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Patient Financial Toxicity Webinar Attendee Questions and Answers

Posted by Cordata Health

November 17, 2017 at 1:55 PM

We recently hosted a webinar featuring Dan Sherman with the NaVectis Group. The webinar focused on How to Navigate Patient Financial Toxicity. Financial toxicity is one of the newest side effects of complex disease (cancer, chronic heart failure, stroke, etc) treatment for both patients and programs. With a growing underinsured patient population and rising costs of care, the need to prepare patients for financial burdens is crucial. Benefit from the latest trends, effective practices, and strategies to better position your program to support patients as they deal with the financial issues surrounding complex disease diagnosis and treatment.

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Topics: Financial Toxicity

The Stats Don’t Lie – So Why Aren’t More Providers on Board with Navigation?

Posted by Cordata Health

November 10, 2017 at 12:20 PM

We’ve known for a long time that quality navigation improves outcomes for providers and patients. Yet navigation is still underutilized across many specialties, not to mention among general care providers. And that leads to higher costs – especially when it comes to the emergency department (ED).

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Patient Outcomes

Transitional Care May Be the Brass Ring in Lowering Cost of Care

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

November 7, 2017 at 3:01 PM

Transitional care has been around for eons. Long before there were nurse navigators or care managers or care coordinators, there were nurses assisting patients and their care givers with discharge from the hospital after an event like surgery or an observational stay. They helped them change back into street clothes from their gown, provided education on their surgical incisions, made recommendations of community resources, gave medication instructions, and reminders of followup provider visits. Then, this care evolved to help patients at other pivotal moments in their care - such as...

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Outcomes, Transitional Care

How Oncology Patients Can Navigate Financial Toxicity

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

November 6, 2017 at 9:57 AM

Cordata recently hosted a webinar addressing the financial toxicity that’s endemic to today’s healthcare system. Financial toxicity is often associated with oncology due to both the severity of a cancer diagnosis and the high – and sometimes stratospheric – cost of treatment.

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Topics: oncology, Financial Toxicity

Cancer and Depression: Managing a Common Comorbidity

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

September 19, 2017 at 1:59 PM

Depression is one of the most common comorbidities after a cancer diagnosis. That’s no wonder. The severity of the disease, the impact on family members, the difficulty of treatment regimens, uncertain outcomes, the financial strain and other factors can lead to depression or exacerbate existing depression. The depression is easy to overlook when other symptoms – such as sleep problems, weight loss or pain – are more severe.

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Topics: Cancer Management

What Oncology Bundled Payments Will Look Like

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

September 12, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Value-based payment models continue to gain traction across specialties, leading many to wonder what shape they will take in oncology. Experts seem to think that they might look at lot like episode-specific payments. Lindsay Conway, managing director at the Advisory Board, thinks that the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s pilot with UnitedHealthcare sets a good example for bundles in cancer.

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Topics: oncology, Bundled Payments

Care Coordination Quality Measures: A List of NQF Endorsements

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

August 25, 2017 at 7:25 AM

Accurately assessing care quality is a tricky task. The number of quality measures to choose from for reporting can seem overwhelming. And attempting to sift through them all can be an even tougher undertaking. Because the standards for quantifying quality come from many sources, it’s often challenging to figure out which are the best fit for your specialty, or lead to the most meaningful improvement.

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Topics: Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Outcomes

To Better Serve Patients With Cancer, Navigators Need Better Systems

Posted by Cordata Health

August 23, 2017 at 10:29 AM

Navigators are a critical piece of oncology care. But many of their systems are lagging in efficiency and quality, hurting both patients and hospital processes. Cordata’s Oncology National Accounts Advisor Cam McClellan Teems recently authored a guest post for Oncology Nurse Advisor highlighting this need for improved systems and interoperability for all involved in the care team.

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Topics: outcomes data, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Outcomes

Five Trends Affecting Cancer Care

Posted by Cordata Health

August 22, 2017 at 11:35 AM

The oncology treatment landscape is continuously shifting. Along with new discoveries and innovations consistently popping up, overarching trends in the health care industry are bound to affect the way we address cancer treatment.

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Topics: reimbursement, Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Value-Based Care

Pivotal Distress Screening Adherence is a Key Cost Container

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

August 3, 2017 at 10:15 AM

It’s easy to overlook important information when a patient is first diagnosed — many factors could easily lead to hospital readmission after initial treatment. And for cancer patients, there is an especially high risk for distress-related comorbidities. While chronic pain is a common problem for survivors, addressing psychological factors also plays a large role in recovery. In fact, a recent study in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network shows that in a two-month period following screening for distress, adherence to screening protocols led to fewer emergency department visits and hospitalizations.

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Topics: CoC, operational metrics, Cancer Management, Screening, Patient Outcomes

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