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Proton Therapy Provides Real Value through Improved Outcomes and Quality of Life

May 30, 2019

Proton therapy is an advanced radiation therapy that uses protons to treat cancer rather than x-rays. Protons deliver the majority of their energy directly into the tumor and stop, minimizing exposure to adjacent healthy tissue. X-rays used in standard radiotherapy continue through the tumor, exposing patients to unnecessary radiation that can result in both short-and […]

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In-house Clinical Laboratory Services Benefit Practices and Patients Alike

September 26, 2018

Approximately 90% of oncology patients require a complete blood count (CBC) when they visit their oncologist for the first time. The CBC is used to evaluate a patient’s overall health and detect a wide range of disorders, including anemia, infection and leukemia.1 The test is especially critical in oncology, where cell counts can help guide […]

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Succeeding with the Oncology Care Model Requires Close Attention to Important Activities

July 17, 2018

By Marcus Neubauer, MD   |   July 2018 Since July of 2016, roughly 187 oncology practices across the country have been participating in the Oncology Care Model (OCM), the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation’s (CMMI) new program designed to reduce the cost of care while improving quality and patient outcomes. Sixteen practices in The US […]

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The US Oncology Network Advances Value-Based Care with Alternative Payment Models for Radiation Services

June 11, 2018

By David C. Fryefield, MD   |   June 2018 Radiation oncologists have been operating in a very challenging landscape for quite some time―one that has created unpredictable revenue streams for providers and made the delivery of quality care more difficult. Providers are under pressure from payers to reduce the number of treatments based on clinical trials […]

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The US Oncology Network is Bringing Promising New CAR T-Cell Therapy Closer to Home

May 15, 2018

Those of us in the cancer community know that progress in the fight against cancer is often measured in very small steps. Certainly since I finished my fellowship, that has been the case. Over the last 30 years, treatment for many deadly cancers has usually involved substituting one chemotherapy drug for another, buying a patient […]

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The US Oncology Network Government Relations Team: Providing Policy Analysis & Strategic Advocacy for Community Cancer Care

April 27, 2018

Community oncology practices today face an increasingly complex web of government rules and regulations that can often inhibit practice success or viability. This complexity is having a direct impact on access to quality cancer care.  Eleven years ago, when I began my journey with The US Oncology Network (The Network), nearly 88% of all cancer […]

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The US Oncology Network Helps Practices Thrive Through Strategic Planning

March 26, 2018

Oncology is dramatically different today than when I entered the field 12 years ago. Practices are experiencing seismic changes in their environment and facing complex issues not previously encountered. While we cannot control the volatile landscape, strategic planning enables practices to prepare for what is coming, to take advantage of opportunities, and to set a […]

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The US Oncology Network: The Premier Employer for Advanced Practice Providers

February 2, 2018

Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) play a vital role in supporting practices across The US Oncology Network (The Network) delivering high quality care to patients. APPs are healthcare providers, including Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants, who have advanced education and are licensed in the state where they practice, and certified nationally. In oncology, these highly trained […]

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Unity Group Purchasing Organization Plays a Critical Role in Providing High Quality Affordable Cancer Care

January 11, 2018

By Barry Brooks, MD   |   January 2018 To remain strong and viable in today’s evolving healthcare landscape, practices must continually forge new relationships, embrace innovative tools and technologies, and seek more efficient ways of doing business and delivering care. One of the most important developments I have seen over my career is the growing importance […]

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Community-Based Cancer Care: A Better All-Around Value

November 29, 2017

By Diana Verrilli    |    November, 2017  Over the last several years, many promising new cancer therapies have come to the forefront. The pipeline of new cancer drugs has never been richer, and exciting new developments in radiation technologies are providing new innovative treatments that are more precise and effective than ever before. Unfortunately, […]

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Exciting New Advancements in Personalized Breast Cancer Treatment Are Improving Outcomes and Patients’ Lives

November 3, 2017

By Neelima Denduluri, M.D.    |    October, 2017  In my career as a medical oncology and breast cancer specialist, I have seen great advancements in the treatment of breast cancer with innovative new drugs and therapy. The outlook for breast cancer patients has never been better, as promising new developments are leading to more […]

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Diagnostic Imaging and Radiation Therapy Play an Important Role in Cancer Care

September 29, 2017

I’ve seen great advancements occur over the last several decades in diagnostic imaging and radiation therapy, and today they are vital components of cancer care. Roughly 60 percent of patients undergo radiation and, as technology advances, there may be even more uses for it in the future.   How radiation therapy is used Radiation therapy […]

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