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For those of us at Journal of Clinical Pathways, September marks our Clinical Pathways Congress, held the weekend of September 8 in Washington, DC. Although the Congress may be our primary focus, it is certainly not the only iron we have in the fire.
For clinical pathways to be most effective, they need to accommodate many external factors impacting patients.
Our annual Clinical Pathways Congress (CPC) will be held in Washington, DC, over the second weekend in September, and we hope to see many of our readers there. We have reached an exciting moment in clinical pathways development.
President Donald J Trump’s selection of Scott Gottlieb, MD, to lead the FDA has ushered in a new direction for the government agency, which is likely to alter the availability and use of pharmaceuticals in the United States.
Between the state of cancer care in America, the continued debate over the country’s health care system, and the best treatment practices for older adults, this issue of Journal of Clinical Pathways presents a broad spectrum of important issues in the field of value-based care. 
Dr Larry Blandford, PharmaD, provides a discussion of discounts, management approach, and expected challenges of the biosimilar era.
Should the Trump administration succeed in rolling back many ACA key policies, clinical pathways will need to mitigate the costs from patients, providers and payers.
It is an exciting time to be involved in the development of clinical pathways and value-based care, as these studies—and the research coming out of ASCO—show.
The future of clinical pathways largely depends on alternative payment models such as the Oncology Care Model sponsored by CMS, according to Edward Stepanski, PhD.
The preparatory precautions detailed in this column serve to raise awareness of the specific needs to older adults during travel.