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Reducing Time to Chemo Administration in an Inpatient Hematology Malignancy Unit

(Journal of Clinical Pathways) Sept 25, 2018 - Researchers from a US hospital were able to reduce the time to chemotherapy administration for elective admissions by over 64% in an inpatient hematology malignancy unit.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: September 25, 2018)

quotesIn contrast, chemotherapy initiation in the outpatient setting is being continually delayed due to prior authorization of testing and treatment along with formulary restrictions and now step therapy requirements.quotes

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Monsanto Slammed With 8,000 Lawsuits After Roundup Cancer Verdict

(FOXBusiness) Aug 23, 2018 - Bayer, the new owner of the agrochemical company Monsanto, said Thursday that the number of U.S. lawsuits against the Roundup maker has risen to about 8,000 from 5,200 after the company was ordered to pay $289 million in damages to a school groundskeeper for not warning him about the potential cancer risks of using the spray.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: August 27, 2018)

quotesWe always hear about outrageous costs of health care. Why are we not also outraged at our legal system's outrageous excesses?quotes

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CMS Proposes Change In The Drug Payment Amount Under Medicare Part B

(Reuters) July 12, 2018 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Thursday proposed a change in the payment amount for new drugs under its Part B program, amid the Trump administration’s attempts to tackle escalating prices of drugs.

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Dean Gesme, MD (Posted: July 13, 2018)

quotesCMS action on clinical documentation requirements to reduce redundant and superfluous charting is greatly welcomed by those of us who may now have more time to care for patients as opposed to “buffing the chart” to meet coding requirements.quotes

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Prostate Cancer
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Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP

Professor of Medicine, Division of Hematology/Medical O...

Community Oncology
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Dean Gesme, MD

FACP FACPE FASCO President, Minnesota Oncology...

Breast Cancer
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Debu Tripathy, MD

Professor and Chair, Department of Breast Medical Oncol...

Lung Cancer
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H. Jack West, MD

Medical Director, Thoracic Oncology Program, Swedish Ca...

Gastrointestinal Cancers
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Howard S. Hochster, MD

Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Rutgers Robert Woo...

Radiation Oncology
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Howard Sandler, MD, MS, FASTRO

Ronald H. Bloom Chair in Cancer Therapeutics
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Community Oncology
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Jeff Patton, M.D.

CEO Tennessee Oncology...

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Jennifer Levin Carter, MD, MPH

Chief Medical Officer and Founder, N-of-One...

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Michael G. King Jr.

Managing Director and Senior Biotechnology Analyst...

Gastrointestinal Cancers
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Richard Goldberg, MD

Director WVU Cancer Institute Director of Cancer Signa...

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Robert A. Figlin, MD., FACP

Professor and Director, Division of Hematology Oncology...

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Ted Okon

Executive Director Community Oncology Alliance...

Community Oncology
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Thomas Marsland, MD

Vice President Integrated Community Oncology Network ...

Community Oncology
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William Harwin MD

Florida Cancer Specialists President and Managing Part...

Health Policy
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William McGivney, PhD

National Health Policy Expert...

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Winston Wong, PharmD

President, W-Squared Group...