More than 200 participants gathered in Baltimore for "Patient-Centered Oncology: Real-World Perspectives," which covered genetic testing, how to engage patients in decision-making, and how the "culture of medicine" continues to drive up costs despite calls to abandon the fee-for-service payment model.
More Than 200 Attend AJMC’s Patient-Centered Oncology Care;Experts Discuss Cost of Treatment, “Culture of Medicine”
BALTIMORE, Md. — More than 200 clinicians, health plan executives, pharmaceutical leaders and health policy experts spent 24 hours sharing ideas on how to control the cost of cancer care by listening to patients – and learning everything from family histories to their own treatment goals.
“Patient-Centered Oncology Care: Real-World Perspectives,” sponsored by The American Journal of Managed Care, took place here November 14-15 at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court. The sessions dug deep into questions that are driving both oncology costs and headlines: How to balance patient expectations of what is possible, as new cancer therapies routinely break the six-figure mark? How can health plans save lives while also meeting demands that care be more affordable? Across the sessions, attendees heard the following:
“We received tremendous feedback from our participants — they appreciated hearing from national experts who came armed not only with data, but also real-life examples of what is happening on the front lines,” said Brian Haug, president of The American Journal of Managed Care. “Those who attended heard stories and met people with whom they could relate.”
Proceedings from the meeting were recorded, and a Special Issue of Evidence-Based Oncology, a news supplement to The American Journal of Managed Care, will be published in December. For information, contact Nicole Beagin, Associate Editorial Director, at email@example.com.
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