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2014 COA Community Oncology Conference Coverage (4/18/2014) - Our friends at OBR Oncology have posted a full report of the 2014 COA Community Oncology Conference. In their coverage they have a number of videos including a discussion of What’s Impacting Cancer Care? with COA’s own Executive Director Ted Okon, a Community Oncology 2.0 Medical Home Report with Dr. Daniel McKeller, MD, and How to Innovate [...]
New Jerseyans Find It Hard To Find Doctors Who Accept Their Insurance (4/18/2014) - By ANDREW KITCHENMAN Quest for physicians who take their health coverage proves much more difficult for NJ residents compared to national average New Jersey residents are more than four times as likely as the national average to have difficulty finding a doctor who accepts their health insurance, according to a new Rutgers University report. Of state residents [...]
Cancer Doctors Plan to Compare Value of Expensive Drugs (4/17/2014) - By Sasha Damouni and Robert Langreth The world’s largest organization of cancer doctors plans to rate the cost effectiveness of expensive oncology drugs, and will urge physicians to use the ratings to discuss the costs with their patients. The American Society of Clinical Oncologyis weighing efficacy, side effects and price using an algorithm to determine the [...]
ASCO Releases First Three Guidelines on Cancer Survivorship Care (4/16/2014) - The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) today issued three evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on the prevention and management of symptoms that affect many cancer survivors—neuropathy, fatigue and depression, and anxiety. The guidelines are the first three in a planned series of guidelines on survivorship care. The recommendations reinforce the need to care for the [...]
Wonkbook: Why Doctors Are Upset About The Medicare Payment Data Release (4/14/2014) - Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: $121 million. That’s the sum of what the top 10 billers charged for Medicare in 2012. Wonkbook’s Chart of the Day: This chart shows a close relationship between wage inequality among women and the minimum wage. Wonkbook’s Top 5 Stories: (1) The limitations on that Medicare data; (2) what the Fed minutes tell us; (3) [...]
Meet The Woman Who Is About To Become The Biggest Name In Health Care (4/14/2014) - BY JASON MILLMAN OMB Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) Sylvia Mathews Burwell is about to become the biggest name in health care after news broke Thursday night that she will be the nominee to replace the resigning Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. If confirmed, Burwell, who is the current director of the [...]
COA Issues Statement on Release of Medicare Data (4/11/2014) - COA strongly disagrees with the release of physician-specific Medicare reimbursement claims data and the manner in which CMS released the data. You can read the statement issued by COA here.
Sebelius To Resign As HHS Chief (4/11/2014) - By Elise Viebeck, Jonathan Easley and Justin Sink Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will resign from President Obama’s Cabinet on Friday, ceding her role as the top official in charge of ObamaCare. Obama intends to replace Sebelius, who has come under fire for the botched rollout of the federal ObamaCare exchange, with Sylvia Burwell, [...]