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

tion of the Patient Support Services program.

"We've worked with oncologists and payers nationwide to develop this program," says Dr. Marcus Neubauer, Chairman of US Oncology's Level I Pathways committee and medical oncologist with Kansas City Cancer Centers. "The physicians affiliated with US Oncology developed evidence-based treatment pathways several years ago to reduce the high variability of drug utilization during treatment, but this program goes well beyond drug utilization in its quest for improved quality and reduced costs."

Innovent Oncology services were developed and have been in practical, community-based application for more than three years within the US Oncology network of member practices. While developed in the community setting, where more than 80 percent of the cancer care is delivered, this integrated approach to care is also applicable and easily implemented in hospital and academic settings.

"The strength of this program is the complete integration of payer and provider effort right in the physician's office," according to Kathy Lokay, Senior Vice President of Integrated Clinical Services for US Oncology. "Everyone wants clinically effective, cost-efficient care but, without true integration, there's either a duplication of effort or a communications gap that results in inefficiencies and a less than optimal patient experience."

About US Oncology

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 effic
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