For providers, the path forward in value-based cancer care is complicated. Here are three strategies to implement today.

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

So value-based cancer care has arrived. Even with added resources and funding, early participants in value-based programs like the Oncology Care Model are already facing the complexity of reducing the cost of cancer care. With so many factors contributing to the cost of cancer treatment – many outside the control of the care team like drug prices, comorbidities, disease progression … Read More

Minnesota Oncology Partners with Navigating Cancer

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management

Minnesota Oncology, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network and leading cancer care provider, selected Navigating Cancer’s software platform to enable proactive care and remote support for its patients. The practice will leverage the Patient Relationship Management software to centralize its triage and improve patient care. Read the press release.

An important resource for cancer patients? Other patients.

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Patient-centered Care

Last April I wrote about a study that looked at barriers to medication adherence. It concluded that peer-to-peer support can have a positive impact for patients and help them stay on treatment. It caught my eye because Navigating Cancer’s mission is to improve the lives of cancer patients and one of our primary areas we focus on is connecting the … Read More

Clinic Spotlight: Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan

Stephanie GingerCare Management Solution, Oncology Care Model, Value-based Care

In order to succeed in value-based programs like the Oncology Care Model, Cancer & Hematology Centers of Western Michigan (CHCWM) was looking for a way to replace manual, labor intensive systems and redesign its triage process to help patients in a quicker, more consistent way. To do that, they partnered with Navigating Cancer and in a very short period of time … Read More

Innovative OCM Strategy Featured in Oncology Issues

Stephanie GingerPopulation Health, Value-based Care

Northwest Medical Specialties(NWMS) is making headlines with its innovative approach to the Oncology Care Model (OCM). The Association of Community Cancer Centers recognized the practice’s research-based approach to its value-based care initiatives with an Innovator Award last year. As a follow up, the June issue of the organization’s publication, Oncology Issues, featured an in depth look at the approach they have … Read More

Help Cancer Patients Avoid the Emergency Room

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania recently published their findings regarding methods for cancer patients to avoid the emergency department, titled “Best Practices for Reducing Unplanned Acute Care for Patients With Cancer.” The results, published in ASCO’s Journal of Oncology Practice, included five key findings: Identify Patients at High Risk of Unplanned Acute Care Enhance Access and Care Coordination Standardize … Read More

OCSRI: Q&A with a Leader in Cancer Care

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute (OCSRI) is the largest physician-owned oncology network in Oklahoma, offering services at five cancer centers throughout the state with board-certified physicians specializing in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Gynecological Oncology, Onco-supportive Dermatology and Cutaneous. The practice includes more than 20 blood and cancer specialty physicians and 200 nurses and associates. OCSRI is an innovative practice … Read More

Patient Relationship Management Gains Recognition as Important Sector of Healthcare

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Chilmark Research recently published its “2018 Patient Relationship Management Market Scan Report” and hosted a webinar to share some key takeaways it gained from talking with over 60 vendors in the space, including Navigating Cancer. During the webinar, analyst Brian Eastwood described the current market dynamic for Patient Relationship Management (PRM) as one that is disconnected and fragmented for the … Read More

OCM Progress & Future

Stephanie GingerOncology Care Model, Value-based Care

So what’s the progress in the Oncology Care Model and what’s coming next? During a panel discussion at the Community Oncology Conference OCM participants and a representative from Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) weighed in and offered their perspectives. The moderator opened the discussion by asking the panel, in light of the fact that participating practices recently received … Read More