Practice Administration

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 ]

FDA Commissioner Outlines New Plan to Increase Biosimilars by “Balancing Innovation and Competition”

Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos

October 2018, Vol 8, No 10 - Health Policy

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, has been outspoken about the critical need to reign in drug prices. Biosimilars are crucial for improving patient access to biologic drugs at an affordable cost. Biologics are now key in the treatment of cancer and autoimmune conditions. But cost remains an obstacle to access to drug therapy. [ Read More ]

Top 4 Trends That Are Changing Oncology Practices

Gail Thompson

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 ]