2013 Quality Care Symposium

breast cancer

A Look at the Patient Navigator Program in Breast Cancer 

In 1990, Harold P. Freeman, MD, established the nation’s first patient navigation program at Harlem Hospital Center in New York (see accompanying article here). Since then, Dr. Freeman’s vision has ga...

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-effe...

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 Q...

survivorship

Benefits and Controversies in Survivorship Care Plans

Since the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM’s) 2005 report, From Cancer Patient to Cancer Survivor: Lost in Translation,1 survivorship plans have received growing attention. In short, a survivorship care p...

palliative care

Standardized Approach Improves Palliative Care Services and Outcomes 

Standardized criteria for initiating palliative care consultations can substantially improve the care of patients with advanced solid tumors, according to research from Mount Sinai School of Medicine,...

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...

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’r...

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