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Study Results Report No Benefit from Use of Sunitinib, Sorafenib Among Patients with Kidney Cancer
Research results highlighted today at the press conference of a major medical meeting report no benefit from the use of either Sutent (sunitinib) or Nexavar (sorafenib) among patients with locally advanced renal cell carcinoma at high risk of recurrence, the ECOG-ACRIN Cancer Research Group announced. Both of these oral drugs are widely used in helping patients with metastatic renal cell carcinoma, commonly called kidney cancer, live longer with their disease.
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Testicular Cancer Ups Rates of Risky Prostate Cancer Later On
Men with a history of testicular cancer not only have a greater risk of developing prostate cancer, the disease is more likely to be of intermediate to high risk when it does develop, a registry analysis shows. The study was presented during a press conference ahead of the Genitourinary Cancers Symposium (GUCS) 2015, in Orlando, Florida. "Further validation studies are needed to confirm these findings based on other cohorts to determine if men with testicular cancer should have closer [than usual] screening for prostate cancer," Mohummad Minhaj SIddiqui, M.D., University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, told the press conference.
Population-Based Assessment of Determining Treatments for Prostate Cancer
Many men with indolent prostate cancer often opt for radical prostatectomy or radiotherapy treatment for their disease. These men may experience considerable detriments of quality of life owing to sexual, urinary, and/or rectal toxic effects associated with these treatments. Without a better understanding of the mutable agents and predictors of treatment types, diffusion of expectant management among these men will be slow.
How the Anthem Breach Will Impact Everyone
Jeff Mongelli, CEO of Acentec
If you haven't heard, Anthem had 80 million patient records breached where identity information, including social security numbers, were stolen. It’s been stated by some that because no clinical data was involved, this does not fall into a HIPAA violation. Oh contraire; HIPAA clearly states Protected Health Information (PHI) includes demographic information. That means this breach falls under the same body of laws you are now being forced to comply with.
More Health Systems Bet on Clinical Integration
WellStar Health System made big news with the announcement that it was in merger discussions with Emory Healthcare. WellStar is the largest nonprofit health system in Georgia; merging with Emory Healthcare, which includes the flagship Emory University, would give the system academic support that CEO Reynold Jennings says is needed to help improve and inform physicians on evidence-based guidelines.
Administration Bars Health Plans that Won't Cover Hospital Care
The Obama administration has blocked health plans without hospital benefits that many large employers argued fulfilled their obligations under the Affordable Care Act. Companies with millions of workers, mainly in lower-wage industries such as staffing, retailing, restaurants and hotels that hadn't offered health coverage previously, had been flocking toward such insurance for 2015.
EHRs and the Paper Monster
While electronic health records are helping to move the industry toward being paperless, the goal remains elusive, if not unlikely. Complicating the effort is that certain documents, including those created and forwarded by payers, researchers, and administrators, live outside the electronic health record.
GAO Outlook for ICD-10 Raises Questions
A new federal audit that provides an upbeat assessment of progress towards ICD-10 implementation on Oct. 1 is downplaying some unresolved issues, the Medical Group Management Association says. In a report requested by the Senate Finance Committee, the Government Accountability Office says the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services "has taken multiple steps to help prepare covered entities for the transition, including developing educational materials and conducting outreach, and the majority of the stakeholders we contacted reported that both of those activities have been helpful to preparing covered entities for the ICD-10 transition."
Interstate Medical Licensure Effort Gaining Ground
Despite sniping from critics, a proposal for an interstate licensure scheme for healthcare professionals, the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact, is advancing in several state legislatures.
Medicare Drug Costs Shrinking Under Obamacare
Obamacare has led to substantial savings in prescription drug costs and a strong increase in the use of preventative services, administration officials announced Tuesday. "Our parents and grandparents on Medicare saved more than $15 billion on prescription drugs since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act in 2010," Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said.
Challenges for Doctors Using Fitness Trackers and Apps
The Associated Press
More hospitals and doctors are starting to use data from fitness trackers and health apps to help treat patients. But they are moving cautiously. The technology has a lot of potential, but there are key challenges to work out: Liability. What if a patient's data shows signs of an ailment, but no one notices? That's the chief reason Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey is starting with only six patients and three doctors and is monitoring mainly lifestyle data, such as nutrition.
5 Obstacles to Hospital Price Transparency
With more patients moving into high-deductible health plans and taking on a greater financial responsibility for their healthcare, price transparency will become increasingly important over the next several years. Yet, hospitals and health systems may not be placing it very high on their current list of priorities. According to a recent survey from Strata Decision Technology — a Chicago-based healthcare IT company — only 6.4 percent of respondents ranked price transparency as one of their organization's top two strategic goals.
Superbug Linked to 2 Deaths at UCLA Hospital; 179 Potentially Exposed
Los Angeles Times
Nearly 180 patients at UCLA's Ronald Reagan Medical Center may have been exposed to potentially deadly bacteria from contaminated medical scopes, and two deaths have already been linked to the outbreak. The Times has learned that the two people who died are among seven patients that UCLA found were infected by the drug-resistant superbug known as CRE — a number that may grow as more patients get tested.
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