|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
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, www.NCCN.org. UnitedHealthcare, 5901 Lincoln Dr., Minneapolis, MN 55436, (952) 992-7777, www.unitedhealthcare.com.