Value Peer-spectives

Inaugural Employer-Provider Interface Council Conference Explores Value in Healthcare

Zachary R. Babcock, PhD; F. Randy Vogenberg, PhD

October 2019, Vol 10, No 5 - Employers’ Perspective

In today’s fast-paced healthcare environment, managing health benefits requires dexterity, foresight, and collaboration. At the inaugural multistakeholder Employer-Provider Interface Council (EPIC) of the Hospital Quality Foundation interactive Leadership Conference that took place on June 11, 2019, the relationships among employer plan sponsors, employee healthcare consumers, and healthcare providers were explored. To understand how health benefits are managed to deliver value to stakeholders, several speakers discussed the importance of how to define and derive value in the rapidly changing healthcare industry. Each presentation was followed by reactions from a stakeholders panel from various segments of the healthcare industry, including consumer advocacy, employer, payer, government, and provider. [ Read More ]

Strategic Insights on Midsize Employers and Cancer Care Coverage

Bincy Augustine, PharmD; F. Randy Vogenberg, PhD, RPh, FASHP

April 2019, Vol 10, No 2 - Employers’ Perspective

It is no surprise that healthcare costs are at an all-time high and continue to take center stage in political, social, and economic debates. Employers, as health plan sponsors and as purchasers of care, are looking to take matters into their own hands and tackle the problem through innovative reimbursement strategies. Not all employers, however, are built the same. Experiences in controlling healthcare costs vary between small and large employers. The most affected employers are in the middle and are known as midsize employers. [ Read More ]

FDA Implements New Steps to Encourage Generic Drug Competition, Expand Patients’ Access to Inexpensive Medicines

Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos

Value in Oncology

In a January 3, 2018, statement from FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, MD, the FDA announced new steps to promote generic drug competition as a way to expand potential access to inexpensive medicines, which would be especially helpful for patients with cancer. These new steps are a part of the FDA’s ongoing implementation of the Drug Competition Action Plan. [ Read More ]

Active Surveillance the Least Costly Management Strategy for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Wayne Kuznar

Prostate Cancer, Solid Tumors, Value in Oncology

San Francisco, CA—Active surveillance is less costly than immediate treatment of low-risk prostate cancer, regardless of the specific treatment, according to findings from a cost analysis at a single institution presented at the 2018 Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. The cost-effectiveness of initial active surveillance compared with immediate treatment, as well as mitigation of treatment-related side effects, supports consideration of active surveillance as a management strategy in value-based care models, said lead investigator Franklin Gaylis, MD, FACS, Medical Director, Genesis Healthcare Partners (GHP), San Diego, who presented the study results. [ Read More ]

Rapid Adoption of Oncology Drugs Improves Survival

Chase Doyle

December 2017, Vol 8, No 5 - Value in Oncology

Innovation takes time, especially when it comes to cancer research. However, delays in the adoption of novel oncology treatments can have a significant impact on patient health, reported Jason Shafrin, PhD, Director of Healthcare Quality and Value-Based Research Methods, and Senior Research Economist, Precision Health Economics, Los Angeles, CA, who presented the results of a geographic-based analysis of claims data at the 2017 Cancer Survivorship Symposium. [ Read More ]

Identifying Correct Molecular Target Essential for Treating Non–Small-Cell Lung Cancer

Wayne Kuznar

December 2017, Vol 8, No 5 - Value in Oncology

Orlando, FL—Non–small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) comprises several different subtypes, necessitating broad molecular panel testing to understand the correct diagnosis and the appropriate treatment, said Wallace Akerley, MD, Senior Director, Community Oncology Research, Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, at the 2017 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) annual conference. [ Read More ]

ASCO Annual Report 2017: Immunotherapy 2.0 Advance of the Year

Eileen Koutnik-Fotopoulos

June 2017, Vol 8, No 3 - Value in Oncology

Advances in immunotherapy are benefiting increasing numbers of patients living with cancer. Since 2011, the FDA approved 15 immunotherapies in oncology, including 5 immunotherapy drugs in 2016. This surge of progress using cancer immunotherapy has led the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) to name “Immunotherapy 2.0” as its cancer advance of the year for a second year in a row. [ Read More ]