Navigation Links
Medicare Cuts Will Force Many Cancer Centers To Close, Stop Seeing Medicare Patients, Lay Off Staff, According To ASTRO Survey
Date:7/27/2009

FAIRFAX, Va., July 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new proposal from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to cut payments for radiation therapy treatments would cause many cancer centers to close, stop accepting Medicare patients, lay off support staff and reduce services to cancer patients, according to a survey conducted by ASTRO, the American Society for Radiation Oncology.

New technology has allowed radiation oncologists to improve cancer cure rates while reducing side effects. However, on July 13, CMS announced proposed changes to the Medicare policies and payment rates for physician services, including radiation oncology, that would cut payments to radiation therapy services by nearly 20 percent. Community cancer centers, particularly those in rural and suburban areas, would be hardest hit. Running 2008 claims data from a sample of practices across the country showed overall impacts between 18 and 31 percent on the average practice, with some services receiving payment cuts by up to 44 percent. If approved, these cuts would take effect on January 1, 2010.

"Take, for example, Joyce Wittet from Ontario, Oregon, population 11,245. The 79-year-old retired teacher had breast cancer that was easily cured with radiation therapy. Fortunately, there is a cancer center 15 minutes away that accepts Medicare. If the cuts had caused her cancer center to close, she would have had to drive to a hospital nearly two hours away, roundtrip for six straight weeks. If faced with this option, Joyce might have had to choose between mastectomy or expensive travel costs to cure her cancer. Worse still, she might have even forgone treatment altogether until it was too late," said Patricia Eifel, M.D., FASTRO, chairman of ASTRO and a radiation oncologist at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. "We applaud Congress and the Obama Administration for their efforts to improve access to healthcare for mor
'/>"/>

SOURCE American Society for Radiation Oncology
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Page: 1 2 3 4

Related medicine news :

1. GAO Report Confirms: Medicare Underpays for Anesthesia Services; Nurse Anesthetists Assure Seniors Access to Safe Anesthesia Care
2. Texas Supreme Court Rules Against Medicare HMOs in Hospital Reimbursement Fight
3. Owner and Operator of Florida Durable Medical Equipment Company Convicted of Medicare Fraud
4. Just Completed Studies Reveal Impact of New Medicare Reimbursement Regulations
5. AHCA: Rescinding $2.7 Billion Medicare Cuts Top Issue for Fall Legislative Agenda
6. University of Texas Study Details Lengthy Payment Delays for Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Claims, Confirming Need for Legislative Fix
7. Medicare Spending Caps Cause Seniors to Stop Meds
8. Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit, Nonprofit Hospitals, Ambulatory Surgery Centers, Statistical Methods, and Pay-For-Performance Highlighted In the Latest INQUIRY Journal
9. Medicare Every Diabetic Counts Project Gears Up for Kick-Off
10. Medicare Cuts to Physicians Will Harm Washington Seniors
11. More than 10,000 Medicare Patients in Montana Could Be Hit by Proposed Cuts to Home Oxygen Therapy; Access to Power Wheelchairs Would Also Decrease
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:8/30/2014)... August 30, 2014 Bringing forth the ... Search announces the Labor Day discount on all ... surely get the complete services related to internet marketing. ... Content Writers, and others do have a deep understanding ... reflects in their work and since the inception, they ...
(Date:8/30/2014)... August 30, 2014 In today’s world, ... increasingly difficult to get. Snoring and sleep apnea (a ... breathing stops) robs people and their bed partners of ... Up to 45% of the population snores and 20 ... apnea. Of these, only 10% have been diagnosed and ...
(Date:8/30/2014)... (PRWEB) August 30, 2014 August 28th, ... shoulder pain in our society and the toll that ... costs, it’s vital that continuing education for physical therapists ... to help physical therapists help others, Hands-On Seminars is ... , Three learning styles are available to ...
(Date:8/30/2014)... McLeod's Sunset Park Auto Service , ... with strong ties to the community celebrates sixty years in ... they have been chosen by The Tampa Tribune’s ... , Tim McLeod’s father, Norris (most know him as ... Although his son, Tim runs the day to day, taking ...
(Date:8/30/2014)... The SI Joint Evaluation and Treatment covers ... energy techniques. Michael P. Reiman PT, DPT, OCS, SCS, ... for the SI Joint. This PT online ... presentation with North American Seminars. , PT ... differential diagnosis approach to a thorough examination of the ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:Profit By Search Announces Labor Day Discount on SEO Services 2Health News:Snoring: Bad for Relationships, Bad for Health 2Health News:Snoring: Bad for Relationships, Bad for Health 3Health News:Leader in Manual Therapy Continuing Education Makes it Easier for Physical Therapists to Improve Results on Patients 2Health News:McLeod's Sunset Park Auto Service Celebrates 60 Years Honored with Best of South Tampa 2Health News:North American Seminars Online PT Continuing Education Course, Examination and Treatment of the SI Joint, Receives Continuing Education Approval in NJ, CA, IL, PA, & TX 2
... LONDON, November 19 21st century mums are more likely,to ... issues because,they feel less judged on their parenting skills than ... commissioned by Tixylix found that only 2% of mothers felt,judged ... judged by,their neighbours and other mums at the school gate. ...
... Preliminary data from the IMPACT,study are ... of America,s,annual conference. The purpose of the ... Training") study was to evaluate,whether improvements from ... memory performance and to self-perceived everyday cognition. ...
... ... Hill-Rom, BATESVILLE, Ind., Nov. 19 ... has,selected Singapore as the site for its Asia-Pacific Innovation Center. The,center will ... (R&D) projects for global applications and will become a,center of excellence for ...
... A multinational team of researchers has shown for the first ... a cancerous tumor without actually killing it. , Scientists have ... eradicate cancers, a technique known as immunotherapy. The new findings ... can,t be killed with immune attacks, it may be possible ...
... combat growing healthcare ... will look under the covers of hospital costs and, efficiencies using ... ... ANGELES, Nov. 18 A new benchmarking study was,launched today to measure the ...
... WASHINGTON, Nov. 16 Speaker Nancy Pelosi,will join ... Saturday, November 17, to discuss the State Children,s ... insurance to 10,million children., WHO: Speaker Nancy ... Congressman Charlie Gonzalez (TX-20) Congressman Henry Cuellar ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Mums Go Online to Avoid Judgement 2Health News:First Cognitive Training to Demonstrate Immediate Generalizability Through Standardized Assessments of Memory 2Health News:Hill-Rom Announces Singapore Will Be Site for Asia-Pacific Innovation Center 2Health News:Hill-Rom Announces Singapore Will Be Site for Asia-Pacific Innovation Center 3Health News:Hill-Rom Announces Singapore Will Be Site for Asia-Pacific Innovation Center 4Health News:Hill-Rom Announces Singapore Will Be Site for Asia-Pacific Innovation Center 5Health News:Immune system can drive cancers into dormant state 2Health News:Immune system can drive cancers into dormant state 3Health News:Immune system can drive cancers into dormant state 4Health News:Global Health Support Service Benchmark Study to Combat Growing Healthcare Costs and Prepare for Likely Health Care Reforms 2
(Date:8/29/2014)... , Aug. 29, 2014 Research and Markets ... Drug Pipeline Insight 2014" report to their offering. ... US is one of the largest segments of pharmaceuticals industry. ... rate, while the available therapies were unable to meet the ... the market for CNS disorder, especially over the past two ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... -- Does your doctor know what you,re smoking?  Chances are, ... to the over 112,000 currently registered patients under ... other roughly 20,300+ active physicians listed with the Colorado Dept ... even though a poll in February 2014 showed 51% of ... it. "With marijuana legalization underway, every doctor ...
(Date:8/29/2014)... SILVER SPRING, Md. , Aug. 29, 2014 /PRNewswire/ ... today that the U.S. District Court for the District ... in its favor in the company,s case against Sandoz, ... opinion, Judge Peter Sheridan ruled that U.S. ... Sandoz, Inc., and enjoined Sandoz from marketing its generic ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:US CNS Disorders Drug Pipeline Insight 2014 2Medical Rules Marijuana Sales in Colorado But Most Doctors Still in the Dark 2Medical Rules Marijuana Sales in Colorado But Most Doctors Still in the Dark 3Medical Rules Marijuana Sales in Colorado But Most Doctors Still in the Dark 4District Court Decision Received In Remodulin Patent Case 2
Double-ended. Designated most popular model or size....
Designated most popular model or size. Double-ended. 2 mm wide....
Desmarres Retractor Size 4...
Desmarres Lid Retractor thin solid blades. Size 2....
Medicine Products: