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How Can Practices Seek Success With Oncology Payment Reform?

AT THE PAYER EXCHANGE SUMMIT V, drugs sponsored by the Community Oncology Alliance (COA), view and held October 24-25, here 2016, in Tyson’s Corner, Virginia, Bruce Gould, MD, president and medical director, Northwest Georgia Oncology Center, and president of COA, presented an overview of how cancer care has improved over the years and what the current challenges are.

“The number of new cancer cases and survivors is expected to rise,” Gould said. “Survivors will increase from 11.7 million in 2007 to 18 million in 2020. Patients are living longer, especially with multiple treatment options available—however, the new treatments are expensive.” In melanoma, for example, patients have seen a significant improvement in survival, especially after the checkpoint inhibitors arrived on the scene. “But these drugs come with a significant price tag,” Gould said.

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