Future of Health Care

Unity Health Network: Leading with a Value-Based Care Approach

Policy and payment reforms created by The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) drive much of the healthcare industry’s move toward value-based care — providing the best outcomes at an optimal price. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) of 2015 changed the way...


Women Physician Leaders: Northeast Ohio Hospitals Boast Gender Diversity

A study released late in 2018 by the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio found that in the region, women are underrepresented in senior leadership roles.

The report, “Women’s Network Gender Equity and Female Leadership Research Study,” was commissioned two years ago to discover...


A View Of The Human Chronobiome

A group of researchers has identified and described rhythmic, time-regulated human physiological characteristics in a non-controlled setting — a finding with wide-ranging implications for precision medicine.


Superficial Radiation Therapy: New Treatment for Skin Cancer


Thomas Myers, DO, of Summit Dermatology in Stow, Ohio, is the first in the region to offer a new non-surgical option for non-melanoma skin cancer — Superficial Radiation Therapy (SRT).

Skin cancer is the leading form of cancer in the US, and the incidence is increasing as the aging...


Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law Continues Toward Implementation

On September 8, 2017, the final rules for physician certificates to recommend medical marijuana became effective. This is a further step toward implementing Ohio’s Medical Marijuana Law (House Bill 253), which will become fully operational by September 8, 2018.

Eligibility

To be...


Advances in Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplants in the Pediatric Population

Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has become an accepted and potentially curative therapy for many life-threatening cancers and nonmalignant disorders. Although the approach is not without serious risks, advances in transplants have led to improved patient outcomes, especially in...


Melanoma — An Analysis: Less May Be More

Cutaneous melanoma is diagnosed in over 80,000 people in the US every year. While it represents just four percent of skin cancers, it accounts for over 80 percent of the skin cancer deaths. Melanomas continue to be diagnosed at an alarming rate. Increased awareness by both the public and...


Cleveland Clinic Study Finds that Children Without Allergies Can Still Be Afflicted with Asthma-Like Coughing and Wheezing: Medication targeting TRPV1 protein may lead to future strategies to reduce the impact of RSV infections in asthmatic and non-asthma

Doctors have long wondered why children without allergies can still be afflicted with asthma-like coughing and wheezing. In a new study, Cleveland Clinic researchers have identified a protein that may be responsible.

The study, published October 2nd in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical...


The Oncology Care Model at Summa Health


Sameer Mahesh, MD, is a hematologist-oncologist with Summa Health Cancer Institute and Principal Investigator of the Oncology Care Model at Summa Health.

According to the NIH, Americans over 65 account for 60% of newly diagnosed cancers each year. In an effort to provide higher quality,...


The Nurse Practitioner Will See You Now — By Telehealth

In the last issue, I discussed how Ohio House Bill 216, effective on April 7, has expanded the authority and independence of nurse practitioners (APRNs or mid-levels) in response to the shortage of primary care physicians. In this issue, I want to push the boundaries further by considering a...