21st Century Cancer Care: Will New Models Lead to Better Care at Lower Cost?

November 7, 2014

The United States spends more than $125 billion annually on cancer care. By 2022, there will be 18 million people with cancer and by 2030 cancer incidence is expected to rise by 2.3 million new cases per year. The high cost of cancer drugs and the “buy and bill” model of paying for them under Medicare have received significant attention. But other factors, such as highly-variable practice patterns and a lack of meaningful engagement of patients in care decisions, have also been called into question.

How are payers, providers and other stakeholders attempting to reshape the current oncology care delivery and payment structure? Can new approaches ensure higher-quality care? Can they also curb high costs, and if so, where will most of the savings come from? What are the pros and cons of new delivery system models being discussed? What are the major barriers to ensuring that cancer patients receive high-quality, evidence-based care? What challenges do oncologists and patients face as they weigh benefits and costs of different treatment options?

Shelley Fuld Nasso, CEO, National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, discussed the patient perspective on cancer care delivery and the impact of new delivery system models on patient-centered care.

Deborah Schrag, professor, Department of Medicine, Harvard Medical School, and Chief, Division of Population Sciences, Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, provided an overview of public and private efforts to improve the value of cancer care.

Jennifer Malin, medical director for oncology and care management, WellPoint, discussed WellPoint’s Cancer Care Quality program.

Nancy Davidson, director, University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI) and UPMC CancerCenter; and past president, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), discussed cancer care improvement efforts at UPMC, along with ASCO’s Value in Cancer Care program.

Sarah Dash of the Alliance for Health Reform will moderate.

Follow the briefing on Twitter: #CancerCare14

Contact: Beeta Rasouli (202)789-2300 beetarasouli@allhealth.org

The event was sponsored by the nonpartisan Alliance for Health Reform and WellPoint.


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Shelley Fuld Nasso Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Jennifer Malin Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Nancy Davidson Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
Deborah Schrag Presentation (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

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