Value-Based Care

Allergic rhinitis is a common immune-mediated health condition that affects up to 60 million Americans annually. A chronic, inflammatory disease of the upper airways, allergic rhinitis can significantly affect patients’ quality of life (QOL) and productivity.
Chicago, IL—The issues underlying financial toxicity are undoubtedly complex, but for oncologists looking to help their patients cope, simply noting the cost of treatment from the outset may be the best place to start. As the cost of cancer care continues to rise, greater transparency throughout the process of drug pricing and drug payment needs to become part of the clinical discussion, said Leonard Saltz, MD, Chief, Gastrointestinal Oncology Service, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York City, at the 2017 ASCO annual meeting.
Chicago, IL—Providing relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness can significantly reduce the cost of care in addition to improving the patient experience.
Chicago, IL—The use of an online tool to self-report symptoms during treatment for metastatic cancer extended survival by 5 months compared with usual care according to a study presented at ASCO 2017. In addition, online self-reporting of symptoms improved quality of life (QOL) and reduced emergency department visits and hospitalizations versus usual care.
Chicago, IL—Although the cost of novel oncology drugs continues to rise, their clinical benefit has not managed to keep pace, suggesting a decrease in value over time.
Chicago, IL—Disclosing the financial risks of cancer treatment to patients may be easier said than done. According to a study from Penn Medicine, patients’ fear of socioeconomic profiling and doctors’ conflicts of interest are barriers to routine bedside conversations about cost.
A new economic model suggests that overall survival and drug toxicity profiles are insufficient for assessing the value of a drug. According to a study that incorporated late adverse events in advanced Hodgkin lymphoma, a more comprehensive benefit-to-risk ratio of a drug requires an understanding of its long-term health implications, said Ohad Oren, MD, Pennsylvania Hospital, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, at the 2016 American Society of Hematology meeting.
San Diego, CA—A study examining the feasibility and applicability of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Value Framework in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) suggests that the tool, although useful in assessing a small percentage of drug regimens, may need to be amended to be useful in CLL, reported Erlene K. Seymour, MD, Assistant Professor, Department of Oncology, Karmanos Cancer Institute, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, at the 2016 American Society of Hematology meeting.
San Diego, CA—New research from Canada supports the use of frontline therapy with bendamustine plus rituximab for patients with indolent B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), reported Andrew Aw, MD, MEng, FRCPC, Division of Hematology, Ottawa Hospital, Ontario, Canada, at the 2016 American Society of Hematology meeting.
San Diego, CA—The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) developed frameworks to determine the relative value of novel therapeutic agents. These value frameworks, however, may need to be modified to assess treatments for hematologic malignancies, suggested Matthew C. Cheung, MD, SM, FRCPC, Clinical Hematologist, Odette Cancer Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, at the 2016 American Society of Hematology meeting.
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