Michael L. Blau

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Oncology providers and payors are undertaking bold initiatives to transform our system of “sick” care into a component of the value-based system of the future. The evolving system focuses on proactively monitoring and coordinating care by a team of providers working in concert to deliver care more efficiently and keep patients healthier. From payment changes to rising consumerism and a multitude of technology advances, the current oncology care landscape presents many opportunities and challenges.…
Virtually everyone agrees that the time is now to seriously reexamine our fragmented, expensive healthcare system and to innovate sustainable approaches to curing its ills. At the center of this activity is the patient, as the ultimate consumer of healthcare services. Until recently, patients largely have been shielded from healthcare costs by health insurance and governmental payment programs with low copays/deductibles or first dollar indemnity coverage. Patients have also been relatively unaware of quality differentials…