Data Management

The loss of the above software system data (scheduling, EMRs, pharmacy) can prove calamitous for a clinical trials program. Data managers may lose all of the data necessary to monitor and report adherence to protocol requirements for physical exams, test orders and results, and treatments delivered. Without this information, compensation from study sponsors could be withheld. Read More ›

There is no denying the trend of medical oncology practices being acquired by hospitals, whether through professional service agreements, employer–employee agreements, or something in between. The 2013 Community Oncology Practice Impact Report—published by the Community Oncology Alliance—shows that in the past 6 years, 469 (35%) of 1338 responding practices have been acquired, and the rate of acquisition has increased 20% in the 15 months since the 2012 report. Read More ›

Melissa Francisco of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) does not mind taking time after regular working hours to help office managers who are confused about points of compliance with the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS). The head of registries at the ACR, Ms Francisco knows that part of her job means offering 24-hour support for the hundreds of ACR members’ practices who use the organization’s electronic PQRS reporting support. Read More ›

“Mandatory staff meeting on ICD-10, Thursday morning at 7,” the e-mail read. Read More ›

Hospital-based cancer centers and service lines face tough competitive pressures from other practices and hospitals competing for market share, reputation, referrals, and managed care contracts. For hospital-based programs, competition also can arise internally, as other service lines and business units compete with oncology for investments and resources at a time when hospital margins are shrinking. Read More ›

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