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Updated: October 5, 2010
Health Plan Creates Adult National Cancer Care Registry

UnitedHealthcare has launched an Oncology Care Analysis (OCA) program to analyze and share information, regarding cancer stage data and treatment guidelines.

The patient-focused, integrated program uses a database combining clinical and claims data to gauge the quality of cancer patient care based on approved treatment guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an alliance of 21 leading cancer centers.

As the treatment of cancer varies widely among doctors and hospitals in the United States, "The program’s goal is to help improve quality and coordination of cancer patient care by providing oncologists with information and feedback relevant to the care they are providing to their patients," said Dr. Lee N. Newcomer, UnitedHealthcare’s senior vice president, oncology.

UnitedHealthcare’s cancer registry includes clinical and claims data from more than 2,600 oncologists and 8,600 patients across the country with breast, colon or lung cancer.

The program creates a coordinated electronic medical record of a patient’s care and then compares that treatment regimen to existing NCCN guidelines, the company said. Results are shared with participating oncologists, in compliance with applicable privacy laws, to help improve the quality of cancer care and lead to better outcomes for patients.

The OCA electronic medical record delivers coordinated patient information to the treating physicians that they may not have in their existing medical records, such as patient compliance with medications.The records also contain important information about procedures performed by other specialists, including radiation oncologists and surgeons.

In November 2009, the health plan initially shared the OCA program patient data with 1,500 participating oncologists to help them better understand the strengths of their patient care along with areas for improvement.

Addresses: National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 275 Commerce Dr., Suite 300, Fort Washington, PA 19034; (215) 690-0300, UnitedHealthcare, 5901 Lincoln Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55436, (952) 992-7777,

  This article was taken from:
The Executive Report on Managed Care

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