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Responding to the relentless economic pressures on patients and oncologists and the ever-escalating costs of cancer care delivery, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), in collaboration with the Value in Cancer Care Task Force, is developing a working definition of “value” in oncology, as well as identifying how to incorporate the implications of that approach into clinical decision-making in patient care.

Researchers at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center have announces a new collaboration with Pfizer to develop immune-based approaches to new therapies for cancer. This new effort is based on M.D. Anderson’s Moon Shots Program that aims to reduce cancer deaths significantly in the future, using the 6 moon shots that target 8 types of difficult-to-treat cancer.

Late last year, Aetna, together with Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology, launched the first patient-centered medical home for oncology. This collaborative program is based on evidence-based decision support in cancer care, using personalized medicine and realigning payment structure with the goal of increasing patient treatment coordination, improving quality outcomes, and reducing overall costs of cancer care.

New Hepatitis C Therapy Can Help Some Patients with Rheumatic Disease A New Model for Value-Based Physician Reimbursement Physicians’ Role in Payment Reform Efficacy of Hyaluronic Acid Injections Similar to NSAIDs for Knee OA Mayo Clinic Moving from FFS to Value-Based Care
In a recent guest blog on the Harvard Business Review website, Toby Cosgrove, MD, President and CEO of the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, suggested that value-based care represents a life-saving “breakthrough” by focusing on lowering costs and improving quality of care and outcomes as its main goals. According to Dr Cosgrove, value-based care “is being slowed by criticism, misunderstanding, and a reluctance to do things differently,” but it is inevitable, and it will change the way medicine is being practiced in this country.
An inflammatory signaling pathway has been identified that involves key signaling proteins in the inflammatory process that are responsible for many inflammatory diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and psoriasis. The proteins were identified by researchers from The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI), and may suggest potential new treatments for these inflammatory diseases.
In a new study, PREDICTS, which was supported by the Lupus Research Institute, the Alliance for Lupus Research, the American College of Rheumatology Research and Education Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Arthritis Foundation, the Iris Cantor Women’s Health Foundation, the Arthritis National Research Foundation, and a Kirkland Award, a panel of 6 biomarkers was shown able to predict which female patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) are at increased risk for cardiovascular events as confirmed by carotid artery ultrasound examinations.

Researchers led by Nobuhide Ueki, PhD, Assistant Research Profes­sor, Department of Molecular Genetics & Microbiology, Stony Brook University, have found a new way to get targeted cancer drugs to selectively affect only the cancer cells of a patient and not the healthy cells that are also normally affected by the drug (and cause its toxicity), thereby removing many of the potential side effects of the drugs, which would of course greatly enhance the value of cancer drugs.

A simplified administration schedule of only 1 dose, instead of the current standard of 3 doses, of the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine appears to be all women need to be protected from cervical cancer, according to new data from a study funded by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and recently published (Safaeian M, et al. Cancer Prev Res [Phila]. 2013;6:1242-1250).

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