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Arizona Oncology Praises New Guidelines for Patient Care
Date:3/1/2010

Cost Analysis

  • We compared the twelve month cost of care for patients 'On Pathway' vs. 'Off Pathway'.
  • The cost data was provided by Aetna and the analysis was conducted from a payer's perspective and considered only direct costs.
  • The analysis included overall cost and cost broken into several categories, including but not limited to: total cost, outpatient visits, chemotherapy and non-chemotherapy medications, laboratory services, hospitalizations, and ancillary services/therapies.

RESULTS

  • We found that overall cost of care was less for NSCLC patients treated 'On Pathway' compared to patients treated 'Off Pathway'.
  • Over 12 months, average cost of care for patients 'On Pathway' was 35% less compared to patients treated 'Off Pathway'.
  • This cost difference was driven predominately by significantly lower costs for chemotherapy and other medications.
  • We also found that there were no observed differences in 12 month overall survival by Pathway status, suggesting that the added cost associated with treating p
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