Cancer care is a constantly evolving field. But because of that, sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the newest developments and strategies.
At this year’s Association of Community Cancer Centers annual meeting, Lindsay Conway, managing director of The Advisory Board Company in Washington, D.C. and part of the company’s Research and Insights division spoke to 5 recent trends that are shaping the evolution of cancer care.
- Reimbursement and Reform – The rise of value-based care has pushed both payers and providers to focus on high-quality cancer care at lower costs. While there is still plenty of turbulence in Congress surrounding health care policy, many private payers have been pushing ahead in the search for a balanced solution of cost vs. quality.
- Enhanced Care Navigation – Today’s cancer patient population is increasingly comorbid. Managing care across specialties brings unique challenges for caregivers – and because of this, navigators are becoming an increasingly important part of the patient journey.
- Rise of Telehealth – Virtual consultations provide opportunities for patients to have convenient access to care at a lower cost. Telehealth in general also helps patients develop a sense of autonomy concerning their own treatment; engagement apps and remote-monitoring all allow patients to take direct part in their own treatment.
- Patients as Consumers – Today’s patients want options – reviews and opinions of physicians can often have a make-or-break effect on where a patient decides to go for treatment. And expectations are also higher for not only quality of care, but costs and services as well.
- Navigating Precision Medicine – Hormone therapy and genetic sequencing are making it easier to treat individuals’ specific symptoms and conditions than ever before. But precision medicine is also a complicated field, and making sense of new developments and how to continue moving forward will continue to be significant points of consideration for the entire industry.