Wednesday, August 22, 2018 12:22 PM

LOW RISK PROSTATE CANCER IMAGING MORE COMMON OUTSIDE OF VA HOSPITALS - MEDICALRESEARCH.COM (BLOG)

MedicalResearch.com Interview with:

Dr. Makarov

Danil V.Makarov,MD, MHSDepartment of Urology andDepartment of Population HealthNew York University Langone School of MedicineVA New York Harbor Healthcare System,Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public ServiceCancer Institute, New York University School of Medicine, New York

MedicalResearch.com: What is the background for this study? What are the main findings?

Response: Reducing prostate cancer staging imaging for men with low-risk disease is an important national priority to improve widespread guideline-concordant practice, as determined by the National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines. It appears that prostate cancer imaging rates vary by several factors, including health care setting. Within Veterans Health Administration (VHA), physicians receive no financial incentive to provide more services. Outside VHA, the fee-for-service model used in Medicare may encourage provision of more healthcare services due to direct physician reimbursement.

In our study, we compared these health systems by investigating the association between prostate cancer imaging rates and a VA vs fee-for-service health care setting. We used novel methods to directly compare Veterans, Medicare Recipients, and Veterans that chose to receive care from both the VA at private facilities using Medicare insurance through the Choice Act with regard to rates of guideline-discordant imaging for prostate cancer.

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