AHIP President Karen Ignagni also discussed the proposal in a Newsmaker session with USA TODAY. "This is a major step, and it changes everything about how the market works," she said. Read a live blog of the session.
Health care kiosks are most often used as guides to help patients navigate their way around hospitals, but they also have the potential to reduce costs and boost patient satisfaction if the benefits of such technology are maximized, according to research commissioned by the California HealthCare Foundation. The report found that kiosks could be used for clinical and administrative functions, including bill payment and preliminary triage.
Celsion announced that its experimental liver cancer drug Thermadox obtained orphan-drug designation from the FDA. The drug is part of the company's line of heat-activated treatment systems for cancer.
The omega-3 fatty acids in fish might protect men against prostate cancer. According to a new study, even men genetically predisposed to develop the disease but who ate fish at least once a week showed a significantly lower risk of aggressive prostate cancer compared with men with low fatty-acid consumption.
President Barack Obama has chosen Yvette Roubideaux, a primary-care doctor, to serve as director of the HHS' Indian Health Service. The unit is focused on providing medical care to members of more than 560 government-recognized tribes at 46 hospitals and other facilities. Roubideaux is expected to replace Robert McSwain if she gains Senate confirmation.
Stand for Quality, a public-private coalition led by 15 organizations and representing more than 165 groups, has outlined a quality-improvement framework for health care reform. The recommendations include developing national priorities, endorsing national standards, giving stakeholders a role in policy development, collecting performance information and backing a sustainable quality-improvement infrastructure.