Achieving Value-Based Care: The Role of Oncology Clinical Pathways

May 20, 2021

Activity description

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.

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This activity is provided by OptumHealth Education and UnitedHealthcare.

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Target Audience

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.

Learning Objectives

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.

Additional Information

Activity summary
Available credit: 
  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 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
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Event starts: 
05/20/2021 - 1:00pm EDT
Event ends: 
05/20/2021 - 2:00pm EDT

Presenters/About presenters
Jennifer Malin, MD, PhDJennifer 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, BCOPTejas Patel, PharmD, BCOP
Senior Clinical Pharmacist
UnitedHealthcare Pharmacy

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. 

Activity planners
Sarah Chart, RN
Vice President
OptumHealth Education

Rebecca Gleason, RN, CCM
Activity Manager
OptumHealth Education

Disclosures of relevant financial relationships
In accordance with the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education's (ACCME) Standards for Integrity and Independence in Accredited Continuing Education, OptumHealth Education (OHE) requires all those in control of educational content to disclose their financial relationships with ineligible companies within the prior 24 months. Ineligible companies are defined by the ACCME as companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing health care products used by or on patients. Individuals must disclose all financial relationships, regardless of the amount, with ineligible companies and regardless of their view of the relevance of the relationship to the education. OHE ensures that the content is independent of commercial bias.

The activity faculty or planners have no financial relationships to disclose.

Accreditation statement
Joint Provider LogoIn 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.

Nurse practitioners
The American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program (AANPCP) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME and ANCC.

Pharmacists/Pharmacy technicians
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): JA0007123-9999-21-151-L04-P/T

OptumHealth Education designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) accepts credit from organizations accredited by the ACCME.

AAPC-certified coders
AAPC will honor 1-for-1 CEUs for any live event offering CME credit or AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. A certificate of attendance or completion is necessary to show participation. The certificate will give the total CMEs possible for the offering. Physicians are advised to claim only the actual hours that they were present during the education. We ask that AAPC-certified members abide by this request also. One hour of instruction is worth 1 CEU.

Case managers
The Commission for Case Manager Certification has approved this program for a maximum of 1.00 clock hours for Certified Case Managers (CCM).

A certificate of attendance will be provided to learners upon completion of activity requirements, enabling participants to register with licensing boards or associations that have not been preapproved for credits. To apply for credit types not listed above, participants should use the procedure established by the specific organization from which they wish to obtain credit.

Available Credit

  • 1.00 AAPC - Coders
  • 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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