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Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight


IP Blog | Dave Melin | July 15, 2015

This week in health care trends, our cancer supportive care spotlight includes an update on CMS’s Oncology Care Model and tips on how to increase referrals to palliative care programs.

The articles below are from our dedicated Cancer Supportive Care e-magazine. You can follow us on Flipboard or Twitter, or just watch for the links to this and our other magazines in our regular weekly BioBlog emails. (Don’t get our emails yet? Subscribe here!)

cancer supportive care digest buttonHundreds of Practices Express Interest in CMS’s Pay Plan for Oncology

According to this report, nearly 450 oncology practices as well as 48 private insurance companies have submitted letters of intent in the process of applying to CMS’s new Oncology Care Model. (The deadline to apply was June 30.) As the new program unfolds, many eyes will be on it: “Some practices hope that the OCM will be the tipping point that makes value-based payment for cancer care standard within the industry.”

An In-depth Look at the Many Sides of Nursing (infographic)

This detailed infographic takes a look at important stats related to nursing including projected job growth and salary ranges for various types of nurses and nursing shortages by state,

Planning and Reporting of Quality of Life Outcomes in Cancer Trials

This study examined the use of “quality of life” (QoL) measures in clinical trials and “how frequently QoL outcomes were specified in protocols of cancer trials and subsequently reported.” Their conclusion? “About half of cancer trials specified QoL outcomes in their protocols. However, only 20% reported any quality of life data in associated publications. Highly relevant information for decision-making is often unavailable to patients, oncologists, and health-policy makers.”

Leveraging Palliative Care Data: Increasing Referrals (video)

In this short video, Daniel Hoefer, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Sharp HealthCare’s Palliative Care Program, shares his thoughts on how to increase referrals and address both the ethical and economic questions surrounding palliative care.

 


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