Practice Administration

FDA Implements New Steps to Encourage Generic Drug Competition, Expand Patients’ Access to Inexpensive Medicines

Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos

April 2018, Vol 8, No 4 - Health Policy

In a January 3, 2018, statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, the FDA announced new steps to promote generic drug competition as a way to expand potential access to inexpensive medicines, which would be especially helpful for patients with cancer. These new steps are a part of the FDA’s ongoing implementation of the Drug Competition Action Plan. [ Read More ]

Managing Self-Pay Accounts Receivable in Oncology

Matt Terry, MBA, BSRT

September 2017, Vol 7, No 9 - Billing/Accounts Receivable

Self-pay accounts receivable in healthcare includes true self-pay (ie, patients with no health insurance) and the patient responsibility after insurance. In the past, health insurance plan benefits covered much more of the patient’s bill, up to 90% or more; however, in the past few years, high-deductible health plans have become more common and more attractive for plan members because of lower monthly premiums. Thus, the patient responsibility after insurance has shifted from 10% of the collectible accounts receivable to upwards of 30%. [ Read More ]

Drug Pricing Under the Trump Administration

Meg Barbor, MPH

July 2017, Vol 7, No 7 - Health Policy

Washington, DC—A change in leadership brings with it healthcare reform and potential changes in drug pricing in the United States, said Jessica Turgon, MBA, Principal, ECG Management Consultants, Washington, DC, at the 2017 Association of Community Cancer Centers meeting. Ms Turgon discussed what this transition of power means for cancer centers, and what oncology providers can realistically expect under the Trump administration. [ Read More ]

Input from Patients, Families, and Caregivers Can Enhance the Quality of Patient Care

Meg Barbor, MPH

May 2017, Vol 7, No 5 - Quality Care

Orlando, FL—Establishing a Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality (PFACQ) is one of the most direct routes to true patient-centered care, said Kate Niehaus, MBA, Chair, PFACQ, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York City, at the 2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. Ms Niehaus discussed how PFACQs can be used as a mechanism for the patient’s voice. [ Read More ]