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Measuring Performance and Crunching Numbers

IP Blog | Dave Melin | July 31, 2016

BioBlog Weekly oncologyIn this week’s BioBlog, we look at how measuring performance, crunching numbers, and bean counting is transforming cancer care.

CMS Launches ‘Transformative,’ ‘Monumental’ Oncology Care Model

“They [CMS] want a lot of engagement. They want to generate ‘big data.’ They want to lead the way in data sharing. And they want a substantial group of providers participating to be able to move forward (beyond the model phase) with alternative reimbursement methodologies”, explains Marcus Neubauer, M.D., medical director of oncology services for The US Oncology Network and McKesson Specialty Health.

How Data Can Help Us Understand Cancer and Its Treatment

In this article from Stanford Engineering, Russ Altman, suggested it was time to give patients a way to volunteer their own health data in order to help find cures.

CMS Releases Star Ratings for Hospitals

According to Modern Healthcare, the CMS published the much-anticipated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings after Congress pressured the agency to continue to delay their release.

Senator: Is Medicare Drug Plan Vulnerable to Exploitation?

Medicare’s prescription program “is an important part of the health care of many Americans, but has recently seen an alarming trend in spending growth,” Senator Grassley, R-Iowa wrote Medicare administrator Andy Slavitt.

CMS Releases CY 2017 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule

This article from the American Society of Hematology outlines the proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) for 2017.

New Tools for Assessing Drug Value Haven’t Caught On With Payers — Yet

Dr. Peter Bach, who heads the Center for Health Policy and Outcomes at the Memorial Sloan Kettering cancer center states, “I think it’s going to take a while for payers to get used to the idea of paying drugs based on benefit, because it’s a different way of thinking about allocating drug spending”.

Healthcare’s Value Based Purchasing – A Data-Driven Revolution

Statements made by the American Medical Association (AMA) and American Hospital Association (AHA) while supportive of the VBP concept in theory, have expressed reservations in how pay-for-performance programs will be implemented, and practiced. -Forbes Magazine

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