Value of Time Savings for Patients and Healthcare Providers of Breast Cancer Therapy

That is the title of my recent paper in Advances in Therapy along with co-authors Christian Jackisch, Federico Manevy, Suzanne Frank, and Nicki Roberts. This is a case study of the fixed-dose combination therapy of pertuzumab and trastuzumab as a subcutaneous injection compared to previous treatments which were administered via infusion. The abstract is below.…

Did the Oncology Care Model produce cost savings?

The answer is ‘yes’, but the magnitude of these savings are relatively small and more than offset by additional OCM program costs. Keating et al. (2021) writes: In this exploratory difference-in-differences study of Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with cancer undergoing chemotherapy (483 310 beneficiaries with 987 332 episodes treated at 201 OCM participating practices and 557 354 beneficiaries with…

Goal Attainment Scaling

What outcomes should be used to measure if a medicine is a “good” medicine? Improved survival? Improved ability to function? Few side effects? Ability to get back to work? Living to attend your daughter’s wedding? All of the above? Oftentimes, health economists measure value of a treatment for the average person. Preferences for efficacy, safety,…