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Space Coast Cancer Center Selects Via Oncology™ Pathways to Advance Evidence-Based Cancer Care
Date:4/27/2010

rding to evidence-based best practices," said Kathleen Lokay, president, Via Oncology. "Space Coast Cancer Center is a forward-looking practice committed to continuing quality improvement and sustainable cost control in oncology."

"Dr. Levine is taking the initiative with health plans and payers in Florida to advance pathways as the optimal approach to address the unnecessary variability and uneven quality in cancer treatment," said Peter Ellis, M.D., medical director of Via Oncology and deputy director of clinical services at UPMC Cancer Centers. "This is the way forward to value-based cancer care."

Via Oncology Pathways are the product of five years of development and refinement by the oncologists at UPMC. Every quarter, 15 disease-specific committees of academic and community-based physicians convene to review and revise the Pathways based on their independent evaluation of the most recent medical literature. Focusing on Phase III peer-reviewed studies, the disease experts on each committee define the single best treatment for each state and stage of disease according to a hierarchy of efficacy, toxicity and cost.

If the data show that one treatment is superior in terms of efficacy, it is the Via Oncology Pathway choice. If more than one treatment shows comparable efficacy, then the least toxic treatment becomes the Via Oncology Pathway choice. If more than one treatment shows comparable efficacy and toxicity, then the costs to the patient, payer and provid
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