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Shortage of Oncologists, Changes in Payment Models, Palliative Care, and Preparing for 2017


IP Blog | Dave Melin | November 6, 2016

BioBlog Weekly

This week’s BioBlog focuses on the need for oncologists outpacing the supply, payment models, changing the scope of palliative care, and more.

A Shortage of Oncologists

In 2014, the Journal of Oncology Practice predicted that demand (for oncologists) will grow by about 40 percent, whereas supply may grow only about 25 percent by the year 2025.

The US Health Care System Should Prepare and Participate in Changing Payment Models

Lee N. Newcomer, MD, senior vice president of oncology and genetics at UnitedHealth Care states,“There are many industrial countries like Japan, Germany, or Canada, who are able to produce the same health outcomes that we are in the United States—and in fact most do better—for about half the cost”.

CMS 2017 OPPS & MPFS Final Rules: Top-Level Takeaways

This article from CMS summarizes the CY 2017 Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rules.

Palliative Care Should Be Standard in Cancer Treatment: Guideline

This article from Reuters Health News outlines the benefits of palliative care.

CMS Releases Final Rule for 2017 Physician Fee Schedule

This article from Fierce Healthcare shares the highlights of the revised regulations that will take effect January 1, 2017.


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