Oncology Patient Advocacy Spotlight
This week in health care trends, our oncology patient advocacy spotlight includes: effective practices of patient-powered networks, how to help newly insured patients make the most of their coverage, and why closing the Medicare doughnut hole won’t solve the issue of patient access to oral chemo drugs.
This article takes a look at some examples of patient-powered networks who are helping large groups of patients make a difference with their data and “know how to provide value to patients through educational resources, an online social community, or other content that facilitates a reciprocal relationship.”
As more folks who were previously uninsured are getting coverage, there are gaps in their knowledge about how to use their newly acquired insurance. This article takes a look at how one hospital is working to help transition these newly insured folks from the ER to primary care.
Mind the Gap: Why Closing the Doughnut Hole is Insufficient for Increasing Medicare Beneficiary Access to Oral Chemotherapy
A recent study of Medicare drug pricing information has concluded that “Out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries taking orally administered anticancer medications are high and will remain so after the doughnut hole closes. Efforts are needed to improve affordability of high-cost cancer drugs for beneficiaries who need them.”
As industrialized nations around the world also increase in terms of their levels of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease, this article argues that specialization is helping global providers be able to address the rising need for treatment around the world.
Cancer Statistics for African-Americans, 2016: Progress and Opportunities in Reducing Racial Disparities
A new report published in CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians has found “substantial progress in reducing the mortality gap between blacks and whites for some cancers, while the gap has widened or remained level for two leading cancers: breast cancer in women and colorectal cancer in men.”
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