New Payer-Oncologist Collaboration to Curb Cancer Care Costs, Improve Quality, Launched in Michigan

October 2012, Vol 3, No 7 - Value Propositions

In September, Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions announced the launch of a new collaboration initiative with Health Alliance Plan (HAP) and Physician Resource Management to establish an evidence-based clinical pathways program aimed at reducing the costs of cancer care while improving quality of care. “We’re committed to partnering with community oncologists and innovative insurance companies like HAP to develop new models for delivering highly effective, well-coordinated cancer care,” said Bruce Feinberg, MD, Vice President and Chief Medical Officer, Oncology, Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions. “Physician-driven clinical pathways programs like this one can play an integral role in defining a more sustainable model for caring for patients with cancer, by increasing the quality, consistency, and predictability of the care they receive.”

Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions will work directly with medical oncologists who contract with HAP to identify and implement evidence-based treatment regimens for breast, lung, and colon cancers. “I believe it’s critical for oncologists, patients, and payers to work together to develop a balanced set of quality and financial outcome goals that improve cancer care,” said Phillip Stella, MD, President of Physician Resource Management. Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions Press Release; September 11, 2012