May 7th 2015
A partnership between the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network and Perthera, a self-described "concierge" for molecular diagnostic testing, is aiming to give patients with this hard-to-treat cancer the ability to determine the best course of treatment.
March 31st 2015
Eligibility criteria set by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services for coverage of low-dose computed tomography for individuals deemed at high risk for lung cancer may actually exclude many potential lung cancer patients who would benefit from screening.
March 19th 2015
Leaders in Congress today reached a bipartisan, bicameral deal to permanently repeal and replace Medicare's sustainable growth-rate formula for paying physicians.
February 6th 2015
Medicare will immediately cover lung cancer screening with low-dose computed tomography for high-risk individuals, including current and former smokers.
January 20th 2015
Clinicians who treat patients with multiple myeloma have witnessed a sea change in the past 15 years. Yet another revolution appears right around the corner.
January 4th 2015
After months of delay, the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC), with jurisdiction over most molecular diagnostic tests used to treat cancer, made a series of decisions this fall that will allow Medicare reimbursement for several well-known tests, including 3 used in the treatment of prostate cancer.
December 29th 2014
Sweeping changes to the way America delivers care at the end of life would better serve patients and their families, while achieving the goals sought in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) of better health, cost savings, and especially patient satisfaction
September 17th 2014
As precision medicine continues to evolve in cancer care, the development of highly sophisticated tests that leverage the explosion of knowledge about the molecular and protein characteristics of an individual patient's tumor has emerged as its own scientific frontier.
June 24th 2014
A recent report on the health consequences of smoking pored through the most recent data and several new findings about smoking and cancer.
March 12th 2014
Federal regulators have ordered the direct-to-consumer genetic testing company 23andMe to stop marketing its saliva-based test without necessary approvals as a medical device
December 23rd 2013
The US Supreme Court's decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act but allow states to decide whether to expand Medicaid has raised a question in many states: Where political leaders have been opposed or split on President Obama's healthcare reforms, is it smart or foolish to cover more people?
December 19th 2013
The tiny "raise" touted in the latest temporary fix to Medicare's Sustainable Growth Rate, which was wrapped inside the bipartisan budget deal headed to President Obama's desk, is anything but good news for oncologists.
November 6th 2013
Headlines from the June meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in Chicago announced to the general public what oncologists and hematologists have known for more than two years: sporadic shortages of cancer drugs are forcing suboptimal treatment plans for patients, and government efforts have not filled the void.
October 11th 2013
Governor Steve Beshear did not sugarcoat the data on May 9, 2013, when he said Kentucky would take an offer it couldn't refuse. With his state ranked worst in the nation in smoking and cancer deaths, and not far behind in heart disease, Beshear was "tired of being at the bottom."