Patient-Centered Oncology Care: Real-World Perspectives

December 28, 2013
The final panel of the conference analyzes the role of the industry in healthcare, including panelists' observations on topics such as innovation. Mr Gamble, for instance, offers his insights as to how groups like the Community Oncology Alliance are working with the industry to drive the message about the quality and the value component throughout all the stakeholders. Dr Fox provides perspective on how payers can offer valuable partnerships throughout the industry, including those with pharmaceutical companies.
December 28, 2013
Dr Cliff Goodman leads a discussion featuring panelists including The American Journal of Managed Care's co-editor-in-chief, Dr Michael Chernew. Topics of the discussion include the impact of value-based pricing in the market, and how different pricing models such as bundled payments or accountable care organizations impact risk factors.
December 28, 2013
According to Dr Ramsey, both the Health Economics Outcomes Research (HEOR) model and the pharmaceuticals pricing model in the United States are broken. He says: Unless we, as a community, figure out a way to use health economics in our decision making, we are not going to stop this train of unsupportable price increases in pharma.
December 28, 2013
Mr Klein leads another discussion with Michael Kolodjiez, MD, Lee N. Newcomer, MD, MHA, John L. Fox, MD, MHA, and Jerry Conway. The panel responds to whether there are gaps in targeted gene analyses. They also discuss other issues including bioinformatics, and how payers, providers, and pharmacists might collaborate on improving care through genetic sequencing.
December 28, 2013
Jerry Conway provides a DNA-centric view of organizing treatment plans with respect to the use of some advances in genomic technology.
December 28, 2013
Dr Klein moderates this discussion, including co-editor in chief of The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits Dr Jan Berger. The panel addresses a variety of topics as they relate to companion diagnostics in targeted treatments. Panelists respond to issues such as who should take responsibility in genetic counseling to ensure that patients have the best experience possible-whether it be in person or telephonic. Other topics covered in this discussion include appropriate consumerism in this space, the employer's role in genetic counseling, and how medical professionals are being trained or educated about these processes.
December 28, 2013
Karen uses this session to analyze payer perspectives in genetic counseling. She describes the process involved with genetic counseling and the role of the counselor. She notes that the path to becoming a genetic counselor can often be more rigorous than in other specialties. Ms Lewis also discusses the surge of interest that genetic counseling has seen in recent years.
December 28, 2013
Bruce Feinberg, DO, vice president and chief medical officer of Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions, Clinical Pathways, begins this next segment from a different perspective.
December 28, 2013
Dr Klein begins the panel discussion by asking participants to name one of their biggest challenges. Dr Newcomer responds that time and the fact that there are not enough PhDs are challenging. Ms Torda suggests that standardized data and data collection remains difficult. Dr Scanlon says it's the nimbleness of structuring data.
December 28, 2013
Dr Newcomer says that he welcomes the transition of oncology from being evaluated in process measures to outcome measures. He says that while quality measures can be quick and messy, these results are used for the purpose of finding gaps and seeing if those gaps can be improved.
December 28, 2013
Implications of Healthcare Reform: 'No' Will Be Heard is led by Cliff Goodman, PhD, in a panel discussion featuring A. Mark Fendrick, MD, co-editor in chief of The American Journal of Managed Care, John L. Fox, MD, MHA, and Ira M. Klein, MD, MBA, FACP. The panelists determine what it means when a patient says no.
December 28, 2013
Ethan Basch, MD, a self-described triple-threat, discusses incorporating patient-centered outcomes into clinical trials. He begins his presentation by describing a colleague's published research article, Pazopanib versus Sunitinib in Metastatic Renal-Cell Carcinoma. The study found that not only did Pazopanib cost an estimated $5800 and Sunitinib $7800, but Pazopanib was superior to Sunitiniib in 11 out of 14 quality-of-life indicators.
December 28, 2013
Cliff Goodman, PhD, senior vice president and principal at the Lewin Group, kicks off the first discussion of AJMC's PCOC 2013 by introducing panelists Amy Berman, BS, RN, Dennis Scanlon, PhD, and Manasi A. Tirodkar, PhD, MS, as they consider the role of consumerism in deliverability of care.
December 28, 2013
Dr Peter Bach says professionals are looking at opportunities for new payment models and care redesign, but there are also threats that might surface. Each type of insurance payment model has different levels of risk factors. New payment models, such as the UHC pathways program and CMMI demo, have limited risk.
December 28, 2013
Amy Berman, BS, RN, says the new business case for cancer focuses on the individual. It has action-oriented outcomes, and is a value proposition. We cannot be effective, if we do not engage individuals, says Ms Berman.
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