What makes a cancer therapy effective may be in the eye of the stakeholder, even though everyone involved in healthcare decisions relies on evidence-based information. Evidence-Based Oncology, a publication of The American Journal of Managed Care, this month publishes a condensed version of the discussion among payers on how to improve collection and use of collection of data to make better evidence-based decisions in oncology.
PLAINSBORO, N.J. — A group of payer representatives convened by The American Journal of Managed Care recently explored the challenges and opportunities presented by the increased use of data in oncology decision making, with the results of their discussion just published online and in Evidence-Based Oncology, the journal’s news publication.
Many questions surround the use of data in cancer care: Which data are important? Is the gathered information reliable? What numbers are not gathered currently that would lead to better decisions? Taking part in the summit were John L. Fox, MD, MHA, senior medical director and associate vice president of Medical Affairs at Priority Health; Ira M. Klein, MD, MBA, FACP, national medical director, Clinical Thought Leadership, Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Aetna; Michael Kolodziej, MD, national medical director for Oncology Strategies, Aetna; Bryan Loy, MD, physician lead—cancer, Humana; and Irwin W. Tischler, DO, national medical director, Oncology, Cigna. The session was moderated by Peter Salgo, MD, professor of medicine and anesthesiology at Columbia University and associate director of surgical intensive care at New York- Presbyterian Hospital.
The panelists addressed the best ways to gather and use high-quality data to improve clinical decisions. They discussed a number of important topics, including:
About the Journal
The American Journal of Managed Care, now in its 20th year of publication, is the leading peer-reviewed journal dedicated to issues in managed care. Other titles are The American Journal of Pharmacy Benefits, which provides pharmacy and formulary decision makers with information to improve the efficiency and health outcomes in managing pharmaceutical care. In December 2013, AJMC introduced The American Journal of Accountable Care, which publishes research and commentary devoted to understanding changes to the healthcare system due to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. AJMC’s news publications, the Evidence-Based series, bring together stakeholder views from payers, providers, policymakers and pharmaceutical leaders in oncology and diabetes management. To order reprints of articles appearing in AJMC publications, please call (609) 716-7777, x 131.
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