On October 6, 2011, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) proposed a way that Congress, if it wanted to eliminate the sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula without raising the federal deficit and within the confines of Medicare, could approach an SGR fix. Since that proposal, the opposition has been deafening. The MedPAC proposal would change the ratio between primary care and specialists for good.
As developments in cancer treatment shift toward oral agents, new processes, procedures, and strategies must be developed to help healthcare providers maintain the same level of interaction with patients.
Chicago, IL—Wilshire Oncology’s patient-centered medical oncology home pilot has transformed care by offering maximum support of patients throughout their treatments, including attention to patients between office visits to minimize side effects and symptoms.
Accountable Care Organizations Paying Little Attention to Oncology Services, Not Seeing the Cost-Savings
Chicago, IL—A survey conducted by the Cancer Center Business Summit of 36 health - care organizations on account able care initiatives involved in oncology- specific, nontraditional payment methodology showed a low priority for achieving cost-savings through oncology care services, according to Ronald Barkley, MS, JD, Managing Director, Cancer Center Business Devel opment Group, and the survey’s principal investigator.
Chicago, IL—The accountable care organization (ACO) concept is in the early stages of being defined, our oncology practices should keep their options open, “and remain independent while the dust settles,” said Matthew Brow, Vice President of Communication, Government Relations and Public Policy at McKesson Specialty Care Solutions/US Oncology at the Cancer Center Business Summit.
My last article described how to begin to determine the amount of individual disability insurance available. This article is focused on what to look for in a policy and help you decide which riders should be part of your policy.
Arecent Kurt Salmon survey of best practices among the nation’s leading oncology networks suggests that ownership can have significant influence on a network’s ability to implement best practices, and provides a road map for each ownership type to enhance its level of development.
We are just now beginning to see some of the lesser known pieces of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, such as the Federal Phy - sician Sunshine Act (Social Security Act § 1128G), which is designed to illuminate the relationship between physicians and manufacturers. Starting by fall 2012, pharmaceutical and device manufacturers will be required to report payments to physicians and teaching hospitals. These records will be made public from September 30, 2013, onward.
For oncology to move forward, innovation is required. Science, technology, patient care, and communication are all components of this move toward significant improvement. With the advent of government incentives to encourage the uptake of oncologists’ use of technology in a meaningful way, the pressure is on vendors to adapt standards set by the government oversight body, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) for Health Information Technology (HIT).
Chicago, IL—Offering superior quality of care at lower cost, Consultants in Medical Oncology and Hematology (CMOH) is the first oncology practice in the nation to achieve Level III recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.
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