Bundled payments lowered cost of cancer treatment in 3-year UnitedHealth study

July 9, 2014 4:46 PM

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Bundled payments lowered cost of cancer treatment in 3-year UnitedHealth study

(Reuters) - An experiment changing how U.S. cancer doctors are compensated cut healthcare costs by a third, with no discernible decline in patient health, according to a three-year study by insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc and five medical oncology groups.

Cancer treatment is one of the most expensive and fastest growing categories of care in the United States. Oncologists and insurers have been devising new incentives for doctors to improve patient care while lowering costs.

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