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Oncology: Inpatient Care Use


Chemotherapy and radiation to treat cancer can cause a wide variety of side effects. Patients frequently seek treatment for these side effects through the emergency department, indicating opportunity for better addressing patient needs throughout their disease course. The workgroup met from January to November 2020 and the recommendations were adopted November 2020.


Meeting Materials

Date Materials
January 7 Agenda January 7
Bree Intro Slides
Bree Process
Charter Roster Draft January 7
February 4 Agenda February 4
Minutes January 7
Charter Roster Draft
March 3 Agenda March 3
Minutes February 4 
Charter Roster Draft
Nurse Phone Support Slides
April 7 Agenda April 7
Minutes March 3
Draft Recommendations
May 5 Agenda May 5
Minutes April 7
Draft Recommendations
June 2 Agenda June 2
Minutes May 5
Draft Recommendations
COSTaRS Remote Symptom Practice Guides
July 7 Agenda July 7
Minutes June 2
Draft Recommendations
COSTaRS Call Anaylsis Template
Sample Template for Nursing Calls
August 4 Agenda August 4
Minutes July 7
Draft Recommendations
OCM-OP Core Measure Set
November 3 Agenda November 3
Minutes August 4
Draft Recommendations
Oncology Care Public Comments

Workgroup Members

Name Title Organization
Hugh Straley, MD (Chair) Chair Bree Collaborative
Sibel Blau, MD Oncologist Northwest Medical Specialties
Andra Davis, PhD, MN, BSN Assistant Professor, Vancouver Washington State University
Gurpreet Dhillon, MBA Director, Hospice, Palliative Care and PeaceHealth St. Joseph Cancer Center Service Lines PeaceHealth
Stefanie Hafermann, DNP, BSN, RN, PHN Director of Program Development Regence
Blair Irwin, MD, MBA Oncologist Multicare Regional Cancer Center
Barb Jensen, RN, BSN, MBA Director of Oncology and Palliative Care Skagit Regional Health
Sasha Joseph, MD Medical Director of Medical Oncology Multicare
Laura Panattoni, PhD Staff Scientist Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research
Camille Puronen, MD Oncologist Kaiser Permanente Washington
Nancy Thompson, RN, MS, AOCNS Director, Quality & Clinical Practice Swedish Cancer Institute