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February 3, 2016 | Articles & Whitepapers
As navigators you are well aware of the financial burden a diagnosis of cancer can have on a patient and his or her family. Deductibles, copayments, missed time from work, and uncovered ancillary care by their insurance company all add up to huge out-of-pocket costs. Did you know that cancer costs continue for years even as a cancer survivor?
December 2, 2015 | Articles & Whitepapers
We have been talking for a while about “patient-centered care”—taking care of the whole patient and not just focusing on the pathology of their disease to drive treatment decisions. But have you heard about “patient-driven care”?
November 4, 2015 | Articles & Whitepapers
We had a great conference! Each year it gets better and better— the content more enriched, the number of attendees steadily growing, and the ability to take home to your cancer facilities the valuable information you learned. It is important to dissect the key teaching points and share them with others.
January 14, 2015 | Articles & Whitepapers
This happens nearly every day, doesn’t it? A newly diagnosed patient with cancer wants to know the odds of living through and beyond his or her cancer treatment. It doesn’t matter if we tell patients that we hope they live a long time and not to focus on stats; they focus on them anyway. But when it comes to statistics, there are some important facts for nurse navigators to consider.
October 17, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
As the focus on high-quality cancer care turns toward improving the individual patient experience and survivor population outcomes, while at the same time reducing healthcare costs, prehabilitation provides an excellent opportunity to support all of these goals.
June 26, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
Cancer care is the most costly medical expense people face in the United States. Historically, insurance companies covered the majority of cancer treatment expenses; however, that is now changing. More financial burden is and will be placed on the patient, making it more challenging than ever to receive the appropriate care one needs to rid them of their disease.
June 26, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
As navigators, we must look after ourselves and our families and be proactive in helping patients get the most for their coverage. Navigators become experts at assessing coverage and benefits for patients.
June 11, 2014 | Articles & Whitepapers
We never want to think about the reality that our patients dealing with advanced cancers are going to eventually die of their disease or from the toxicities of its treatment. But they will. Commonly today there is avoidance on the part of treating physicians, generally medical oncologists, to embark on a discussion about end of life planning.
I recently attended a meeting where leaders from various organizations representing a variety of aspects of navigation were present. One of the speakers showed an advertisement from a newspaper about a well-known nationally recognized comprehensive cancer center. The advertisement was about their navigation program.
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