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The Prostate Cancer Foundation Adds Four New Centers Of Excellence To Serve And Honor Veterans With Prostate Cancer

(Yahoo! Finance) Nov 11, 2019 - Prostate cancer remains the most frequently diagnosed cancer within the Veterans Affairs with 15,000 Veterans newly diagnosed annually.

Tomasz M. Beer, MD, FACP (Posted: November 11, 2019)

quotesThe VA serves substantial numbers of veterans living with prostate cancer, and offers unique opportunities for research advances through its large scale initiatives and integrated health care delivery model. The PCF's investment will complement the VAs commitment and make substantial contributions to veterans and to prostate cancer research.quotes

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Using Remote Monitoring to Reduce Hospital Visits for Cancer Patients

(Harvard Business Review) Nov 1, 2019 - A pilot at Memorial Sloan Kettering shows promising early results. Until the 1990’s, patients with cancer requiring chemotherapy typically had to be admitted to the hospital to receive treatment.

John P Hanson Jr MD (Posted: November 01, 2019)

quotesgood ideaquotes

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New Policy Brief Explains How Co-pay Accumulators, Maximizers Increase Cost of Cancer Care for Patients

(ASCO in Action) Oct 30, 2019 - Health insurers, employers, and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) have shifted a growing share of the costs for specialty prescription medicines to their patients and beneficiaries. Since insurer cost-sharing requirements for prescription medications (such as high coinsurance and deductible amounts) can be uniquely burdensome compared to other types of health care, pharmaceutical manufacturers regularly offer co-pay assistance—which can include co-pay cards or coupons—to help patients afford their prescriptions. Such assistance often reduces or eliminates patients’ share of the payment for their medications.

Thomas Marsland, MD (Posted: October 31, 2019)

quotesThank you ASCO.....This policy is critical in helping us in advocating for our patients who are being subjected to Copay Accumulator policies. This clearly is a way that those nasty non-transparent PBM's are shifting costs to the patients. If these policies gain widespread usage they will dramatically limit patient access to higher cost effective therapies. This policy now gives us something to take to our state and federal legislators to help limit these abuses. We now also have something to bring to our other professional organizations to request their assistance in limiting these types of programs.quotes

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Meet the Editorial Board

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

Associate Clinical Professor, Medical Oncology Executi...

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
Pr...

Community Oncology
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Jeff Patton, M.D.

CEO Tennessee Oncology...

Precision Medicine Section Editor
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Jennifer Levin Carter, MD, MPH

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

Financial Sector
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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...

Editor-In-Chief
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Robert A. Figlin, MD., FACP

Professor and Director, Division of Hematology Oncology...

Health Policy
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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...

Payer
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Winston Wong, PharmD

President, W-Squared Group...