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New Prostate Cancer Screening Guideline Recommends Not Using PSA Test
A new Canadian guideline recommends that the prostate-specific antigen (PSA) test should not be used to screen for prostate cancer based on evidence that shows an increased risk of harm and uncertain benefits. "Some people believe men should be screened for prostate cancer with the PSA test but the evidence indicates otherwise," states Neil Bell, M.D., member of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care and chair of the prostate cancer guideline working group. "These recommendations balance the possible benefits of PSA screening with the potential harms of false positives, overdiagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer."
Kidney Stones Up Fracture Risk
Patients who have kidney stones may be at increased risk of fracture, researchers found. In a retrospective cohort study, men who'd had kidney stones had a higher risk of fracture than men who didn't have urolithiasis (HR 1.13, 95% CI 1.08-1.18), according to Michelle Denburg, MD, of Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and colleagues.
Vitamin D, prostate Ca: Study Points to Missing Link
Inflammation may be the missing link between vitamin D and prostate cancer, new study findings from the University of Colorado Cancer Center in Denver suggest. Specifically, the study shows that the gene GDF-15, known to be upregulated by vitamin D, is notably absent in samples of human prostate cancer driven by inflammation. The study was recently published in Prostate.
Omission of Muscle in Specimen Linked to Mortality in Bladder Cancer
HealthDay News via MPR
For patients with bladder cancer, the omission of muscle in the specimen or its mention in the pathology report is associated with increased mortality, according to a study published online Oct. 22 in Cancer. Karim Chamie, M.D., M.S.H.S., from the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues reviewed the clinical records of 1,865 individuals within the Los Angeles Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Registry with nonmuscle invasive bladder cancer.
Anti-Kickback, Doctor Self-Referral Law Waivers for ACOs Extended
Recently, CMS and HHS' Office of Inspector General released an interim final rule that extended for at least a year waivers to the federal anti-kickback and physician self-referral laws for accountable care organizations participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program, Modern Healthcare reports. The waivers, which were set to expire in November, will now remain in effect through Nov. 2, 2015.
CalOptima Reopens to Seniors
Orange County Register
Enrollment in one of Orange County's health plans for the poor and elderly is set to reopen Nov. 1, when federal regulators lift an enrollment freeze, county health authorities announced on Oct. 27. The freeze was enacted early this year after auditors with the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found serious threats to patients' health and safety at CalOptima, the county's public health plan.
What Physician Alignment Means Depends on Who You Ask
If you ask CEOs about their top five worries, most of them will put physician alignment somewhere on that list. For many, it is the top concern, because without it, an organization can't grow, can't evolve to meet quality or cost targets, and might not be able to survive.
But knowing what CEOs are worried about doesn't tell us much. Let's look into why physician alignment is so strategically important.
Skin Patch Could Replace the Syringe for Disease Diagnosis
Medical News Today
Drawing blood and testing it is standard practice for many medical diagnostics. As a less painful alternative, scientists are developing skin patches that could one day replace the syringe. In the ACS journal Analytical Chemistry, one team reports they have designed and successfully tested, for the first time, a small skin patch that detected malaria proteins in live mice. It could someday be adapted for use in humans to diagnose other diseases, too.
CMS Releases Open Payments Improvements
Health IT Outcomes
Open Payments now features a search tool designed to help users navigate the website. After a series of problems with the Open Payments, CMS has released a search tool that will make it easier for users to find information among the $3.5 billion in payments over the last five months. According to the Wall Street Journal, before this new feature was introduced, users had to scroll through spreadsheets to find information on physician payments.
High Drug Prices Could Increase Industry Innovation
Peter B. Bach, M.D., is a physician at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the director of its Center for Health Policy and Outcomes. Bach is a passionate advocate for patients and often eloquently expresses concerns on the high prices of drugs, particularly new cancer therapies. When he speaks, many people pay close attention. However, his guest post on Forbes.com entitled "Could High Drug Prices Be Bad For Innovation" unfortunately is off-base.
Survey: Mobile EHR Users More Satisfied with Their Systems
Mobile users of electronic health records are more satisfied with their EHR systems than non-mobile users, according to a Software Advice survey, Health Data Management reports . For the annual survey, conducted in collaboration with Research Now, researchers collected responses from nearly 600 physicians of varying practice sizes and types. Of the respondents, 76 percent said they accessed EHRs via a desktop or laptop, while 26 percent said they accessed EHRs via a tablet or smartphone. CMS launches $840M initiative to accelerate care transformation.
CMS Launches $840 Million Initiative to Accelerate Care Transformation
The CMS Innovation Center will spend $840 million in coming years to help physicians and hospitals do more to teach each other how to improve quality and cut wasteful practices. The four-year effort is expected to include 150,000 clinicians working in networks where they will swap ideas, trade information and learn from others' mistakes and successes. The investment is a gamble that sharing care-improvement experiences among medical groups, health systems and others will push the industry more rapidly toward more efficient models of care.
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