2016 Quality Care Symposium

Issues in Oncology

Outcome Measures in Quality and Identifying High-Quality Practice

At this year’s ASCO Quality Care Symposium, Craig Earle, MD, MSc, of the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research, used Donabedian’s Triad—structure, process, and outcome—to set the stage for his prese...

Issues in Oncology
Cost of Care

Experts Consider What It Means to Improve Quality of Care in an Era of Increasing Reliance on Targeted Therapies

Precision medicine is judged according to different values across the multiple stakeholders involved in cancer care. At this year’s Quality Care Symposium, presenters from different sectors of oncolog...

Symptom Management

Phone Triage System Offers Potential to Reduce Patient Visits to the Emergency Department for Cancer Treatment–Related Symptoms

A quality improvement initiative to reduce the reliance of patients on visits to the emergency department for treatment of side effects related to cancer treatment was reported to be highly effective,...

Issues in Oncology

Update on CancerLinQ: A Rapid Health-Care Learning System

On March 26, 2013, ASCO announced that it had completed a prototype of CancerLinQ™, the Society’s groundbreaking health information–technology initiative to achieve higher quality, higher value cancer...

breast cancer

Advanced Imaging May Be Unnecessary for Many Women With Early Breast Cancer, but Rate of Such Testing Remains High

Up to 60% of the computed tomography (CT) scans, bone scans, and positron emission tomography (PET) scans performed for more than 29,000 Michigan women diagnosed with early breast cancer between 2008 ...

breast cancer

Steven Shak, MD, on Breast Cancer–Specific Mortality

Steven Shak, MD, of Genomic Health, discusses mortality among patients with early-stage hormone receptor–positive invasive breast cancer in the SEER database who were treated based on the 21-gene Recu...

issues in oncology

Ethan Basch, MD, on Assessing Quality: Patient-Reported Data

Ethan Basch, MD, of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, summarizes a session he chaired on the burgeoning use of patient-reported outcomes and wearable sensors in clinical practice and re...

issues in oncology

Monika K. Krzyzanowska, MD, MPH, on Patient-Centered Outcomes Research: Expert Perspective

Monika K. Krzyzanowska, MD, of Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, summarizes a session that she co-chaired on this key topic.

issues in oncology

Randall F. Holcombe, MD, on Delivering Quality Care in a Large, Urban Institution

Randall F. Holcombe, MD, of the Icahn Mount Sinai School of Medicine, discusses the challenges of delivering quality care in an academic setting at a large hospital.

issues in oncology

Lee N. Newcomer, MD, on Assessing Quality: Payer Perspective

Lee N. Newcomer, MD, of the UnitedHealth Group, gives his perspective on how to assess quality in the age of precision medicine.

health-care policy

Robert Miller, MD: CancerLinQ Update

Robert Miller, MD, ASCO’S Vice President of Quality and Guidelines, discusses CancerLinQ, the “big data” technology platform, and implementation of a rapid learning system for oncology based on Instit...

issues in oncology

Allison Kurian, MD, on Assessing Quality in the Age of Precision Medicine

Allison Kurian, MD, of Stanford University School of Medicine, discusses pressing questions about the clinical utility and value of extended genomic testing and other forms of precision medicine.

issues in oncology

Joseph O. Jacobson, MD, on Improving Cancer Care: What Works, What Doesn’t, and Why

Joseph O. Jacobson, MD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses a session he co-chaired on the thorny questions of how best to improve cancer care.

issues in oncology

Sandra L. Wong, MD's, Oral Abstract Discussion: Expert Perspective

Sandra L. Wong, MD, of the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, summarizes three abstracts for which she was the discussant. The topics were rates of surgical site infections, an online resource for ho...


Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, on Survival as a Measure of Quality and Advances in Therapy

Lawrence N. Shulman, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania, discusses his paper, which explores lessons learned from analyses of the National Cancer Data Base. (Abstract 173)

issues in oncology

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, on Improving Quality and Value in Cancer Care

Patricia A. Ganz, MD, of the University of California at Los Angeles, the 2016 winner of the Joseph V. Simone Award, summarizes her “Lecture for Excellence in Quality and Safety in the Care of Patient...

cost of care

Sarina Isenberg, PhD Candidate, on Better Care at a Better Cost

Sarina Isenberg, PhD Candidate, of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, discusses the cost savings of a comprehensive hospital-based palliative care program. (Abstract 2)

issues in oncology

Joseph V. Simone, MD, on Safety and Quality in Cancer Care: The Big Picture

Joseph V. Simone, MD, of the Simone Consulting Company, reflects on the prospects for the future of safety and quality.

issues in oncology

Craig Earle, MD, on The Science of Quality

Craig Earle, MD, of Canada’s Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences, summarizes abstracts discussed in a ticketed session that he co-chaired on this key topic. (Abstracts 173, 174, 175)

issues in oncology

Kerin B. Adelson, MD, on Improving Cancer Staging

Kerin B. Adelson, MD, of the Yale Cancer Center, discusses an electronic decision support tool to capture staging data. This information allows automated reports for clinical trial screening, outcomes...

palliative care
cost of care

Kerin B. Adelson, MD, on Improving End-of-Life Planning and Reducing Futile Care

Kerin B. Adelson, MD, of the Yale Cancer Center, discusses the major healthcare cost drivers at the end of life—aggressive treatments, emergency room visits, and futile care—and strategies for improvi...

issues in oncology

Dawn L. Hershman, MD, on Improving Quality and Safety With Multidisciplinary Teams

Dawn L. Hershman, MD, of Columbia University Medical Center, summarizes a joint ASCO/NCI session on this important topic, including the challenges and solutions.

supportive care

2016 Quality Care Symposium: New Triage System Decreases Emergency Room Visits by Oncology Patients in Florida

A quality improvement initiative to reduce patients’ reliance on emergency room (ER) visits to treat cancer treatment side effects has shown to be highly effective, according to early findings f...

cost of care

2016 Quality Care Symposium: Online Tool Improves Access to Information on Cancer Treatment Costs

To facilitate doctor/patient conversations about costs of cancer care, researchers developed and piloted an online tool for oncologists. The innovative resource lists prices for the 50 most commonly p...

breast cancer

2016 Quality Care Symposium: Study Suggests Many Women With Early Breast Cancer Receive Unnecessary Imaging Tests

A new study suggests that up to 60% of the computed tomography (CT) scans, bone scans, and positron-emission tomography (PET) scans performed for more than 29,000 Michigan women diagnosed with early b...




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