Oncology Practice Management - February 2012 Vol 2, No 1

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On March 1, 2010, Consultants in Blood Disorders and Cancer (CBC), PSC, in Louisville, KY, sold all its assets to Baptist Medical Associates, a division of Baptist East Hospital, and the physicians became employees of the hospital.

The events leading up to this decision culminated over several years and are not unique to this particular oncology/hematology practice. However, the outlook for this medical practice almost 2 years later may be unique.

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The following sections will assist healthcare professionals and payers by providing appropriate coding and billing information associated with supportive care for the management of patients with cancer. Read More ›

This final article in our disability insurance series provides tips on how to compare one company’s policy to another com­pany’s policy when shopping for disability insurance coverage. This will help you ultimately choose the right policy to best meet your individual needs and goals.

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The scope of oncology practice management is undergoing seismic changes. Groups that formerly focused on the survival of their patients, now have to wonder about their own operational survival, but under what evolving model? Administrators are being asked to oversee the operation of the practice, as well as scores of reporting measures and new contractual relationships, and perhaps even new institutional relationships.

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Chicago, IL—“Practice acquisitions have many nuts and bolts components beyond regulatory issues, including the type of purchase (asset or stock purchase) and physician compensation structure,” said Alan H. Einhorn, of Foley and Lardner, LLP, Boston, at the Cancer Center Business Summit.

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Chicago, IL—Community oncology practices can expect a continuing decrease in operating margins, a slowing of the gains in business and clinical operating efficiencies, and rising labor costs. In addition, chemotherapy drug margins will shrink. As a result, current business models of oncology practices may be difficult to maintain, said Thomas R. Barr, MBA, General Manager at Oncology Metrics, speaking at the Cancer Center Business Summit in Chicago.

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Chicago, IL—Comanagement ar­range­­ments between hospitals and physicians must be structured properly to avoid violation of federal healthcare statutes and regulations. The basic principles of comanagement agreements were covered during a session on compensation models to align hospital and oncologist interests delivered at the 2011 Cancer Center Business Summit.

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Chicago, IL—Financial relationships between hospitals and physicians after acquisition of practices must comply with the federal antikickback statute and physician self-referral laws (Stark Law).

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For those asking whether managed care will still be around in 5 or 10 years, or whether certain treatments for stage IV cancer will be relevant at the end of that timeframe, uncertainty clouds any potential answer. In contrast, the fact remains that regardless of the payer or the treatment, you will be required to document the care provided by your practice. In addition, you will most likely be required to maintain your documentation. Read More ›


The result of the November 17, 2011, hyperpartisan Congress is policymaking stuck firmly in division and gridlock. Many healthcare issues remain in contention, including key components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). Whereas some legislators have tried to mitigate—or even eliminate—the ACA, their efforts have been unsuccessful within the 2 chambers of Congress. The US Supreme Court has agreed to rule on the constitutionality of the individual mandate in 2012, and we will have a better idea of the muscle of the ACA once its final decision is reached. Read More ›


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