Oncology Rounds

The latest news and research on cancer care from the Oncology Roundtable.

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Growing your navigator program? Read this first.

by Deirdre Saulet and Mallory Kirby January 16, 2018

One of the most common requests we receive from cancer program leaders is for evidence on the benefits of navigation. 

To help you evaluate the benefits of navigation or to make the case for navigators at your facility, we've compiled a summary of recent studies on patient navigation and their findings here. The big takeaway is that while most of us in cancer care realize how much it can impact the patient experience, there's not much research that provides strong evidence for navigation—but programs can still learn from the results of studies to date.

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United experiments with new approach to encourage guideline concordant care

Bryan Miller January 6, 2017

Several years ago, UnitedHealthcare began piloting an online NCCN-based prior authorization system in an attempt to reduce denial rates and spending on chemotherapy drugs. A recent study reveals that the system was successful in meeting both of its aims.

Keep reading to see how large the impact was and how UHC plans to further leverage this system.

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Groceries or cancer treatment? Survey reveals patients' financial struggles.

Deirdre Saulet June 1, 2016

To help pay for their care, cancer patients turn to a number of strategies that alter their care, such as not filling prescriptions, or their lifestyle, such as cutting back on groceries. Unfortunately, many of these strategies can significantly impact their outcomes and quality of life.

CancerCare recently conducted a patient survey that found a significant percentage of patients experience financial distress and adopt these behaviors. Keep reading to get key takeaways and how your program can help meet patients’ financial needs.

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Four takeaways from the ACCC's Financial Advocacy Network workshops

Deirdre Saulet November 23, 2015

Over the past couple months, I was fortunate to help facilitate the ACCC’s Financial Advocacy Network’s case-based workshops. I had a great time meeting financial counselors from all over the country and learning new best practices for successful financial navigation. Here are my four biggest takeaways.

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How much should a drug cost? You decide.

by Rebecca Howland October 8, 2015

Last week, we discussed the ASCO value framework, which lets you weigh the clinical benefits of new drugs compared to the standard of care. But this framework is difficult to use, and it leaves many questions unanswered: How does value translate to cost? How can we compare two drugs? If you had a terminal illness, how much would you pay for an extra year of life? These are the incredibly difficult questions that patients and providers have been facing for years.

To help answer these questions, Dr. Peter Bach created DrugAbacus.

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Expert Q&A: How to successfully roll out point-of-service collections

Deirdre Saulet July 20, 2015

Increased patient cost-shifting means that a growing proportion of providers’ revenue will depend upon their ability to collect from patients. While the best opportunity to collect from patients is at the point of service, 70% of Oncology Roundtable members do not consistently collect up-front payments.

It’s easy to see why. Most employees come to work to help patients—they don’t want to upset them or drive them away by asking for money. However, both patients and cancer programs can benefit from improved collections.

I sat down with my colleague Melissa Henry, a dedicated advisor for Payment Navigation Compass, to get her thoughts on how programs can successfully launch point-of-service collections.

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UAB study shows impact of lay navigation on cancer costs

Deirdre Saulet June 24, 2015

Over the past decade, cancer programs have made major investments in patient navigation, yet few have been able to demonstrate a measurable impact on the quality and cost of care. That’s why we were excited to see a preliminary study from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) showing the impact of their lay navigation program on health care utilization and costs.

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The sacrifices cancer patients make to afford care

by Ashley Riley April 7, 2015

A recent report by the Cancer Support Community found that 46% of cancer patients experience significant anxiety associated with managing the costs of care, and a striking number of patients fail to adhere to recommended treatment due to costs. These findings add to the growing body of evidence indicating that it’s more important now than ever for cancer programs to help patients manage the financial toxicity of cancer.

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