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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,...

2009-12-04 09:04:00

Contradicts Claim That Health Reform Bills Will Increase Deficit WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Despite claims that the pending health reform bills aren't really paid for because Congress never lets Medicare savings take effect, Congress has allowed the vast majority of Medicare cuts that it enacted in the past two decades to take effect and produce significant savings, a new study from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities shows. The analysis, by James Horney and Paul...

2009-11-19 17:02:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 19 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement today on legislation that would permanently reform the broken Medicare physician payment system. The Medicare Physician Payment Reform Act, which passed by a vote of 243 to 183, repeals a 21 percent fee reduction scheduled for January 2010, and replaces the physician payment formula with a more stable system. The bill also includes statutory PAYGO legislation: "Strengthening Medicare...

2009-11-16 09:35:00

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Nov. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Recent federal legislation will have major impacts on cancer care. US Oncology, Inc., the cancer care organization dedicated to advancing cancer care in America and supporting the nations foremost cancer treatment and research network, announced today that it will host a complimentary educational webinar for community-based oncology practices to learn how this new legislation will impact cancer care in 2010. Hosted by Matt Brow, vice president...

2009-11-02 10:49:00

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) today criticized the newest round of cuts in cancer care as a move in the wrong direction of health care reform. Although not as devastating as expected, the cuts by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will still decrease reimbursements far beyond what the U.S. cancer care delivery system, including most patients, can bear. Though many components of cancer care, such as treatment planning and...

2009-09-01 15:25:00

Clinicians and Patient Advocates Applaud Bipartisan Congressional Letter Led by U.S. Reps. Griffith, Myrick, Capps and Rogers Encouraging Federal Policymakers to Spare Radiation Therapy from Drastic Cuts WASHINGTON, Sept. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by US Oncology: Concerned members of the cancer community, including physicians, patient organizations and other care advocates, spoke out today in opposition to a proposed federal policy under consideration...

2009-07-27 17:03:00

FAIRFAX, Va., July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cut payments for radiation therapy treatments would cause many cancer centers to close, stop accepting Medicare patients, lay off support staff and reduce services to cancer patients, according to a survey conducted by ASTRO, the American Society for Radiation Oncology. New technology has allowed radiation oncologists to improve cancer cure rates while reducing...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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