On January 24, 2014, HICOR hosted the inaugural Value in Cancer Care Summit at the Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. The purpose of the summit was to build a stakeholder-driven regional process that continually improves the value of cancer care provided to our patients. The event opened an engaging, highly interactive dialogue between providers, payers, and patients and resulted in successful prioritization of areas where we, as a region, can improve value in cancer care.
Through participatory breakout sessions and consensus building exercises, the group was able to identify six clinically actionable, feasible, and ultimately high-priority areas:
1. Rate of chemotherapy at end of life
2. Use of navigator, care coordinator, or case manager
3. Documentation of consultation and/or conversation about palliative care and hospice
4. Adherence to primary cancer treatment guidelines
5. Biomarker and molecular testing
6. Unanticipated hospital admission