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NCCN to Unveil Oncology Value Tool Oct 16

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

October 8, 2015 at 11:41 AM

Earlier last month, NCCN announced a new oncologist tool for cost-benefit analysis. The announcement lacked concrete answers, but the reveal is quickly approaching.

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Topics: Cancer Management, Industry News

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

September 18, 2015 at 2:35 PM

Ovarian Cancer Month: Are You Using all the Tools You Can?
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. That’s why it’s worth asking - does your Center have a screening process for ovarian cancer?

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Screening, Algorithms, Industry News

New NCCN Tool for Cost-Benefit Analysis

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

September 17, 2015 at 3:48 PM

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) has a new tool - no one knows what it will be called yet.  NCCN seems to say its tool will provide a clearer picture of the relative value of medication options, particularly in cases where a very expensive therapy does little to improve survival.  Since options for cancer patients have become increasingly complicated, and expensive, this tool will be designed to assess the costs versus benefits of available therapies.  Drugmakers beware because this may be a game-changer and oncologist can see all the options before them on one screen and "play with" the unique patient variables.

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Topics: Cancer Management, Industry News

Should Patients Manage Doctors? Getting to the “Right Care at the Right Time”

Posted by MacKenzie Curt

September 2, 2015 at 2:35 PM

In the age of consumer empowerment, perhaps it’s no surprise that more patients seek to actively manage their physicians. A recent WSJ article, When Patients Manage Doctors, suggests that patients must be in the driver seat, especially when it comes to managing complex or chronic medical conditions.

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Topics: Industry News, Navigation & Care Coordination

Preoperative Care Coordination for Lung Cancer Patients

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

August 20, 2015 at 9:46 AM

A group of researchers from Baptist Centers for Cancer Care, in Southaven, MS, and Memphis, TN,  and the University of Memphis in Tennessee, led by Raymond Osarogiagbon, MBBS and Nicolas Faris, MDiv, retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of all recipients of lung resection surgery at two hospitals over 42 months.  What they found:  Patients who underwent surgery for lung cancer often waited too long to receive treatment.  During this "gap in care" many did not receive critical diagnostic tests that are necessary to determine the best possible treatment.

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Topics: survivorship, Reporting/Analytics, Industry News

Care Coordination and Hospice in 2016

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

August 11, 2015 at 4:00 PM

Beginning in 2016, the federal government will conduct a five-year, 40-state experiment to determine whether there is a better way to help Medicare patients with terminal illnesses (like some cancers) prepare to die.

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Topics: Industry News, Navigation & Care Coordination

Lung Screening Eligibility...Will it Stay "as is" or Receive a Facelift

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

July 28, 2015 at 4:30 PM

Although screening for lung cancer has been around for a brief period of time, most of our clients are reporting that they see many people who would likely benefit from screening, but who do not meet the "tipping-point" current recommendations (30 pack/year smoking history).   This appears to be region specific.  Per the CDC, current cigarette smoking is higher in the Midwest and South than in the Northeast and West.2

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Topics: Cancer Management, Screening, Industry News, Certification & Accreditation

Oncology Practices: The Oncology Care Model and Online Specialty Care Management

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

July 8, 2015 at 10:00 AM

Are you a medical oncology practice? Did you submit your Letter of Intent by the first deadline?  If you did, Cordata wants you to know we are here to help.  Our traditional care coordination client has been the hospital-based Cancer Center and the multidisciplinary team.  We are ready to expand to support the oncology practice who is aiming for the CMMI initiative called the Oncology Care Model.

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Topics: Industry News, Navigation & Care Coordination, Certification & Accreditation

NCI-Designated Cancer Programs No Longer Exempt from CoC Standard 2.4 Palliative Care

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

June 8, 2015 at 3:20 PM

The CoC Accreditation Committee recently approved a motion to remove the current Standard exemption for all CoC-accredited National Cancer Institute (NCI)-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Programs (NCIPs).

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Industry News, Certification & Accreditation

Dramatic Cost Savings in Recent UAB Study on Lay Navigation

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

June 4, 2015 at 3:00 PM

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) presented an observational study at last week's annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago.  The results are staggering.

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Topics: Industry News, Navigation & Care Coordination, ACE 2016

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