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Alzheimer’s Care Management Modeled After Oncology

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

December 7, 2017 at 7:30 AM

An innovative program piloted by Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors (RURCBOG) in collaboration with Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. is applying the principles of patient navigation to Alzheimer’s care, providing much-needed support for patients and their caregivers.

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Topics: oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination

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

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

Patients Who Self-Report Symptoms Live Longer

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

June 20, 2017 at 10:27 AM

Physician: "How have you been feeling this week?"
Patient: "I was pretty sick – vomiting a lot. Not sure if it was one of the meds I am on or not."
Physician: “Why didn’t you call? We could have perhaps called in a prescription to help you or changed your meds.”
Patient: “Well, I didn’t want to bother you.”

This is a sample conversation like one that Dr. Ethan Basch, who is a Professor of Medicine in the Division of Hematology and Oncology at UNC, alluded to in a recent podcast. Many physicians regularly face similar situations because patients feel uncomfortable self-reporting symptoms associated with diseases and treatment.

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Topics: patient satisfaction, oncology, Cancer Management, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Patient Outcomes

Oncology Quality Measures: Implement the Right Cancer Dashboard

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

March 21, 2017 at 6:10 PM

The business of oncology measures (or metrics) can be a complicated one, however your organizations refer to them. Building internal cancer quality dashboards is often a confusing process. How do you know which factors you should be measuring, monitoring and sharing? Which information systems can provide real-time data? And what if that data needs to be aggregated from a few different systems to get a complete data set? 

Those are all great questions. Here’s another one: where do you start when trying to implement (or improve) your measurements?

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Topics: oncology, Reporting/Analytics, Certification & Accreditation

A Cancer Caregiver’s Perspective - "I'm Sorry"

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

December 7, 2016 at 3:20 PM

With all the complexity in healthcare, it’s easy to lose sight of the human side of health care. But a blogpost written by Lindsay Norris, an oncology nurse who was recently diagnosed with stage 3 colorectal cancer, serves as a powerful reminder for all healthcare stakeholders that patients are people, first and foremost.

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Topics: oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination

How Trinitas Regional Medical Center Puts Care Coordination Principles into Action

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

November 2, 2016 at 9:52 AM

Many hospitals around the world are adopting care coordination practices to great effect, improving outcomes for patients and the overall quality of healthcare across the industry. Trinitas Regional Medical Center’s Comprehensive Cancer Center, a member of the Cordata family, is one such provider. The Cancer Center recently added a dedicated breast surgeon to their ranks as part of their multidisciplinary breast health program. Adriana Suarez-Ligon, MD, is a surgeon who specializes in breast pathology, with expertise in procedures spanning the spectrum from benign to malignant diseases.

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Topics: oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination, Patient Engagement

Thank you for being a Cancer Difference Maker!

Posted by Cordata Health

October 31, 2016 at 10:14 AM

Throughout the month of October, our Cancer Difference Makers series honored 30 individuals who we believe are making a tangible impact on the cancer community at large. On behalf of everyone at Cordata, we would like to thank each and every one of our Cancer Difference Makers for the incredible work that they do to advance the study and treatment of the disease. From breast surgeons and genomic researchers to nonprofit CEOs and patient advocates, these individuals inspire the work we do, united in their determination to one day see a world without cancer.

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Topics: survivorship, oncology, Navigation & Care Coordination, Innovation

The CDC Cancer Screening Cheat Sheet For Patients

Posted by Cordata Health

October 20, 2016 at 1:42 PM

You asked.  We answered. Here is the CDC Cancer Screening Cheat Sheet for patients.  Put it on your portal, in marketing materials, on your website, etc.  More importantly - Hyperlink it to your screening care coordinators by cancer type, so that they can capture these patients, manage and track them.

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Topics: oncology, patient education

ASCO Publishes New Guidelines on Chronic Pain Management for Survivors

Posted by Cam McClellan Teems

October 11, 2016 at 8:00 AM

This past July, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released a new clinical practice guideline that focuses on chronic pain management in adult cancer survivors. A multidisciplinary team of clinicians and researchers developed the guideline to address the lack of effective pain management methodology for treating cancer survivors. Many survivors deal with residual pain from their treatments, and while there are guidelines for managing chronic pain for those undergoing treatment, this is the first guideline specifically targeting post-treatment survivors.

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Topics: survivorship, oncology, pain management

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