Quality Care

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 ]

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 ]

Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes into Clinical Practice in Oncology

Meg Barbor, MPH

May 2017, Vol 7, No 5 - Quality Care

Orlando, FL—The term “patient-reported outcome” has become ubiquitous in cancer care. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are still in the early stages of being integrated into quality assessment programs and routine clinical practice, but engaging patients through PROs can be an invaluable tool for assessing and improving the quality of symptom management, said Ethan M. Basch, MD, MSc, FASCO, Director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at the 2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. [ Read More ]