UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center Magazine Fall 2015 - Page 11

clinical update By BEENA THANNICK AL 18 U A B UAB Study Shows Dramatic Cost Savings for Cancer Patients C O M P R E H E N S I V E C A N C E R C E N T E R UAB recently presented an observational study at this year’s annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago that indicates a more rapid decline in Medicare costs and patient resource utilization during implementation of a lay navigation program. In 2012, the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center created the Patient Care Connect Program, a lay patient navigation initiative with the support of a $15-million Health Care Innovation Challenge Grant Award from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation with the aim of achieving better health and better health care at a lower cost. Based on the premise that coordinated cancer management leads to decreased overall cost, the Patient Care Connect Program is designe BF