Daily Oncology News Alerts

First Day of Community Oncology Conference Commences With Record Attendance (4/24/2015) - Over 600 oncologists, practice administrators, nurses, pharmacists, patient advocates, and payers have come together in Orlando, Florida to discuss a variety of topics covering immuno-oncology, oncology payment reform, and patient advocacy for cancer care. The 2015 Community Oncology Conference was highlighted by keynote speaker Dr. Siddhartha Mukherjee, MD discussing how his Pulitzer Prize winning book […]
New Study Confirms Quality Of Care And Cost Efficiency Of Integrated Community Oncology Practices (4/24/2015) - Innovations in New Payment Reform Models Pioneered by Community Oncology Threatened by Consolidation into More Expensive Hospital Systems WASHINGTON, PRNewswire — The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) released a comprehensive study of the value provided and challenges faced by integrated community oncology practices, the foundation of the nation’s cancer care delivery system. A Detailed Diagnosis of Integrated […]
Community Oncology Alliance Endorses New Bipartisan Oncology Payment Reform Bill, H.R.1934 (4/24/2015) - Legislation Based on the Oncology Medical Home Model Focuses on Quality, Efficient Cancer Care WASHINGTON, PRNewswire/ — The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) commends Representatives Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA5) and Steve Israel (D-NY3) for introducing the Cancer Care Payment Reform Act of 2015 (H.R.1934), which establishes a national oncology medical home (OMH) demonstration project for payment […]
Payers and Providers Discuss Pros and Cons of Oncology Payment Reform (4/24/2015) - A general session at the Community Oncology Conference, Community Oncology 2.0, Moving Forward on Payment Reform, was a panel discussion that saw participation by 2 providers and a payer. Panelists included Bruce J. Gould, MD, president and medical director of Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, and current president of the Community Oncology Alliance (COA); Bryan Loy, […]
Oncologist Highlights Primary Reasons for the High Cost of Cancer Care (4/24/2015) - With the rising prices of innovative oncology treatments, many of which fall under specialty pharmaceuticals, curbing the cost of care is high on the agenda of healthcare providers. During his session, “What are the key cost drivers of cancer care,” David Eagle, MD, partner at Lake Norman Oncology, a past-president of the Community Oncology Alliance […]
COA Kicks Off Community Oncology Conferences; Announces Major White Paper (4/23/2015) - COA Vice President and Conference co-chair Dr. Jeffrey Vacirca opened the 2015 Community Oncology Conference with the release of a major white paper on integrated community oncology. A Detailed Diagnosis of Integrated Community Oncology is a comprehensive study of the value provided and challenges faced by integrated community oncology practices, the foundation of the nation’s cancer care […]
Medicare Reform Becomes Law: What You Need to Know (4/20/2015) - Tens of millions of Americans rely on Medicare to help cover the bulk of their healthcare costs. For years, though, lawmakers have had to go through an annual rite in order to prevent doctors from suffering massive cuts in their reimbursement levels for providing medical services to Medicare participants. Finally, though, with almost unprecedented bipartisan […]
Your Money or Your Life: Many Cancer Patients Face Painful Choice (4/20/2015) - DALLAS — Kim Harris approached the communion rail at Zion Lutheran Church with a vial of pills in his hand. The thin, dying man and the Rev. Robert Preece were alone in the sanctuary. They had met many times this way — the 62-year-old cancer patient seeking a blessing for his therapy, and the Dallas […]