Hospitals don't have much to gain from the moonshot, at least in the short run. There are lot of other pressing, fixable problems with cancer care that the Obama administration's effort won't address.
Compared to physicians who receive no money, those who were paid for meals and lodging from drug makers had higher odds of prescribing that company's cancer drugs.
SightLine allegedly formed leasing companies and distributed the profits that its physician-investors generated by referring cancer patients for radiation therapy.
Medical liability expert says breakdowns in cognitive and process factors often aren't captured in adverse events reports, and only come to light for physicians when they're named in a lawsuit.
A recent data analysis of more than 3,000 hospitals found that chemo infusion and radiation treatment often cost between twofold and sixfold above what Medicare pays.
National urology association estimates that its alternative payment model could save Medicare $51 million in five-year period.
The payment will resolve Stark Act and False Claims Act allegations against the Florida-based provider, which self-disclosed the violations and cooperated with the government investigation.
Kevin W. Sowers, who has helmed Duke University Hospital eight years, is set to take over at Johns Hopkins Health System early next year.
The EHRs have limited capability to record information on patients' cancer history, and clinicians are not provided with actionable recommendations for follow-up care.
The cutting edge technique is still a few years away from the marketplace, but it could have the potential to greatly expand the applications for prescription drugs and the way they are delivered.