Value in Cancer Care Initiative (VCCI)

Improving the Value and Efficiency of Cancer Care Delivery


HICOR’s Value in Cancer Care (VCC) Initiative engages oncology providers, patient partners, payers, health system representatives and researchers to improve the value and efficiency of cancer care delivery in Washington state. These community members contribute to HICOR’s research and oncology performance reporting initiatives through the VCC Research Working Group and the annual VCC Summit.

The VCC Research Working Group convenes regularly by teleconference to help guide HICOR’s work on developing and implementing interventions to address critical gaps in three areas of cancer care:

  • End-of-life care / goals-of-care discussions
  • Advanced imaging and testing in breast cancer surveillance and survivorship
  • Hospitalization and emergency department use during cancer treatment

HICOR also holds an annual one-day conference — the Value in Cancer Care Summit — for patients, providers, clinic administrators and staff, health system representatives, nonprofit leaders, payers, researchers, academics and industry/pharmaceutical representatives to collaborate on ways to achieve value in cancer care by increasing quality and reducing costs.

If you are interested in joining the Research Working Group or having your health system participate in a regional pilot study, please contact us.

HICOR director Dr. Scott Ramsey at a podium presenting at the Value in Cancer Care Summit.
HICOR director Dr. Scott Ramsey at the 2018 Value in Cancer Care Summit.
Two researchers looking at a wall of charts.

2020 Value in Cancer Care Summit

The 2020 Value in Cancer Care Summit was a virtual conference held on Monday, November 9, 2020. View the presentations and learn more through the link below.

A view of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center campus.

Community Cancer Care Report 2019

In 2018, HICOR published the first publicly accessible statewide report showing clinic-level quality measures linked to cost in cancer care. The report promotes transparency and is intended to encourage the sharing of best practices among cancer care providers throughout Washington.


Previous Summits

See below for a description of the most recent Value in Cancer Care Summits, along with selected presentations and materials.

2020 Value in Cancer Care Summit


The 7th Annual Value in Cancer Care Summit was held virtually on Monday, November 9, 2020. The 2020 Summit addressed the most important issues impacting the Cancer Care Community in 2020: COVID-19 and structural inequitites. HICOR shared preliminary analyses of the impact of COVID-19 on cancer care and reported on observations of disparities in care between commercial and Medicaid insured populations.

Presentations from the Summit are available below. 

Scott Ramsey, M.D., Ph.D., Veena Shankaran, M.D., M.S., Christopher Chen, M.D. 

"Perspectives on Cancer Care in Washington State: Structural Inequities in Care Delivery and Impact of COVID-19" 

2019 Value in Cancer Care Summit


Over 200 stakeholders, including patients, providers, payers, researchers and policy officials attended HICOR's 6th annual Value in Cancer Care Summit on May 13, 2019. The day's discussions centered around the theme of integrating the patient’s voice into community cancer care with presentations from community panels and national thought leaders. HICOR Director, Scott Ramsey, presented new analyses on disparities in cancer care and survival in Washington State.

The Hutch News Services article New data on cancer disparities in Washington summarizes key concepts and findings discussed at the summit.

Presentations from the summit are available below.

Christopher Flowers, M.D., M.Sc., FASCO

"Disparities in Cancer Survival"

2018 Value in Cancer Care Summit


More than 200 participants gathered at Bell Harbor International Conference Center on May 3, 2018, to discuss how to “make measurement matter” in oncology. Topics included national trends and opportunities in performance measurement as well as strategies to motivate practice change in the clinic setting. HICOR director Dr. Scott Ramsey highlighted key findings from HICOR’s newly published Community Cancer Care in Washington State report. Selected presentations and materials from the summit are available below.

Ronald Walters, M.D., M.B.A., M.H.A.

“Value Based Reimbursement”

Bryan Weiner, Ph.D., and Sibel Blau, M.D.

“Culture Change in the Clinic Setting”