Ira Klein, MD, MBA, FACP Discusses How Payers Can Offer More Personalized Cancer Care to Oncologists

Ira Klein, MD, MBA, FACP, chief medical officer, National Accounts Clinical Sales & Strategy, Aetna, suggests that oncology practices lack a sense of economic perspective that would otherwise allow them to offer a variety of services to their patients.

Ira Klein, MD, MBA, FACP, chief medical officer, National Accounts Clinical Sales & Strategy, Aetna, suggests that oncology practices lack a sense of economic perspective that would otherwise allow them to offer a variety of services to their patients. He explains that due to size and areas of focus, practices are unable to generate the infrastructure they would like, which is where the payers can assist.

“The help that’s given in the form of software, practice guidelines, maybe even some coaching on how to be an oncology medical home — those are very valuable assets and very useful products that practices could get and payers by doing it are helping both the practices and themselves,” Dr Klein says.