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Will You Be Affected by Reimbursement Tests?

Medicare is about to begin testing changes to reimbursement for medications in different parts of the U.S. in an effort to reduce the prevalence of expensive drugs. In 2014, Medicare Part B paid $7.8 billion toward cancer medication. Changing how Medicare Part B is paid for medicine provided by doctors’ offices and outpatient clinics could cut down the number of expensive medications administered.

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How Will Hypofractionation Affect Your Reimbursement?Specialty Spotlight

Hospital-based radiation oncologists could see a decrease in reimbursement when increasing use of hypofractionation in their department. While using a fewer number of fractions is beneficial to cancer patients, it could provide pressure on radiation oncologists. Treating 40 percent of patients with hypofractionation could face an annual reduction in revenue of $540,661.

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Are You Concerned About America’s Opioid Epidemic?

People between the ages of 45 and 64 accounted for more than 40 percent of fatalities from drug overdoses in 2013 and 2014, according to the CDC. In the wake of Prince’s death, which many speculate might have been due to pain medication, more people are talking about opioid addiction in adults. Both patients and physicians should be receiving more education about the risks of pain medication.

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