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Interview with Navigating Cancer CEO Bill Bunker

May 6th, 2021 by

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Bill Bunker, Navigating Cancer CEO

Cancer is tough on patients and families. And while a whole array of physicians, health plans and pharma companies are poised to help, it’s a challenge to bring everyone together. Navigating Cancer focuses on enabling the best care for patients, with a particular emphasis on the 95+ percent of the time that they’re not in the office.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Navigating Cancer CEO Bill Bunker describes how the company is leveraging workflow, data and mobile to improve the care experience. We also discuss the promise of value based care for cancer and the challenge of medication adherence for oral oncolytics.

In his spare time, Bill’s been reading books such as When All is Said by Anne Griffin and Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, which he describes as a messy and chaotic read –but worth the effort.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Urgent care clinics just for cancer patients

May 2nd, 2017 by

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It’s tough being a cancer patient. The illness is serious and sometimes fatal, treatments can have serious side effects, and the fatigue and stress can be overwhelming. It gets worse when patients end up in the emergency room where they are exposed to people who may be contagious and encounter medical staff who may not know how to address the special needs of an oncology patient.

So I was heartened to read about urgent care centers specifically for cancer patients. Centers like the one at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas cater to the requirements of cancer patients. They provide same-day appointments, are open early and late, and coordinate with the rest of the patient’s oncology care givers. It’s a good example of patient-centered care.

Of course there are some strong economic incentives as well (hospitals aren’t doing this for their health, so to speak). Cancer patients are lucrative for hospitals –that’s one reason you hear so much advertising for cancer care. And hospitals are wise to treat their best customers well to encourage loyalty. In the value-based care era, we can also expect pressure for hospitals to improve outcomes, control costs and improve the patient experience of care. Urgent care cancer centers contribute to addressing all these goals.

It does raise the question of why only cancer patients get their own urgent care while the rest of the population has to put up with all the challenges and downsides of the regular healthcare system. Perhaps other parts of the healthcare system can learn from these urgent care centers and emulate them more broadly.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.