Achieving Value-Based Care: The Role of Oncology Clinical Pathways
Oncology clinical pathways are defined by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) as detailed, evidence-based treatment protocols for specific disease types and stages that deliver high-quality cancer care. With the rapid approval of new anticancer therapies, along with the rising cost of cancer care, pathways serve a critical role in the delivery of high-quality and high-value cancer treatments while reducing unwarranted variation in care. This activity will discuss best practices in cancer care, provide an overview of the current status of pathways in oncology and explore their role in helping practices to deliver value-based care.
This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare.
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This activity is designed to meet the educational needs of case managers, nurses, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, PAs, physicians and other health care professionals (HCPs) who are interested in cancer care.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Examine the role of evidence-based, patient-centric clinical pathways in oncology.
- State the current status, benefits and impact of pathways in the delivery of high-quality cancer care.
- Explore the future applications, including potential challenges, of oncology clinical pathways.
- Implement clinical pathways to optimize the quality of care, cost-efficiency and health outcomes in oncology.
Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD
Clinical Professor of Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
Senior Medical Director, Oncology and Genetics
Jennifer Malin, MD, PhD, is a Senior Medical Director, Oncology and Genetics, at UnitedHealthcare. In this role, she provides clinical and strategic leadership in the areas of cancer and genomic medicine for improving the health and treatment outcomes of United Healthcare members.
After graduating from Harvard University, Dr. Malin received her medical degree and doctorate in public health from UCLA. She is board certified in internal medicine and medical oncology. A Clinical Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, she is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed articles and is widely recognized for her research on the quality of cancer care. She has served on a number of advisory boards and national committees, including the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s Quality of Care Committee and the National Quality Forum’s Cancer Steering Committee. Prior to joining UnitedHealthcare, she was the architect of the cancer care quality program at Anthem.
Dr. Malin continues her clinical practice by volunteering at the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Health Care System. She lives in Santa Monica, California, with her two children and three dogs.
Tejas Patel, PharmD, BCOP
Senior Clinical Pharmacist
Tejas Patel is a board-certified oncology pharmacist with more than 10 years of experience in various clinical settings including inpatient/outpatient oncology care, infusion centers, retail and pharmacy benefit management. He is currently a clinical pharmacist at UnitedHealthcare with a primary focus on improving quality and driving value in cancer care.
Sarah Chart, RN
Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
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The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.
Method for calculating CE credit
CE credit was calculated by the complexity of content.
In support of improving patient care, this activity has been planned and implemented by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare. OptumHealth Education is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the health care team.
Credit designation statements
The participant will be awarded up to 1.00 contact hour(s) of credit for attendance and completion of supplemental materials.
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.
This activity is approved for 1.00 contact hour ([0.10] CEU) in states that recognize ACPE.
Attending the full program will earn 1.00 contact hour.
Unique Activity Number(s): JA0007123-9999-21-184-H04-P/T
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- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacists
- 1.00 ACPE - Pharmacy Technicians
- 1.00 AMA - Physicians
- 1.00 ANCC - Nurses
- 1.00 Attendance - General Attendance
- 1.00 CCMC - General - Case Managers
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