Over the past 15 years, dramatic shifts in oncology care have had a transformative impact on community-based oncology practices. To better understand the impact of these changes and the evolving state of community oncology, Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions conducted research with more than 160 oncologists nationwide and reported the findings in the latest edition of Oncology Insights, an ongoing series of research reports designed to help physicians, pharmaceutical manufacturers and healthcare stakeholders understand trends impacting specialty medicine.
The fourth edition of the report, published in conjunction with the 60th annual American Society of Hematology (ASH) meeting in December 2018, featured perspectives and insights on three inter-related issues shaping the state of oncology care today:
- Increasing use of nurse practitioners and physician assistants – known collectively as advanced practice providers (APPs) – in oncology and how these roles are likely to change in the future
- Levels of stress and anxiety among oncologists at work and the factors that trigger stress
- Oncologists’ current perceptions of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) and how attitudes have changed over the past 18 months
Some of the key findings and the implications for oncology practices are outlined below.