Balanced Diagnostic Testing and Treatment Options Ensure Value in Oncology Care
Middletown, N.Y. – August 26, 2015 – Oncologist at Crystal Run Healthcare, G. Varuni Kondagunta, MD was recently recognized in the American Journal of Managed Care for her article, titled “Balancing Innovation With Cost in Diagnostic Care”. The article outlined the challenges of determining “value” in the face of rising costs of oncology treatment. Additionally, it discussed real world examples of maintaining quality of care by following nationally accepted treatment guidelines, and concurrently achieving value in oncology.
The oncology division at Crystal Run Healthcare was among the first sixteen community cancer care practices in the country to be certified by ASCO through their Quality Oncology Practice Imitative. Crystal Run Healthcare Providers have worked on variation reduction programs in oncology and have established that pathways in oncology patient management result in high-quality, cost-effective care.
“Value based care is an important part of oncology, especially as a medical sub-specialty with high costs. Maintaining quality and achieving value is a balance we must all consider for our patients,” said Dr. Kondagunta, Oncologist and Hematologist at Crystal Run Healthcare.