Value-Based Cancer Care Issues


December 2016, Vol 7, No 11

AVBCC Sixth Annual Conference: The Evolution of Value-Based Cancer Care

Wayne Kuznar

AVBCC 2016

Washington, DC—With tremendous changes occurring in healthcare and particularly in oncology, discussion about the current trends and demands facing stakeholders in optimizing value in cancer care dominated the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care, held September 27-29, 2016, and co-chaired by Michael Kolodziej, MD, National Medical Director, Managed Care Strategy, Flatiron Health, New York, NY; and Burt Zweigenhaft, BS, President, National Association of Specialty Pharmacy; and Editor-in-Chief, Value-Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

Precision Medicine the Future of Cancer Care, but Cost Remains a Major Barrier

David Knight

Personalized Medicine

Washington, DC—Precision medicine is the optimal approach to the future of cancer care, but unless a new pricing model for innovative treatments is implemented, the cost of care will be the greatest barrier to effective treatment, said Maurie Markman, MD, President, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and Clinical Professor of Medicine, Drexel University, Philadelphia, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

Maximizing the Potential of Immunotherapy the Focus of Cancer Moonshot 2020

Wayne Kuznar

Immunotherapy

Washington, DC—The Cancer Moonshot 2020 program is exploring a new paradigm in cancer care by bringing clinical trials focused on immunotherapy to community and academic practices. This privately funded initiative seeks to conduct phase 2 clinical trials within the next 36 months in 20,000 patients with >20 tumor types at all stages of cancer, said Gary Palmer, MD, JD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, President, GPS Operations, NantHealth, Culver City, CA, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

Genomic Assays Expediting Adoption of Personalized Cancer Therapy in Clinical Practice

Wayne Kuznar

Personalized Medicine

Washington, DC—Cancer is now recognized as a disease of the genome. The use of genomic assays and measurement of protein expression are permitting the use of personalized cancer therapy in the clinical setting on a scale not seen previously. In many cases, the use of these assays will also enhance the cost-effectiveness of cancer therapy, although the overall cost of cancer care may not decline as a result, said Gerald Messerschmidt, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer, Precision for Medicine, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value­Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

Practice Transformation Essential to the Oncology Care Model

Wayne Kuznar

Integrated Care Models

Washington, DC—Transforming an oncology practice into one that incorporates value involves several key elements, including improved collaboration and coordination among the treating physicians and team building, said Diana Verrilli, Vice President and General Manager, Managed Care, Quality and Provider Solutions, Mc­Kesson Specialty Health, The Woodlands, TX, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

Integrated Care Models Are the Future of Oncology

David Knight

Integrated Care Models

Washington, DC—Payer-directed programs, including the integration of oncology into accountable care organizations (ACOs), are likely to become increasingly important for managing the total cost of cancer care, said Michael Kolodziej, MD, National Medical Director, Managed Care Strategy, Flatiron Health, New York, NY, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

The Impact of Policy and Politics on Health and Drug Pricing

Jessica Miller

Health Policy

Washington, DC—A panel discussion on health and drug politics took place at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. The expert panel included Kavita Patel, MD, Johns Hopkins Medicine, Baltimore; Dan Todd, Principal of Todd Strategy, Washington, DC; and Liz Fowler, Vice President, Global Health Policy, Johnson & Johnson. The panel discussed what is working in healthcare, what is not, and where cancer care fits into it all. [ Read More ]

Cancer Treatment Costs and Trends Beckon Risk-Sharing Future

Wayne Kuznar

Value in Oncology

Washington, DC—Oncology care is facing rising costs that will demand a transformation from a fee-for-service reimbursement model to a value-based, shared-risk incentive plan for Medicare and commercial insurance plans. Bruce Pyenson, FSA, MAAA, Principal and Consulting Actuary, Milliman, New York, NY, provided an overview of the cost trends of cancer treatment costs at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

Quality Measures Are Key to Supporting Drug Value

Wayne Kuznar

Value in Oncology

Washington, DC—An opportunity for value enhancement from the drug manufacturer’s perspective includes the improved use of data to meet the needs of stakeholders, especially the patient. Data that are generated should support the value of the manufacturer’s therapies in light of newly established value-based models, which often rely on quality metrics, for example, that are not obvious from clinical trials. Finally, wraparound services can add to a drug’s value and help to distinguish it from a competitor’s drug. [ Read More ]

ASCO CEO Addresses Quest for Value in Cancer Care

Wayne Kuznar

Value in Oncology

Washington, DC—Treatments and technologies for cancer care are becoming increasingly expensive, fueling a need to define and improve value. As a result, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is refining its value framework that supports informed shared decision-making between doctors and patients and considers the clinical benefit, cost, and toxicity of cancer treatments. The goal is to have a tool that can customize information for each patient. [ Read More ]

Cost-Savings Measures Will Dot the Oncology Landscape

Wayne Kuznar

Value in Oncology

Washington, DC—Risk arrangements with physicians and transferring the costs of care onto patients are expected to increase in 2017, as payers attempt to manage high-cost disease states, such as cancer care, said Marie A. Hollowell, Senior Manager, Syndicated Research, Zitter Health Insights, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

Navigating Patient Assistance Programs

Jessica Miller

Patient Support Services

Washington, DC—In the past 6 years, more than $4 billion in charitable assistance has been dedicated to patients in need. In 2015 alone, the Patient Access Network (PAN) Foundation provided $950 million in cancer care support. The only people with deep enough pockets to support this type of assistance are drug manufacturers, adding to an already complicated regulatory environment for charitable assistance programs, said Daniel J. Klein, President and Chief Executive Officer, PAN Foundation, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based ­Cancer Care. [ Read More ]

Employers Look to Manage the Benefits of Specialty Pharmacy

Wayne Kuznar

Employers’ Perspective

Washington, DC—Employers recognize that oncology care is expensive, and they are shifting their focus on cost management. As such, employers are seeking approaches to determine which drugs and health plan designs will help them manage pharmacy and medical costs to improve patient outcomes, said F. Randy Vogenberg, PhD, RPh, Partner, Access Market Intelligence, and National Institute of Collaborative Healthcare, Greenville, SC, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care. [ Read More ]