Someday in the not-too-distant future, cancer patients could see smaller, less toxic and more effective chemotherapy dosages thanks to a compound found in extra virgin olive oil and researchers at the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
While physicians and facilities have long had to keep up with different negotiated contract rates among payers, the reimbursement landscape has become much more varied over the last few years as a push toward payment innovation has ushered in a host of reimbursement options ranging from shared savings programs to bundled payments to carrot-and-stick compensation as applied to quality and efficiency metrics.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson are among the witnesses who expected to testify on the government's response to Ebola at an upcoming Senate Appropriations Committee hearing. The committee announced the witnesses on Thursday and moved the hearing to Nov. 12, after the midterm elections. Other witnesses expected to testify include Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, as well as officials from the State Department, Defense Department, U.S. Agency for International Development and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Posted Friday, October 31, 2014 6:38 am CDT
The largest U.S. nurses union is planning a day of action in mid-November to protest the lack of federally enforced safety precautions against Ebola. National Nurses United (NNU) announced it will hold events in at least 13 states and the District of Columbia to call attention to the issue. The group has been one of the most vocal critics of the federal response to Ebola, arguing the best way to prepare for a pandemic would be to impose new training and protection requirements for healthcare workers. Posted Friday, October 31, 2014 6:34 am CDT
Medicare finalizes $60M cut to home health
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a $60 million cut to home health agencies for 2015 in a rule released Thursday. The cut equals 0.3 percent of Medicare payments to the industry, which provides home-based medical... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 5:10 pm CDT
White House: Science should guide Ebola policies
State officials should be guided by science as they make quarantine decisions, the White House said Thursday, as President Obama arrived in Maine amid a raging controversy over whether a nurse who treated Ebola patients should be forced to stay home... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 4:16 pm CDT
NY lawmakers urge DOJ to allow access to medical marijuana for kids
Members of the New York delegation on Thursday urged the Justice Department to allow the state to import medical marijuana for children suffering from seizure disorders.The lawmakers said the treatment, an extracted oil called cannabidiol, can help... Posted Thursday, October 30, 2014 4:04 pm CDT