November 2016 | Oncology Business News®

It's Time to Take Action on Quality Measures

November 30, 2016

Quality improvement is a method for ensuring that all the activities necessary to design, develop, and implement a product or service are effective and efficient with respect to the system and its performance.

Insured Patients Flock to Mobile Clinic

November 24, 2016

Louisiana leads the nation in cancer mortality—and not in the good sense. The state’s cancer mortality rate is 14% higher than the national average. Much of the problem lies in late diagnosis. Louisiana residents are less likely than other Americans to undergo recommended screenings, so their tumors tend to be more advanced upon detection.

Value Tools Are Still Missing a Few Pieces

November 23, 2016

Assessing the value of treatment options has become much more complex over the past several years, according to Constantine Mantz, MD, chief medical officer and radiation oncologist at 21st Century Oncology in Fort Myers, Florida.

Big Data Triggers Revolution in Discovery

November 22, 2016

In the old days, not too long ago, doctors’ offices were full of paper records, which filled shelf after shelf. This cumbersome form of keeping track of patients was effective in its own way, but with the rise of modern medicine and the power of computing, there is a need to move beyond.

Experts Say ICD-10 Codes Don't Go Far Enough

November 04, 2016

When CMS switched from ICD-9 to ICD-10 last year, the new diagnosis classification list allowed coders to translate additional elements of doctors’ language to billers’ language. However, some coders would like to see that vocabulary expand further, particularly in the area of comorbidities and complications.