PAPER OF THE WEEK: In 2015, US Oncology Found Community Settings Bring Lower Costs

Site of care made a difference in chemotherapy costs.

Welcome to Paper of the Week, which looks back at research and commentary of the past 25 years in The American Journal of Managed Care® and why it matters today.

This week’s paper, from authors at the US Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health, appeared in March 2015 and found a cost differential by site of service for cancer patients receiving chemotherapy.

The authors used data from Truven Health Analytics and found that costs were lower in community oncology clinics compared with hospital settings, and this held across different geographic areas, different demographics, and different clinical features of the cancer.

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