Oncology Practice Management - March 2012 Vol 2, No 2

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Remember the good old days? I do, and not everything was that good. When I started post-college work, I had no calculator, no personal computer with Excel or word-processing software, no fax machine, no internet access, and no smartphone. I love technology, so I have been amazed by and embraced advances that have come along as the years have passed.

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Here’s a bold prediction for the new year. By 2020, the American health insurance industry will be extinct. Insurance companies will be replaced by ac-countable care organizations (ACOs) —groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers who come together to provide the full range of medical care for patients.

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Oncology as a medical specialty is, and always has been, rapidly evolving. The world in which we provide care for patients is also rapidly evolving, and not always in sync with our changes. Doctors will be needed to diagnose and treat patients, but where and how that happens may look dramatically different in only 10 years. We still have the ability to shape that future, but what we do today, and every day from now on, will help to define our role. More external forces than internal forces have already shaped our evolution to 2012 from the 1970s, as described below.

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Unexpected and unwanted oversight is becoming a more frequent element of practice, making it imperative that you understand current investigation and audit initiatives, and how to prepare and protect your practice.

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The purpose of this article is to outline the benefits that pharmacists can play in cancer care. Each discipline within the interdisciplinary cancer team has people trained in a specific area of expertise. With the amount of information, the number of drugs, and the many changes taking place in oncology these days, the pharmacist is the expert best trained in the medications themselves. Read More ›


Chicago, IL—Compliance with fair market value is critical for regulatory compliance in valuations of oncologist-hospital alignments, whether these are professional service agreements or comanagement arrangements, according to presenters at the 2011 Cancer Center Business Summit. Read More ›

Imagine that you are a patient who has been recently diagnosed with cancer. While you are still recovering from a difficult surgery to remove the tumor, your oncologist ad­vises you it is time to begin chemotherapy. You are relieved to learn that your doctor has written a prescription for an oral anticancer medication, so you will not have to make weekly trips to the oncologist’s office for intravenous (IV) chemotherapy infusions. You promptly go to the pharmacy to fill the order. Read More ›


Although most physicians are aware that one of the greatest risks they face is becoming disabled and unable to perform the “material and substantial” duties of their medical specialty, most are unaware that myriad types of disability insurance policies exist to protect their medical practices. These types of policies can assure that ongoing business expenses can be met, that creditors can be paid, and that the medical practice or value of their business interest(s) will be preserved in the event that he or she is unable to return to the practice of medicine. Read More ›


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

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