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ASCO, payers taking different paths to cancer payment reform
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Society of Clinical Oncology has made drug prices and value a
centerpiece of its annual meeting this week, but its newly unveiled payment
model doesn't yet address how physician practices actually should be paid for
drugs. Instead, payers are the ones taking the lead on new models that remove
or lessen incentives to prescribe IV drugs to boost oncologist profits.
On May 5, ASCO proposed a payment
model that includes five different bundled payments that are intended to
compensate doctors for services they currently provide but aren't reimbursed
for, such as financial and nutritional counseling and phone calls with patients
to address drug side effects.
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