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June 12, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- At the Association for Health Insurance Plan's (AHIP) conference this Thursday, medical directors from
Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions and
Aetna (NYSE: ΑET) will provide expert insight into how collaboration between payers and physicians can directly lead to better cancer care that is more effective and costs less.
Beginning in 2010,
Aetna and Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions established cancer care programs in
Washington, D.C. The programs are built with the local medical community and use clinical pathways, or evidence-based treatment regimens, to help guide care.
"Our joint efforts have increased physician engagement and helped doctors make treatment decisions based on medical research and evidence. That leads to better care and better outcomes for patients," says
Michael Kolodziej, M.D., national medical director, Oncology Solutions for
At the AHIP
Institute 2013, Kolodziej and
Bruce Feinberg, M.D., chief medical officer, Oncology for Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions, will expand on the success of the programs and discuss:
Prevailing health care trends that make traditional cancer care costs unsustainable
Best practices for engaging all stakeholders – including patients, physicians and payers – in collaborative processes that can improve both the quality and economics of cancer care
The important role that decision support technology tools play in improving collaboration and expanding the use of clinical pathways
"The success of our
Clinical Pathways programs prove that when payers and physicians work together, they can drive innovations that benefit all players in the care continuum, including – most importantly – the patient," said Feinberg. "We're committed to sharing the best practices that have driven our Clinical Pathways success. We want to expand these successful strategies to new geographic areas, additional forms of cancer and new disease states."
About Cardinal Health Specialty SolutionsCardinal Health Specialty Solutions provides clinical, reimbursement, technology and distribution services that help health care professionals, payers and pharmaceutical and biotech companies improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of caring for patients who are managing complex diseases. Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions helps customers alleviate day-to-day administrative burdens, optimize business functions and partner to implement new innovations that move their businesses forward. To learn more, visit
About Cardinal Health Headquartered in
Dublin, Ohio, Cardinal Health, Inc. (NYSE: CAH) is a
$108 billionhealthcare services company that improves the cost-effectiveness of health care. As the business behind health care, Cardinal Health helps
ambulatory surgery centers and
physician offices focus on patient care while
reducing costs, enhancing efficiency and improving quality. Cardinal Health is an essential link in the health care supply chain, providing
medical products to more than 60,000 locations each day. The company is also a leading manufacturer of medical and surgical products, including
surgical apparel and
fluid management products. In addition, the company supports the growing diagnostic industry by supplying medical products to
clinical laboratories and operating the nation's largest
network of radiopharmacies that dispense products to aid in the early diagnosis and treatment of disease. Ranked #19 on the Fortune 500, Cardinal Health
employs more than 30,000 people worldwide. More information about the company may be found at
@CardinalHealth on Twitter.
SOURCE Cardinal Health