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Assessing the ACA's Impact on Access to Care Among Cancer Survivors

Assessing the ACA's Impact on Access to Care Among Cancer Survivors

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Changes in access to care from 2010 to 2016 were evaluated.

Patients With Cancer May Face Hospital Outcome Differences Based on Medicare Data

Patients With Cancer May Face Hospital Outcome Differences Based on Medicare Data

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Patients with cancer may face differences in outcome depending on risk adjustment based on Medicare administrative data.

Oncologists Offer Recommendations for Lowering Cost of Cancer Drugs

Oncologists Offer Recommendations for Lowering Cost of Cancer Drugs

Soaring costs for cancer drugs are detrimental to patient care in the United States, say a group of oncologists.

Insurance Coverage Differs by Demographics, Cancer Type

Insurance Coverage Differs by Demographics, Cancer Type

Patient demographics and cancer type are major contributing factors for the variation in rates of insurance coverage.

Cologuard At-Home Test Now Covered by Several Health Plans

Cologuard At-Home Test Now Covered by Several Health Plans

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Exact Sciences Corp., maker of Cologuard, announced that several insurers are now covering the non-invasive colon cancer at-home test.

Uninsured Patients Incur Higher Costs of Cancer Care

Uninsured Patients Incur Higher Costs of Cancer Care

Uninsured patients may be charged anywhere from two to 43 times what private insurance plans or Medicare pay for chemotherapy medications.

Pressures Mount for Cancer Care Providers, ASCO Report Warns

Pressures Mount for Cancer Care Providers, ASCO Report Warns

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Representatives from ASCO held a Congressional briefing to detail their new report's findings.

Cancer Surgery Cost Not Linked with Hospital Volume

Cancer Surgery Cost Not Linked with Hospital Volume

Medicare payments influenced by postoperative complications, cost of index hospitalization in cancer patients.

ASCO Calls for Medicaid Reform to Improve Cancer Care for Low-Income Americans

ASCO Calls for Medicaid Reform to Improve Cancer Care for Low-Income Americans

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ASCO issued a new policy statement that outlines nine specific recommendations to reform Medicaid and improve treatment for low-income patients with cancer.

Medicare to Pay for Early Lung Cancer Screening for Qualified Individuals

Medicare to Pay for Early Lung Cancer Screening for Qualified Individuals

Annual low-dose computed tomography (CT) lung cancer screen for high-risk individuals will be covered by Medicare.

Breast Cancer Patients Aided by Medicare Subsidy Payments

Breast Cancer Patients Aided by Medicare Subsidy Payments

'Extra Help' program leads to more women on hormone therapy for breast cancer treatment.

Chemotherapy Prescription Patterns Changed Before Medicare Act

Chemotherapy Prescription Patterns Changed Before Medicare Act

Chemotherapy pattern findings based on analysis before and after the Medicare Modernization Act.

Lung Cancer Screening Found Cost-Effective in Medicare

Lung Cancer Screening Found Cost-Effective in Medicare

Findings among Medicare lung cancer screening beneficiaries at high-risk due to past smoking.

Cancer Care Worse with Medicaid, No Insurance

Cancer Care Worse with Medicaid, No Insurance

Those with non-Medicaid insurance more likely to have surgery, radiation, and live longer.

States Concerned About Higher-Than-Expected Medicaid Enrollment

States Concerned About Higher-Than-Expected Medicaid Enrollment

Millions signing up for Medicaid to comply with federal health care law.

Millions on Medicare Received Free Preventive Services

Millions on Medicare Received Free Preventive Services

Due to ACA, more than 25.4 million Original Medicare beneficiaries received at least one free preventive service in 2013

Report: Sequester Cuts Hurt Future Oncology Research Capacity

Report: Sequester Cuts Hurt Future Oncology Research Capacity

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Unless the federal budget sequester is resolved, the impacts to oncology and biomedical research in 2014 could be long-lasting and severe.

Physician Cuts Protested by American Medical Groups

Physician Cuts Protested by American Medical Groups

Mass cancellations of physicians in Medicare Advantage plans in many states prompts protests.

Enrollment Deadline for Health Insurance Extended

Enrollment Deadline for Health Insurance Extended

Insurance enrollment deadline is extended while White House pledges to double capacity of HealthCare.gov website by the end of month.

Medicaid Expansion Will Up Health Coverage

Medicaid Expansion Will Up Health Coverage

Many will benefit from Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act, but some will still fall through the cracks.

Insurance Exchanges Offer Options for the Uninsured

Insurance Exchanges Offer Options for the Uninsured

Tax credits will benefit low and moderate earners.

More Options, Lower Premiums With Insurance Exchanges

More Options, Lower Premiums With Insurance Exchanges

HHS report finds health insurance premiums will be even less than expected.

JCO Study: Impact of Gene Patenting Ruling Will be Minimal

JCO Study: Impact of Gene Patenting Ruling Will be Minimal

Authors of a study point to previous rulings and scientific advances that will minimize the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling that human genes cannot be patented.

Medical Errors Common in Pediatric Cancer Outpatients

Medical Errors Common in Pediatric Cancer Outpatients

In pediatric cancer patients who receive medications at home, the rate of errors is 3.6 with injury per 100 patients, according to a study published online in Pediatrics.

Two Studies Examine Breast Cancer Tx Delay Time, Medicaid Mastectomy Rates

Two Studies Examine Breast Cancer Tx Delay Time, Medicaid Mastectomy Rates

For young women with breast cancer, a longer treatment delay time is associated with decreased survival; and women with early-stage breast cancer with Medicaid are more likely to undergo mastectomy than those with private insurance.

Racial Disparities Seen in Medicaid Patients with Head and Neck Cancers

Racial Disparities Seen in Medicaid Patients with Head and Neck Cancers

Among Medicaid beneficiaries diagnosed with head and neck cancer, considerable racial disparities exist in treatment patterns and survival.

Editorial Discusses How Budget Sequestration will Impact Health Care

Editorial Discusses How Budget Sequestration will Impact Health Care

The impact of sequestration will have far-reaching consequences in health care, according to a perspective piece published online March 20 in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Health Centers to Lose $120 Million of Funding in 2013

Health Centers to Lose $120 Million of Funding in 2013

Budget sequestration, which is expected to reduce federal spending, is likely to result in a $120 million loss in grant funding for the nation's 1,200 community health centers in 2013.

Public Reporting of Individual Hospital Cancer-Specific Quality Metrics Recommended

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Major challenges exist for hospitals with respect to publicly reported cancer metrics, according to research presented at SSO 2013.

When Less is More: Personalized Care in Cancer Patients

When Less is More: Personalized Care in Cancer Patients

Although it would be reasonable to assume that healthcare professionals regularly treat their patients with evidence-based therapies and medicines, healthcare costs may demonstrate otherwise.

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