24-hour support for cancer patients can make a huge difference, but is it feasible? One cancer center explains how they did it.

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Our team recently returned from the Association of Community Cancer Centers’ National Oncology Conference in Phoenix, Arizona. The conference’s sessions covered a wide range of topics, many familiar for practices who have been navigating the best path forward in value-based care over the past couple of years. Several cancer care providers shared lessons learned about what they are doing to … Read More

The Importance of Personalized Communication for Cancer Patients

Stephanie GingerPatient Engagement, Patient Relationship Management

A recent study published in the Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network titled “Determinants and Outcomes of Satisfaction With Healthcare Provider Communication Among Cancer Survivors” examined the impact of communication on cancer patients. They found that patients who were more satisfied with the communication with their care team experienced better outcomes. They found that effective, tailored communication can “improve … Read More

Are you attending ACCC’s National Oncology Conference?

Stephanie GingerNews, Patient Relationship Management

This conference includes speakers who will address the dramatic changes in healthcare, technology, and other challenges facing oncology programs and practices today. As we move forward, innovative solutions will be needed to better coordinate care, contain costs, and operate more efficiently. To learn more about how Navigating Cancer’s technology is doing just that, visit us in booth 308 at the ACCC … Read More

Ambulatory Rapid Response Identified as Key Attribute for High Value Cancer Care

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Still not sure about the most effective ways to deliver high quality cancer care while lowering costs at the same time? A recent study from the Stanford Cancer Institute published in JAMA Oncology titled, “Critical Lessons From High-Value Oncology Practices” identified 13 attributes that differentiated high quality practices with low spending from other practices. Of those 13, an expert oncologist … Read More

For providers, the path forward in value-based cancer care is complicated. Here are three strategies to implement today.

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

So value-based cancer care has arrived. Even with added resources and funding, early participants in value-based programs like the Oncology Care Model are already facing the complexity of reducing the cost of cancer care. With so many factors contributing to the cost of cancer treatment – many outside the control of the care team like drug prices, comorbidities, disease progression … Read More

Minnesota Oncology Partners with Navigating Cancer

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management

Minnesota Oncology, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network and leading cancer care provider, selected Navigating Cancer’s software platform to enable proactive care and remote support for its patients. The practice will leverage the Patient Relationship Management software to centralize its triage and improve patient care. Read the press release.

An important resource for cancer patients? Other patients.

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Patient-centered Care

Last April I wrote about a study that looked at barriers to medication adherence. It concluded that peer-to-peer support can have a positive impact for patients and help them stay on treatment. It caught my eye because Navigating Cancer’s mission is to improve the lives of cancer patients and one of our primary areas we focus on is connecting the … Read More

Help Cancer Patients Avoid the Emergency Room

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania recently published their findings regarding methods for cancer patients to avoid the emergency department, titled “Best Practices for Reducing Unplanned Acute Care for Patients With Cancer.” The results, published in ASCO’s Journal of Oncology Practice, included five key findings: Identify Patients at High Risk of Unplanned Acute Care Enhance Access and Care Coordination Standardize … Read More

OCSRI: Q&A with a Leader in Cancer Care

Stephanie GingerPatient Relationship Management, Value-based Care

Oklahoma Cancer Specialists and Research Institute (OCSRI) is the largest physician-owned oncology network in Oklahoma, offering services at five cancer centers throughout the state with board-certified physicians specializing in Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Gynecological Oncology, Onco-supportive Dermatology and Cutaneous. The practice includes more than 20 blood and cancer specialty physicians and 200 nurses and associates. OCSRI is an innovative practice … Read More