Insurers Push to Rein In Spending on Cancer Care
With Costs in Mind, WellPoint Guidelines Aim for 'Best Drugs, Best Protocols'
By Anna Wilde Mathews
May 27, 2014 3:51 p.m. ET
Insurers are changing how they pay for cancer care, aiming to blunt soaring costs and push oncologists to adhere to standardized treatment guidelines.
The largest effort yet is set to be unveiled by WellPoint Inc., which will begin offering oncologists a $350-per-month payment for each patient who is on one of the insurer's recommended regimens. WellPoint, the No. 2 insurer in the U.S., will roll out its new program July 1 in six states and through its entire network by the middle of next year. Initially, it will focus on... Read the full article here »