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Oncology Care Management Promotes Effective Cancer Treatment

06/14/13

  05:33:55 pm, by MedBen5   , 240 words,  
Categories: News, Wellness, Health Plan Management

Oncology Care Management Promotes Effective Cancer Treatment

A recent Reuters article notes that at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology earlier this month, doctors “heard groundbreaking data on a new class of immune system boosters” that shrank tumors in patients with advanced melanoma and lung cancer. Such drugs could potentially become the main treatment for more than half of all cancers in the next 10 years.

Naturally, such innovations don’t come cheap: Citigroup analysts expect the drug treatment to cost around $110,000 for a year’s worth of treatment. And while those costs will be somewhat offset by reduced hospitalization fees, the National Cancer Institute estimates that the total cost of caring for U.S. cancer patients will rise to $174 billion in 2020 from $125 billion in 2010.

So how will group health plans balance these cost increases for cancer treatment while allowing proper care for the patient AND respecting the physician’s right to direct care? MedBen already has a proven solution.

Comprehensive Oncology Care Management offers cancer patients an additional advocate to provide professional guidance and counseling for their condition. The service ensures that patients receive appropriate cancer treatment that is in accordance with current standards of care and backed by reliable evidence.

Care management works with physicians to make sure that care is appropriate and eligible for coverage, while always giving them the final say as to the course of care. To learn more, contact MedBen Sales & Marketing Vice President Brian Fargus at bfargus@medben.com.

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