5 changes to improve cancer treatment

03/26/2013 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

An essay by Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel and other oncology professionals calls for five changes in how cancer care is delivered to reduce costs and improve quality, beginning with a switch from fee-for-service to bundled payments. The group, writing in The New York Times, called for insurers to give physicians spending data to enable care delivery comparisons. Also needed are the implementation of quality tracking, better incentives for research and "high-touch" cancer care clinics that address symptoms before emergency care is needed.

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