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Patient-Reported Outcomes and Assessment of Quality of Life: A Focus on Multiple Myeloma Post Image

Patient-Reported Outcomes and Assessment of Quality of Life: A Focus on Multiple Myeloma

Health Policy

Many new treatment regimens have become available for patients with malignancies, particularly for patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Maryann Fragola, ANP-C, DNP explains:

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NYCBS on COVID – 19

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As the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic continues, it is important to ensure the health and well-being of our patients, as well as the public.

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Dr. Jeff Vacirca on Pharmacy Benefit Managers Post Image

Dr. Jeff Vacirca on Pharmacy Benefit Managers

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An insidious interloper now often comes between me and my patients. I’m talking about pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs), the middlemen that have introduced a bureaucratic and nightmarish system of delays and denials into filling prescriptions.

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PBM Middlemen Continue to Dodge Responsibility for Patient Suffering and Rising Drug Price Post Image

PBM Middlemen Continue to Dodge Responsibility for Patient Suffering and Rising Drug Price

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COA Applauds the Senate Finance Committee for PBM Hearing as Part of National Efforts to Shed Light on PBM Abuses and Lower Drug Prices More Investigation and Oversight Needed to Examine Adverse Impact of PBM Abuses on Patient Care

Statement from Ted Okon executive director of the Community Oncology Alliance

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PBM Delays for Cancer Drugs May Risk Lives, Warn Oncologists Post Image

PBM Delays for Cancer Drugs May Risk Lives, Warn Oncologists

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The patient had metastatic kidney cancer, and his oncologist was seeking to treat him with sunitinib malate (Sutent, Pfizer), a preferred first-line oral therapy. But the patient’s pharmacy benefit manager (PBM) refused to cover the cost of the medication. The PBM told the oncologist that the patient’s kidney must first be removed.

However, the patient’s surgeon had already determined that the patient was not a surgical candidate, owing to the extent of his disease and to coexisting medical conditions.

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2018 COA Year in Review Report

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In 2018, the assault on patient access to local and affordable cancer care provided by independent, community oncologists, upon which over half of all Americans rely, continued. The work of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) repelled, repealed, or slowed down a record number of significant challenges.

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COA Statement on Trump Administration’s Part B Payment Model Proposal

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Oncologists Express Concerns About Patient Access to Cancer Treatment With Potential Introduction of Middlemen to Medicare Part B

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Health systems expanding cancer care on Long Island

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They are spending hundreds of millions to open new locations, update technology and add staff in order to deliver quality care and operate in a highly competitive market.

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Pain, Suffering, and Anxiety Inflicted on Patients with Cancer Post Image

Pain, Suffering, and Anxiety Inflicted on Patients with Cancer

Health Policy

Today, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) continues to expose the inhumane pain, suffering, and anxiety inflicted by Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs) on patients with cancer with the release of another paper documenting real-life PBM horror stories.

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Hospitals have been fleecing Medicare seniors

Health Policy

As we enter the election season American outrage and concern over health care costs continues to be a priority issue on voters’ minds. The byzantine and complex system we have built continues to present a formidable burden for policymakers who must face the entrenched but completely wrong policies that have been passed down from year to year.

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