Oncology and Palliative Care Integration: Cocreating Quality and Value in the Era of Health Care Reform.


Journal Article

Recent payment reforms in health care have spurred thinking regarding how strengthened partnerships can cocreate quality and value. Oncology is an important area in which to consider further collaborations in patient care, as a result of increasing treatment complexity from an expanding armamentarium of interventions, large resource expenditures related to cancer care, and a growing disease prevalence related to an aging population. Many have highlighted the important role of palliative care in the routine care of patients with advanced cancer and high symptom burden. Yet, how integration can occur that translates research into usual clinical practice while prioritizing the right patients and settings to maximize outcomes of interest has been inadequately described. We review the evidence for integration of palliative care into routine oncology care and then map the benefits to the requirements put forward by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Oncology Care Model as a use case; we also discuss applications to other evolving payment models.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kaufmann, TL; Kamal, AH

Published Date

  • September 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 13 / 9

Start / End Page

  • 580 - 588

PubMed ID

  • 28682666

Pubmed Central ID

  • 28682666

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1935-469X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/JOP.2017.023762


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States