February 2021

Radiation Oncology’s Role in the Next Chapter of Payment Reform

February 18, 2021

COVER FEATURE

An ideal alternative payment model would reward radiation oncologists for participation in a value-based payment arrangement that grants them the freedom to make care delivery decisions based on patient needs and in accordance with clinical guidelines, says ASTRO's Anne Hubbard, MBA.

Use of COTA Nodal Address Highlights Variance in Cancer Care Cost: An Interview With Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP

February 18, 2021

COVER FEATURE

Donald M. Berwick, MD, MPP, the former CMS administrator who is president emeritus and senior fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, discusses cost variation in cancer care found through the digital classification system the COTA Nodal Address.

Flying the Plane While You Build It

February 16, 2021

FROM THE EDITORS

In this issue of Evidence-Based Oncology™ we see a foreshadowing of what the future of cancer care innovation could look like and how we may learn to move forward, safely, at an ever-accelerating pace.

The Untapped Potential of Cell and Gene Therapy

February 16, 2021

Excitement around gene therapy is back and greater than before. Although safety remains a concern, investigators are breaking ground in cell and gene therapy, and many believe that ultimately, a string of cancer cures will follow.

Possible Treatment Identified for Aggressive NSCLC Subset

February 16, 2021

Researchers from the Children’s Medical Center Research Institute at the University of Texas Southwestern discovered a potential treatment for patients with non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) who have KRAS and LKB1 mutations.

Contributor: A Practical Path Forward to More Patient-Centered Value Assessment

February 16, 2021

To ensure that value assessment accounts for patient needs, we need a better understanding of the outcomes that are most important to patients, write authors from COVIA Health Solutions and the University of Washington School of Pharmacy.

Proximity to Treatment, Racial Disparities Are Seen in Ovarian Cancer Survival

February 15, 2021

MEDICAL WORLD NEWS / Managed Care

Patients with ovarian cancer who lived within 10 miles of Kansas’s only National Cancer Institute–designated cancer center, and those of a non-White race, were shown to have less of a survival advantage.

Lung Cancer Screenings Fall, Biopsy Rates Rise During COVID-19

February 15, 2021

MEDICAL WORLD NEWS / Managed Care

Deferred low-dose computed tomography lung cancer screening during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has worsened outcomes for patients with lung cancer, a new study found.