Helping Cancer Patients Make the Transition from Acute Treatment to Chronic Treatment and Long-Term Survivorship Care
From the moment a patient learns she has cancer through the decision-making process to determine the definitive treatment and execution of that acute treatment plan, the nurse navigator has been at this patient’s side. But what happens during surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation treatments?
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates overall costs for cancer in 2010 at $263.8 billion: $102.8 billion for direct medical costs (total of all healthcare expenditures), $20.9 billion for indirect morbidity costs (cost of loss of productivity due to illness), and $140.1 billion for indirect mortality costs (cost of lost productivity due to premature death).
If you've recently become a nurse navigator specializing in an area of oncology, you are among a growing number of nurses who have zeroed in on a new specialty, helping your patient travel along a pathway that can be riddled with confusing information, a myriad of decisions to be made regarding treatment, and other significant decision making along the way. It's rewarding when it works well. It can be frustrating for everyone when it doesn't.
If not, then anticipate political problems with your oncology team members, overlap of responsibilities with others, and job dissatisfaction at some point in time. Why? Because without clear roles and responsibilities, others will not understand why you are on the team at all.
Where Does Your Role of Navigation Begin and End (and Possibly Overlap with Someone Else's Responsibilities)?
It’s hard to turn on the radio or pick up an ad about a cancer center without reading something about patient navigation. There has been an explosion of oncology nurse navigator positions in the past year or so, and that number is growing even more. Perhaps you are a new nurse navigator and are part of these statistics.
Seventy percent of patients completing her acute treatment (surgery, chemo, and radiation) will be candidates for taking hormonal therapy. All too often, patients are not well informed, however, about the purpose of this pill to be taken once a day for 5 years or more, nor do they realize its level of importance.
The Nurse Navigator's Role in Preventing Medical Legal Issues Associated with Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Part 2
This article continues our discussion of issues that can result in a medical malpractice case regarding breast cancer. Though not an exhaustive list, it summarizes (when combined with part 1) the most common reasons why a breast cancer patient or family member on behalf of the patient would pursue legal action against a provider.
The Nurse Navigator's Role in Preventing Medical Legal Issues Associated with Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment: Part 1
In case you are not aware, the most common medical malpractice issue medical providers deal with today relates to breast cancer care—specifically, misdiagnosis, delay in diagnosis, and/or failure to follow standard of care. So it is probably not a surprise that the nation has a shortage of breast imaging radiologists and soon will be facing a shortage of breast oncologic specialists as well.
In the late 1980s, changes were made to this method of monitoring care and utilization management (UM) was introduced. UM was the evaluation of the appropriateness, medical need, and efficiency of healthcare services, procedures, and facilities according to established criteria or guidelines and under the provisions of an applicable health benefits plan.
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