Laura Morgan

Authored Items

Proposed Framework for Supporting Caregivers of Patients with Cancer

September 2017, Vol 7, No 9 - Caregivers Support

Caregivers of patients with cancer are tasked with enormous responsibility to facilitate patients’ daily living activities, medical care, social support, and advocacy. Performing these duties is time-consuming, often requiring caregivers to cut back on hours at their jobs, take extended leave, or even quit. In addition, the psychological burden of caring for patients with cancer frequently manifests in stress, depression, and reduced quality of life. [ Read More ]

Low Use of Genomic Tests Among Oncologists for Lung and Colorectal Cancers

August 2017, Vol 7, No 8 - Genetic Testing

The introduction of targeted cancer drugs has revolutionized cancer treatment, especially in patients with colorectal cancer (CRC) or non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). These drugs have been accompanied by genomic assays that test for certain mutations, such as ALK, KRAS, BRAF, or EGFR, which often help guide cancer treatment decisions by identifying patients who would benefit most from certain therapies over others. However, there are few data regarding the real-world use of genomic tests among oncologists for these cancers. [ Read More ]

ASCO Releases Performance Measures to Improve Value-Based Cancer Care

August 2017, Vol 7, No 8 - Value-Based Care

With cancer care costs on the rise, attaining value-based care—curbing costs while maintaining or improving the quality of care—is becoming a high priority. Alternative payment models are increasingly holding practices accountable for the quality of care that they provide, as well as their use of resources, by requiring that practices report on various quality measures. [ Read More ]

National Cancer Mortality Rates Decline, but Some Regions See an Increase

March 2017, Vol 7, No 3 - Cancer Trends

Cancer mortality rates have declined by more than 20% in the United States between 1980 and 2014, but substantial differences in trends and patterns exist among certain US regions, with some counties exhibiting especially high cancer mortality rates, according to a new analysis by Ali H. Mokdad, PhD, Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, University of Washington, Seattle, and colleagues. [ Read More ]