From the Editor

In the best of times, managing an oncology practice is an adventure. Every day the doors to the practice open, and the physicians and staff greet, support, and empower the patients who come in for guidance, diagnosis, and treatment. Read Article ›

Over the past several decades, we have seen the delivery of chemotherapy shift from the hospital inpatient setting to the hospital outpatient setting to the specialized community practice setting. Now, amid the many seismic changes that have been occurring as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, a battle has emerged over the question of whether a patient’s home should be a site of care for the infusion of certain chemotherapy drugs. Read Article ›

Every cloud has a silver lining. The chaos and uncertainty that the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) brought to the US healthcare system this spring has had a cataclysmic effect on the mainstream adoption of telemedicine and virtual health visits that will probably never be undone. These advances in technology will benefit medical practices and their patients in much needed ways, such as lowering costs, improving patient access, increasing the timeliness of care, and reducing the risk for unnecessary exposure to various elements for patients and staff alike.

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As we enter a new decade, we are seeing a widening gap between those who provide care and those who pay for care. This growing divergence is evidenced, in part, by the different sources being used for clinical pathways and authorized coverage for payment. Initially, payers tend to consider national guidelines, such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology, as a starting point for acceptable treatment choices made by physicians, but then refer to internal policies or external vendors to narrow the parameters required for clinical and payment coverage. Read Article ›

Still waters run deep. While cancer centers and practices continue to navigate the highly visible challenges of operations, reimbursement, and competition, as well as Medicare and private payer relationships, other potential hazards may be lurking just out of sight. This article discusses 3 areas where activity in your local market could suddenly surface and completely change the environment in which you provide care. Read Article ›

Although our top priority is to provide high-quality care, we often encounter barriers and hurdles that can affect where, when, and how we interact with our patients and staff. Given the increased focus on the acquisition, handling, preparation, and administration of drugs in medical practices—especially oncology practices—we are now being challenged with existing and emerging restrictions and expectations, which are continually in a state of transition. In this article, I want to share 3 important tips that will help you be more prepared and protected this fall. Read Article ›

Medical practices and hospital centers across the United States are facing important choices that will determine their fiscal and physical viability moving into 2020. Not only is the impetus behind these required changes unclear, many feel that there is a lack of purpose and justification for them, which has resulted in mounting frustration. Read Article ›

Healthcare is a highly competitive industry that continues to undergo significant changes, including an increase in digital technologies and other innovations that offer patients new ways to customize their care and find more convenient options for health services tailored to their needs, lifestyles, and finances. As these advancements usher in a new area of healthcare, we need to ask ourselves, “Are we missing the boat?” “Are we about to lose the battle for patient healthcare in the same way that taxis have gradually lost their market for the traveling public to on-demand transportation services such as Uber?” Read Article ›

Pharmacy standards will be applied to medical practices, regardless of whether they have a pharmacy licensed with their state Board of Pharmacy. Read Article ›

The word on the street is that value-based, or risk-based, oncology contracts for physicians are the inevitable wave of the future. But are they? Read Article ›

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