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2014-10-21 08:33:52

Fifth Annual Cancer Care Report Documents Deteriorating Cancer Care Landscape WASHINGTON, Oct. 21, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) today released its fifth annual Community Oncology Practice Impact Report. The report documents an 82% increase in cancer clinic closings and a 143% increase in consolidation into hospitals since the first report in 2010, which reported on activity from 2008 to 2010. Over the past 8 years, 313 cancer treatment facilities have...

2014-07-23 12:31:09

SAN DIEGO, July 23, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RT Oncology Services Corporation today announced that Craig Mundie has agreed to join its board of directors. Mr. Mundie is currently senior advisor to the CEO of Microsoft Corporation, where he works on strategic projects within the company and on technology strategy and policy. Previously, he was Microsoft's chief research and strategy officer. Mike Martin, president and chief executive officer of RainTree, said, "Craig is a visionary...

2014-07-09 08:28:31

SAN DIEGO, July 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- RT Oncology Services Corporation today announced that Alan Hoops has agreed to join its board of directors. Mr. Hoops has more than 40 years of healthcare experience and is widely recognized as an expert in managed care. He is currently the executive chairman of Health Essentials, LLC, a post?acute and palliative care organization that provides a full range of services for frail and chronically ill patients. Mike Martin, president and chief...

2014-06-10 08:31:29

New Research Finds Patient Shift from Physicians' Community Cancer Clinics to Hospitals Increases Cost of Cancer Care WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Berkeley Research Group (BRG) released a new study sponsored by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) on the cost of cancer treatment. The study found that two independent trends, acting in combination, are currently resulting in increased Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) chemotherapy payments. These results reinforce similar...

2014-05-07 12:29:59

Sequester cut to cancer drugs exacerbating America's cancer care crisis, limiting patient access to community-based care and driving up Medicare costs WASHINGTON, May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Physicians and cancer care professionals from across the country are asking lawmakers in Congress this week to stop the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) from applying the sequester cut to Medicare payments for cancer care drugs as part of a "Virtual Hill Day" supported...

2014-04-11 12:23:39

COA Statement Details Why Medicare Data in Opposition of Administration's Intentions WASHINGTON, April 11, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has issued a statement on the release of physician-specific Medicare reimbursement claims data by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in which COA outlines serious concerns with the data. COA finds the data to be incomplete, biased, without context, and an unrepresentative sample of Medicare...

2014-04-09 08:28:25

Pulitzer-Winning Keynote Speaker Announces Ken Burns' PBS Documentary on Cancer WASHINGTON, April 9, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- The theme for the just-completed 2014 Community Oncology Conference, Community Oncology 2.0: Blazing a New Way Forward, was borne out by the clinical and business presentations highlighting advances in treating cancer and in paying for cancer care. However, those positives were in stark contrast to the crisis imperiling cancer care as evidenced by cancer clinic...

2014-03-31 08:30:12

Agreement Will Accelerate Clinical Trial Research and Improve Patient Outcomes BLUE BELL, Pa., March 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- United BioSource Corp. (UBC), a subsidiary of Express Scripts (NASDAQ: ESRX), has been named the preferred oncology clinical research partner by RT Oncology Services Corp. (RainTree), the nation's leading community oncology alliance. The agreement seeks to improve patient care by accelerating clinical research in the U.S. UBC is a market leader in the design...

2014-03-24 08:27:51

Medicare payment reform legislation needed to avoid irreversible damage to system serving millions of American seniors WASHINGTON, March 24, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Citing closures of community cancer clinics coast-to-coast, mergers with large hospitals, and increasing barriers to accessing care, the nation's leading community cancer care organizations are asking Congressional leaders to pass Medicare reform legislation to stabilize a critical program serving millions of U.S. seniors...

2014-03-03 08:31:39

Shortage Could Impact Treatment of Most Chemotherapy Patients WASHINGTON, March 3, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has released the results of its IV Fluid Shortage Survey. Sixty-six practices from across the country were surveyed. The results revealed: -- 85% of the practices surveyed have received warnings from multiple manufacturers and/or have been impacted by the shortage of IV fluids -- 44% of the practices surveyed have adjusted...


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abrosia
  • Wasting away as a result of abstinence from food.
The word 'abrosia' comes from a Greek roots meaning 'not' and 'eating'.