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North Shore-LIJ inks deal to create new cancer research center

North Shore-LIJ inks deal to create new cancer research center

By Andis Robeznieks  |  April 02, 2015

North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System and Cold Spring Harbor (N.Y.) Laboratory have agreed on a $120 million “joint, long-term investment,” much of which will be used to create a new clinical cancer research unit at the system's Cancer Institute in Lake Success, N.Y.

U.S. cancer care faces key challenges as country ages

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 18, 2015

Cancer care in the U.S. faces a number of challenges involving care access, delivery and cost, despite making medical strides that resulted in a record number of cancer survivors in 2014, a new report finds.

Online petition asks Washington to control cancer drug prices

By Rachel Landen  |  March 17, 2015

A grass-roots petition to improve the affordability of cancer drugs is gathering signatures—and stories—after being posted online this month. Two weeks in, nearly 4,000 people have signed the petition asking the president, HHS and lawmakers to protest against high cancer drug prices.

ASCO readies big-data cancer quality initiative

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 21, 2015

A handful of cancer centers and their professional society are about to launch a big-data cancer quality initiative that will unlock previously inaccessible information on cancer care using millions of electronic health records.

CT system prices shoot up 15%, driven by pricey new models

CT system prices shoot up 15%, driven by pricey new models

By Jaimy Lee  |  November 13, 2014

The average price of computed tomography systems went up 15% in the past month as more hospitals purchased high-end scanners, including two new premium models that have been on the market for less than a year, according to the Modern Healthcare/ECRI Institute Technology Price Index.

Colon cancer death rates higher among the least educated

Colon cancer death rates higher among the least educated

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 10, 2014

The risk of dying following a colon cancer diagnosis is disproportionately higher among people who have a high school education or less, a study concludes. Both men and women who attended school for 12 years or fewer had significantly higher death rates from the disease.

Reform Update: Ascension Health bars Genentech sales reps from its hospitals

Reform Update: Ascension Health bars Genentech sales reps from its hospitals

By Bob Herman  |  October 02, 2014

Pharmaceutical giant Genentech has come under a maelstrom of criticism from hospitals for its decision to change its distribution methods for three widely used cancer drugs, and now the nation's largest not-for-profit health system is responding with a bold message.

Highmark alleges UPMC overcharged for cancer care

By Bob Herman  |  September 05, 2014

As one fight between Pittsburgh's two healthcare giants simmers, another has begun. Insurer Highmark filed a fresh lawsuit against UPMC alleging the hospital system has charged exorbitant prices for cancer drugs and services. Highmark said UPMC's billing strategy has resulted in $300 million in...

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