|[December 06, 2012]
Aetna, The US Oncology Network Provide More Evidence That Clinically Proven, Integrated Cancer Care Enhances Quality and Controls Costs
HARTFORD, Conn. & THE WOODLANDS, Texas --(Business Wire)--
AET) and The
US Oncology Network recently announced results of their cancer
management program. Members in the program had the same or better health
outcomes compared to members who were not part of the program. The
program effectively decreased emergency room (ER) visits by 39.8
percent, decreased hospital admissions by 16.5 percent and reduced the
number of hospital days by 35.9 percent among 184 enrolled members. The
program resulted in approximately 12 percent cost savings among lung,
breast and colorectal cancers alone. Outcomes of the program were
unveiled at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) inaugural
Quality Care Symposium held Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 in San Diego.
The program was developed with Innovent
Oncology, a business within McKesson Specialty Health that draws
upon the expertise and resources developed by The US Oncology Network.
Guidelines based on medical evidence and nurses certified in cancer care
were used to reduce ER and in-patient admissions. Such reductions lower
the cost of cancer treatment and improve care quality. The pilot was
available to Aetna members treated by physicians with Texas
Oncology, an affiliate of The US Oncology Network, between June 2010
and April of this year.
"We know from our 2010 lung caner study that using clinical evidence in
cancer care leads to the same or better results, with lower costs. I'm
pleased that this expanded program provides additional support for
members. And it improved the quality of care across many types of
cancer," said Lonny Reisman, M.D., Aetna chief medical officer. "We will
continue to work with the medical community to bring this kind of
clinical information - and more - into real-time decision making to
improve health care and lower costs."
The Innovent Oncology program supports patients before the first
scheduled treatment and continues throughout the course of therapy.
Three key components ensure consistency in care, control costs and
provide a better experience:
Level I Pathways and Health Information Technology - Guidelines
based on evidence direct treatment to clinically proven options that
optimize outcomes and minimize side effects. Health information
technology gives doctors electronic access to these guidelines and
other decision-support resources at the point-of-care.
Patient Support Services -Innovent Oncology's nurses work with
the oncology practices and Aetna's care management team to provide
proactive care to patients. The nurses specialize in cancer care and
help manage treatment symptoms and side effects, including depression.
Advance Care Planning - Members have access to end-of-life
planning and support, if those hard decisions become necessary.
Innovent nurses as well as clinicians from Aetna's Compassionate Care
program who have expertise in end-of-life support offer these services.
"This program helps patients and families face cancer with fewer side
effects, less time in treatment and less financial strain," said J.
Russell Hoverman, medical director, Managed Care, The US Oncology
Aetna is one of the nation's leading diversified health care benefits
companies, serving approximately 37.3 million people with information
and resources to help them make better informed decisions about their
health care. Aetna offers a broad range of traditional, voluntary and
consumer-directed health insurance products and related services,
including medical, pharmacy, dental, behavioral health, group life and
disability plans, and medical management capabilities, Medicaid health
care management services and health information technology services. Our
customers include employer groups, individuals, college students,
part-time and hourly workers, health plans, health care providers,
governmental units, government-sponsored plans, labor groups and
expatriates. For more information, see www.aetna.com.
About The US Oncology Network
The US Oncology Network is one of the nation's largest networks of
community-based oncology physicians dedicated to advancing cancer care
in America. Like-minded physicians are united through The Network around
a common vision of expanding patient access to high-quality, integrated
cancer care in communities throughout the nation. Leveraging healthcare
information technology, shared best practices, refined evidence-based
medicine guidelines, and quality measurements, physicians affiliated
with The US Oncology Network are committed to advancing the quality,
safety, and science of cancer care to improve patient outcomes. The US
Oncology Network is supported by McKesson
Specialty Health, a division of McKesson
Corporation focused on empowering a vibrant and sustainable
community patient care delivery system to advance the science,
technology and quality of care. For more information, visit www.usoncology.com.
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