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New Affordable Care Act initiative to encourage better oncology care
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced a new multi-payer payment and care delivery model to support better care coordination for cancer care as part of the department's ongoing efforts to improve the quality of care patients receive and spend health care dollars more wisely, contributing to healthier communities. The initiative will include 24-hour access to practitioners for beneficiaries undergoing treatment and an emphasis on coordinated, person-centered care, aimed at rewarding value of care, rather than volume.
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Bringing incurable optimism to the fight against cancer
Bloomberg
For Tom Galjour these days, it's all about the blood work. And on a recent cold, dreary February day, rain streaking the hospital windows, gray clouds scowling on the horizon, he emerges cheerfully from his monthly checkup with his oncologist to announce that his blood work is stellar. "Better than anybody else's on this floor," Galjour says, laughing. "That's what the doctor says."
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Benefit of breast cancer prevention drug varies among at-risk women
Oncology Nurse Advisor
After weighing the risk of serious side effects with the benefits of a breast cancer prevention drug, a study found that the drug's benefits outweighed risks for most, but not all, women. These findings were published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. This information may help women and their doctors make decisions about who may get the most benefit out of taking the drug tamoxifen, which has been shown to have been adopted by only a slim margin of women eligible to take it.
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New molecule prevents heart disease caused by toxic breast cancer drugs
Breast Cancer News
According to Dr. Patrizio Lancellotti, professor and chair of the ESC EACVI/HFA Cardiac Oncology Toxicity Registry, patients with some types of breast cancer have greater odds of dying because of heart disease instead of cancer. Dr. Alessandra Ghigo, a research fellow in the department of Molecular Biotechnology and Health Sciences at the University of Torino in Italy and first author of a new paper on cardio-oncology added, "Cardiotoxicity of cancer drugs has become an increasing problem in the last decade due to the increasing success of anticancer therapy and aggressive use of these drugs."
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Education, not mandatory screening, best for women with dense
breast tissue

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center via Medical Xpress
Women with dense breast tissue are at increased risk of breast cancer. Dense breast tissue, generally defined as having more fibroglandular than fatty tissue, can make it more difficult for radiologists to detect cancer on screening mammography. Twenty-one states have passed breast density laws ranging from requiring radiologists to notify women of their breast density and that dense breasts may increase their risk for breast cancer to offering supplemental screening with ultrasound for women found to have dense tissue on mammography.
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Medicare moves toward value-based oncology payments
Modern Healthcare
The CMS Innovation Center plans to test a new oncology payment model intended to address the spiraling costs of cancer care and improve quality for beneficiaries. As part of a broader federal push to reward hospitals and doctors for value rather than the volume of services they provide, the CMS is inviting oncology practices and solo practitioners to join a five-year test set to begin in the spring of 2016.
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Registration is now open for Survey Savvy
Survey Savvy will be held in Chicago on June 18- 19 and provides in-depth review of the information your cancer committee needs to coordinate a high-quality, patient-centered, multidisciplinary cancer program. Developed by CoC staff and CoC committee leadership, this program addresses your cancer programs' most common questions, issues, and concerns regarding CoC standards and compliance.

Whether your cancer program is preparing for a re-accreditation survey or looking for clarification on the standards, this program provides increased understanding of standard requirements and implementation. Through lectures, panel presentations, and the opportunity to meet and speak with experts, cancer program members will learn how to use the CoC standards as a framework to develop a comprehensive cancer care program that delivers high-quality and patient-centered care. Plan now to attend this conference.

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All women should have access to ultrasound screening for breast cancer
Forbes
It's hard to understand opposition to screening middle-aged women for breast cancer. Mammography finds tumors early in over 80 percent of cases. The question is how to make the process safer, more accurate and efficient. The optimal screening program should include ultrasound for women with dense breasts. The sound-wave test is good for detecting invasive cancers that are otherwise hard to spot in cloudy mammograms of dense breasts. The procedure should be covered by insurance and provided by expert radiologists who specialize in breast imaging.
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Hormone replacement therapy raises new cancer concern
CBS News
Most women in menopause who opt to take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) to manage symptoms that the "change of life" brings know there are risks that come with these drugs. While the hormones — synthetic estrogen and progestin — can work magic to stop hot flashes, decades of research has identified a strong link between HRT and conditions such as heart disease, stroke and breast cancer.
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Drs. Cary Kaufman and Randy Stevens to speak at Best Practices for Breast Centers
Plan to attend Best Practices in Breast Centers: Quality from NAPBC and NQMBC presented by the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the National Quality Measures for Breast Care (NQMBC). Don't miss the opportunity to hear from a number of breast center experts in the many clinical disciplines represented in breast centers who will provide practical solutions and quality metrics to achieve best practices in each area. This conference will be held in Las Vegas, on March 17 following the three-day meeting of the National Consortium of Breast Centers (NCBC). Discounts apply to those attending the NCoBC conference. Register today.
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Can 3-D printing of living tissue speed up drug development?
The Wall Street Journal
Every year, the pharmaceutical industry spends more than $50 billion on research and development. But the path to drug approval by the Food and Drug Administration is laden with abrupt failures in late-phase testing. Only one in 5,000 drugs will make it to market, according to one estimate. One small biology company believes it has a solution to the pipeline problem: 3-D printing.
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