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Impacting Policy and Payment

Anand ShahAnand Shah, MD, MPH, of Columbia University, recently concluded his study titled "Economic Evaluation of SBRT versus Surgery for Stage I NSCLC."

In this ROI-funded grant, Dr. Shah:

  • Developed novel episode-based Medicare payment definitions for SBRT to treat stage I NSCLC.
  • Used the novel episode-based Medicare payment definitions to evaluate cost-effectiveness in academic and non-academic care settings.
  • Gained methodological expertise that will contribute to payment reform efforts in radiation oncology and can be used in future efforts to formulate value-based, integrated oncology payment models.

A manuscript about the payment model is being prepared for submission to a peer-reviewed publication in fall 2016 and follow-on funding for related studies is being pursued by some of Dr. Shah’s colleagues.

Learn more about additional research that ROI is funding on the Comparative Value of Radiation Therapy