Practice Administration

Economic Implications of Inpatient versus Outpatient Autologous Transplant for Patients with Multiple Myeloma

Chase Doyle

March 2019, Vol 9, No 3 - Multiple Myeloma, Quality Care

Analysis of healthcare utilization among Medicare beneficiaries with multiple myeloma suggests that the setting of autologous hema­topoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) has a significant impact on provider reimbursement and out-of-pocket expenses for patients, according to data presented at ASH 2018. [ Read More ]

The Quality-Cost Connection in Cancer Care: Lessons from Oncology Practices in Washington State

Meg Barbor, MPH

February 2019, Vol 9, No 2 - Quality Care

Although many quality measures exist in oncology, few efforts have been undertaken to prioritize, measure, and report quality and costs for an entire region. A recent multiyear, multistakeholder effort to characterize quality of care and costs for Washington State oncology practices revealed that increased quality may be associated with a reduced cost of care in oncology. [ Read More ]

Identifying the Problem Is Key to Quality Improvement in Cancer Care

Meg Barbor, MPH

January 2019, Vol 9, No 1 - Quality Care

“There are a number of ways to go wrong when you’re trying to improve something,” said Kaveh G. Shojania, MD, Director, Centre for Quality Improvement and Patient Safety, University of Toronto, Canada, and Editor-in-Chief, BMJ Quality & Safety, who delivered the keynote address at the 2018 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. When it comes to improving quality in cancer care, there are no magic bullets. Many approaches have little to no impact. But recognizing and avoiding the most common pitfalls in quality improvement efforts can improve the chances for success, according to Dr Shojania. [ Read More ]

Oncology Practice Landscape in 2018: ASCO Survey Shows Interactions with Payers Top Concern

Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos

October 2018, Vol 8, No 10 - Practice Management

Oncology practices are challenged by day-to-day operational functions, which are often related to payment, reimbursement, and competition, according to the new survey titled “The State of Oncology Practice in America” from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) on the oncology practice landscape in the United States. [ Read More ]