The patient education event coincides with the start of the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium and will explore important topics affecting patient access to the latest medical innovations.
Mark your calendar as this event is open to the public. We will be live tweeting this event and it will be available on YouTube immediately following the event. We hope to see you there or join us online!
Topics will include:
Alternative Payment Models: How can we ensure these tools are not only reasonable and accessible but dynamic and adaptable to ever-changing conditions? The economics of healthcare can be as complex and multi-faceted as the science of health care, and if these models are not up-to-date and keeping pace, innovation will be blocked from its rightful place at the forefront of delivering both true value and the best care to the patients who need it.
Value-Based Partnerships: How can we drive value and outcomes in oncology in the best interest of the patient? What are the current methods for assessing the value in oncology? How do we balance resource management and precision medicine? Patients need all the stakeholders to collaborate honestly and openly on solutions so that they can have the access to innovative treatments.
Oncology Care Models: The emergence of a new and innovative approach holds the possibility of an organizational breakthrough in the care model concept. We will specifically discuss the Oncology Care Model, which was designed by the Innovation Center of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. We will explore the best ways this reform can help patients and caregivers, as well as the challenges that remain in its implementation and integration.
The Voice of Value: Patients, Precision and Reinventing Health Economics: The lifesaving breakthroughs of precision medicine are too often accompanied by a curious bottleneck of treatment denials from restrictive formularies, clinical pathways, and value frameworks. We know getting the right patient the right treatment at the right time is a foremost mission of the health care system – It is now time to rethink health economics, and unleash new approaches to enhance patient value and medical access.
Sheila DeLeon was just beginning a new job in Austin, Texas when she found a lump in her breast. A co-worker convinced her to take the time to have it checked.
After learning the lump was cancerous, Sheila began her battle for breast cancer survivorship with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation.
At age 45, Marjorie detected a lump during a self-breast exam and was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma. She elected to have a bilateral mastectomy without reconstruction and underwent four rounds of Adriamycin/Cytoxan and four rounds of Taxol. As a Senior Certified Patient Navigator at the Breast Cancer Resource Center, Marjorie provides support, information and guidance to patients and caregivers regarding breast cancer and treatment. Marjorie has served on the President’s Elite Council for the National Patient Advocate Foundation and was a Stakeholder Reviewer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute.
Ayanna Castro Clark is the Director of Contract Management for the Western Behavioral Health Network (WBHN). WBHN includes six community health centers in the West Texas area that provide mental health, early childhood intervention, substance use disorder, and services for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Her role includes but is not limited to advocating for WBHN centers in navigating and negotiating contracts with managed care organizations, and keeping centers abreast of State and Federal health policy initiatives such as those aimed at improving the quality of care for patients in Texas.
Merrill Matthews, Ph.D., is a resident scholar with the Institute for Policy Innovation, a research-based, public policy “think tank.” He is a health policy expert and contributor at Forbes.com. He also serves on the Texas Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
Dr. Matthews is a past president of the Health Economics Roundtable for the National Association for Business Economics, the largest trade association of business economists. Dr. Matthews also served for 10 years as the medical ethicist for the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s Institutional Review Board for Human Experimentation, and has contributed chapters to several books, including Physician Assisted Suicide: Expanding the Debate and The 21st Century Health Care Leader and, in 2009, Stop Paying the Crooks (on Medicare fraud).
He has been published in numerous journals and newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, Barron’s, USA Today, Forbes magazine and the Washington Times. He was an award-winning political analyst for the USA Radio Network.
Dr. Matthews received his Ph.D. in Humanities from the University of Texas at Dallas
Donna R. Cryer, JD, has channeled her personal experience as an IBD and liver transplant patient into professional advocacy as president and chief executive officer of the Global Liver Institute, the innovation and collaboration platform for the liver community.
For almost a decade Mrs. Cryer led CryerHealth, a healthcare consulting firm she founded, providing strategic counsel to top biopharmaceutical companies, patient advocacy organizations, and emerging technology firms on patient engagement in health information technology, drug discovery, and clinical decision making. She is a frequent speaker on the topic of patient-centeredness and patient engagement in healthcare transformation.
Stacey Gualandi’s career began with her first big “scoop” out of college: picking up horse manure on a movie set. That eventually led to a career in Hollywood as a host/producer/reporter for shows like EXTRA, American Journal, Inside Edition and Hallmark Channel. A live breaking news story earned her an Emmy in Las Vegas. She’s a freelance producer for several TV shows; DLXVRSN Magazine Contributing Editor; Lifescript correspondent and a host of The Women’s Eye Radio Show podcast.
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