Economic Implications

Quality of care considerations aside, the existing fee-forservice model of medical care in the United States (including the traditional Medicare plan) does not provide a strong economic incentive for the provision of interdisciplinary cancer care. Administrative costs associated with the establishment and support of these teams cannot be passed on to insurers. Although Medicare has developed a modifier that provides reimbursement if a patient is seen by several physicians in the same clinic in 1 day, physicians cannot bill for time spent at treatment planning conferences.

Theoretically, there are economic advantages that could result from an interdisciplinary approach to cancer treatment. In Market Driven Health Care, Dr. Regina Helzlinger predicts that consumers are increasingly demanding integrated disease-focused care.132 If so, then institutions providing such services may have an advantage in the medical marketplace regardless of the reimbursement model.133 In addition, the interdisciplinary team may contribute to optimal resource utilization and efficient work flow. Data do not exist to facilitate a more rigorous return-on-investment analysis pertaining to interdisciplinary cancer care.

10 Ways To Fight Off Cancer

10 Ways To Fight Off Cancer

Learning About 10 Ways Fight Off Cancer Can Have Amazing Benefits For Your Life The Best Tips On How To Keep This Killer At Bay Discovering that you or a loved one has cancer can be utterly terrifying. All the same, once you comprehend the causes of cancer and learn how to reverse those causes, you or your loved one may have more than a fighting chance of beating out cancer.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment