Quantum Health Announces New Clinical Advisory Board to Expand Existing Cancer Care Member Journey Experience and Support
Quantum Health, the industry’s leading healthcare navigation and care coordination company, announced the formation of their new clinical advisory board. The board will initially focus on expanding Quantum Health’s industry-leading oncology care member journey experience to provide employers with new holistic cancer care benefits support for employees and their families dealing with the growing clinical, emotional and financial impact caused by a cancer diagnosis. Quantum Health will expand its ability to support members through their entire cancer care journey, including finding high-quality cancer care at leading cancer centers, accessing top-rated oncology providers and researchers, identifying clinical trial options in their geographic location, and financial impact and behavioral health support.
Cancer is a leading cause of death worldwide, and the cost and quality of cancer care are becoming major concerns for employers, particularly now, as companies brace to manage a potential wave of new cancer diagnoses, given delayed screenings during the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2023 Business Group on Health Large Employer Survey found that cancer has overtaken musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions as the top cost driver, and 83% of employers indicate that cancer is among the top three conditions that drive their healthcare costs and trend. An additional study released last year by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) found that the cancer-related economic burden to patients had reached over $20 billion nationally and accounted for 10% to 12% of employers’ total health spend, and they expect to see that figure reach 25% or more by 2025.
Given the unique and complex challenges of cancer diagnoses on members and the potential wave of increased cancer cases employers anticipate managing, the new Quantum Health Clinical Advisory Board will look to rapidly provide a deeper level of subject-matter expertise focused on the most challenging health conditions to guide the company in the development of new and innovative clinical solutions to better support clients and members. This team of experts will apply additional best-in-class medical perspectives, test strategic thinking, and advise on clinical care initiatives that will extend the company’s navigation and care coordination programs and empower employers to offer even more comprehensive, high-quality personalized support services for their employees undergoing challenging healthcare journeys.
“Quantum Health has developed a leading cancer care offering for our members and their families – but we can and will do more. Our vision for the Quantum Health Clinical Advisory Board is to diversify the thinking and expand our clinical expertise on initiatives that will drive substantial impact to our employer clients and their members as they navigate the growing complexities of a cancer care diagnosis journey,” said Michael Sokol, M.D., M.S., Senior Vice President of Clinical Strategy for Quantum Health. “While we are initially focused on an oncology team to better serve and support our members, given the increasing prevalence of cancer and postponed screenings during the pandemic, we are also building out industry-leading clinical expertise in other complex clinical care journeys like musculoskeletal and behavioral health.”
Quantum Health currently offers a holistic range of cancer care options with clinical, emotional and financial support for members via the company’s in-house clinical team of personal care nurses and other specialists who interact directly with physicians and healthcare providers to deliver a full continuum of care. Quantum Health’s core services support members confronting cancer with Real-Time Intercept integration into best-in-class healthcare navigation and care coordination that includes expert benefits answers and guidance, direct communications between physician and oncology experts, nutrition and side-effects counseling, integrated behavioral health monitoring, access to educational and community resources, assistance with billing issues and medical appeals, and efficient service authorizations for treating physicians. Add-on options include expert cancer review (ECR) and personal precision oncology management (PPOM), which provide member access to nationally recognized oncology expertise from National Cancer Institute designated comprehensive cancer centers. With these additional care options, members benefit from breakthrough research, trials and treatments, as well as genetic or genomic testing and clinical collaboration between oncology experts and treating physicians regarding members’ most effective treatment options.
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