Welcome!

News Feed Item

NCCN Holds Third Annual State Oncology Society Forum

The Third Annual NCCN State Oncology Society Forum, Held at the NCCN 19th Annual Conference, Examining the Evaluation of Quality in Oncology, the Utilization of Clinical Guidelines and Pathways, and the Consequences With the Sunshine Act

FORT WASHINGTON, PA--(Marketwired - April 02, 2014) - The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) held its third annual State Oncology Society Forum during the NCCN 19th Annual Conference: Advancing the Standard of Cancer Care™, facilitating discussions of quality evaluation and implementation, utilization of clinical guidelines and pathways programs, and the intended and unintended consequences of the Physician Payments Sunshine Act.

The Forum commenced with introductions and welcoming remarks from Samuel M. Silver, MD, PhD, Chair, NCCN Board of Directors, and Former President, Michigan Society of Hematology and Oncology (MISHO), following which W. Thomas Purcell, MD, MBA, Associate Director for Clinical Services at the University of Colorado Cancer Center, presented on considerations and key challenges of implementing and evaluating an oncology quality program in today's health care environment.

Dr. Purcell noted that those who succeed in the race to ensure quality will be those who possess high-performing, efficient clinical and research programs, excel in the science of improvement, and have the ability to collaborate across the care continuum. Moreover, he said, quality metrics should be directionally correlated with an improvement in the utilization of the data, and, while a multitude of metrics are possible, choosing the most important ones is key to measuring quality and efficiency. 

"Hospitals with 10 centers can have 10 different policies -- it is key to standardize the work in order to increase efficiency and, ultimately, quality," said Dr. Purcell. 

The Forum continued as Lee N. Newcomer, MD, MHA, Senior Vice President, Oncology, Genetics and Women's Health, UnitedHealthcare, and Michael Kolodziej, MD, FACP, National Medical Director, Oncology Solutions, Aetna, provided an update on utilization of clinical practice guidelines and pathways. 

Dr. Newcomer discussed the difference between guidelines and pathways, describing guidelines as documents with the aim of guiding decisions regarding diagnosis, management, and treatment of specific conditions, and pathways as tools used to manage quality in health care using standardization of health care practices. UnitedHealthcare, he said, utilizes the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) in part because the NCCN Guidelines® are transparent, an external source of decisions, a respected authority, and have bias toward patients, not cost. He also noted that timely updates to the NCCN Guidelines further make them a sound choice for the basis of oncology coverage.

Dr. Kolodziej then provided perspective on how clinical pathways help patients, providers, and payers, reviewing Aetna's utilization of commercial pathways and clinical practice guidelines for determination of cancer coverage.

"The principles of our strategy are simple," said Dr. Kolodziej. "Aetna wants to drive efficient use of evidence-based medicine, avoid waste and misuse of medical services, and leverage and integrate the many current and future medical and pharmacy cancer-care initiatives; pathways are an important first step to achieving these goals."

Finally, John Murphy, JD, Assistant General Counsel, Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), provided an overview of the evolution of the Sunshine Act as part of the Affordable Care Act. Based upon the belief that the public dissemination of information regarding relationships between industry and physicians will both curb inappropriate activities and aid in government enforcement, the first set of public data is expected to be released by Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in September. Although originated with good intentions, unintended consequences of the law are emerging that may, in some cases, hamper innovation and collaboration due to lack of clarity around items such as clinical research activities, said Mr. Murphy. 

Both CMS and PhRMA offer resources to educate impacted stakeholders. Two mobile applications -- Open Payments Mobile for Physicians and Open Payments for Industry -- each offer guidance for their respective audience on reviewing and tracking of payments. In tandem, PhRMA has developed Partners for Healthy Dialogues (PFHD), a coalition of health care organizations working to provide information and other resources on implementation of the Sunshine Act -- HealthyDialogues.org.

This year's Forum was attended by more than 25 states, representing NCCN's commitment to ongoing collaboration with this important stakeholder group.

"NCCN and state oncology societies share a common goal -- to improve the lives of patients with cancer," said C. Lyn Fitzgerald, MJ, Vice President, U.S. and Global Development, NCCN. "We are delighted with our ongoing collaboration toward that effort. This annual meeting, which provides a forum for open dialogue and identification of synergies, is only a part of our year-long information exchange, and we look forward to a continued alliance with these essential stakeholders."

The fourth Annual State Oncology Society Forum is planned to be held at the NCCN 20th Annual Conference in March 2015.

About the National Comprehensive Cancer Network

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®), a not-for-profit alliance of 25 of the world's leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education, is dedicated to improving the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of cancer care so that patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system. As the arbiter of high-quality cancer care, NCCN promotes the importance of continuous quality improvement and recognizes the significance of creating clinical practice guidelines appropriate for use by patients, clinicians, and other health care decision-makers.

The NCCN Member Institutions are: Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at The Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE; City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, Los Angeles, CA; Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center | Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center, Boston, MA; Duke Cancer Institute, Durham, NC; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA; Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT; Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center/Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle, WA; The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore, MD; Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, Chicago, IL; Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, Phoenix/Scottsdale, AZ, Jacksonville, FL, and Rochester, MN; Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY; Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, FL; The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute, Columbus, OH; Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY; Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO; St. Jude Children's Research Hospital/The University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Memphis, TN; Stanford Cancer Institute, Stanford, CA; University of Alabama at Birmingham Comprehensive Cancer Center, Birmingham, AL; UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, La Jolla, CA; UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, San Francisco, CA; University of Colorado Cancer Center, Aurora, CO; University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, MI; The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX; Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN; and Yale Cancer Center/Smilow Cancer Hospital, New Haven, CT.

Clinicians, visit NCCN.org. Patients and caregivers, visit NCCN.org/patients.

More Stories By Marketwired .

Copyright © 2009 Marketwired. All rights reserved. All the news releases provided by Marketwired are copyrighted. Any forms of copying other than an individual user's personal reference without express written permission is prohibited. Further distribution of these materials is strictly forbidden, including but not limited to, posting, emailing, faxing, archiving in a public database, redistributing via a computer network or in a printed form.

Latest Stories
In IT, we sometimes coin terms for things before we know exactly what they are and how they’ll be used. The resulting terms may capture a common set of aspirations and goals – as “cloud” did broadly for on-demand, self-service, and flexible computing. But such a term can also lump together diverse and even competing practices, technologies, and priorities to the point where important distinctions are glossed over and lost.
Predictive analytics tools monitor, report, and troubleshoot in order to make proactive decisions about the health, performance, and utilization of storage. Most enterprises combine cloud and on-premise storage, resulting in blended environments of physical, virtual, cloud, and other platforms, which justifies more sophisticated storage analytics. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Peter McCallum, Vice President of Datacenter Solutions at FalconStor, discussed using predictive analytics to mon...
All clouds are not equal. To succeed in a DevOps context, organizations should plan to develop/deploy apps across a choice of on-premise and public clouds simultaneously depending on the business needs. This is where the concept of the Lean Cloud comes in - resting on the idea that you often need to relocate your app modules over their life cycles for both innovation and operational efficiency in the cloud. In his session at @DevOpsSummit at19th Cloud Expo, Valentin (Val) Bercovici, CTO of Soli...
Information technology is an industry that has always experienced change, and the dramatic change sweeping across the industry today could not be truthfully described as the first time we've seen such widespread change impacting customer investments. However, the rate of the change, and the potential outcomes from today's digital transformation has the distinct potential to separate the industry into two camps: Organizations that see the change coming, embrace it, and successful leverage it; and...
Without a clear strategy for cost control and an architecture designed with cloud services in mind, costs and operational performance can quickly get out of control. To avoid multiple architectural redesigns requires extensive thought and planning. Boundary (now part of BMC) launched a new public-facing multi-tenant high resolution monitoring service on Amazon AWS two years ago, facing challenges and learning best practices in the early days of the new service. In his session at 19th Cloud Exp...
The Internet of Things (IoT) promises to simplify and streamline our lives by automating routine tasks that distract us from our goals. This promise is based on the ubiquitous deployment of smart, connected devices that link everything from industrial control systems to automobiles to refrigerators. Unfortunately, comparatively few of the devices currently deployed have been developed with an eye toward security, and as the DDoS attacks of late October 2016 have demonstrated, this oversight can ...
Extracting business value from Internet of Things (IoT) data doesn’t happen overnight. There are several requirements that must be satisfied, including IoT device enablement, data analysis, real-time detection of complex events and automated orchestration of actions. Unfortunately, too many companies fall short in achieving their business goals by implementing incomplete solutions or not focusing on tangible use cases. In his general session at @ThingsExpo, Dave McCarthy, Director of Products...
Regulatory requirements exist to promote the controlled sharing of information, while protecting the privacy and/or security of the information. Regulations for each type of information have their own set of rules, policies, and guidelines. Cloud Service Providers (CSP) are faced with increasing demand for services at decreasing prices. Demonstrating and maintaining compliance with regulations is a nontrivial task and doing so against numerous sets of regulatory requirements can be daunting task...
Fact: storage performance problems have only gotten more complicated, as applications not only have become largely virtualized, but also have moved to cloud-based infrastructures. Storage performance in virtualized environments isn’t just about IOPS anymore. Instead, you need to guarantee performance for individual VMs, helping applications maintain performance as the number of VMs continues to go up in real time. In his session at Cloud Expo, Dhiraj Sehgal, Product and Marketing at Tintri, sha...
Machine Learning helps make complex systems more efficient. By applying advanced Machine Learning techniques such as Cognitive Fingerprinting, wind project operators can utilize these tools to learn from collected data, detect regular patterns, and optimize their own operations. In his session at 18th Cloud Expo, Stuart Gillen, Director of Business Development at SparkCognition, discussed how research has demonstrated the value of Machine Learning in delivering next generation analytics to impr...
Join Impiger for their featured webinar: ‘Cloud Computing: A Roadmap to Modern Software Delivery’ on November 10, 2016, at 12:00 pm CST. Very few companies have not experienced some impact to their IT delivery due to the evolution of cloud computing. This webinar is not about deciding whether you should entertain moving some or all of your IT to the cloud, but rather, a detailed look under the hood to help IT professionals understand how cloud adoption has evolved and what trends will impact th...
More and more brands have jumped on the IoT bandwagon. We have an excess of wearables – activity trackers, smartwatches, smart glasses and sneakers, and more that track seemingly endless datapoints. However, most consumers have no idea what “IoT” means. Creating more wearables that track data shouldn't be the aim of brands; delivering meaningful, tangible relevance to their users should be. We're in a period in which the IoT pendulum is still swinging. Initially, it swung toward "smart for smar...
20th Cloud Expo, taking place June 6-8, 2017, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY, will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. Cloud computing is now being embraced by a majority of enterprises of all sizes. Yesterday's debate about public vs. private has transformed into the reality of hybrid cloud: a recent survey shows that 74% of enterprises have a hybrid cloud strategy.
Businesses and business units of all sizes can benefit from cloud computing, but many don't want the cost, performance and security concerns of public cloud nor the complexity of building their own private clouds. Today, some cloud vendors are using artificial intelligence (AI) to simplify cloud deployment and management. In his session at 20th Cloud Expo, Ajay Gulati, Co-founder and CEO of ZeroStack, will discuss how AI can simplify cloud operations. He will cover the following topics: why clou...
Internet of @ThingsExpo, taking place June 6-8, 2017 at the Javits Center in New York City, New York, is co-located with the 20th International Cloud Expo and will feature technical sessions from a rock star conference faculty and the leading industry players in the world. @ThingsExpo New York Call for Papers is now open.