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COA Annual Meeting 2019

April 03, 2019

The Community Oncology Alliance (COA) annual meeting was held April 4-5 in Orlando, FL. This year's focus was on ensuring quality, affordable, and accessible cancer care.

Journal of Clinical Pathways was onsite to provide coverage of the most relevant and important sessions of the meeting.

Step Therapy, Pathways, and Innovative Collaboration: A Conversation with Lee Schwartzberg

Lee Schwartzberg, MD, FACP, covers a range of topics, including a session he led at the COA Annual Meeting involving the “misguided” practice of step therapy, clinical pathways as a conduit for decreased resource utilization, and his involvement with OneOncology. 

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OneOncology Leads Community Practices in Innovation, Pathway Development

Tracy L Bahl, Jeff Vacirca, MD, FACP, and Robin Shah—three of the leaders of OneOncology, a new partnership of independent community oncology practices—provide the details of what makes OneOncology different than other leading community practice collaborations as well as how it is built to withstand hospital consolidation. 

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Engaging Experts: Artificial Intelligence Utility in a Community Oncology Practice

Ray Page, DO, PhD, discusses an artificial intelligence pilot study, conducted at The Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, to make a positive impact on patient care and decrease inefficiencies in care administration. 

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Artificial Intelligence Pilots in Community Oncology Yield Promising Results

The opening session at the COA annual meeting featured a detailed conversation about artificial intelligence use in community oncology practices along with some of the perceptions and challenges of physician buy-in. 

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Understanding Clinical Trials in the Community Oncology Setting

A session at the COA annual meeting stressed the importance of oncology clinical trials in the community setting and the efforts going on behind the scenes. 

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