Artificial Intelligence and Community Oncology

Stephanie GingerPatient-centered Care, Value-based Care

The Community Oncology Conference recently featured a panel discussion of organizations piloting an artificial intelligence (AI) program. The discussion opened with John Frownfelter, the Chief Medical Information Officer at JVION, describing the challenges of cancer care today and value-based programs, in particular. Providing the highest quality of care at a lower cost in an increasingly complicated landscape is difficult. In … Read More

Catching up with Minnesota Oncology

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Minnesota Oncology, a member of The US Oncology Network, has been participating in pay for performance programs over the past five years and are in the process of becoming certified as an oncology medical home. This large, innovative practice wanted to ensure they were ready for the future of cancer care and recognized that a technology-based solution would be necessary … Read More

Journal of Oncology Practice Study: Symptom Management Reduces Cancer Care Costs

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

The Journal of Oncology Practice just published a study that examined triage incidents at two mid-sized community cancer care providers. Both practices use Navigating Cancer’s Patient Relationship Management platform to coordinate patient care, including triage and symptom management. The authors of the study analyzed symptom related incidents in a 6-month period of time, seeking to quantify the value of telephone … Read More

Do you have the process and tools in place for proactive symptom management?

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

As the leading oncology-specific Patient Relationship Management platform, we talk to cancer care providers on a regular basis to determine how we can best help them meet their goals. We are working to improve our existing tools and also look to the future and anticipate what will be needed next, but that’s not always clear. We know from talking to … Read More

New study finds that symptom management pathways result in cost reductions

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

A study published in the Journal of Oncology Practice identifies tools to reduce costs The authors of the study, titled “Reducing Cancer Costs Through Symptom Management and Triage Pathways,” analyzed data from two practices that utilize Navigating Cancer’s Patient Relationship Management platform to deliver patient-centered care. They found that the use of the platform’s triage functionality together with its symptom … Read More

Value-based care: an update from Dr. Ray Page of Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

A recent event hosted by AJMC’s Institute for Value-based Medicine focused on advancing quality in oncology care, the speakers included Dr. Ray Page of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (CCBD) in Fort Worth, Texas. Dr. Page and his practice have led the way in the move to value-based care. His practice has been participating in pilot programs like … Read More

24-hour support for cancer patients can make a huge difference, but is it feasible? One cancer center explains how they did it.

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Our team recently returned from the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ National Oncology Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference’s sessions covered a wide range of topics, many familiar for practices who have been navigating the best path forward in value-based care over the past couple of years. Several cancer care providers shared lessons learned about what they are doing to … Read More

Ambulatory Rapid Response Identified as Key Attribute for High Value Cancer Care

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Still not sure about the most effective ways to deliver high quality cancer care while lowering costs at the same time? A recent study from the Stanford Cancer Institute published in JAMA Oncology titled, “Critical Lessons From High-Value Oncology Practices” identified 13 attributes that differentiated high quality practices with low spending from other practices. Of those 13, an expert oncologist … Read More

For providers, the path forward in value-based cancer care is complicated. Here are three strategies to implement today.

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

So value-based cancer care has arrived. Even with added resources and funding, early participants in value-based programs like the Oncology Care Model are already facing the complexity of reducing the cost of cancer care. With so many factors contributing to the cost of cancer treatment – many outside the control of the care team like drug prices, comorbidities, disease progression … Read More