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US Oncology Launches New Services Division: Innovent Oncology
Date:9/2/2008

riation in treatment selection, side effects that prompt ER visits and hospitalizations, and ineffective interventions near the end of life.

The core services offered include:

-- Level I Pathways: Physician-developed, evidence-based pathways that reduce treatment variability and resulting costs while providing a platform for standardization, outcomes measurement and ongoing peer review.

-- Patient Support Services: An oncology-specific disease management program that increases treatment compliance, helps patients monitor and manage side effects, and reduces unnecessary ER visits and hospitalizations.

-- Advance Care Planning: Transition care planning and implementation that prepares patients early in their care process for potential end-of-life issues by addressing clinical, social, financial and spiritual needs.

Innovent Oncology serves as the nexus between provider and payer. It bundles the core services and offers them to health plans on a per participant basis. By integrating these services, payers benefit from the valuable insight available through enhanced data capture and analysis, outcomes measurement and utilization review. The integrated approach increases efficiency and aligns payer and provider financial incentives.

Innovent Oncology supports oncologists, both outside and within the US Oncology network of member practices, by providing access to clinical decision making tools and enhanced patient support and education. Physicians connect to the program via an internet portal where summary diagnoses, staging and line-of-therapy data can be submitted to determine appropriate Level I Pathways evidence-based treatment guidelines. The portal is also used to enroll patients in the Patient Support Services program. In addition to gaining access to cancer treatment tools and resources that benefit their patients, participating physicians also receive compensation for voluntary compliance with Level I Pathways and utiliza
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