Perspectives

Managed care organizations can contribute to improved outcomes and reduced costs by increasing the understanding of current therapies, recognizing the potential benefit of future therapies, and developing an understanding of targeted drugs and their place in therapy.
While providers and care systems can agree that effective patient navigation programs are essential to positive patient outcomes, there have been no standard metrics that could be used to measure the success of navigation programs and establish benchmarks for improvement.
Express Scripts recently announced the purchase of eviCore, a leading medical benefits management firm, for $3.6 billion. The merger has the potential to be the first comprehensive care management offering.
This paper explores the growing trend of clinical pathways for symptom management—including how they can be applied across cancer care and the positive downstream effects of pathways for symptom control—by examining the implementation of symptom management clinical pathways at one treatment center.
This paper examines the establishment of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Clinical Pathways Office, as well as the goals of clinical pathway development from the standpoint of a regional hospital system.
The purpose of this article is to describe the role of the MIS and MSL in responding to requests from HCPs and clinical pathways developers for up-to-date, evidence-based product information to enable them to make informed decisions about patient care.
Using principles of pathways, the paper explores a framework for a restructuring health care that aligns design, delivery, governance, and administration to reconnect providers, caregivers, and patients; improve quality and safety; and continue to lower cost of care.
The authors share their experiences with implementing PRO collection and discuss the key considerations for success, including appropriate measure selection, achieving buy-in from health care providers, and utilizing PRO data in clinical practice.
An enlarged historical perspective makes apparent the fundamental and positive transformation of health care initiated by the Meaningful Use program. 
In this article, the author discusses the most prominent value frameworks that have been recently developed and compare each of their methods for defining value.