Oncology Care: Bright Spots
Cancer care is expensive. Cancer care provided by practice organizations varies in total spending incurred by patients and payers during treatment episodes and in quality of care, and this unnecessary variation contributes to the high cost.
- Oncologists engage patients early in discussion of realistic expectations of treatmentresults with an orientation towards preserving quality of life.
- Even when patients prefer curative care, palliative care is routinely recommended,and patients are given a single point of contact for healthcare system navigation.
- To avoid unnecessary hospitalizations, a rapid response team is available to stabilizeand discharge patients in ambulatory care settings.