In today’s contentious debate over how to best deliver cost-effective healthcare, insurers have become the villain du jour, taking a backseat only to Wall Street fat cats. It's largely a bum rap. There are plenty of innovative insurers out there, bringing high-value coverage to their customers.
A newly released report by NCI— A National Cancer Clinical Trials System for the 21st Century: Reinvigorating the NCI Cooperative Group Program—has concluded that our national clinical trial system is nearing a “state of crisis.” This seems like a case of new report, same conclusion.
The theme of this year’s ASCO meeting is “advancing quality through innovation.” As always, the vast scope of this annual meeting is daunting. In order to give our readers an ongoing analysis of ASCO ’10, The Oncology Forum will be posting daily from Chicago, parsing out the best sessions and most relevant clinical information.
Thursday the 18th was Match day and my son and his fiancé will spend the next 4 to 6 years of their lives at Strong Memorial in Rochester (Couples match).
I work with medical oncologists/hematologists across the country in both the private practice and hospital settings. Based on my company’s experience, I would like to point out a couple of key flaws in the current Medicare code interpretations.
I am troubled by the approach we seem increasingly to be taking, as a profession, in advising the public on cancer screening.
This series of cartoons features 10 tips to improve the chance of having successful doctor-patient relationships and avoid hating each other.
We can all agree that communication skills are essential to quality cancer care. Oncologists are expected to explain complex situations clearly. Be on the lookout for doctors who say any of these—it could be a sign that they need an attitude adjustment.
Over half of all US physicians will be sued for malpractice at some point in their career. Every goody two-shoes knows how to avoid that: be kind and compassionate, yada, yada, yada. Here we reverse the scenario and reveal 15 highly effective habits that, in the face of a bad outcome, might inspire patients to give a personal injury lawyer your address.
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