An in-depth analysis of how supportive care can reduce hospital costs of cancer patients.
As healthcare continues the shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, health providers have begun to reimagine the patient experience and are exploring new methods of treatment to reduce costs and improve patient satisfaction. Working with Maple Tree Cancer Alliance, we took part in a study to determine the effectiveness of supportive care for cancer patients.
Through our combined partnership with the Greater Dayton Area Hospital Association (GDAHA), Premier Health, and Kettering Health Network, we have access to over 15 million patient encounters.
Leveraging GDAHA hospital data and Maple Tree’s supportive care enrollment data, we created an interconnected study dataset capturing a year’s worth of hospital encounters for 147 patients.
For this study, our goal was to show an improvement in quality measures while showing a decrease in hospital costs. To achieve this, we focused on four primary measures for each patient: number of hospital encounters, readmissions, total charges, and length of stay
Following the study, our results revealed a decrease in each of our measurable outcomes. Most notably, readmission rates dropped by 47%, and the average cost per patient decreased by 28%.
Maple Tree Cancer Alliance®, founded by Dr. Karen Wonders, is currently operating in eight hospitals serving Ohio and Pennsylvania. The organization is providing supportive care services to improve the quality of life for patients receiving cancer treatment. Through exercise programs and nutritional guidance, Maple Tree helps relieves some of the side effects related to various types of cancer treatment. This study, funded by the Gala of Hope, sought to objectively validate the effectiveness of these programs and services.