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Minnesota docs must report dense breast tissue on mammograms
By Minneapolis Star Tribune | August 28, 2014
The standard “all-clear” letter sent after mammograms to tell women they are cancer-free is going to contain new and potentially troubling information for thousands of Minnesota women—the disclosure that they have dense tissue in their breasts that could cloud their cancer...
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Most-costly ACA plans cheapest for specialty drug patients
By Paul Demko | August 27, 2014
Individuals with chronic diseases such as multiple sclerosis or cancer will likely spend far less money if they enroll in platinum plans through the exchanges, even though those typically have the highest monthly premiums, according to a new study by researchers at HealthPocket. That's because...
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Medicaid payouts for office visits may influence cancer screening: study
By Reuters | August 27, 2014
In states where Medicaid pays doctors higher fees for office visits, Medicaid beneficiaries are more likely to be screened for breast, cervical or colorectal cancer, according to a new study.
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Robotic prostate removal tied to surgical changes, costs
By Reuters | August 27, 2014
The introduction of robotic surgery for prostate cancer may have led to changes in the number of surgeons performing prostate removals and in the overall cost, according to a new study.
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City of Hope grapples with higher expenses, ends Providence partnership talks
By Beth Kutscher | August 26, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
City of Hope, the not-for-profit comprehensive cancer center, reported that smaller gifts and an increase in its expenses led to a tighter operating margin in the first nine months of its fiscal 2014, which ends Sept. 30.
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Heart group: E-cigarettes might help smokers quit
By Associated Press | August 25, 2014
The American Heart Association's first policy statement on electronic cigarettes backs them as a last resort to help smokers quit. The American Cancer Society has no formal policy but quietly took a similar stance in May.
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Mammography false alarms linked with later tumor risk
By Reuters | August 25, 2014
Women whose screening mammograms produce false alarms have a heightened risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer years later, but the reason remains mysterious, researchers say.
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Reform Update: GOP likely to focus on repealing medical device tax, employer mandate
By Paul Demko | August 22, 2014 | Basic Web Basic Web Subscription Details
If Republicans win control of the Senate in November, which most political forecasters rate as a better-than-even proposition, they almost certainly will vote to repeal Obamacare. In doing so, they will join House Republicans, who have voted many times to wipe out the law. That's what Republican...
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Premera Blue Cross adds Seattle Children's to settle dispute
By Paul Demko | August 18, 2014
Premera Blue Cross will add Seattle Children's hospital to its provider network for plans sold on Washington state's insurance exchange, ending a long-running dispute over network adequacy.
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Have insurers found new ways to avoid the sick?
By Associated Press | August 17, 2014
Ending insurance discrimination against the sick was a central goal of the nation's healthcare overhaul, but leading patient groups say that promise is being undermined by new barriers from insurers.
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