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On February 11, JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI) published a special collection of articles on the topic of “Decision Making in Oncology.” This collection examines decision making in oncology and the benefits and challenges of various tools and methods. As the collection’s guest editor states, “This collection provides little trips into the vast field of decision making in oncology.” Read more.
With the ongoing national shift from volume-based to value-based reimbursement, health care and oncology care have seen this shift ignite innovation that is leading to care transformation. As the landscape for care delivery shifts it is impacting all stakeholders including providers, payers, and most importantly, patients. The latest blog post on JOP DAiS, discusses five innovations to look for in 2019 that hold promise for positively disrupting the way we practice.
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In a new interview with ASCO CEO Dr. Clifford A. Hudis, FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb announced that FDA is “rethinking” how it labels products and says the traditional inpatient/outpatient labels are “artificial.” Instead of inpatient/outpatient labels, FDA is considering a new approach that would focus on how easily patients will have access to supportive services. “A drug shouldn’t be reimbursed diametrically differently just because it’s delivered in one setting vs. another,” Dr. Gottlieb says. “It’s something we need to address.”
A recent post on the JOP blog offers commentary, and helpful strategies for physicians and patients on managing complex, treatment related sexual problems. These problems rank high among unmet needs in surveys of cancer survivors and are associated with decreased quality of life. Read and comment now
ASCO recently published standards on the safe handling of hazardous drugs in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. ASCO’s standards largely endorse the practices recommended by other stakeholder groups for safely handling hazardous drugs but offer alternatives in areas where more research is needed to identify evidence-based safety measures.