Gail Thompson


Authored Items

Top 4 Trends That Are Changing Oncology Practices

August 2018, Vol 8, No 8 - Practice Management

What are the most note­worthy trends that can affect an oncology practice’s strategic planning, budgeting, and bottom line? The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) partnered with the Advisory Board Company to identify some of those trends in the 2017 Trending Now in Cancer Care Survey. The survey results were presented at the 2018 ACCC Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit. [ Read More ]

The Patient Voice Is Key to Value-Based Care

July 2018, Vol 8, No 7 - Value-Based Care

“It’s the disease of not listening that I am troubled with,” a quote attributed to King Henry IV, kicked off a spirited panel discussion on the importance of incorporating the patient’s voice during treatment. Experts addressed these challenges at the 2018 Association of Community Cancer Centers Annual Meeting & Cancer Center Business Summit on March 16, 2018, in Washington, DC. [ Read More ]

Complying with Pharmacy Standards: USP 797/USP 800

June 2018, Vol 8, No 6 - 2018 Cancer Center Business Summit Highlights

Oncology practices, hospitals, and pharmacies are struggling to understand wide variations in the application of sterile compounding and safe handling of oncology hazardous drugs, and the costs and operating burdens of compliance with and adherence to current pharmacy standards. At the 2018 combined meeting of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the Cancer Center Business Summit, 3 cancer centers shared their stories and experiences related to pharmacy standards compliance. [ Read More ]

Using Cancer Drugs Wisely to Control Costs: Targeted Therapies May Hold the Key

May 2018, Vol 8, No 5 - 2018 Cancer Center Business Summit Highlights

How we use, label, study, and think about cancer drugs could make seismic changes in the pricing and access of cancer treatments for patients, but we need to rethink what we are doing first. Thought leaders from the provider, distribution, payer, and pharmaceutical arenas addressed these challenges at the 2018 combined meeting of the Association of Community Cancer Centers and the Cancer Center Business Summit. The meeting included a panel discussion about the costs of drugs, and the significant rise in the costs of cancer drugs after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval. [ Read More ]

Switching on the Light: A Model Immunotherapy Program for Oncology Practices

February 2018, Vol 8, No 2 - Immunotherapy

Immunotherapy is one of the hottest concepts in oncology care. Also called biologic therapy, this type of cancer treatment boosts the body’s own natural defenses to fight cancers. Ann M. McGreal, RN, OCN, Oncology Nurse Clinician, and Sigrun Hallmeyer, MD, Senior Executive Director, Advocate Medical Group, Park Ridge, IL, shared their experience with immunotherapy at the ACCC National Oncology Conference in October 2017 in Nashville. [ Read More ]

The Butterfly Effect: Improving the Chemotherapy Visit Experience

February 2018, Vol 8, No 2 - Practice Operations

The “butterfly effect” in chaos theory refers to a phenomenon in which a small, localized change in a complex system can have large effects elsewhere. Cody Boyd, BSHA, RT (R)(T), University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler Cancer Treatment and Prevention Center, shared the experience of such a change at the ACCC National Oncology Conference in October 2017 in Nashville. [ Read More ]

Preparing to Implement MACRA: Implications for Oncology Practices

June 2017, Vol 7, No 6 - 2017 Cancer Center Business Summit Highlights

Las Vegas, NV—Death and taxes are inevitable, and so are the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) changes for all medical practices across the country, (not just for oncology). Practices may choose how far to dip their toes into MACRA or into the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) waters, but they will be penalized, rewarded, or not affected in 2019 based on their decisions in 2017. Strategic planning for practices often spans 3 to 5 years; there is a very real financial component that affects oncology practices’ billing and revenues 2 years out and beyond. [ Read More ]

Operational and Cultural Changes in Oncology: Are You Paying Attention to Your Teams?

April 2017, Vol 7, No 4 - Cancer Center Business Summit

“Change creates angst: it creates pressures, it creates employee dissatisfaction, it creates environments that most medical practices aren’t used to participating in,” said Erich Mounce, MSHS, Chief Executive Officer, West Cancer Center, Memphis, TN, in his introduction to an intriguing panel discussion titled “Operational & Cultural Change” at the 2017 Cancer Center Business Summit (CCBS). [ Read More ]

Tools to Improve Patient Engagement in Value-Based Care

March 2017, Vol 7, No 3 - Cancer Center Business Summit

With the advent of a shift to value-based care and increasing accountability for effective care, patient engagement is emerging as the primary mechanism to effect change. However, the sheer volume of patients means that physicians and nurses cannot hope to touch them every day in the meaningful ways needed to fully engage each patient. Technology solutions must rise to the occasion. [ Read More ]

Shifting Targets for Providers, Payers, and Patients with Cancer: Perspectives in Healthcare Reform

March 2017, Vol 7, No 3 - Cancer Center Business Summit

A panel discussion at the 2017 Cancer Center Business Summit revealed continuing gaps in the evolution of healthcare reform among providers, payers, and patients with cancer. Michael Kolodziej, MD, National Medical Director, Managed Care Strategy, Flatiron Health, New York, NY—an oncologist with experience on the provider and the payer sides—moderated the panel discussion, which offered perspectives from the trenches on healthcare reform. [ Read More ]

How Washington Is Shaping a New Healthcare Reform

March 2017, Vol 7, No 3 - Cancer Center Business Summit

Former Senator Bill Frist, MD, opened the 2017 Cancer Center Business Summit in Las Vegas, NV, in early February, with a smile and a warning that we are in unfamiliar territory as the new Congress and the new administration move into 2017, territory that may occur only 2 or 3 times in a century. He said that, “For the first time since 1929, the GOP [the Republican Party] controls Congress, the White House, most governorships and state houses, as well as the Supreme Court.” [ Read More ]