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Oncology (Williston Park). 1995 Nov;9(11 Suppl):185-9.

Current issues in oncology reimbursement.

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Clinical Practice Committee, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Alexandria, Virginia, USA.


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 oncologists, including coverage of off-label drug uses, reimbursement for drugs used in clinical trials and for costs of care for patients in trials, the effect of DRGs on the introduction of new technologies, attempts by Medicare to develop a fixed-price payment system for hospital outpatient department services, new methodologies for determining fee schedules for physician services, bundling versus separate payments for chemotherapy administration, and whether payments for drugs administered by physicians should be based on the average whole-sale price (AWP) or some other methodology.

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