Medicare

Government Spending on Compounded Drugs Skyrocketing

Government Spending on Compounded Drugs Skyrocketing

Number of Medicare beneficiaries getting compounded drugs up 281 percent since 2006

Medicaid Insurance Linked to Worse Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes

Medicaid Insurance Linked to Worse Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes

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A recent study examined the possible correlation between Medicaid coverage status and overall survival for patients with head and neck cancer.

Affordable Care Act Changes in Medicare Drug Coverage May Not Be Enough to Defray the Costs of Oral Cancer Therapies

Affordable Care Act Changes in Medicare Drug Coverage May Not Be Enough to Defray the Costs of Oral Cancer Therapies

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Out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries taking oral chemotherapy drugs are high, and despite changes in cost sharing due to the Affordable Care Act, those costs will remain high.

Medicare to Cover Advance Care Planning for Older Americans

Medicare to Cover Advance Care Planning for Older Americans

In a recent announcement, Medicare stated that it will begin reimbursing doctors who work with patients to plan end-of-life care.

Expensive new leukemia medication to be covered by Medicare

Expensive new leukemia medication to be covered by Medicare

Amgen's Blincyto costs about 178,000 for a standard course of treatment.

Radiotherapy costs vary among Medicare patients with breast, lung, prostate cancers

Radiotherapy costs vary among Medicare patients with breast, lung, prostate cancers

Cost of radiotherapy among Medicare patients varied most widely because of year of diagnosis, location of treatment, clinic type, and provider.

What are Medicare costs for patients with oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers?

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The Medicare costs for older patients with oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers have increased due to several factors, including on demographics, treatment selection, and co-existing illnesses.

With breast cancer treatment, you do get what you pay for

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Higher costs for breast cancer treatments are linked to better outcomes, according to a recent study.

Effective use of hospice improves end-of-life care for patients with cancer

Effective use of hospice improves end-of-life care for patients with cancer

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A recent study demonstrates cost efficiencies seen in patients with cancer who enrolled in the Medicare hospice program. It also offers explanations for why more patients may not be using the program.

Medicare subsidy program helps breast cancer patients afford treatment

Medicare subsidy program helps breast cancer patients afford treatment

'Extra Help' program allows more women of varying racial and ethnic backgrounds to continue their hormone therapy.

CT screening for lung cancer for Medicare beneficiaries discussed

CT screening for lung cancer for Medicare beneficiaries discussed

The pros and cons of low-dose computed tomography (CT) screening for lung cancer are evlauated in relation to the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services (CMS) evaluation of screening coverage.

Low-dose computed tomography an effective lung cancer screening technique

Low-dose computed tomography an effective lung cancer screening technique

Low-dose computed tomography has been determined to be both an effective and low cost means of detecting lung cancer in Medicare beneficiaries.

No change seen in breast cancer detection despite increased Medicare costs for screening

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Breast cancer screening costs for Medicare patients skyrocketed between 2001 and 2009, but the increase did not lead to earlier detection of new breast cancer cases, according to a study.

Congress strongly supports Medicare coverage of lung cancer screening

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A large number of U.S. Senators and Representatives are taking the lead to support full Medicare coverage of low-dose computed tomography screening for seniors at high risk for lung cancer.

Wasteful Medicare spending topped $1.9 billion in one year

Wasteful Medicare spending topped $1.9 billion in one year

Medicare spent at least $1.9 billion in 2009 on 26 types of tests and procedures that offer patients few or no health benefits, according to a new study.

Nurse staffing tied to hospital readmissions penalties

Nurse staffing tied to hospital readmissions penalties

Investment in nursing could reduce Medicare readmissions penalties.

ACA employer mandate delayed one year

ACA employer mandate delayed one year

Major news out of the White House: a delay of the Affordable Care Act's employer mandate until January, 2015.

Rationing some cancer care has broad support

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Cutting health care costs by refusing to pay for drugs that do not improve survival or quality of life has the support of the majority of cancer doctors, patients, and members of the general public, according to a new study.

Medicare guidelines for Aranesp and Procrit injections

Medicare guidelines for Aranesp and Procrit injections

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What are the new Medicare guidelines for the administration of an epoetin alfa injection (Procrit) or a darbepoetin alfa injection (Aranesp)?

Fewer Medicare patients dying in hospital setting

Fewer Medicare patients dying in hospital setting

Fewer Medicare beneficiaries are dying in the setting of acute care hospitals, but health care transitions and intensive care unit utilization are increasing in the last month of life.

House joins Senate to avert Medicare cuts

House joins Senate to avert Medicare cuts

U.S. health care could be significantly affected by failure to reach 'fiscal cliff' agreement.

Decrease in CRC resections tied to Medicare-covered screening

Decrease in CRC resections tied to Medicare-covered screening

Medicare payment for screening colonoscopy in 2001 linked to decreases in proximal resection.

Despite lack of proven effectiveness, mammography device use increases because of Medicare coverage

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Medicare coverage of an unproven mammography device has increased usage of the device, according to a study conducted by researchers at the UC Davis Cancer Center.

Heavily used diagnostic imaging increases costs for patients with cancer

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Changing treatment options for cancer patients has led to an increase in both the use and cost of diagnostic imaging, according to a study published in JAMA (2010;303(16):1625-1631).

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