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ACCC 2016 Survey Finds Cancer Drug Costs Remain the Most Critical Challenge to Care

As more cost pressures are placed on the health-care system, and the transition to value-based care gains momentum, the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ (ACCC) 7th annual Trends in Cancer Programs survey revealed critical challenges and emerging trends in U.S. cancer programs. The...

cost of care
global cancer care
breast cancer

Peter Bach, MD, on The Global Cost of Cancer Care

Peter Bach, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, summarizes his plenary lecture on drug costs and their effect on the affordability of cancer care worldwide (Plenary Lecture 3).

survivorship
cost of care

African American Cancer Survivors More Likely to Experience Lasting Debt Related to Cancer and Its Treatment

African American cancer survivors are more likely than whites to experience lasting debt or forgo necessary medical care as they struggle with the financial burden of cancer, while whites are somewhat more likely to use existing assets to pay for their cancer care, according to a study (C13)...

lung cancer
cost of care
global cancer care

Swiss Study Examines Cost-Effectiveness of Nivolumab vs Docetaxel in Advanced Nonsquamous NSCLC

Nivolumab, a checkpoint inhibitor approved for patients with squamous and nonsquamous non–small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in 2015, is not cost-effective when compared to treatment with docetaxel, chemotherapy medication. However, a Swiss analysis showed the cost-effectiveness of nivolumab is...

issues in oncology
cost of care

Global Economic Crisis May Be Linked to Increased Cancer Mortality

The global economic crisis has been associated with increased unemployment and reduced public-sector expenditure on health care. In a study reported in The Lancet, Maruthappu et al found that the global economic crisis beginning in 2008 was also associated with a large excess in cancer mortality...

leukemia
cost of care

ASCO 2016: Patients With Cancer With ACA Policies Swiftly Reach Out-of-Pocket Caps

Duke Cancer Institute researchers have found that a hypothetical leukemia patient buying the life-extending drug therapy for his condition would reach his annual out-of-pocket maximum in a month on most of the bronze policies and half of the silver policies offered through the Affordable Care Act...

breast cancer
cost of care

ASCO 2016: Significant Cost Differences Found Among Breast Cancer Chemotherapy Regimens

Costs associated with different breast cancer chemotherapy regimens can vary significantly, regardless of effectiveness, according to new research from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Understanding cost differences should help guide informed discussions between patients and...

cost of care
global cancer care

ASCO 2016: Vast Differences Globally in Cancer Drug Retail Prices

A pilot study revealed large differences in median retail prices for 23 cancer drugs in 7 different countries, with the highest retail prices identified in the United States and the lowest, in India and South Africa. Notably, after the monthly drug price is expressed as a percentage of domestic...

cost of care
issues in oncology

Yousuf Zafar, MD, on the Financial Burden of Cancer Care

Yousuf Zafar, MD, of Duke Cancer Institute, summarizes his educational lecture on the financial toxicities of treatment and the need to focus on both short- and long-term interventions to reduce the burden on patients.

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)

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 improving value. (Abstract 3)

head and neck cancer
cost of care

2016 Head and Neck Cancer Symposium: Cost-Coping Strategies and Perceived Social Isolation in Locally Advanced Head and Neck Cancer

The majority of patients with locally advanced head and neck cancers rely on cost-coping strategies that alter their lifestyle in order to manage the financial burden of their care, according to research presented by Kung et al at the 2016 Multidisciplinary Head and Neck Cancer Symposium (Abstract...

cost of care

Cost in the Context of Value for Cancer Medicines

Bringing new cancer therapies through the discovery and development process entails considerable risk and many years of study. It also requires substantial investment and incentives from the public and private sectors to fuel future investment and discovery. A system that rewards advances in cancer ...

cost of care

Clifford Goodman, PhD, and Peter B. Bach, MD, MAPP, on Value-Based Decision-Making at the Bedside

Clifford Goodman, PhD, of the The Lewin Group, and Peter B. Bach, MD, MAPP, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discuss the affordability of cancer care, the “financial toxicities” of high drug prices, and what could and should be done about it.

cost of care
health-care policy

Robert W. Carlson, MD, and Lee N. Newcomer, MD, MHA, on 20 Years of Improving Cancer Care Together: A Payer’s Perspective

Robert W. Carlson, MD, Chief Executive Officer of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, and Lee N. Newcomer, MD, MHA, of UnitedHealthCare, discuss the value of NCCN Guidelines in determining coverage decisions, the future of affordable care, bundled payments, and the clear value approach.

issues in oncology
cost of care

Charles L. Bennett, MD, PhD, MPP, and James O. Armitage, MD, on Biosimilars in Oncology

Charles L. Bennett, MD, PhD, MPP of the University of South Carolina College of Pharmacy, and James O. Armitage, MD, of the University of Nebraska Medical Center, discuss the emerging and future benefits of biosimilars.

global cancer care
cost of care

John Smyth, MD, on The Current State of Cancer Research and Treatment: The European Perspective

John Smyth, MD, of the University of Edinburgh, discusses oncology from an international point of view.

cost of care
colorectal cancer

John L. Marshall, MD, on Issues of Value in Colorectal Cancer Treatment

John L. Marshall, MD, of Georgetown University, discusses how the cost of care affects behavior and decision-making on the part of patients and oncologists.

cost of care

Leonard Saltz, MD, on Issues of Value in Melanoma Treatment

Leonard Saltz, MD, of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, discusses how the cost of care affects behavior and decision-making on the part of patients and oncologists.

cost of care

Martine J. Piccart-Gebhart, MD, PhD, on Reducing the Cost and Increasing Access to Cancer Drugs

Martine J. Piccart-Gebhart, MD, PhD, of the Jules Bordet Institute, discusses the ESMO initiative to make cancer drugs affordable.

cost of care

The 340B Drug Pricing Program: Background, Concerns, and Solutions

The 340B Drug Pricing Program was created by Congress through the Veterans Health Care Act of 1992 to allow some health-care entities—including safety-net providers with large shares of uninsured and low-income patients and other “covered entities”—to obtain drugs at discounted prices.1,2 Congress...

supportive care
cost of care

Palliative Care Offers Greater Cost Savings for Cancer Patients With Multiple Chronic Conditions

Patients with incurable cancer and numerous other serious health conditions who consulted with a palliative care team within 2 days of hospitalization had significant savings in hospital costs, according to a new study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Published by...

issues in oncology
cost of care
health-care policy

The Ethics of Rationing Cancer Care

Should cost be a consideration when deciding on treatment for patients with cancer, and if so, what kind of ethical dilemma does that pose for oncologists? With U.S. spending on oncology drugs expected to climb more than 20% annually over the next decade—reaching $173 billion by 2020, according to...

cost of care

ASCO Top Five List Highlighted in IOM Workshop

As part of the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) National Cancer Policy Forum workshop on delivering affordable cancer care in the 21st century, ASCO’s Top Five list was highlighted as an example of a way to improve quality of care for patients while reducing unnecessary costs. Lowell Schnipper, MD,...

cost of care
health-care policy

More Thoughts on Rationing Cancer Care

I read the article about “The Ethics of Rationing Cancer Care” with interest (The ASCO Post, Dec 15, 2012). The issue of rationing (or rational) care has likely been debated since Hippocrates. Yet the topic has become a focus of acute interest with the current fiscal crises facing countries around...

cost of care

Cost of Cancer Drugs: What Price for What Benefit?

In 2011, national health-care spending in the United States was about $2.7 trillion, larger than the entire French national budget.1 U.S. national health-care spending is about 17% of the national gross domestic product. Total Medicare expenditures in 2011 were $549 million.2 In the debate about...

cost of care
health-care policy

The Doctor Who Championed Patient Navigation in Harlem 

After completing his residency at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Harold P. Freeman, MD, arrived at Harlem Hospital Center in 1967, where the overwhelming majority of his patients presented with late-stage disease. That early experience with underserved patients would shape his career as...

issues in oncology
cost of care

Integration across the Spectrum: Community Perspective on the Medical Oncology Home Model 

The term “patient-centered cancer care” has become ingrained in today’s health-care vernacular. However, no matter what modifications occur in clinical oncology practice, the terms value and cost-effectiveness are now a solid part of the equation. At ASCO’s Quality Care Symposium, Linda D....

cost of care
survivorship

Study Finds Young Cancer Survivors Often Skip Checkups

Athough the majority of the more than 69,000 adolescents and young adults (AYAs) diagnosed with cancer each year will survive their disease, many of them will experience interruptions in their education and a derailment in their career tract, curtailing their lifetime earning potential and reducing ...

cost of care

Oncologists Speak Out Against the High Cost of Cancer Drugs 

That the United States spends twice as much on health care than other industrialized countries—about $2.8 trillion in 2012—without reaping appreciably better outcomes1 is not news. The topic has been dissected on the front pages of leading newspapers for years and was the subject of the entire...

cost of care

CancerCare Launches New Edition of Financial Resource Guide for People With Cancer 

CancerCare recently announced the launch of a new edition of A Helping Hand: The Resource Guide for People With Cancer, Financial Edition, a reference guide to assist patients with cancer and their families in navigating the financial resources available to them. A Helping Hand is a comprehensive...

cost of care
legislation
survivorship

President-Elect Candidates Address ASCO's Challenges and Opportunities in the Coming Decades 

In September, ASCO announced the names of 14 ASCO members who have been selected by the ASCO Nominating Committee as candidates for open leadership positions within the Society for the 2014 ASCO Election. The two candidates nominated for President-Elect are Lynn M. Schuchter, MD, FASCO, and Julie...

cost of care

CancerCare Launches New Edition of Financial Resource Guide for People With Cancer 

CancerCare recently announced the launch of a new edition of A Helping Hand: The Resource Guide for People With Cancer, Financial Edition, a reference guide to assist patients with cancer and their families in navigating the financial resources available to them. A Helping Hand is a comprehensive...

cost of care
legislation

ASH as Part of 'NDD United' Releases Report on Effects of Sequestration 

A new report recently released and supported by the American Society of Hematology (ASH) details the crippling effects of sequestration on programs that rely on discretionary federal funding, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In “Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us...

breast cancer
cost of care

Cost-Effectiveness of MRI Screening for Women With Familial Risk of Breast Cancer in the Netherlands 

Annual screening for breast cancer with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been found to be cost-effective in women aged 30 to 60 years who are BRCA1 or BRCA2 carriers or who have a 50% chance of being a carrier, and such screening is recommended in these women by many authorities. It is unclear...

cost of care
health-care policy

Improving Quality Measurement in Cancer Care: Policy Recommendations

Quality measurement—how we assess cost and effectiveness of cancer care—cannot be separated from policy decisions that have a profound influence on the overall health-care system. At the recent ASCO Quality Care Symposium, Jennifer L. Malin, MD, PhD, Medical Director for Oncology at WellPoint, Inc, ...

palliative care
cost of care

Two Studies Highlight Communication Challenges Facing Medical Oncology

In one study presented at ASCO’s second annual Quality Care Symposium in San Diego, patients receiving chemotherapy with palliative care intent were at high risk of side-effect–related hospitalization, which defeats the clinical purpose and adds preventable costs to health care.1 “There is an...

health-care policy
cost of care

Innovative Payment Models Needed to Sustain Quality Cancer Care  

Nationally regarded health-care expert Lee N. Newcomer, MD, MHA, began his presentation at this year’s ASCO Quality Care Symposium with a rhetorical question. “Why are we talking about money when we’re gathered in San Diego for 2 days to discuss some wonderful ways to impact the quality of cancer...

cost of care

Disclosing Medical Costs Can Help Avoid 'Financial Toxicity'

High costs of cancer treatments can be an “undisclosed toxicity” that can harm a patient’s overall health and well-being, according to an article in The New England Journal of Medicine.1 High medical bills can not only cause stress and anxiety but may also compel patients to cut back on spending...

cost of care

Newly Updated: Managing the Cost of Cancer Care

Managing the Cost of Cancer Care explains the various costs associated with cancer treatment, including health-care coverage through the Affordable Care Act. It also provides a list of financial resources available to help offset expenses related to care and tips for organizing financial paperwork. ...

skin cancer
cost of care

Dermatologists Defend Mohs Surgery as Effective and Cost-Efficient With Low Rate of Recurrence

The headline, “Patients’ Costs Skyrocket, Specialists’ Incomes Soar,” aptly encapsulates the theme of a recent article in The New York Times,1 part of a series entitled, “Paying Till It Hurts.” “Oncologists benefit from the ability to mark up (and profit from) each dose of chemotherapy they...

leukemia
cost of care

Higher Copayment Associated With Greater Discontinuation of and Nonadherence to Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor Treatment in CML

The availability of the tyrosine kinase inhibitor imatinib (Gleevec) has dramatically increased survival in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Nonadherence to therapy with imatinib and other tyrosine kinase inhibitors is associated with disease progression and treatment resistance. In a study reported ...

cost of care
health-care policy

American College of Radiology Issues Statement on Budgetary Efforts to Curtail Imaging and Radiation Oncology Self-Referral

The American College of Radiology (ACR) recently issued a statement applauding steps to reign in medical imaging and radiation oncology self-referral included in the President’s fiscal year 2015 budget. However, prior authorization for imaging services, also included in the FY2015 budget, is...

cost of care

Discussions About the Cost of Cancer Care Are Still Uncommon

Patients with cancer are extremely interested in discussing the cost of treatment, especially their share of the cost, but some oncologists are still hesitant to enter into these conversations, according to a study reported at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 2014 Conference.1 “We...

issues in oncology
cost of care

ASCO Develops New Strategy to Increase Value in Cancer Care

Last January, ASCO held a leadership summit in Washington, DC, with representatives from the pharmaceutical industry, insurance payers, patient advocates, and physicians to address the skyrocketing costs of new drugs and technologies used in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. Although costs are ...

cost of care

Speaking Up Against High Cancer Drug Prices

Physicians have a duty to speak up against high cancer drug prices,” Hagop M. Kantarjian, MD, resolutely stated in an interview with The ASCO Post. “We should speak up because high drug prices are harming patients.” A leader in the effort to drive down the cost of drugs needed to treat patients...

cost of care
health-care policy

Cancer Care Under the Affordable Care Act

The problematic rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s website, HealthCare.gov, made good political theater, but while much of the heated discussion centered on the plan’s need to enroll “young invincibles,” America’s cancer care system and the older patients it serves were also affected by parts of...

cost of care

Federally Funded Trials Praised—and Underfunded

All four studies presented at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting Plenary Session were at least partially funded by federal dollars, bringing long overdue attention to the value of federally supported cancer research. Perhaps because of this high visibility, ASCO leaders took to the soapbox to sound the...

issues in oncology
cost of care

Stakeholders Are Uniting Around Value in Cancer Care

Judging from its visibility at the 2014 ASCO Annual Meeting, the concept of “value” in cancer care has reached critical mass. “ASCO is leading this difficult discussion on value in cancer care. This had to happen,” said ­Clifford A. Hudis, MD, FACP, Immediate Past President of ASCO and Chief of...

cost of care

Troubled by Hypocrisy

I am troubled by hypocrisy. An article in the July 25th edition of The ASCO Post on “Stakeholders Are Uniting Around Value in Cancer Care” (July 25, 2014, page 1) tells us how we must “rein in” costs. The vast majority of the articles in this issue, however, trumpet the “new wonder drugs” that we...

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