Healthcare reform’s focus on patient outcomes is piquing renewed interest in co-management agreements. Many hospitals have relied on co-management to build successful service lines, because they enhance clinical expertise, give doctors a seat at the decision-making table and foster physician loyalty – the same prerequisites necessary to thrive under value-based purchasing and bundled hospital-physician payments. […]
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One of health reform’s goals is to change the way health care is delivered in America. Rather than treating patients in silos, health reform initiatives encourage providers to work together. Cancer care is an excellent example of the need for a team approach to care. Because it can involve many silos – medical oncology, radiation oncology, surgery, radiology/imaging, pathology, […]
As recently as ten years ago, cancer care was provided by a number of separate entities and providers. Patients diagnosed with cancer received their chemotherapy at their medical oncologist’s office (what was known as “community-based oncology”), they received their radiation therapy at a hospital or at a free-standing independently owned radiation center, they went to […]