September 2016 | Oncology Business News®

Conway Defends Scope of Drug Pricing Model

September 30, 2016

Patrick Conway, MD, says that the demonstration drug pricing plan, which would raise payment for low-cost drugs and lower payment for high-priced drugs, is chiefly about improving outcomes.

Payers Manipulate Definition of Necessity

September 29, 2016

When it comes to health coverage, most Americans face an unnerving reality—they have no idea what is covered under their health insurance policy until they are affected by illness or disease.

Support for Advanced Practice Providers

September 25, 2016

The Community Oncology Alliance has recognized a need within the APP community and responded by creating the COA Advanced Practice Provider Network, with the hope that its tools will enable APPs to review important practice issues and discuss solutions among themselves.

Throw a House Instead of a Marble

September 24, 2016

As the cost comes down due to new technologies and as studies mature, maybe the value equation for common malignancies will favor proton beam therapy. However, it is hard to imagine how throwing a house will ever be as cost-efficient as throwing a marble.

Staffing Costs for Oncology Practices Soar Amid Deluge of Paperwork

August 24, 2016

Preauthorizations for chemotherapy drugs and payers’ differing administrative requirements are two of the main contributors to greater hiring needs. Oncologists and practice managers also cite frequent coverage denials, lengthy appeal processes, payerspecific clinical pathways, financial counseling for underinsured patients, data-tracking initiatives, and night and weekend nurse triage services.