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2010-03-22 14:30:45

A new study has found that when African American and white cancer patients are treated at similar, specialized cancer care institutions, mortality rates are roughly equal. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that where patients receive care may partly explain observed racial disparities in cancer mortality. In the new study, researchers led by Tracy Onega, PhD, MA, of the Dartmouth Medical School looked at records for...

2010-03-17 10:42:00

WASHINGTON, March 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) today announced the latest cancer clinic closure is Montgomery Cancer Center in Selma, Alabama. That brings a total of at least 30 community cancer clinic closures over the past several months --with the majority increasing from 2009 forward -- due to financial pressures from severe cuts in Medicare reimbursement for cancer care. Yet the current healthcare reform plans do not address this crisis in cancer care or...

2010-02-18 08:53:00

Study Sponsored by Community Oncology Alliance Identifies Barriers to Use of Oral Cancer Drugs, Proposes Solutions WASHINGTON, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A comprehensive study of oral oncolytic (anti-cancer) drug treatments revealed that while their use is increasingly common, cancer patients frequently face barriers to accessing oral drugs compared to those delivered intravenously in oncology practice settings. Additionally, while oral anti-cancer drugs have advantages such as...

2010-02-12 08:30:00

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Community oncologists, practice administrators (PAs), executive directors (EDs), and clinical staff interested in learning the most important aspects to be aware of when selecting the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system most appropriate for your particular practice are invited to attend a free webinar at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010. To register, visit www.opspharmacist.com/opes. Registration is free, but space is...

2010-02-09 18:53:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Cancer Clinics of Excellence, the nation's only practice-owned and physician-driven network of community oncologists has announced the addition of The West Clinic, Memphis, TN, to its membership. (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080612/AQTH094LOGO) "CCE is very pleased to welcome The West Clinic to our network," said Arthur "Chip" Staddon, MD, Pennsylvania Oncology, Philadelphia, PA and Chairman of CCE. "With the addition of this...

2010-02-04 12:30:00

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- A comprehensive study of the components of the delivery of modern-day cancer care in community oncology practices revealed that Medicare covers only 56% of the actual costs of administering chemotherapy and providing related infusion room services to seniors with cancer. The remaining costs -- for essential services provided such as treatment planning, care coordination, and follow-up care planning -- are not reimbursed by Medicare, causing many...

2010-01-21 12:02:00

Growing Use of Oral Chemotherapeutics Brings Clinical Benefits, Raises Questions in Prescribing, Adherence, Accessibility and Long Term Follow-Up Care According to Panel WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- US Oncology, Inc. partnered with the Association of Community Cancer Centers, Association of Oncology Social Work, American Society for Clinical Oncology, Community Oncology Alliance, Oncology Nursing Society and the National Patient Advocate Foundation in hosting a panel...

2010-01-21 11:46:00

NPAF Gives Perspective on Measures Needed to Support Oral Chemotherapy Use, Urges Support of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act - HR 2366 - to Ensure Equal Coverage for Oral Chemotherapy Care WASHINGTON, Jan. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Patient Advocate Foundation (NPAF) - a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the mission of creating avenues of improved patient access to health care through public policy reform at the state and federal levels - joined the...

2009-12-22 09:49:00

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Dec. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Federal legislation on health care reform and coverage expansion will have major impacts on cancer care. Community oncology professionals need to know how this legislation impacts them and their community practice. US Oncology, Inc., supporting the nation's foremost cancer treatment and research network, announced today that it will host a complimentary educational webinar for community-based oncology practices to discover how this new...

2009-12-10 13:13:00

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) today issued a statement warning that oncologists throughout the U.S. may face closing their practices if critical Medicare reimbursement fixes for treating cancer patients are not made as a part of health care reform. "Current health reform legislation before Congress does not address major inadequacies in Medicare reimbursement and substantial cuts coming in January to cancer care," said Patrick Cobb,...