Spring has sprung at Oncology Convergence Inc.

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It’s nice to see some great weather spreading across the country to our clients and partners! Here at OCI, we’re thinking Spring in terms of revenue cycle and are proud to let you know that we’ve rolled out new products and services based on needs expressed by our customers and prospects. Take look at the links below to learn more!- Jim

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Health systems need to collect patient balances | Healthcare Finance News

Source: www.healthcarefinancenews.com

**OCI is directly addressing this problem with our Insurance Optimization Service**

Patients’ out-of-pocket expenses have risen from an average of $2,000 to upwards of $6,000, according to Hackensack Meridian Health in New Jersey.”

Prior authorization leads to ‘crippling delays and dysfunction’ in health care system

Source: www.healio.com

**OCI is introducing Prior Authorization services to eliminate the specific headaches and revenue hindrances that improper prior authorizations present.**

Ninety-three percent of radiation oncologists experienced delays in delivering treatments because of prior authorization requirements from insurance providers, according to results of a survey conducted by the American Society for Radiation Oncology.
Nearly one-third of those surveyed (32%) reported average delays of 4 to 5 days when seeking prior authorization, with 31% citing average delays of

Radiation Oncology Billing – Oncology Convergence, Inc.

Source: oncologyconvergence.com

**In addition to medical oncology billing, OCI includes radiation oncology billing as one of its specialties. Our dedicated billers and coders take the pain out of your billing department!**

An Insurer’s Program To Incentivize Generic Oncology Drugs Did Not Alter Treatment Patterns Or Spending On Care | Health Affairs

Source: www.healthaffairs.org

The high and rising costs of anticancer drugs have received national attention. The prices of brand-name anticancer drugs often dwarf those of established generic drugs with similar efficacy. In 20…

CMS proposes to pay for transformative IT | Healthcare Finance News

Source: www.healthcarefinancenews.com

“This change would promote patient access and reduce the uncertainty that innovators face regarding payment for new medical technologies for Medicare beneficiaries, CMS said.”

The Dual Role of Oncology Pharmacists in Multidisciplinary Cancer Care Teams – Oncology Nurse Advisor

Source: www.oncologynurseadvisor.com

We help your patients in the same way (and more) with our Insurance Optimization program.


International reference payment model could save Medicare Part D over $70 billion | Healthcare Finance News

Source: www.healthcarefinancenews.com

Prices for the drugs, which range from diabetes medications to antivirals to immunosuppressants, are 3.2 to 4.1 times higher in the U.S.

National Trends and Dynamic Responses in the Canadian Radiation Oncology Workforce from 1990-2018

Source: www.redjournal.org

The Canadian radiation oncology (RO) workforce has experienced periods of trainee supply variability, inconsistent workforce growth, and dynamic changes in age demographics. Over time, there have been proportionally fewer internationally trained radiation oncologists and more women in practice. The number of cancer patients have dramatically increased, but crude cancer incidence rates were disproportionate across Canada. These factors add complexity to workforce planning initiatives. The implications of these and other findings are discussed.



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Silver Sponsor: MD Anderson advances nursing scholarship, excellence through oncology fellowship program – Houston Chronicle

Source: www.chron.com

This looks like a very successful program. Also, very intesting!

Novel Imaging Techniques Emerge in Prostate Cancer

Source: www.onclive.com

David J. Einstein, MD, discusses newer imaging techniques and overall progress in the treatment of patients with nonmetastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer.

How testing ‘living’ cancer tissue may yield important answers – Story | WAGA

Source: www.fox5atlanta.com

When a doctor told 36-year old Elissa Reynolds she had advanced colon cancer in the fall of 2017, the Buford, Georgia, marketing manager couldn’t believe it.

Pediatric Oncology Subcommittee of the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee; Notice of Meeting; Establishment of a Public Docket; Request for Comments

Source: www.federalregister.gov

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or Agency) announces a forthcoming public advisory committee meeting of the Pediatric Oncology Subcommittee of the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee. The general function of the committee is to provide advice and recommendations to FDA on regulatory issues….

Patient input has potential to improve communication and the overall hospital experience | Healthcare Finance News

Source: www.healthcarefinancenews.com

Physicians need to work at seeking feedback from patients and meaningfully incorporating patient preferences into treatment plans.

The 5 lowest-value care services and what providers can do about them | Healthcare Finance News

Source: www.healthcarefinancenews.com

Expensive branded drugs, diagnostic testing and imaging for some patients prior to low-risk surgery and population-based vitamin D screening all make the list.

Practice owners are no longer the majority among physicians, AMA finds | Healthcare Finance News

Source: www.healthcarefinancenews.com

The share of physicians with ownership stakes in a medical practice declined 6 percent, driven largely by younger physicians.

Affordable Care Act premium rates projected to increase by 10 percent | Healthcare Finance News

Source: www.healthcarefinancenews.com

An estimated 2 percent of the increase will be due to the return on the health insurance tax.

Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security – WSJ

Source: www.wsj.com

U.S. hospitals are pressing medical-device makers to improve cyber defenses of their internet-connected infusion pumps, biopsy imaging tables and other health-care products as reports of attacks rise.

Thank you for reading! If you have any questions about our offerings – including Insurance Optimization and Prior Authorizations – give me a call or reply to this email.