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The Convergence of Community and Academic Cancer Care

In the world of cancer care, the only constant is change. Every year, novel therapies emerge and research generates new discoveries that help to redefine cancer care. Healthcare policy and reimbursement also shift perennially, rewriting the rules by which providers manage the business of oncology. And each year, broader industry restructuring and democratization of high-end capabilities reshape the traditional roles…

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Oncology Planning Case Study: Karmanos Cancer Institute

In 2012, Dr. Gerold Bepler, CEO of the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute (Karmanos), began a search for a strategic partner for the NCI-designated cancer center. Dr. Bepler recognized the traditional fee for service reimbursement landscape was passing away and that positioning Karmanos for success would require thinking creatively about strategic partnerships, organizational efficiencies and mechanisms toreach a much larger…

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Evidence-Based Oncology Navigation Metrics Crosswalk with National Oncology Standards and Indicators

The aspiration of every oncology program is to provide excellent clinical care to their patients with superb clinical outcomes. Patient navigation programs play a significant role in facilitating excellent oncology care along the continuum of care, starting at diagnosis then throughout treatment, survivorship, and potentially endof-life care. Learn more on how 35 national evidence-based navigation metrics are advancing the process…

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Optimizing Your Oncology Practice: Real-World Approaches that Produce Results

In the past decade, more than 1,600 community oncology clinics and practices closed, were acquired by hospitals, underwent corporate mergers or reported they were struggling financially. At the same time, health systems are proactively seeking relationships with oncology practices in response to exponential increases in newly diagnosed cases and cancer survivors; the growing shortage of physicians; and a desire to…

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Creating Value in Cancer Care Through Standardized Metrics and Partnerships Between Patient Navigators and Physicians

Providing exceptional clinical care is the standard that any program would like to achieve. In the present climate of a health system shifting to value-based care and reimbursement, standardized metrics are needed to evaluate effectiveness and improve clinical outcomes. Manager Tricia Strusowski, RN, MS, dives into how these metrics are being utilized to strengthen communication between providers and navigators in…

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Oncology Disease-Site Process Mapping: Coordinating Care Across the Continuum

Coordinating care across the continuum for the oncology patient is extremely complicated, often including many sites of service and numerous providers. In today’s oncology setting, physicians and support staff must work smarter—not harder—by decreasing duplication for both staff and patients. Efficiency is paramount as the industry transitions to value-based models. Most important, patients deserve a smooth transition with warm handoffs…

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Tricia Strusowski Joins Newly Formed National Navigation Roundtable

Oncology Solutions is pleased to announce that Tricia Strusowski, MS, RN, Manager, will be joining the American Cancer Society’s newly formed National Navigation Roundtable (NNRT). The NNRT is composed of more than 50 esteemed healthcare professionals from across the country with subject-matter expertise in oncology navigation. Led by chairs Tracy Battaglia, MD, MPH, and Andrea Dwyer as well as a…

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Oncology Solutions Launches New Website

As the nation’s largest cancer-exclusive consulting firm, Oncology Solutions works with clients to develop cancer care programs that transform patient experience, physician collaboration, and financial performance—always focused on bringing the most current thought leadership and strategies to the table. We apply that same philosophy to our own organization, and we are excited to announce the launch of our newly refreshed…

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