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4 cancer care trends to watch

Although new care models and diagnostic strategies are improving cancer care management, a new issue has emerged: Whether the innovations are cost-effective.

Virginia Mason joins scope lawsuit; LifePoint Hospitals changes name;

News From Around the Web > Seattle-based Virginia Mason Health System will join a lawsuit against the manufacturers of medical scopes linked to nearly 40 infections, according to NBC News. Video...

How Anthem is realigning the oncology reimbursement system

FierceHealthPayer spoke with Jennifer Malin, staff vice president of clinical strategy at Anthem, to discuss how the insurer's Cancer Quality Care Program is realigning the oncology reimbursement system. 

Anthem, UnitedHealth experiment with value-based oncology payment models

More insurers are collaborating with providers in an effort to overhaul the entire oncology reimbursement system, making it more value-based, patient-centered to help reduce the need for expensive yet ineffective chemo drugs, reported AIS Health.

Why are hospitals increasingly focused on specialty care?

Hospitals are increasingly geared toward specialty care-- expanding even as healthcare's focus shifts toward preventive care,   accordin g to   Columbus Monthly.

Hospitals open dedicated cancer care units for teens, young adults

In a push to provide better care and obtain better outcomes, more hospitals plan to open dedicated teen and young adult cancer units based on a model developed by the Teenage Cancer Trust in the U.K., according to  The Wall Street Journal.

Cancer care crisis hits U.S. healthcare system

The Institute of Medicine has declared a cancer care crisis in the United States, due to a growing demand for cancer care, a shrinking workforce, rising healthcare costs and the increasing complexity of treatment, according to a new report.

Blue Shield won't cover controversial, pricey cancer treatment

Blue Shield of California says it won't pay for an expensive, controversial cancer treatment, despite an influx of new treatment centers focusing on proton beam therapy.

Clinics turn away cancer patients, blame Medicare sequestration cuts

Medicare sequester cuts are threatening patient access to cancer treatment, lawmakers and advocates warn as they prepare to lobby the White House to spare cancer clinics, The Hill's Healthwatch reported.

Drug shortages force increased hospital costs, medication errors

Treatment changes or delays stemming from cancer drug shortages lead to worse outcomes and higher costs, according to national survey to be published in the April 1 issue of the American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy.