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Bundled Payments Come to Cancer Care
Health Leaders Media

When UnitedHealthcare first met two years ago with five oncology medical groups that volunteered to participate in a bundled payment program designed to reduce costs for cancer care, there was definitely uncertainty, but “nobody came into this kicking and screaming,” says Lee Newcomer, MD, an oncologist and vice president of oncology for UnitedHealthcare, a Minnetonka, Minn.-based health benefits company with 2012 revenues (through September 30) of nearly $77 billion and earnings from operations exceeding $6 billion.