Patient-Centered Oncology Care 2021

Leveraging Data and AI to Connect the Life Sciences, Health Systems

December 20, 2021

KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Today’s challenge, according to Microsoft's Iksha Herr, MS, is learning how to leverage artificial intelligence (AI) to process the waves of health care data and to drive insights that lead to better care delivery.

PCOC Spotlight: How Payers Are Leveraging Digital Devices for Remote Monitoring

December 20, 2021

DATA & TECHNOLOGY

Elizabeth Kwo, MD, MBA, MPH, is the deputy chief clinical officer, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Boston, Massachusetts. Kwo is a faculty lecturer at Harvard Medical School and physician entrepreneur.

Precision Medicine Can Close Oncology Gaps—and Lead to “Doing Less”

December 20, 2021

COVID-19 & THE PATH FORWARD

Physicians said it is in payers’ interest to use artificial intelligence to address social determinants of health, to cover tests, and to gather data. Doing so could let them stratify who needs certain screenings and diagnostic procedures and who doesn’t, which could lead to less consumption of health care.

Community Oncology Leaders Find Silver Linings in the Pandemic

December 20, 2021

COVID-19 & THE PATH FORWARD

Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA, of Texas Oncology, and Lucio Gordan, MD, of Florida Cancer Specialists, MD, presented data from a study they conducted in partnership with the Community Oncology Alliance and Avalere Health.

PCOC Spotlight: How Community Oncology Is a Low-Cost, High-Quality Provider

December 20, 2021

CLINICAL RESEARCH & COMMUNITY ONCOLOGY

Jeffrey Patton, MD, is the CEO of OneOncology, a national partnership of independent community oncologists based in Nashville, Tennessee. He is also executive chairman of the board, Tennessee Oncology, and a member of the board, Community Oncology Alliance.

In Oncology, Navigating PBMs Starts With Knowing What’s in the Contract

December 20, 2021

CLINICAL RESEARCH & COMMUNITY ONCOLOGY

Vertical integration of payers and pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) took flight with the mergers of Aetna and CVS Health and of Cigna and ExpressScripts. Panelists at Patient-Centered Oncology Care® said the shift has filtered down to affect access at the practice level.

OneOncology Speakers Make Case for Community Setting in Research, Value Delivery

December 20, 2021

CLINICAL RESEARCH & COMMUNITY ONCOLOGY

Duncan Allen, MHA, introduced the audience to the OneR clinical research initiative, and Jeffrey Patton, MD, discussed how the hospital transparency law has bolstered the case for the value of community oncology.

Panel Discusses the Ongoing Evolution of Remote Patient Care

December 19, 2021

DATA & TECHNOLOGY

The discussion, "Remote Patient Monitoring: Case Studies From the Front Lines,” explored real-world experiences with technology that has taken on greater heft as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect health care delivery.

PCOC SPOTLIGHT: In Taking on Disparities, What Is Actionable? What Can We Share With the Nation?

December 19, 2021

DISPARITIES IN CANCER CARE

Karen Winkfield, MD, PhD, is the executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance, a strategic partnership between Meharry Medical College and Vanderbilt College of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee. She is also Ingram Professor of Cancer Research and professor of radiation oncology, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center.

Stronger Community Connections, Fewer Barriers Are Keys to Better Trials

December 19, 2021

DISPARITIES IN CANCER CARE

Bruce A. Feinberg, DO, of Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions, leads a panel discussion on how far randomized clinical trials have come, how they could be better, and how using real-world evidence could make research more representative of the population.

Genetics, Epigenetics, and Cancer: What Data Are We Missing?

December 19, 2021

DISPARITIES IN CANCER CARE

During the discussion of disparities in cancer care, one panelist explained that the National Institutes of Health definition of precision medicine is broader than most people realize.

PCOC SPOTLIGHT: Patel Says Let the OCM Continue for Now

December 19, 2021

FROM THE EDITORS

The Oncology Care Model (OCM) is scheduled to end in just a few months, but with no new model in place to succeed it and practices still struggling during the pandemic, CMS should allow OCM to continue, said Kashyap Patel, MD, a co-chair of Patient-Centered Oncology Care® and the current president of the Community Oncology Alliance. He is CEO of Carolina Blood and Cancer Care Associates.

PCOC SPOTLIGHT: Empowering Stakeholders Across the Breadth of Oncology

December 19, 2021

FROM THE EDITORS

Joseph Alvarnas, MD, a co-chair of Patient-Centered Oncology Care® (PCOC), discussed the unique nature of PCOC and what it offers for providers, payers, policy leaders, and technology experts who take part. Alvarnas is vice president, Government Affairs; senior medical director, employer strategy, and clinical professor, Department of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation, City of Hope.

In Oncology Clinical Pathways, the Variability Isn’t With the Drugs

September 25, 2021

COVID-19 & THE PATH FORWARD

Experts who took part in Patient-Centered Oncology Care® 2021 said when guidelines recommend high-cost targeted therapies or immunotherapies, the focus must turn to areas such as imaging, diagnostic tests, and other elements that contribute to the cost of care.

In Cancer Care, Turning Attention to Transitions, SDOH

September 25, 2021

CLINICAL RESEARCH & COMMUNITY ONCOLOGY

The second day of Patient-Centered Oncology Care® 2021 featured a panel discussion, “Oncology Care Transitions: Bridging the Gaps Across the Patient Journey.”

What's Next After OCM? Possibly a Gap and Something Mandatory, Experts Predict

September 25, 2021

COVID-19 & THE PATH FORWARD

With the Oncology Care Model (OCM) slated to end in 2022, the successor model is still not in place. According to panelists, there is likely going to be a gap after OCM ends and the new model begins, but more importantly, practices should prepare for the new model to be mandatory.

Addressing Disparities Starts With Engaging the Community

September 24, 2021

DISPARITIES IN CANCER CARE

In the opening sessions at the Patient-Centered Oncology Care® conference, held September 23-24 both virtually and in Nashville, Tennessee, speakers focused on addressing disparities by getting involved and engaged with the community.