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Hospitals Mount Campaign Against Site-Neutral Medicare Payments

(ModernHealthcare) Feb 26, 2015 - Hospital leaders are working to head off any momentum in Congress toward overhauling Medicare rates to pay hospitals the same for outpatient services as the program pays for the same services in physician offices.

Commentary: This report is somewhat misleading. The review apparently is not specific for oncology care. I would suggest the...



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Ramucirumab Plus Docetaxel Improves Outcomes in Bladder Cancer

(Medscape Medical News) Mar 2, 2015 - Adding the new antiangiogenic agent ramucirumab (Cyramza, Eli Lilly and Company) to docetaxel (multiple brands) chemotherapy has shown promising results as a second-line therapy in advanced or metastatic urothelial carcinoma.
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Novel Combination 'Encouraging' in Advanced Kidney Cancer

(Medscape Medical News) Mar 2, 2015 - An investigational antiangiogenic inhibitor of the ALK1 pathway and a VEGF inhibitor showed promising activity and a good safety profile in advanced renal cell carcinoma.
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Genentech Distribution Shift for Cancer Meds Delays Patient Care: Survey (Wall Street Journal/Pharmalot blog)

In the name of better service to our patients, at least that is what our local drug rep said, we see that instead...posted by: Glenn Mills

Hospitals Mount Campaign Against Site-Neutral Medicare Payments (ModernHealthcare)

This report is somewhat misleading. The review apparently is not specific for oncology care. I would suggest the...posted by: Thomas Marsland, MD

A Biological Quest Leads to a New Kind of Breast Cancer Drug (NPR/Shots blog)

Yes ... at $118k for just one of the treatment components. The cost is an issue that needs to be addressed.posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

Black Women Less Likely to Take Breast Cancer Hormone Therapy (Reuters Health)

While I understand that there is a 37% less likelihood that an African-American woman is compliant with their hormone...posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD

BlueCross, Tennessee Oncology Pilot Digital Tools to Improve Care, Experience For Cancer Patients (Morningstar)

I believe that this will be the first study that will show the impact of clinical pathways upon clinical outcomes....posted by: Winston Wong, PharmD






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