Strategies for managing the unpredictable and accelerating cost of cancer care
More than 1.6 million new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in the U.S. in 2015. But thanks to consistent advances in prevention, screening and treatment, cancer survivorship continues to increase.
It is becoming more difficult for groups to manage cancer care, and for care providers to deliver quality cancer treatment. With cancer costs continuing to approach unsustainable levels, there are solutions that can help to reduce costs and improve outcomes.
Optimizing care through evidence-based medicine
Benefit designs and pay structures that adopt evidence-based approaches can incent both consumers and providers to pursue more effective, cost-conscious treatment approaches. Provider decision tools that support the use of evidence-based treatment guidelines can help payers reduce waste, control costs and improve quality of care. And guidelines are just a part of the equation.
Improving outcomes through comprehensive care management
Comprehensive care management programs can help to address the complexity of cancer and the patient’s adherence to the evidences-based treatment plan, as well as support other health issues associated with cancer illness. Given that each patient’s journey is unique, any care management program must be targeted, patient-centric and cancer-specific. A team of experts experienced in treating cancer can help support patients throughout their cancer journey, from initial diagnosis and education, through treatment, follow-up care and end-of-life care, when necessary.
For more insight into effective strategies for the management of cancer care, including the trends that are impacting the cost of care, please download, “Strategies for better managing the unpredictable and accelerating cost of cancer care.”