Joseph S. Bailes, MD | Authors

International cancer diagnosis, treatment varies widely

May 17, 2010

Coverage in most countries is universal, but limited resources can sometimes hinder how much coverage a person can expect.

Billing may be tricky for patients in skilled nursing facility

November 01, 2008

Here are some simple things that can be done to keep the billing related to skilled nursing facilities in order. Here’s a scenario that most likely plays out in oncology practices on a routine basis: A Medicare beneficiary arrives at a community offi ce for treatment. She has a blood draw followed by a 2-hour chemotherapy infusion. Th e oncology practice’s offi ce submits a reimbursement claim through Medicare Part B. Two weeks later a notice from Medicare arrives-claim denied!

An Aging Patient Population, and too Few Oncologists

July 01, 2008

Over the past 2 decades, advances in cancer treatment have greatly improved survivorship statistics in the United States. As the oncology community works to ensure that this upward survival trend continues, it’s important for us to recognize the serious challenges that lie ahead.

From the Editor

May 01, 2008

To better engage our readership on the economic, policy, and practice issues affecting the oncology community, we have updated our editorial and changed our name, bringing more value-added content to the pages of Cancer Care Practice & Policy (CCP&P).

Changing risky behavior: What is the government's role in helping people reduce their risk of cancer?

October 01, 2007

Despite encouraging new treatments, cancer still kills more than 500 million Americans each year. According to the recent report by the President's Cancer Panel, the government is not doing all it should to help reduce Americans' risks of developing cancer

Dr. Bailes Looks at CMS Quality of Care Reporting Project and Healthcare-Related Legislation for 2007

May 01, 2007

Since the Medicare Modernization Act (MMA) of 2003 was signed, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) has initiated a series of fairly dramatic structural changes in reimbursement policies covering drugs and services provided in cancer care.

Crossing the Quality Chasm

April 30, 2007

Balancing cost and quality care requires thoughtful examination, especially in a discipline like oncology

The Economics of Oncology: Doctor-Hospital Integrated Practice

January 01, 1996

The doctor-hospital integrated practice is one possible strategy oncologists may wish to employ in order to stay financially solvent in the current unstable health-care environment. Before entering into an arrangement with a

Current Issues in Oncology Reimbursement

November 01, 1995

The reimbursement policies of Medicare, Medicaid, and private insurers can have a major impact on the ability of oncologists to deliver care to their patients. This article explores current issues of particular interest to