PracticeNET Benefits Oncology Practices Through Big Data Collection

PracticeNET Benefits Oncology Practices Through Big Data Collection

Every oncology practice aims to deliver high-quality, high-value care for patients living with cancer. However, the demands of managing a modern health care office can sometimes become overwhelming.

The business of health care is undergoing a critical transition from fee-for-service to payment for value. Practices work alone and frequently struggle in isolation with managing their productivity, staffing, and new reimbursement models.

ASCO’s PracticeNET initiative is here to help.

PracticeNET is an initiative from ASCO’s newly-formed Clinical Affairs Department that provides tools and services to facilitate innovation in cancer care delivery and to respond to growing economic and administrative challenges. The PracticeNET program allows practices to submit data for trend analysis that is used to produce reports benefiting individual practice needs.

Under the program, practices submit business, operational, administrative, and quality data on a monthly basis to the Clinical Affairs Department from each individual institution’s practice management system. The Clinical Affairs Department then analyzes the information to produce quarterly reports measuring the practice and individual physicians against the database of PracticeNET participants. Institutions will also receive an annual “state of your practice” assessment on key production and cost measurements.

All data submitted for PracticeNET are business and operational information, not clinical. No patient information is collected for this program. Data summaries and reports are shared only in an aggregated form and in a manner that never identifies the practice or any individual physician.

Multiple practices have signed up for PracticeNET since it was launched last May. The program will incorporate various practices from around the country, ranging from larger academic research centers and hospitals to smaller community and physician practices.

The first practices taking part in PracticeNET met at ASCO headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, this March to discuss data shared from the first Survey of Oncology Practice Operations. Practice representatives also shared collaborative information on the latest assessments, reporting, trends, and patterns they discovered during the process.

In addition to quarterly electronic reports analyzing practice characteristics, ASCO will hold two face-to-face meetings each year where data results will be shared and discussed. These meetings are a valuable tool for practices to get the most out of their participation and to learn with and from their peer institutions.

All data shared under PracticeNET are kept under strict confidence and managed with appropriate safeguards. ASCO will not use a practice’s data for any purposes other than the PracticeNET program.

Admission to the PracticeNET program is conducted on a continuing basis, with no deadlines to sign up. Registration for the first year of participation in PracticeNET is completely free in order to give intuitions a chance to experience the benefits of the program before committing long-term.

For more information about the program, or to sign up for its services, email us in order to schedule a phone call with the Clinical Affairs Department. More information can also be found online.

--- Jack Lambert