News | September 02, 2008

New Oncology Program Aims to Contain Costs, Improve Outcomes

September 3, 2008 - US Oncology Inc. launched Innovent Oncology, a service division that offers a first-time opportunity for oncologists and health plans to work together through integrated programs designed specifically for the complexity of cancer care.

With a focus on supporting the entire patient cancer care continuum, Innovent Oncology reportedly offers payers and oncologists solutions that combine evidence-based treatment guidelines, patient support services and advance care planning to improve clinical outcomes while addressing costs.
The need to contain cancer costs while continuing to advance clinical science and care is growing more urgent every year. Cancer treatment costs are expected to exceed $100 billion by 2010 with absenteeism, lost productivity and other costs expected to exceed $300 billion in that same year. Every year 1.5 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with cancer. Each of the 300 different cancer types requires its own approach to diagnosis and treatment, while a host of emerging therapies are creating even more treatment options. The associated costs are nearing a breaking point that threatens patient access to care said the company.

Innovent Oncology offers a comprehensive program addressing the primary cancer care cost drivers including: the wide variation in treatment selection, side effects that prompt ER visits and hospitalizations and ineffective interventions near the end of life.

The core services offered include:

-- Level I Pathways: Physician-developed, evidence-based pathways that reduce treatment variability and resulting costs while providing a platform for standardization, outcomes measurement and ongoing peer review.

-- Patient Support Services: An oncology-specific disease management program that increases treatment compliance, helps patients monitor and manage side effects and reduces unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations.

-- Advance Care Planning: Transition care planning and implementation that prepares patients early in their care process for potential end-of-life issues by addressing clinical, social, financial and spiritual needs.

For more information: www.usoncology.com, www.innoventoncology.com

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