$50,000 cost reduction for colon cancer patients?

US Oncology today announced the publication of a study that highlights the savings potential for cancer patients when their treatment is consistent with evidence-based guidelines. Here is an excerpt:

 A study conducted by The US Oncology Network and Milliman finds that colon cancer treatment that is consistent with evidence-based guidelines (specifically Level I Pathways) has significantly lower cost while demonstrating outcomes similar to those in published literature. The study shows mean per patient cost differences of more than 30 percent, $53,000 for the treatment of adjuvant colon cancer and $60,000 for the treatment of metastatic colon cancer. The study, which compared patients whose care followed physician-developed Level I Pathways evidence-based guidelines (also known as ‘on pathway’) to other patients (‘off pathway’), was published in a special joint peer-reviewed issue of the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) and the American Journal of Managed Care (AJMC).

The full announcement is available here.