Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research



HICOR is working on the following two initiatives to open dialogues and create a sustainable cancer care infrastructure.

Value in Cancer Care Initiative

HICOR, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and a coalition of provider groups, health insurers, and businesses are jointly launching a statewide Value in Cancer Care Initiative. The objective of this initiative is to open a regional dialogue aimed at identifying a working definition of value in oncology. Using that definition, participating stakeholders will develop consensus around 3-5 clinically-actionable metrics that signify high quality cancer care and represent shared goals for our region from a variety of perspectives.

We realize that this effort is being launched in the context of a number of national health care quality initiatives, including the ASCO Quality Oncology Practice Initiative, ASCOLinQ, and CMS quality reporting standards. The rationale for convening a state-based effort is to ensure that our initial quality reporting efforts focus on indicators that are acceptable to a wide range of stakeholders, meaningful for the region, feasible and efficient to collect, and actionable.

Learn more about the Value in Cancer Care Summit.

For more information about this program, contact Karma Kreizenbeck or (206) 667-2883.

ASCO Choosing Wisely Implementation Initiative

Creating a sustainable cancer care infrastructure will require new thinking by all stakeholders including health insurers, delivery systems, providers and patients. The American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) have launched a campaign - Choosing Wisely - aimed at reducing the use of frequently ordered and costly interventions that lack evidence supporting their use or value in clinical cancer care. Although there was strong consensus among nationally recognized key opinion leaders and organizations representing providers on the interventions targeted in Choosing Wisely, there is no specific plan for implementing these recommendations.

HICOR is developing a program to address this gap between policy recommendations and implementation. For the flagship project, sponsored by Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, HICOR will evaluate existing patterns of use, prioritize possible research/quality improvement programs, and design an experiment to implement and monitor the program within SCCA and affiliated provider groups.

ASCO Choosing Wisely Implementation Initiative partnerships are available to regional cancer care delivery systems and payer groups.

For more information about this program, contact Karma Kreizenbeck or (206) 667-2883.

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