6.7 trillion  of red ink over the next 10 years. President Barack Obama has abdicated leadership on the budget. First he signed a health care law that ostensibly reduces the deficit, but will actually increase it by  $562 billion  once you strip away the budget gimmicks... Read More»
April 4, 2011: Defining essential benefits: How much is too much?
Drafting government definitions of what insurers must cover raises emotionally charged issues surrounding patient need, medical necessity and cost control... Read More»
April 4, 2011: Most Breast Tumors Have Unique Genetic 'Fingerprint,' Study Finds
Helps explain why it's difficult to predict outcomes, find new treatments, researchers say... Read More»
April 1, 2011: Senate lines up 1099 repeal bill for Tuesday
The Senate is slated to take up a House-passed 1099 repeal bill on Tuesday morning that will likely pass, a Republican aide told The Hill on Thursday night... Read More»
April 1, 2011: John Boehner faces moment of truth
Tacking to the right but keeping his eye on compromise,  House Speaker John Boehner  is disclaiming any  budget deal  with the White House even as he clearly wants to deliver one soon — in what's become the most defining test yet of his speakership... Read More»
April 1, 2011: Medicare preventative screenings: A waiting game not worth playing
All too often, doctors utter the painful words "if we had caught it earlier." Early detection of diseases can save time, money and, most importantly, it can save your life. Early detection increases the chance that a condition can be cured or successfully managed. In some diseases, early detection can increase survival rate by as much as 98 percent... Read More»
April 1, 2011: Florida's health care reform lawsuit heats up June 8
Florida's lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of federal health care reform legislation is one step closer to the U.S. Supreme Court... Read More»
April 1, 2011: Prostate Cancer Screening Doesn't Cut Death Rates: Study
THURSDAY, March 31 (HealthDay News) -- A 20-year study from Sweden suggests that screening for  prostate  cancer  does not substantially reduce the risk of death from the disease... Read More»
March 31, 2011: Fiscal Health Hinges on Containing Costs of Care
Prepare to hear a lot (more) about Medicaid, the government health-insurance program for the poor... Read More»
March 31, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations: Our Field Of Dreams?
Every year, we look forward to Spring Training. The return of ballplayers to Florida and Arizona provides a sense of optimism that anything is possible in the coming year. However, in releasing the regulations for the shared savings program, is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services starting to sound like the legendary Shoeless Joe Jackson, promising physicians and hospitals that "if they build it, he will come"?... Read More»
March 31, 2011: Healthcare reform remains a mistake one year later
This past Wednesday marked the one-year anniversary of President Barack Obama's signing into law the health care bill that some in Washington consider a historic achievement. I believe it was a historic mistake... Read More»
March 31, 2011: Medicare's Embedded Ethics: The Challenge Of Cost Control In An Aging Society
The challenge of reining in the rising costs of the Medicare Program is particularly thorny because it confronts a recalcitrant societal tension between the necessity for cost control and the value of open-ended technology use for life extension in the later years... Read More»
March 31, 2011: Benefits of Radiation Therapy Outweigh Risks of a Second Cancer: Study
In a long-term study of more than 600,000 cancer survivors, an estimated 8 percent of second cancers were attributable to radiation treatment for the original cancer, according to the study... Read More»
March 31, 2011: Health Insurance Exchanges Already Making Waves
It seems like a simple idea: create new marketplaces, called "exchanges," where consumers can comparison shop for health insurance, sort of like shopping online for a hotel room or airline ticket... Read More»
March 31, 2011: Guest Column: Costs of health care reform becoming more apparent
In the days before the new health care law passed Congress last year, then-House Speaker  Nancy Pelosi  famously said that we would "have to pass the bill to find out what is in it." Well, it has been a year since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act passed, and we are now learning what was in it - much to the detriment of Tennessee taxpayers, businesses, doctors and patients... Read More»
March 30, 2011: A primer on health-care 'exchanges'
t seems like a simple idea: Create new marketplaces, called "exchanges," where consumers can comparison shop for health insurance — sort of like shopping online for a hotel room or airline ticket... Read More»
March 30, 2011: AARP Under the Congressional Microscope…Again
The House Ways and Means Committee has launched  an investigation  into the financial underpinnings of 40-million-member AARP, the largest lobbying organization for older Americans in the nation's capital... Read More»
March 30, 2011: Jennifer Aniston to direct short film about breast cancer
Slowing the growth of health care costs is critical to the long-term fiscal stability of the United States and is the direct or indirect focus of most U.S. health policy initiatives today. One tactic for reducing spending is to increase price transparency in health care — to publish the prices that providers charge or those that a patient would pay for medical care — with the aim of lowering prices overall... Read More»
March 30, 2011: Jennifer Aniston to direct short film about breast cancer
Actress Jennifer Aniston is stepping behind the camera to direct a short film about breast cancer as part of Lifetime's Project Five anthology... Read More»
March 30, 2011: Childhood cancer clusters get lawmakers' attention
WASHINGTON, D.C.---Tesifying on Capitol Hill at a Senate Committee on "disease clusters", environmental activist Erin Brockovich said she's witnessed the devastating effects of pollution on many communities... Read More»
March 29, 2011: Lancet report: One in 10 women need anti-cancer drugs
Millions of healthy women should be given drugs to prevent them developing breast cancer, a landmark study recommends today... Read More»
March 29, 2011: Some Women Worry More About Cancer Recurrence Than Others
MONDAY, March 28 (HealthDay News) -- Some women who've been treated for early-stage  breast  cancer  are more likely than others to worry excessively that the cancer will return, a new study has found... Read More»
March 29, 2011: The Budget Battle in the Republican-Obama Battleground
The Republicans' proposed budget cuts are in trouble in the 50 most competitive Republican-held Congressional districts – nearly all of which gave a majority to Obama in the last presidential election... Read More»
March 29, 2011: Medicare Records Reveal Troubling Trail of Surgeries
PORTLAND, Ore.—Dr. Vishal James Makker had already operated on Ronald Johnson's spine six times in less than two years, but he had some grim news for the former machine-tool operator: X-rays showed Mr. Johnson needed a seventh surgery... Read More»
March 29, 2011: Cost control the next step for Massachusetts health reform
All eyes will monitor the effort as national reform unfolds, but experts expect payment revisions to vary depending on the state... Read More»
March 29, 2011: This Week's Health Industry News
The government is expected to introduce two significant new policies this week in emerging areas of health care, one on whether Medicare will pay for a $93,000 cancer drug treatment, and the other on rules that may affect hospitals, insurers, doctors and patients in accountable care organizations set up under the new health care law... Read More»
March 29, 2011: Testimony to Congress will cite cancer clusters in N.C.
WASHINGTON -- Two North Carolina communities will be among the so-called "cancer clusters" highlighted today in Senate testimony on the environment... Read More»
March 29, 2011: Study Finds Conflicts Among Panels' Doctors
Doctors with private financial conflicts of interest dominated some of the panels that wrote guidelines on cardiovascular health in recent years, according to a medical journal study released on Monday... Read More»
March 28, 2011: Patients, physicians turn to e-mail, Skype, texts to stay in touch
Almost a year ago, Kristen Cullen's husband broke out in hives from head to toe. She suspected he was having an adverse reaction to medication... Read More»
March 28, 2011: Have we 'fixed' U.S. healthcare?
It has been one year since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed into law. As a physician, I am the first to admit we must reform America's healthcare system, but the way the last Congress and President Obama approached the challenge simply did not address the areas that needed improvement... Read More»
March 28, 2011: Man rides horse across nation for cancer awareness
MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) -- A man is riding his horse from Dallas to New York to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research... Read More»
March 28, 2011: Of Ferraro's Roles in Many Arenas, a Favorite: Gerry From Queens
One bitingly cold night in the early 1980s, Constance Mandina pulled her car up to a brick Tudor house in Forest Hills Gardens, Queens, to pick up her friend  Geraldine A. Ferraro . The two women had been close for years, forming a bond over various commonalities... Read More»
March 28, 2011: Trials Show Drugs Could Curb Breast Cancer
The rising rate of breast cancer in Britain could be curbed if drugs were given to high-risk patients to try to prevent the illness, according to an international panel of experts... Read More»
March 28, 2011: How Medicare premiums affect Social Security
WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising  Medicare  premiums threaten to wipe out increases in Social Security payments next year, leaving millions of retired and disabled Americans without a raise for the third straight year... Read More»
March 28, 2011: New site lets employers put health care out to bid
Self-insured businesses looking to cut out the middleman when it comes to health care might want to check out Open Health Market, an online system designed to connect them directly with medical providers eager to compete for more patients... Read More»
March 28, 2011: Sebelius on Health-Care Law: Political Capital
March 25 (Bloomberg) -- U.S. Health and Human Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks with Bloomberg's Al Hunt about a legal challenge to President Barack Obama's health-care overhaul by a group aligned with Republican strategist Karl Rove... Read More»
March 25, 2011: Keep the Health Care Act
Recent attacks on the nation's new health care law underscore how divided and confused Americans are by the law and the impact it will have on the country. We recognize there are serious arguments on both sides of this debate... Read More»
March 25, 2011: Keep the Health Care Act
Recent attacks on the nation's new health care law underscore how divided and confused Americans are by the law and the impact it will have on the country. We recognize there are serious arguments on both sides of this debate... Read More»
March 25, 2011: Aetna Sues 6 NJ Doctors for Overbilling
Aetna Inc. is suing six New Jersey physicians, claiming they filed "unlawful and excessive" bills, including nearly $57,000 for a 25-minute consultation... Read More»
March 25, 2011: Lance Armstrong: Steve King tumor remark a 'poor choice'
Cancer survivor Lance Armstrong is taking issue with Rep. Steve King's characterization of the health reform law as a "malignant tumor" that needs to be yanked out of the body politic... Read More»
March 25, 2011: HHS Announces Savings of $38m on Medicare Prescription Drugs
A 50% Medicare discount on brand-name drugs is the second program aimed at closing the donut hole coverage gap. This has already saved $38 million in 2011... Read More»
March 25, 2011: 4 New Benefits for Medicare Recipients
The  Centers  for  Medicare  and Medicaid Services mailed $250 rebate checks totaling nearly $1 billion to almost 3.8 million Medicare recipients with high prescription drug costs in 2010. Medicare Part D recipients who spent more than $2,830 out-of-pocket were automatically mailed the one-time  payments  provided to seniors by The Affordable Care Act... Read More»
March 25, 2011: Genetic Signatures that Distinguish Cancer and Non-cancer Patients
A group of researchers led by scientists from the Virginia Bioinformatics Institute (VBI) at Virginia Tech have developed a new technology that detects distinct genetic changes differentiating cancer patients from healthy individuals... Read More»
March 25, 2011: Penn study leads to new idea in treating pancreatic cancer
Sometimes in science, what you get wrong can be just as important as what you get right.Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania set out two years ago to prove that a new drug could marshal T cells, key players in the immune system, against  pancreatic cancer... Read More»
March 25, 2011: Will Medicaid reform cost more money, hurt the poor's access to courts?
One of the tenets of reforming Medicaid is cost predictability. But the decision today by the House to add lawsuit-limitation to its Medicaid reform bill has trial lawyers claiming that it'll cost more in the end... Read More»
March 24, 2011: Full genetic blueprint of blood cancer offers new insights
For the first time, US scientists have mapped the full genetic blueprint of 'multiple myeloma', a form of blood cancer. The study from 38 cancer samples might now offer clues to what causes the disease and may lead to new treatments... Read More»
March 24, 2011: Tamoxifen May Offer Long-Term Heart, Cancer Protection
Taking the breast cancer drug tamoxifen for the recommended five years protects women from breast cancer recurrence better than a two-year course of the drug and it also shields some women from cardiovascular disease, new research finds... Read More»
March 24, 2011: Delaware health: For many, cancer no longer Goliath
From the time he was 25 until he turned 40, Eric Campbell went to the funeral of a relative every year. The killer of his great uncles and great aunts -- most of whom were in their 60s and 70s -- was always the same: cancer... Read More»
March 24, 2011: Corbett says health-care challenges should go straight to Supreme Court
HARRISBURG - Gov. Corbett on Wednesday waded into the debate on the federal health-care law, urging the Obama administration to petition to have challenges of that law sent straight to the U.S. Supreme Court, bypassing lower appellate courts because of the urgency of the issue... Read More»
March 24, 2011: House Gives Preliminary Approval To Health Care Bill
After a full day and evening of debate, the Vermont House gave preliminary approval to health care reform legislation that's designed to put the state on the path toward a single payer system... Read More»
March 24, 2011: Health care's hidden costs: $363 billion
NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- A year after the passing of health reform, a new industry report revealed that consumers may be paying billions of dollars more in out-of-pocket health care expenses than was previously thought... Read More»
March 23, 2011: Did the drug industry get a raw deal on healthcare reform?
The President signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, AKA "Obamacare" or "Healthcare reform," into law on March 23, 2010. Though the law squeaked through with the (somewhat lukewarm) support of PhRMA, it was controversial within the industry... Read More»
March 23, 2011: Health care 'freedom' plan advances in Kan. Senate
A proposal aimed at blocking part of last year's federal health care overhaul from taking effect in Kansas has advanced in the state Senate... Read More»
March 23, 2011: Skin cancer risk is higher for rich women than for poor women, study finds
The rich really  are  different from the rest of us – at least when it comes to skin cancer... Read More»
March 23, 2011: Where are the health care all-stars?
Democrats are under siege as they mark the first anniversary of  health care reform  Wednesday — and they won't get much help from the star-studded, $125 million support group they were once promised... Read More»
March 23, 2011: 'Obamacare' is a failed experiment
It has been one year since Obamacare was signed into law... Read More»
March 23, 2011: For many, Affordable Care Act repeal is dead wrong
As an African-American man, I can expect my life to be six years shorter than that of the average American... Read More»
March 23, 2011: Buddy Ryan fighting cancer, but Jets coach Rex Ryan says 'tough old' father 'should be all right'
NEW ORLEANS  -  Rex Ryan  walked out of a meeting room Tuesday afternoon and pulled his cell phone out of his pocket and called his wife Michelle... Read More»
March 23, 2011: CMS innovation Web site will be tool to vet delivery models
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services formally launched its innovations Web site, where it plans to gather and test new ideas to improve the healthcare system for its Medicare, Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP)... Read More»
March 22, 2011: The Journey to a Successful ACO
What is the key to a successful accountable care organization? Hospital leaders across the country are asking this question as they await the release of ACO regulations. Some say employing physicians, some electronic health records... Read More»
March 22, 2011: RAC Demands Can Expose Rifts Between Hospital, Physicians
Demands for necessary documentation of claims by recovery audit contractors can expose lack of alignment between a hospital and its on-staff physicians, according to a  RAC Monitor  column by Leo Paul D'Orazio... Read More»
March 22, 2011: Reform opponents say recent Medicare ruling cause for concern
Opponents of the healthcare reform law are appealing a federal judge's ruling that seniors cannot opt out of a Medicare program without losing their Social Security benefits... Read More»
March 22, 2011: HHS Says 48,000 Have Used Medicare Drug Discounts This Year
The health care law's discount on brand-name drugs for some Medicare beneficiaries has been used by 48,000 people who saved a combined $38 million – $800 on average -- through the first two months of this year, according to the Department of Health and Human Services... Read More»
March 22, 2011: How to save money when you hit Medicare's Part D donut hole
I'm about to reach the "donut hole" coverage gap for my Medicare Part D plan. I would like to find out how the new discounts that Medicare is now offering works, and any other suggestions you may have on how to save on my prescription drugs... Read More»
March 22, 2011: Where we stand after federal health care reform law's first year
Nearly one year after federal health care reform was signed into law, the Affordable Care Act has introduced a number of consumer-friendly reforms to the insurance market... Read More»
March 22, 2011: How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect Jobs?
Opponents of health reform have made strong claims about the effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on jobs. Supporters of legislation to repeal the ACA, the so-called "Repealing the Job Destroying Health Care Law Act," argue that the law will increase unemployment in an already fragile economy... Read More»
March 21, 2011: Cross-country walker brings attention to prostate cancer
When Jim Hickey walked into Mokena last week, he already had conquered two snowstorms, a broken tibia and a severe foot problem. And he wasn't even halfway to his destination... Read More»
March 21, 2011: Georgia gears up to block U.S. health law from state
Georgia's Republican leaders oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and lawmakers are doing what they can to keep the law from coming to Georgia... Read More»
March 21, 2011: Asking military retirees to pay a bit more for health care is reasonable
"SIMPLY UNSUSTAINABLE." That is Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates's assessment of the spiraling cost of the health-care system for military personnel, retirees and their families. Mr. Gates is correct — and he is correct to press for  modest increases in premiums paid by those covered by the system, known as Tricare... Read More»
March 21, 2011: National health reform doesn't solve Tennesseans' insurance problems
It's not easy shopping for health insurance, whether you're in your 60s with a chronic condition or young, healthy and athletic. As the one-year anniversary of the federal health-care reform law approaches, little has changed for thousands of adults who have to pay their own way... Read More»
March 21, 2011: Health Law Waivers Draw Kudos, and Criticism
WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials say they were expecting praise from critics of the new health care law when they offered to exempt selected employers and labor unions from a requirement to provide at least $750,000 in coverage to each person in their  health insurance  plans this year... Read More»
March 18, 2011: Unbreakable bond: Sisters fight cancer together
On the morning Mary Pat Morajda learned she had Stage 1 breast cancer, her sister, Jan Terra, was receiving the same diagnosis... Read More»
March 18, 2011: Medicare won't set new rules on anemia drugs
A potential Medicare decision not to change payment rules on anemia drugs could be "nearly a best-case scenario" for Amgen Inc., one analyst said Thursday... Read More»
March 18, 2011: Primary Care Physician (PCP) Supply and Health Reform Medicaid Expansions
Mismatch Between States with Largest Expected Medicaid Enrollment Growth and Supply of PCPs to Treat Medicaid Patients; Temporary Increase in Medicaid Reimbursement Unlikely to Help Much... Read More»
March 18, 2011: Healthcare: Adjusting to Medicare cuts
Health care-related businesses that rely heavily on Medicare are increasingly feeling the squeeze of cuts in reimbursements by the government health care program for the elderly and disabled... Read More»
March 18, 2011: Florida Medicaid reform will need reforming: Don't just expand managed care
It would be too much like right for the Legislature to try creative solutions for the state's burgeoning Medicaid crisis. Instead, legislators are ready to take the expedient way out, by expanding statewide a five-county test program that even state analysts say isn't working... Read More»
March 18, 2011: Doctors: Provider taxes, cuts will undermine quality health care
MONTPELIER – Vermont medical professionals packed the Statehouse Wednesday to deliver a grim diagnosis: Proposed cuts in physician reimbursements and a tax hike on hospitals will undermine the quality of health care in the state... Read More»
March 17, 2011: Boy with cancer named MVP of National Tournament
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - Moments after leading his team to a national championship and being named the tournament's most valuable player, Michigan college basketball player Caleb Simons handed over his trophy to an inspirational 8-year-old who has cancer... Read More»
March 17, 2011: Whether Chronic Diseases Are Diagnosed May Depend on Where You Live
TUESDAY, March 15 (HealthDay News) -- The likelihood of Medicare patients being diagnosed with a chronic disease may depend on where they live, a disparity that makes it more difficult to assess the quality of care patients receive, a new study finds... Read More»
March 17, 2011: Before you get that CT scan …
While Congress debates the pros and cons of Obamacare, a silent revolution proceeds apace in American medicine. Actually, it is not totally silent; it is heralded by the low hum of the CT scanner... Read More»
March 17, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations Face Tough Future
Policymakers in several industrial countries are seeking to limit the rise in health care cost growth by supporting coordinated or integrated care programs, which differ from most prevailing forms of medical organization in how physicians are paid and how they work in groups... Read More»
March 17, 2011: Breast cancer treatments cut later risks, study indicates
SAN FRANCISCO — Treating early breast cancers with radiation and drugs, in addition to removing part of the breast itself, significantly decreases the risk of developing a more invasive form of cancer 15 years later, according to a new Stanford University study... Read More»
March 17, 2011: Pentagon Wants Vets To Pay More For Health Care
In the battle on Capitol Hill over federal spending cuts, one targeted group poses a particular quandary for Republicans and Democrats alike: working-age military veterans... Read More»
March 16, 2011: Cancer risk 'main threat in Japan'
The main health threat to people in the area around the quake-hit nuclear power plant in Japan is an increased cancer risk caused by exposure to radioactive materials, experts have said... Read More»
March 16, 2011: Why I voted to repeal health reform
We are one year removed from the passage of the Affordable Care Act and nearly two months past a vote in the House to repeal it. Since that first vote was cast, my constituents remind me at every town hall meeting I hold that they are overwhelmingly opposed to this law... Read More»
March 16, 2011: Healthcare Reform: All About Accountable Care Organizations and Why They Matter
At least in the wonkier corners of the healthcare debate, there's a lot of buzz about "accountable care organizations," or ACOs. If you don't understand what these are — well, you're not alone... Read More»
March 16, 2011: Julie Brunner: Three bold actions to control costs in health care
Few issues have become more politicized than health reform. Even before the start of federal reform process, the rising cost of care was leveraged to advance agendas: from the government-run, single-payer system to the free-market system with minimal public involvement... Read More»
March 16, 2011: Medicare Fraud Settlements Up 56% in FY 2010
Investments in Medicare fraud detection and enforcement are paying for themselves many times over with record-high recoveries of ill-gotten tax dollars, the Obama administration says... Read More»
March 16, 2011: Christie refuses to negotiate health care cost increase with N.J. public unions
TRENTON  — Representatives for Gov. Chris Christie have told the state's largest union that the administration's plan to sharply increase health care costs for public employees was not negotiable, union leaders said today... Read More»
March 15, 2011: Breast cancer may not change lifespan for older women
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Older women who are diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer can expect to live just as long as peers without breast cancer, according to a new study... Read More»
March 15, 2011: Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Creates Center for Accountable Care
The Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative has created a Center for Accountable Care to promote a patient-centered primary care model in accountable care organizations, according to a news release... Read More»
March 15, 2011: Bill Would Expand "Accountable" HealthCare In New Jersey
With 400-plus visits to Trenton area hospitals during 2010, Betty racked up some serious healthcare bills. She also wasn't getting any healthier. And as a homeless drug addict with no income or insurance, the cost of her care -- hundreds of thousands of dollars annually -- fell largely to the public... Read More»
March 15, 2011: Medicare paid $3.1M for Viagra, other erectile-dysfunction drugs
Despite a ban on funding for sexual or erectile-dysfunction treatments, Medicare improperly paid $3.1 million for the treatments over a two-year period, according to a new internal report... Read More»
March 15, 2011: Iowa Cancer Study Stresses Early Detection for Colorectal Cancer
IOWA CITY, Iowa - IOWA CITY-Lung cancer will cause three out of every ten cancer deaths in the state this year. That's just one of the alarming statistics released in Monday's "Cancer in Iowa: 2011″ report. The report shows lung, breast, prostate, and colorectal cancers are the most common in Iowa... Read More»
March 15, 2011: Regulators investigate Health Net security lapse involving personal information of 1.9 million people
State regulators have opened an investigation into the security practices of insurer Health Net Inc. after the Woodland Hills company revealed the loss of computerized records containing personal information related to about 1.9 million people... Read More»
March 15, 2011: Tricare target of Pentagon cuts as health care projected to reach $65B
Among government workers, one group enjoys lifetime health benefits virtually unmatched in the United States: military retirees. As soaring medical costs have forced steep cuts to benefits offered by government and private plans, the program, known as  Tricare , has grown more generous... Read More»
March 14, 2011: Health waivers for 2012, 2013 a question
The Obama administration, which has taken flak from Republicans for granting more than 1,000 one-year waivers for a portion of the healthcare reform law, still faces an important question of how to handle waivers in 2012 and 2013, before a major component of the law goes into effect... Read More»
March 14, 2011: The 'Obamacare' Gordian knot
In 333 B.C., Alexander the Great faced the challenge of untying the enormous and complicated Gordian Knot. Many had tried and, though the reward was a kingdom, all had failed... Read More»
March 14, 2011: Everyone prospers under health law
Just 12 months after the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act became law, the American people are enjoying new protections, greater freedoms and lower costs... Read More»
March 14, 2011: $3 billion lawsuit alleges Medicare underpayment to physicians
Seven California counties and three physicians have sued the Dept. of Health and Human Services for $3.2 billion, accusing the agency of Medicare underpayments to physicians... Read More»
March 14, 2011: Gazette opinion: What drug makers and Congress don't want you to know
Montana journalists' months-long effort to find out what the state Medicaid program pays for prescription drugs shows why right-to-know laws are important to citizens. Unfortunately, this quest also shows that secrecy laws can shut the public out... Read More»
March 14, 2011: Dems hope to taint Romney with health law praise
BOSTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and other top Democrats have been quick to lavish praise on former Massachusetts Republican Gov. Mitt Romney for signing the sweeping health care law in 2006 that laid the groundwork for Obama's national health care overhaul... Read More»
March 14, 2011: The significance of 'significant' cuts
ON A warm June night in 2003, with the clock approaching midnight, the Senate debated an amendment to increase Medicare premiums for retired couples earning more than $150,000. On a strong bipartisan vote, an effort to kill the proposal was soundly defeated, 59-38... Read More»
March 11, 2011: New Therapies for Metastatic Disease Addressed in Updated NCCN Guidelines for Breast Cancer
Highlighting important new treatment options for patients with breast cancer, Robert W. Carlson, MD, of Stanford Comprehensive Cancer Center, presented updates to the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines™) for Breast Cancer at the National Comprehensive Cancer Center® (NCCN®) 16th Annual Conference... Read More»
March 11, 2011: Betrayed by the AMA and Local Medical Societies, Physicians Simply Quit
SAN DIEGO, March 11, 2011 — "Internal medical politics is considered 'inside baseball' to most observers, but America's patients should know the real score of how this game is playing out in their towns," says Doctor Adam Dorin. In the aftermath of Obamacare, doctors across the United States have become wise to the ruse of representation falsely promised by their medical associations... Read More»
March 11, 2011: Waste, Fraud, and Abuse in Medicare and Medicaid Still Await Solutions
Recent hearings in both the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation and the Senate Finance Committee took a closer look at fraud within Medicare and Medicaid... Read More»
March 11, 2011: Aetna and Carilion Clinic Announce Plans to Collaborate on Accountable Care Organization
ROANOKE, Va. & HARTFORD, Conn.--( BUSINESS WIRE )--Aetna (NYSE:AET) and Carilion Clinic, the largest health care provider in southwest Virginia, today announced their intention to collaborate in an accountable care organization (ACO) initiative... Read More»
March 11, 2011: Health care's 'unicorn' gets real
Accountable care organizations may be even more mysterious than unicorns. No one has seen either one, "but at least we know what a unicorn looks like," quipped one health insurance executive, as he asked a question at the America's Health Insurance Plans conference... Read More»
March 11, 2011: Ryan says GOP ready to take on health programs
WASHINGTON -- Republicans in charge of the House are facing two unappealing options on the budget. One is to lead with their chins and offer politically toxic cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and, perhaps, Social Security... Read More»
March 11, 2011: States Appeal Some Portions of Ruling Dismissing Health-Care Law
March 11 (Bloomberg) -- Florida and 25 other states, after the U.S. appealed a ruling invalidating President Barack Obama's health-care law, said they will appeal portions of that decision and earlier ones in the case that were unfavorable to them... Read More»
March 10, 2011: Miami No. 1 in healthcare costs
Once again a new survey shows Miami has by far the highest healthcare costs in the nation. A study by Kaiser Health News of the latest available Medicare data shows that the costs of the average Miami senior's healthcare beats out any area of the country... Read More»
March 10, 2011: Sebelius: Defunding healthcare would cut off Medicare benefits
Republican plans to choke off funding for implementing the healthcare reform law would prevent Medicare from paying benefits for millions of seniors, according to the Obama administration's top health official... Read More»
March 10, 2011: Campaign 2012: The Kabuki phase
The idea, according to the invitation, was for Mitt Romney to "discuss his plans for the 2012 elections" at a "regional organizational meeting" of "the Romney Leadership Team" on Wednesday at the home of a major donor in Florida... Read More»
March 10, 2011: Patients suffer from doctors' poor communication
Sick as you may be when you enter a hospital emergency department, your health may be in even greater peril when you leave after treatment. A new study published by a health care think tank underscores how haphazard communication between ER doctors and primary care physicians can undermine effective care... Read More»
March 10, 2011: ACE Demonstration Project for Medicare Cardiac Patients Saving Lives and Improving Care
Denver, CO - The Acute Care Episode (ACE) demonstration  project officially went live at Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in November 2010 and a number of patients have now completed their care in the program... Read More»
March 10, 2011: ACO success in northern Calif. spreads to San Francisco
An early proponent of  accountable care organizations  (ACOs), Hill Physicians Medical Group in northern California, has expanded its success with ACOs in the Sacramento area to the San Francisco Bay area... Read More»
March 10, 2011: State Senate passes constitutional amendment to block healthcare reform law
St. Petersburg, FL - Headed by Republican Senate President Mike Haridopolos the state senate passed a proposed amendment to keep President Obama's healthcare overhaul out of Florida... Read More»
March 9th, 2011: Can exercise help lower cancer risk?
Whether or not you drop pounds, you can at least get more active. Though the evidence that this will lower your cancer risk is inconclusive so far, there are encouraging signs... Read More»
March 9th, 2011: Evaluating the Medicare Pilot Programs: Comparing ACOs and Bundled Payments
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act health reform legislation created several new types of provider arrangements that many hospitals and physician groups are evaluating. These organizational structures are intended to enhance the ability of hospitals, physicians and other types of providers to work together to enhance quality and reduce costs... Read More»
March 9th, 2011: Health Reform in TN: A Showdown, or a Waste of Time?
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee is close to telling the federal government that the state won't recognize all the provisions of the new health care overhaul passed by Congress last year. However, opponents say the bill now headed to the governor's desk will hold no weight, as laws passed by the U.S. Congress trump state laws... Read More»
March 9th, 2011: Health Insurance 30 Day Waiting Period - Health Care Reform Mandates
Online PR News – 08-March-2011  –In searching for  health insurance for individuals , consumers must start shopping earlier than usual due to health care reform requirements. Coverage must now begin thirty days after the time of application. This has caused many individuals and families to have a gap in coverage and go without full health insurance coverage for thirty days... Read More»
March 9th, 2011: Healthcare reform may not reduce medical bankruptcies, study suggests
Studying medical bankruptcies in Massachusetts, whose recent healthcare reform was a model for national reform, researchers found that while new insurance rules increased the number of people who had coverage, those rules did not improve coverage -- leaving many still struggling with medical debt... Read More»
March 9th, 2011: Philadelphia-area oncologist steps up work after surviving breast cancer
Eleven months ago, Lankenau Medical Center oncologist Marisa Weiss was forging ahead with her latest project, a step-by-step guide to reducing the risk of breast cancer. That's when a mammogram revealed her breast cancer... Read More»
March 9th, 2011: The Doctor's Wife in the Chemo Chair
Ruth's hair was gone from her first rounds of chemo, replaced by a collection of wigs that ranged from professional to va-va-voom. She was wearing one from the latter category, with thick red hair. "World's smallest transvestite," she had concluded when she saw herself in it the first time... Read More»
March 8, 2011: Pay for Performance in UK General Practice – The Ambiguous Impact of the Quality and Outcomes Framework
Introduction . Strong primary care is a prerequisite of cost-effective, equitable health systems and better population health ( 1 ). Introduced to the National Health Services of the four United Kingdom (UK) countries in 2004 for general practice, the Quality and Outcomes Framework (QOF) is the most comprehensive national primary care pay for performance (P4P) program in the world ( 2 )... Read More»
March 8, 2011: Primary care doctors in short supply
Daniel Talley was my first patient the morning after Congress passed health care reform a year ago. Talley is a soft-spoken truck driver and for most of the past 10 years has endured two kinds of pain: needle stabs from insulin injections to control diabetes and lack of health insurance... Read More»
March 8, 2011: Comparative Destructiveness
Jonathan Chait gets angry at the way Republicans, who claim to care about the deficit, propose saving money by cutting back on expenditures that are  needed to control health costs . Indeed. But there's a larger dynamic at work here than mere stupidity... Read More»
March 8, 2011: N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue Vetoes Challenge to Health Care Reform Bill
North Carolina won't be joining the list of states challenging federal health care reform legislation -- not yet, anyway. Over the weekend, Gov. Bev Perdue, a Democrat, vetoed legislation passed by the GOP-controlled state legislature that challenges a provision that would require the purchase of health insurance... Read More»
March 8, 2011: Pancreatic cancer: Killer disease, shameful lack of research dollars
Like so many in her predicament, with bodies ravaged by a killer disease they don't yet know they have, Donna Spelman ignored the signs. The stomach cramps were symptoms of a broken heart, she thought, the stabbing pains of loss from burying her husband of 42 years mere months before... Read More»
March 8, 2011: Medigap supplemental coverage can be too pricey for younger Medicare beneficiaries
One night three years ago, Joe Hobson finished reading a book, went to sleep and woke up blind. The problem, caused by a rare hereditary disease, forced him to give up his 20-year communications job, along with its generous health insurance... Read More»
March 8, 2011: Health care train wreck's here
G ov.  Deval Patrick  is absolutely right: Don't blame Cleve Killingsworth for your insurance premiums going up so high, so fast. Blame the man who's truly responsible — Deval Patrick... Read More»
March 7, 2011: Number of healthcare reform law waivers climbs above 1,000
The number of temporary healthcare reform waivers granted by the Obama administration to organizations climbed to more than 1,000, according to new numbers disclosed by the Department of Health and Human Services... Read More»
March 7, 2011: Health rules confuse small businesses
It's been 26 years since Lew Prince paid the first premium to provide health insurance for the staff of his small business, Vintage Vinyl in the Delmar Loop... Read More»
March 7, 2011: Minn. professor teaches through terminal illness
ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — When Monte Bute's family found out he was dying, they told him to get out and see the world. Go someplace warm. Do what he always wanted to do... Read More»
March 7, 2011: North Carolina Democratic Governor Vetoes GOP Challenge to Health Care Law
Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue has vetoed a Republican-backed challenge to the federal health care overhaul that North Carolina's attorney general argues is unenforceable... Read More»
March 7, 2011: As Health Costs Soar, G.O.P. and Insurers Differ on Cause
MANCHESTER, N.H. — Workers at a circuit-board factory here just saw their  health insurance  premiums rise 20 percent. At Buddy Zaremba's print shop nearby, the increase was 37 percent... Read More»
March 7, 2011: Municipal health care costs debated in Mass.
H ealth care for municipal employees in Massachusetts will be an issue front and center at the Statehouse this week... Read More»
March 7, 2011: HEALTH CARE AND THE SUPREME COURT
Bill Pierce  is a senior vice president in APCO Worldwide's Washington, D.C., office. He specializes in advising health care clients; his work includes policy development, issue advocacy, message development, crisis communication and media relations... Read More»
March 4, 2011: Blue Cross CEO got $8.6m in exit deal
Cleve L. Killingsworth, who abruptly resigned last March as chief executive of the nonprofit Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, collected $8.6 million in compensation from the state's largest health insurer in 2010 Read More»
March 4, 2011: Barack Obama reelection starts cash chase
President Barack Obama's 2012 fundraising team has begun nailing down major cash commitments from top donors during a coast-to-coast "listening" tour — the surest sign to date that the vaunted Obama money machine is back in business Read More»
March 4, 2011: Study Finds Third of Cancer Patients on Opioids Are Confused
About a third of cancer patients taking opioid painkillers experience cognitive problems such as confusion, disorientation and forgetfulness, a new study finds Read More»
March 4, 2011: Health-Care Centerpiece in Law Lacks Clarity, FTC Member Says
Thomas Rosch, a Republican member of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, urged the Obama administration to clarify a centerpiece of the new health-care law that raises antitrust issues. Read More»
March 4, 2011: Hospital-Physician Relationships & Accountable Care Organizations
Blue Shield of California is teaming with five healthcare providers to form two accountable care organizations, according to a news release. Read More»
March 4, 2011: GOP House Budget Chairman Ryan Pushes Medicare Vouchers
House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan vowed Thursday to include aggressive reforms of Medicare in the budget proposal he is beginning to craft. Ryan reiterated his controversial idea to issue vouchers to beneficiaries. Read More»
March 4, 2011: States Urged to Pass and Defend Patient Protection Laws Requiring Insurers to Cover Costs of Colon Cancer Screening
Passage of laws requiring insurance providers to cover the costs of colon cancer screenings has stalled over the past two years and advocates are bracing to protect existing legislation in states that currently guarantee access to these lifesaving tests,... Read More»
March 4, 2011: Greenville & Spartanburg: Surging Hospital Employment of Physicians Poses Opportunities and Challenges
In a market already notable for high rates of physician employment, the two largest hospital systems, Greenville Hospital System University Medical Center (GHS) and Spartanburg Regional, have greatly increased employment of physicians in recent years... Read More»
March 3, 2011: WSJ/NBC Poll: Hands Off Medicare, Social Security
Republicans might want to talk about revamping Medicare and Social Security, but most voters don't want to hear it Read More»
March 3, 2011: AARP survey finds N.J. seniors are facing financial, health care hardships
Peter Van Ness used to be the picture of financial health: perfect credit scores, quick to pay down his credit cards, never late on bills. During 50 years of work, he said, not once did he need help making ends meet. Read More»
March 3, 2011: Diabetics have higher risk of death from cancer
Doctors know that diabetics have a higher than normal risk of dying of heart attacks or strokes, but new research on Wednesday showed that having diabetes also ups the risk of dying from many cancers and other diseases Read More»
March 3, 2011: Few Support 'Individual Mandate' in Health Care Reform Law, Poll Finds
March 1 (HealthDay News) — Half of U.S. adults still oppose the "individual mandate" clause in the new health care reform law that requires all Americans not already insured to purchase health insurance, while only 22 percent support... Read More»
March 3, 2011: Health care reform's top 10 tax consequences and benefits
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 has become one of the most complex and wide-ranging laws in recent American history. Read More»
March 3, 2011: Health care: Big change in drug costs for seniors
Under health care reform, consumers will see several new changes to their insurance coverage this year, the most significant of which affects the nation's 47 million Medicare beneficiaries Read More»
March 2, 2011: Roche gets EU backing for Avastin in breast cancer
Roche Holding AG (ROG.VX) Wednesday said the European Commission is backing its cancer medicine Avastin for treating breast cancer patients, providing support to the Swiss pharma giant's drug franchise that has come under increasing pressure from... Read More»
March 2, 2011: Study: Women With Smoking History Have Higher Risk Of Breast Cancer
Women with a current or past history of smoking are more likely to develop breast cancer. Read More»
March 2, 2011: Our view: Obama's health care reform – Unworkable
If those opposed to the radical changes in President Barack Obama's signature legislation — the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — wait long enough, perhaps the law will fail quietly under its own weight Read More»
March 2, 2011: McMorris Rodgers: Congress must address growing Medicaid costs due to Obamacare
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, released the following statement after today's Committee hearing, The Consequences of ObamaCare: Impact on Medicaid and State Health Care Reform: Read More»
March 2, 2011: AARP says thank you to governor
AARP commends Gov. Christie for supporting a budget for the state's two pharmaceutical assistance programs, PAAD and Senior Gold. Read More»
March 2, 2011: Infection-control may be a key to lowering cost of health care
One key criticism of the national health care reform law is that it expands access to care but does not produce substantial savings. Read More»
March 2, 2011: Online coalition of doctors, nurses and pharmacists answers questions about health-care law
At a time when many Americans are confused about the healthcare overhaul law, a coalition of groups representing doctors, nurses, pharmacists and consumers has launched a website to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act.  Read More»
March 2, 2011: The Doctor Who Knew Too Much
"You know more than you should."  Read More»
March 1, 2011: The NFL Scouting Combine is one more step on Mark Herzlich's path
Cancer threatened to prevent Mark Herzlich from getting here, but getting here is what helped Herzlich beat cancer.  Read More»
March 1, 2011: Feds must jump to fix Canada's 'deeply troubled' health system: top doctor
The federal government must get off the sidelines and take an active role in fixing Canada's "deeply troubled" health-care system, the country's top doctor said Monday Read More»
March 1, 2011: Accountable Care Organizations: The End of Innovation in Medicine?
The Obama administration is pinning its hopes for controlling Medicare costs on accountable care organizations (ACOs)—a system in which groups of doctors are given responsibility for a large population of patients, with a share of the doctors' reimbursement... Read More»
March 1, 2011: WSU Physician Group, Medical Network One to form company
Wayne State University Physician Group, a 2,000-physician academic medical group in Detroit, and Medical Network One, a Rochester-based physician organization with 750 physicians, have agreed to form a joint company that could contract with private insurers... Read More»
March 1, 2011: Neb. to test new approach to health care delivery
Nebraska has launched a two-year pilot program that tests a patient-centered approach to health care Read More»
March 1, 2011: Politics and bedfellows …
President Obama on Monday made favorable mention of Mitt Romney's role in expanding health-care coverage in Massachusetts, highlighting what has become a giant political liability for the former governor and likely 2012 Republican candidate for.. Read More»
March 1, 2011: Hatch: Health law a 'dumb-ass' program
GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch (Utah) reportedly directed a few profane insults toward President Obama's healthcare law in a speech late last week.  Read More»
February 28, 2011: WHAT WISCONSIN PREDICTS FOR HEALTHCARE REFORM
If you'd like a preview of what your medical care might look like after 2014, when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) is fully implemented, take a look at schools in Wisconsin: they're closed. Read More»
February 28, 2011: Making Health Reform Work
Almost 40 years ago Justice Thurgood Marshall wrote that the antitrust laws are a "consumer welfare prescription."  Read More»
February 28, 2011: Medicare sued again over doctor payment differential
Yet another class action lawsuit has been filed in an attempt to remedy a 10-year-old problem: Medicare underpayments that doctors say result in overcharging patients in more than 200 counties nationwide including Santa Cruz. Read More»
February 28, 2011: Judges' agreement on healthcare penalties not being a tax is key
Federal judges who have ruled on the constitutionality of healthcare reform have split along but party lines, but they all agree on one thing: The law's fine for failing to obtain health coverage is a penalty, not a tax. Read More»
February 28, 2011: THE HILL POLL: On shutdown, more voters would blame Dems
Twenty-nine percent of likely voters would blame Democrats for a government shutdown, compared to 23 percent who would hold Republicans responsible, according to a new poll conducted for The Hill. Read More»
February 28, 2011: Add Healthcare Policy to Medical School Curriculum, Doctors Say
Medical student and resident education has to include instruction on how healthcare systems function — especially with the advent of complicated national healthcare reforms, University of Michigan physicians said Read More»
February 25, 2011: Another ObamaCare Concession
The White House has apparently decided that it won't enforce the unpopular parts of its health-care plan until after the 2012 election.  Read More»
February 25, 2011: Arizona health-care providers concerned over bills
Health-care providers say they're under siege from the Legislature, battling against a raft of proposals to shrink the public system and bring illegal-immigration enforcement into hospital corridors and doctors' offices Read More»
February 25, 2011: Health care law challenge is 'unenforceable,' N.C. AG says
State Attorney General Roy Cooper says a North Carolina challenge to the federal health care overhaul is "unenforceable" and could endanger federal health care funding to the state. Read More»
February 25, 2011: Why Doctors Order Too Many Tests (It's Not Just to Avoid Lawsuits)
Advanced radiology tests such as CT scans, MRIs and ultrasounds have dramatically changed how patients are diagnosed and treated. Read More»
February 25, 2011: Scott Walker's budget could hit Medicaid
Hiding out at a secret location in Illinois, Wisconsin state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout ends every media interview with the same warning: Republican Gov. Scott Walker's attack on public employee unions is overshadowing another part of his budget plan that.. Read More»
February 24, 2011: $3.2B Lawsuit Targets Medicare Underpayments
Medicare's antiquated system knowingly hurts patient care by underpaying doctors in 200 counties in 32 states, according to a $3.2 billion lawsuit filed by seven California counties and physicians, who want to force the agency to fix the system. Read More»
February 24, 2011: State Proposal Would Limit Annual Medicaid Rise
The State Health Department on Thursday will propose a cap on yearly increases in Medicaid financing that will require across-the-board spending cuts by health care providers.  Read More»
February 24, 2011: NC health care challenge given final OK
A Republican bill that would prompt North Carolina to challenge the 2010 federal health care overhaul won final legislative approval Tuesday and is headed to Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue, who seems to want to avoid another standoff wiith the new GOP... Read More»
February 24, 2011: When Care Is Split Between Medicare And Medicaid: KHN Interview With Melanie Bella
Nearly 9 million poor and sick Americans are "dually eligible" for both Medicare, the federal health care program for seniors and disabled individuals, and Medicaid, the joint federal health system for low-income people... Read More»
February 24, 2011: Tennessee Legislature Fights Back Against Health Reform
Tennessee is a step closer to telling the federal government that the state won't implement the health care overhaul Congress passed last year Read More»
February 24, 2011: Comparison Between US Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations and Medicare Coverage
Purpose The US Preventives Services Task Force (USPSTF) is authorized by the US government to review and disseminate the scientific evidence for clinical preventive services. Read More»
February 23, 2011: TPPF, State Leaders: Medicaid Growth Is "Unsustainable"
The Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank, joined with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and House Public Health Chair Lois Kolkhorst this morning to offer solutions to the state's Medicaid cost crunch Read More»
February 23, 2011: Our Unsafe Healthcare System Is The Issue, Not Caps on Tort Settlements
A little-noticed proposal in the President's budget managed to squeak by without a ripple in the media, or comment from savvy political pundits and progressive activists. Read More»
February 23, 2011: Ariz. Senate panel votes to kill Medicaid program
A divided Arizona Senate committee voted Wednesday to eliminate the cash-short state's Medicaid program and replace it with a much smaller system that would cover only a fraction of low-income people now served. Read More»
February 23, 2011: Hospital chain bills for high malnutrition rate
Redding, near Mount Shasta, and Victorville, in the Mojave Desert, have little in common but an unusual statistic: In each city, a hospital has reported alarming rates of a Third World nutritional disorder among its Medicare patients Read More»
February 23, 2011: Breast Cancer Screening Less Accurate in Survivors
Screening mammography is less accurate at spotting breast cancer if a woman has had the disease before, according to a new government-funded study Read More»
February 23, 2011: GOP lawmakers approve health care reform challenge
A Republican-penned bill seeking North Carolina to challenge the 2010 health care overhaul law passed the House on Tuesday.  Read More»
February 23, 2011: Wayne Oliver Discusses Accountable Care Organizations with Jackson & Coker
One of the most significant impacts of health care reform is the adoption and implementation of Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs), according to Wayne Oliver, Vice President with the Center for Health Transformation, founded by former Speaker of the.. Read More»
February 22, 2011: States Pushing Managed Long-Term Care For Elderly And Disabled Medicaid Patients
Two years after Holly Hawthorne was severely brain damaged when her motorcycle was hit by a bus in India, she passed a huge milestone in January: She moved out of a nursing home here and into the house where she grew up Read More»
February 22, 2011: Healthcare experts favor reform
Despite mixed reviews by the general public, nine of 10 leaders in U.S. health policy say healthcare reform sets the right course, a survey indicates. Read More»
February 22, 2011: Long-Term Care Needs Changes, Officials Say
One of Senator Edward M. Kennedy's legacies in the new health care law, intended to allow the chronically ill and people with disabilities to continue living in their homes, is too costly to survive without major changes, Obama administration officials... Read More»
February 22, 2011: Poll: Fewer states are solidly blue
More than a dozen blue states turned purple between 2008 and 2010, Gallup found in its analysis of party affiliations in daily tracking polls. Read More»
February 22, 2011: When the Doctor's Wife Has Cancer
As a medical student 20 years ago, I learned all about anatomy, physiology and pharmacology. Read More»
February 22, 2011: 5 Things You Need To Understand About Looming Health Care Changes
In case you missed the news, Gov. Deval Patrick put the state on notice last week that over the next five years, he wants the entire Massachusetts health care system to shift to a new way of working. Read More»
February 22, 2011: Community oncology: Ensuring the best standards of care
Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a devastating experience. Still under the shock of the bad news, patients must make many choices including who to turn to for advice and treatment, with the possibility to choose among a comprehensive cancer center, a university... Read More»
February 21, 2011: Four Medicare Misconceptions
The federal Medicare program is popular among older Americans, but that doesn't mean it's easy to navigate. Read More»
February 21, 2011: Pathologists Are Included in the Updated CMS "Physician Compare" Website
Medicare officials are making progress in their efforts to help patients "shop" for doctors, including pathologists. It has gone live with a new website called "Physician Compare." This website offers many search functions not previously available. Read More»
February 21, 2011: Meaningful results
Most healthcare leaders who participated in this year's Modern Healthcare/Modern Physician Survey of Executive Opinions on Key Information Technology Issues are optimistic they will achieve meaningful use of electronic health records—sometime (free subscription content)... Read More»
February 21, 2011: Government Study Finds Lack of Progress in Preventing Medical Errors
Hospital errors and other forms of medical malpractice that cause serious injuries and wrongful deaths remain disturbingly frequent.  Read More»
February 21, 2011: Who Rules America? Retired People.
The great question haunting Washington's budget debate is whether our elected politicians will take back government from AARP, the 40 million–member organization that represents retirees and near retirees. Read More»
February 21, 2011: Hospitals eye improved readmission rates to avoid Medicare cut
Northeast Ohio health care providers are looking to slow the rate at which people with chronic diseases return to the hospital in order to pre-empt a move by the federal government to siphon Medicare dollars from those institutions with high readmission (subscription required)... Read More»
February 18, 2011: Lawmakers look to pay doctors, hospitals based on quality of care
The state would pay doctors and hospitals based on the quality rather than the quantity of care they provide under two bills introduced in the Texas Legislature Wednesday Read More»
February 18, 2011: Watson in the examining room?
Are you ready for Watson to join you and your doctor in the examining room? Read More»
February 18, 2011: Medicare Fraud Task Force arrests 111 doctors, nurses and executives in 'largest-ever' federal healthcare sweep
The defendants, including five in Los Angeles, allegedly cheated the government out of more than $225 million in false billing schemes Read More»
February 18, 2011: Health Coverage: All in the Family
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act generally requires companies to expand health-care coverage, namely to employees' adult children up to age 26 who were not previously eligible.  Read More»
February 18, 2011: Docs should tweet with care
Twitter can be a boon for doctors, but physicians who engaged on the social media site must tread carefully to avoid violating restrictions and laws related to patient privacy, researchers say. Read More»
February 18, 2011: Exclusive Interview: HHS Secretary Discusses Budget, Health Reform
Kathleen Sebelius, the daughter of a governor who went on to become a governor, is two years into her tenure at HHS — the ideal time for a midterm report Read More»
February 18, 2011: GOP says Md. moving too fast on health care reform
Maryland Republicans criticized Gov. Martin O'Malley's administration on Thursday for moving too quickly to implement federal health care reform that could be changed or stopped in federal court cases. Read More»
February 17, 2011: CMS Charts Provide Breakdown on Expenditures of Health Care
Charts on the nation's health dollar in 2009: where it went and where it came from. Read More»
February 17, 2011: Deficit Plan Details Emerge
A bipartisan group of senators is considering legislation that would trigger new taxes and budget cuts if Congress fails to meet a set of mandatory spending targets and other fiscal goals aimed at reducing federal deficits. Read More»
February 17, 2011: Steve Jobs Is Receiving Cancer Treatment at a Clinic in Stanford, According to the National Enquirer
RadarOnline says it has confirmation that Apple co-founder Steve Jobs is receiving treatment at the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California, the same place where Patrick Swayze sought chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer. Read More»
February 17, 2011: Study: Doctors order tests out of fear of lawsuits
CT scans, MRIs and other pricey imaging tests are often more for the doctor's benefit than the patient's, new research confirms.  Read More»
February 17, 2011: California Employers Voice Concerns Over ACOs
Rapid accountable care organization developments may offset the model's intended benefits and reap problems with transparency, market power and higher prices for private sector consumers, according to a letter from the Pacific Business Group on.. Read More»
February 17, 2011: Many State Medicare Beneficiaries Readmitted to Hospitals in 30 Days
In California, about 20% of Medicare beneficiaries — or 81,000 individuals — end up back in the hospital within 30 days of being discharged, usually for reasons related to their initial admission, according to a new study, the San Francisco... Read More»
February 17, 2011: Lose weight, quit smoking or lose Medicaid benefits?
Sen. Joe Negron wants fat Floridians and smokers to get healthy or else. Read More»
February 17, 2011: Annual prostate cancer testing not necessary for some
Less may be more when it comes to prostate cancer screening, says a new study released this week at the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium in Orlando, Florida. Read More»
February 17, 2011: Under Siege — The Individual Mandate for Health Insurance and Its Alternatives
The battle over the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) rages on: in January, House Republicans passed legislation repealing the ACA, but the measure failed to clear the Democratic-controlled Senate Read More»
February 16, 2011: More physicians opting out of Medicare
Some Mini-Cassia seniors may have a harder time finding a physician as more doctors continue to opt out of Medicare or limit the number of Medicare patients they accept. Read More»
February 16, 2011: Mass. towns owe workers $20 billion for health care
Massachusetts' largest 50 cities and towns will owe $20 billion to pay for their public workers' health care, an "exploding" cost that could force them to cut services taxpayers need, a new study said on Tuesday. Read More»
February 16, 2011: Could Hair Loss at 20 Signal Higher Prostate Cancer Risk?
Men with prostate cancer may be twice as likely to have started showing signs of male pattern baldness at the age of 20 than those without prostate cancer, a new French study suggests.  Read More»
February 16, 2011: Sanofi Agrees to Buy Genzyme for $20.1 Billion
Sanofi-Aventis said on Wednesday that it had agreed to buy Genzyme for $20.1 billion, plus an additional sum pegged to performance.  Read More»
February 16, 2011: Health care reform will change hospice
The Eastern Shore of Virginia's hospice care providers along with the rest of the nation will have to grapple with major changes during the next few years, according to the chief executive officer of the national organization representing hospice... Read More»
February 16, 2011: Medicare, Obamacare future? Snip, snip, snip.
Congress is going to have to tackle rising health-care costs in Medicare and "Obamacare." House Republicans can try to repeal Obamacare or starve it for funds. Democrats can beat back such attempts. But the laws of economics still rule Read More»
February 15, 2011: Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative Stakeholders' Meeting Builds on Primary Care Foundation for Health Care Transformation
Transformation in health care is moving forward, building on primary care and crucial elements of the patient centered medical home as a foundation. Expert speaker panels will explore how physician practices and demonstration projects on the local, state.. Read More»
February 15, 2011: Hospital-Physician Relationships & Accountable Care Organizations
Dearborn, Mich.-based United Outstanding Physicians, a physician organization with more than 1,000 physicians, has launched an accountable care organization, according to a Crain's Detroit Business report Read More»
February 15, 2011: New 3D Mammograms to Help Detect Cancer?
In a recent vote, the Food and Drug Administration agreed to approve the Selenia Dimensions System – a new three-dimensional mammography system used to screen patients for potential breast cancer. Read More»
February 15, 2011: Report: CMS to Scrap Lab Signature Requirement (Maybe)
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will withdraw a requirement that laboratory requisition forms be signed by the ordering physician, according to two associations representing clinical labs. Read More»
February 15, 2011: Health Care Reform That Is Unconstitutional
A second federal judge has declared ObamaCare, the so-called Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, to be unconstitutional. The issue is destined for the Supreme Court Read More»

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