Survey: Doctors say Medicare anemia-drug policy hurts patient care

02/19/2008 | American Medical News (subscription required)

Doctors believe Medicare's policy for drug treatment for anemic cancer is negatively affecting patient care, according to a survey sponsored by U.S. Oncology. The results showed 91% of doctors reported adverse patient events in the 12 weeks after the policy's July 30 implementation. Seventy-three percent of respondents said a transfusion could have been avoided if Medicare's previous coverage policy had still been in place.

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