Ira Klein, MD, Discusses Quality Measures in Oncology
Ira Klein, MD, MBA, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, National Accounts Clinical Sales & Strategy, Aetna, addresses measurement programs used in oncology. Dr. Klein says that measurement is a driver for value and healthcare in the future. Quality measures like QOPI and HEDIS allow oncologists to measure how they should be rewarded and recognized for making improvement.
This video was taken on November 16 at AJMC's Translating Evidence-Based Research Into Value-Based Decisions in Oncology.
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