Policies & Guidelines

Economic Implications of Inpatient versus Outpatient Autologous Transplant for Patients with Multiple Myeloma

Chase Doyle

January/February 2019, Vol 10, No 1 | Payers’ Perspectives In Oncology: ASH 2018 Highlights - Multiple Myeloma, Quality Care

San Diego, CA—Analysis of healthcare utilization among Medicare beneficiaries with multiple myeloma suggests that the setting of autologous hema­topoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) has a significant impact on provider reimbursement and out-of-pocket expenses for patients, according to data presented at ASH 2018. [ Read More ]

FDA Commissioner Outlines New Plan to Increase Biosimilars by “Balancing Innovation and Competition”

Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos

October 2018, Vol 9, No 3 - Health Policy

FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, discusses the recent release of the FDA’s 11-part action plan to boost biosimilar development, noting that biosimilar competition is “anemic because litigation has delayed market access for biosimilar products that are, or shortly will be, available in markets outside the U.S. several years before they’ll be available to patients here.” [ Read More ]

NCCN Issues First Guideline for Immunotherapy-Related Adverse Events

NCCN Guidelines

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN)’s first guideline (version 1.2018) for the management of side effects from immunotherapy recognizes “a new spectrum of adverse events” in patients who are receiving immune checkpoint inhibitor therapy, said John A. Thompson, MD, Director, Phase I Clinical Trials Program, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA, at the 2018 NCCN annual conference. [ Read More ]

Identifying Long-Term Unmet Needs in Survivorship Care

Meg Barbor, MPH

December 2017, Vol 8, No 5 - Survivorship

New Orleans, LA—The number of cancer survivors is increasing. To keep up with this trend, survivorship care must evolve and become more efficient, insists Jennifer R. Klemp, PhD, MPH, MA, Director, Cancer Survivorship, University of Kansas Cancer Center, Westwood. A growing number of patients are living with or through their disease, while the provider workforce is shrinking. [ Read More ]

Reducing Disparities in Survivorship Care

Chase Doyle

Survivorship

Surviving cancer is the start of a new journey for many individuals. Cancer survivors face a multitude of challenges, including the prevention of new and recurrent cancers; interventions for illnesses secondary to cancer and its treatment; concerns about employment, insurance, and disability; and coordination between specialists and primary care providers. These challenges are compounded by the need to ensure appropriate, culturally sensitive delivery of care to vulnerable patient populations, said Margaret Q. Rosenzweig, PhD, FNP-BC, AOCNP, FAAN, Professor of Acute and Tertiary Care, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, PA, at the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium. [ Read More ]

Input from Patients, Families, and Caregivers Can Enhance the Quality of Patient Care

Meg Barbor, MPH

Quality Care

Orlando, FL—Establishing a Patient and Family Advisory Council for Quality (PFACQ) is one of the most direct routes to true patient-centered care, said Kate Niehaus, MBA, Chair, PFACQ, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC), New York City, at the 2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. Ms Niehaus discussed how PFACQs can be used as a mechanism for the patient’s voice. [ Read More ]

Integrating Patient-Reported Outcomes into Clinical Practice in Oncology

Meg Barbor, MPH

Quality Care

Orlando, FL—The term “patient-reported outcome” has become ubiquitous in cancer care. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) are still in the early stages of being integrated into quality assessment programs and routine clinical practice, but engaging patients through PROs can be an invaluable tool for assessing and improving the quality of symptom management, said Ethan M. Basch, MD, MSc, FASCO, Director, Cancer Outcomes Research Program, UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, at the 2017 ASCO Quality Care Symposium. [ Read More ]