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Head and Neck Cancer Cost Analysis Yields Simple Bundled Payment Model

Key clinical point: Analysis led to development of a simple yet clinically robust bundled payment model for head and neck cancer based solely on treatment types.

Major finding: Treatment cost was the main driver in the analysis, leading to a three-tiered model in which single-modality treatment was least costly, followed by bimodality therapy and trimodality therapy.

Study details: An analysis of factors driving cost among 150 patients with stage 0 to IVA head and neck cancer.

Disclosures: Study coauthors provided disclosures related to AstraZeneca, Blue Earth Diagnostics, Merck, Varian Medical Systems, UpToDate, Gerson Lehrman Group, Osler, AlignRT, Chrysalis Biotherapeutics, and others.


Tom MC et al. J Oncol Pract. 2019 Apr 22. doi: 10.1200/JOP.18.00665.