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House Bill Would Add Reporting Requirements For 340B Hospitals

(Modern Healthcare) Apr 24, 2018 - A House Republican on Tuesday unveiled a proposal that would require hospitals participating in the 340B drug discount program to disclose how much care they provide to low-income patients. But healthcare stakeholders warn the bill could place unfair reporting burdens on providers in medically vulnerable communities.

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How a New Kind of Autopsy Is Helping in the Fight Against Cancer

(TIME/Kaiser Health News) Apr 24, 2018 - Keith Beck, who died of bile duct cancer, agreed to a “rapid autopsy,” a procedure conducted within hours of his death on March 28, 2017, so that scientists could learn as much as possible from the cancer that killed him.

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First Opinion: Cancer Centers Sell Out Science When They Advertise Clinical Trials As Treatment

(STAT) Apr 25, 2018 - There is a lot of money behind providing cancer care, and cancer treatment centers spend an estimated $173 million on advertising each year.

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Oncology Clinical News

Women with Breast Cancer Risk Opting Out Of Tamoxifen Therapy

(PharmaTimes [UK]) Apr 25, 2018 - The majority of women at high risk of developing breast cancer decide against prophylactic treatment with tamoxifen, suggest findings of a new study funded by Cancer Research UK and published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment.

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Analysis: Patients in Major Prostate Cancer Study Older, Sicker Than Average Patient Population

(Henry Ford Health System) Apr 24, 2018 - Researchers at Henry Ford Hospital compared the patient population of a major U.S. prostate cancer study with patients found in three U.S. cancer databases, ultimately finding the patients of the study to be inconsistent with the average prostate cancer patient.

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Oncology Business and Policy News

COA Statement On 340B Optimization Act

(COA) Apr 24, 2018 - “Years of independent studies and investigations have uncovered that the 340B program is out of control in many hospitals and is not functioning to help patients in need,” Ted Okon, executive director, COA.

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CMS to Recast 'Meaningful Use' Data Reporting Rules

(Medscape Medical News) Apr 25, 2018 - The Trump administration intends to use the annual update of the Medicare payment rule to rebrand and streamline electronic data reporting requirements, abandoning the much derided "meaningful use" name.

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Broader Healthcare and Pharma News

Shire Bid Marks Takeda's Latest - And Biggest - Push For Global Status

(Reuters) Apr 25, 2018 - Takeda Pharmaceutical Co Ltd’s $64 billion bid for London-listed rare disease specialist Shire Plc bolsters its credentials as Japan’s most outward facing drugs firm, a mould-breaking image that has been more than a decade in the making.

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Immunotherapies, Biosimilars To Dominate Next Week Of Earnings

(BioPharma Dive) Apr 24, 2018 - First-quarter earnings reports have trickled in for the last week and a half, but will really kick into high gear on April 26 when six biotech and pharma heavy hitters all report on the same day.

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