NCCN Policy Summit: Innovative Solutions to Drive Down Healthcare Costs: Implications for Access to High-Quality Cancer Care

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  • 1 National Comprehensive Cancer Network, Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania;
  • | 2 Biotechnology Innovation Organization, Washington, DC;
  • | 3 Community Oncology Alliance, Washington, DC; and
  • | 4 Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York.

The cost of delivering high-quality healthcare in America now consumes 17.7% of the nation’s gross domestic product according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services National Health Expenditure Data. With costs threatening to disrupt accessible and equitable care for patients, policymakers are reassessing all matters and functions of the healthcare system to excise waste, redundancies, and costly services. To explore this subjects’ impact on oncology, NCCN hosted the NCCN Policy Summit: Innovative Solutions to Drive Down Healthcare Costs: Implications for Access to High Quality Cancer Care. This virtual summit featured multidisciplinary panel discussions and keynote addresses. Seeking to address barriers to low-cost, high-quality cancer care, panelists and keynotes presented innovative policy solutions to sustain high-quality oncologic care at lower costs to the health system. This article encapsulates the discussions held during the summit and expounds upon salient points where appropriate.

Submitted February 19, 2021; final revision received July 26, 2021; accepted for publication July 27, 2021.

Disclosures: The authors have disclosed that they have not received any financial considerations from any person or organization to support the preparation, analysis, results, or discussion of this article.

Correspondence: Terrell Johnson, MPA, National Comprehensive Cancer Network, 3025 Chemical Drive, Suite 100, Plymouth Meeting, PA 19462. Email: TJohnson@nccn.org
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