Value in Oncology

Washington, DC—Payers are increasingly evaluating methods to manage oncology care costs in the new value-driven healthcare system. These methods include improved quality measurement and value-assessment tools, the appropriate use of drugs, and value-based contracts with health plans.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Washington, DC—An innovative, value-based approach to managing the cost of oncology care moves away from drug-spending volume toward the appropriate use and quality of drug therapy, said Alan Lotvin, MD, Executive Vice President, Specialty Pharmacy, CVS Health, Woonsocket, RI, at the Sixth Annual Conference of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care.
Washington, DC—Although significant advancements in oncology research, development, and treatment have improved cancer care, they have been accompanied by rising drug costs, and differences in drug availability and delivery worldwide. These trends will continue into 2020, according to Douglas Long, Vice President, Industry Relations, IMS Health.

In her presidential address, Julie M. Vose, MD, MBA, Chief of the Oncology/Hematology Division, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, highlighted the importance of multimodal care and its effect on the quality of care and enhancement of clinical trial participation among patients with cancer.

Access and adherence to long-term cancer therapies are emerging as major public health issues around the world, as high out-of-pocket costs for oral oncolytics are linked to nonadherence that can directly affect patient outcomes, said Dawn L. Hershman, MD, MS, Professor of Medicine and Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, at ASCO 2016.

Aggressive end-of-life care for patients with terminal cancer and other illnesses is costly and not recommended.

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