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In order to reign in high costs of care in oncology, the healthcare community needs to be able to define value better, according to Alex Bastian, MBA, senior vice president at GfK.
Recent important changes in oncology have led to major advances that allow providers to recommend very specific therapies, said Mark G. Kris, MD, William and Joy Ruane chair in thoracic oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
As the rate of chronic diseases has increased, so has interest in treating mental health issues, Brenda Reiss-Brennan, PhD, mental health integration director at Intermountain Healthcare, said at the US News Hospital of Tomorrow conference.
There are many dimensions to providing quality cancer care, but they’re always tied to aligning the best outcomes with the patient’s preferences, Peter P. Yu, MD, FASCO, 2014-2015 president of ASCO, said at the Patient-Centered Oncology Care meeting.
There are a couple of areas where interoperability can still be improved, which requires work from both the private and the public sector, said Steven Posnack, MS, MHS, director of the Office of Standards and Technology at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
No entity in healthcare should have a blank check, but that’s the current situation with specialty drugs, said Karen Ignagni, president and chief executive officer of America’s Health Insurance Plans.
The evolving field of precision medicine is very much reliant on diagnostics, Howard K. Kaufman, MD, FACS, chief surgical officer and associate director for clinical science at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, said at The American Journal of Managed Care’s Patient-Centered Oncology Care meeting.
Health reform has brought a number of large changes to how healthcare is delivered, and one of the biggest is the shift to consumerism, according to Andrew Sussman, MD, president of MinuteClinic and senior vice president and associate chief medical officer of CVS Caremark.