Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
Transforming Health Care Through Evidence and Collaboration
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Bundled Payments for Oncology: Creating Value-Based Episodes of Care

August 22, 2014 | 09:00 AM
10:30 AM ET

Annual spending for cancer treatment in the U.S. is set to reach $184 billion by 2020. The large and growing bill has raised concerns that fee-for-service payments for oncology are promoting over-treatment and use of more expensive drugs irrespective of patient benefit. With cancer rates projected to rise steeply in the next two decades, this is a critical time to improve efficiency and standardize quality in oncology services, and many see episode-based bundled payments as a promising strategy.

The webinar, hosted by NIHCM Foundation and the Center for American Progress, covered the following topics:

  • the latest cost and quality issues in oncology, including missed opportunities in care coordination and end-of-life care
  • an overview of the framework for episodic payment bundles developed by a consortium of oncologists, public and private payers, and patient groups
  • the use of bundled payments in Medicare, and how CMS might approach reforming payment for oncology services
  • a health plan collaboration with a leading oncology provider group to develop episodes of care with an focus on improving quality


Ezekiel Emanuel
University of Pennsylvania; Center for American Progress
Patrick Conway
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Servics
Glenn Pomerantz
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Andrew Pecora
Regional Cancer Care Associates LLC

Presentation Slides

A Higher Value U.S. Cancer Care System: The Opportunity for Bundled Payments
Innovation and Health System Transformation in Cancer Care
A Payer-Provider Partnership to Pilot Oncology Episodes of Care