HealthPartners collaborates with Oncology Analytics to support high-cost cancer treatment
Provides consultation from board-certified hematologists/oncologists
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Following a successful pilot program this spring, HealthPartners is implementing Oncology Analytics Benefits Management Consulting Services for members in HealthPartners fully and self-insured plans. Oncology Analytics will use its utilization management platform and board-certified oncologists to ensure that high-cost cancer drugs are the most effective, safe and affordable option. If a better treatment plan is available, board-certified specialists from Oncology Analytics will call a patient’s doctor to discuss the alternatives.
During the pilot program, 80 percent of the cases reviewed by Oncology Analytics confirmed that the treatments prescribed were the most effective, safe and affordable solutions. In most of the remaining cases, a consult between the patient’s physician and an Oncology Analytics’ board-certified specialist resulted in a treatment change. As a result, patient care was based on the most up-to-date clinical research and helped lower treatment costs.
“This partnership brings focused oncology expertise to our prior authorization process,” said Scott Schnuckle, HealthPartners Senior Vice President Pharmacy and Business Development. “By offering this service, oncologists can consult with their peers and nationally recognized experts to confirm that they are providing the best care and value for their patients.”
“We are honored to partner with one of the country’s leading health care organizations,” said Rick Dean, Oncology Analytics CEO. “This is a great example of how we can help health plans collaborate and support physicians to provide the best care and the best value.”
Founded in 1957, the HealthPartners family of health care companies serves more than one million medical and dental health plan members nationwide. It is the largest consumer-governed, nonprofit health care organization in the nation, providing care, coverage, research and education to improve the health of members, patients and the community.
About Oncology Analytics
Oncology Analytics, Inc. provides health plans with an evidence-based, technology driven approach to utilization management, which is purpose built for oncology.
Used by physicians to support over 2.5 million health plan members in the US and Puerto Rico, the Oncology Analytics e-Prior Authorization platform is updated daily to accurately reflect more than 6,000 oncology treatment protocols for anti-cancer treatment across all cancer types and stages, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy, precision medicine, targeted therapy and supportive care. For more information, please visit oncologyanalytics.com.