To reduce unplanned inpatient admissions of UNC Cancer Hospital patients receiving outpatient radiation by improving outpatient monitoring and management of acute toxicities.
Unplanned hospital admissions comprise an estimated $12 to 17 billion in potentially preventable annual health care costs. Multimodality cancer treatment with surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy often causes acute toxicities leading to unplanned hospital admissions. At UNC Cancer Hospital, ≈ 20% of cancer patients receiving outpatient radiation (+/-chemotherapy) experience an unplanned hospital admission.
Bhisham Chera, MD
July 2014 - June 2015