October 2016 | Oncology Business News®

A Step-by-Step Guide to Value-Based Care

October 27, 2016

The evolving healthcare landscape creates many challenges for community-based oncology practices. As the market shifts from fee-for-service to value-based care, practices are tasked with improving quality while reducing costs.

Choosing a Care Model and Making It Work

October 24, 2016

In June, CMS selected roughly 200 medical oncology practices to participate in the public payer’s own flavor of oncology payment reform: the Oncology Care Model. This program, which launched in July, is designed to lower costs and improve quality of care for treatment episodes that start with a six-month chemotherapy regimen.

Dipping a Toe Into Care Management

October 16, 2016

Fee-for-service remains the primary driver of patient revenue for the majority of oncology practices across the country, and the same is true for The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Medical Devices Begin Learning How to Talk

October 15, 2016

Edward P. Ambinder, MD, discusses advances on improving the interoperability of computer technology to facilitate the sharing and security of patient records for the purposes of furthering patient-centric, coordinated, and value-based care.

Flat Fee Plan Boosts Outcomes and Pay

October 12, 2016

After flat-fee system of financing cancer care at two large oncology practices in Northern California has improved patient outcomes and increased doctor compensation while defying inflationary pressures and holding the line on treatment costs.

Brace for a Dark and Stormy 2017

October 08, 2016

Although many reform efforts are based on good intentions, these efforts are not always well respected. There is a drive afoot to terminate the charter for the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

Southeast to Take Brunt of ACA Pullouts

October 05, 2016

One by one, major payers have announced they will withdraw from many Affordable Care Act marketplaces at the end of this year, leaving residents of hundreds of counties with just one or two payers selling policies on the government-run exchanges.