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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has broadened access to Medicare telehealth services so that beneficiaries can receive a wider range of services from their physicians without having to travel to a healthcare facility. Clinicians can bill immediately for services starting March 6, 2020.
Medically integrated dispensing models enhance oral oncology drug education and improve compliance and patient monitoring.
New model aims to ease transition from fee-for-service to value-based cancer care delivery using an oncology medical home framework and performance-based reimbursement that includes monthly care management payments.
Incident cases of ovarian cancer differed little between ever users and never users of powder with no dose-response relationship.
“This is truly a practice-changing study, not just for our patients but for the design of other studies. We can successfully identify candidates for olaparib. We saw a clinically meaningful improvement in outcomes for patients with HRR genetic alterations, driven mainly by BRCA2,” said Eleni Efstathiou, MD, PhD.

It is estimated that 350 million people worldwide use biologics on a regular basis to treat their medical conditions. These therapies are incredibly innovative and have expanded the arsenal of effective treatment options for cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, and other serious illnesses. However, the high costs of these therapies, although understandable, can create access issues for patients. That is why biosimilars are so important.

Although performance category weightings remain unchanged from 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has raised the bar for participating providers by increasing the performance threshold from 30 to 45 points in 2020.
The use of combination therapies in the first- and second-line settings for advanced ovarian cancer has the potential to improve patient outcomes.
Although federal reform efforts are likely to stall in the Senate, legislation prohibiting gag clauses, claw backs, and price spreading are being passed at the state level.
Patients and healthcare providers should be aware of the toxicities that may occur with the use of PARP inhibitors so that they can manage them appropriately.
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