Medscape February 14, 2014
The alarmingly high increases in the cost of cancer care can be reined in. However, it will require that the oncology community take responsibility for practice patterns, according to a report published online in the Lancet Oncology by researchers from the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center. They looked at innovative health care models that preserve quality while reducing costs, such as medical homes, U.S. Oncology's Clinical Pathways, and the Choosing Wisely campaign from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. UTMB’s Dr. Howard Brody said that what is impressive about this report is that it presents evidence indicating that more compassionate and less expensive courses of action actually produce better outcomes.