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US Oncology Manufacturing-Inspired Practice Management Model Producing Quality and Efficiency Improvements
Date:6/6/2008

program that could be universally adopted by network practices. It identified five critical program elements and introduced them to the US Oncology network in 2005.

PQE program elements and the percentage of current network adoption rates are as follows:

1. Ownership of quality improvement by the practice's governing board

(71%)

2. Implementation of the network's evidence-based best practices

guidelines program, Pathways (95%)

3. Adoption of the PQE Balanced Scorecard, a standardized set of quality

metrics (49%)

4. Adoption of standardized patient, referring physician and employee

surveys (53%, 50%, 21% respectively)

5. Adoption of the PQE-LSS (Lean Six Sigma) process improvement

methodology (70%)

"These measurements are proving to make us better caregivers and better stewards of our resources," said Dr. Fryefield. "You must start by being willing to ask the questions and take a hard look at what you're doing. The PQE model provides the structure and resources to make the changes that are necessary to provide the right treatment, delivered the right way, at the right time."

About US Oncology, Inc.

US Oncology, headquartered in Houston, works closely with physicians, manufacturers and payers to identify and deliver innovative services that enhance patient access to advanced cancer care. US Oncology supports one of the nation's foremost cancer treatment and research networks accelerating the availability and use of evidence-based medicine and shared best practices.

US Oncology's expertise in supporting every aspect of the cancer care delivery system -- from drug development to treatment and outcomes measurement -- enables the company to help increase the efficiency and safety of cancer care.

According to the company's last quarterly earnings report, US Oncology is affiliated with 1,247 physicians operating in 472 locations, including 9
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