Oncology Value Tools- Are We Ready to Assess Value of Cancer Care?

ACPE UAN #:   0233-0000-16-014-H04-P

Release Date:  Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Expiration Date:   Wednesday, April 20, 2019

Activity Type:  Knowledge-based  

Contact Hours:   1.25

Activity Fee:  Member:  $15.00             Non-Member:  $30.00


As an accredited provider, AMCP strictly adheres to the ACPE Standards for Commercial Support and other relevant guidelines and standards to ensure the independence of continuing pharmacy education (CPE) activities.  It is AMCP’s intent that all CPE activities be independent, objective, balanced, evidence-based and free of any commercial bias.   

Target Audience: This repurposed session from the AMCP Annual Meeting 2016 is designed to provide insights and solutions for pharmacists who practice in managed care settings, to help them maintain and enhance their knowledge, skills, and abilities. 

Activity Overview

Newly approved cancer drug costs routinely exceed $10,000 per month, with the most recent combination regimen topping an average of nearly $30,000 per month. As patients, providers, payers and policymakers continue to find new ways of balancing clinical benefits, toxicity and escalating treatment costs, a number of tools have been released with different approaches to define the value of cancer drugs based on evidence. The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released an initial version of a conceptual value framework in late June 2015. In addition, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) released the first two Evidence Blocks in October 2015, comparing treatments for multiple myeloma and chronic myelogenous leukemia. There are strengths and limitations of the two different scoring systems developed by ASCO and NCCN.

This session will provide an in-depth overview of the two different tools released by ASCO and NCCN and how a managed care organization utilizes these tools in the formulary review process. 

Learning Objectives:  

  1. Describe the approach of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) value framework.
  2. Discuss how the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) incorporates Evidence Blocks into its current NCCN Guidelines.
  3. Explain the similarities and differences between the ASCO value framework and NCCN Evidence Blocks.
  4. Summarize the strengths and weaknesses of the two different scoring systems developed by ASCO and NCCN

Schedule of Educational Activity

This CPE online activity consists of a pre-recorded audio/slide presentation, a pre-test (to establish prior knowledge, not required to pass), a post-test with a score of 70% or higher, and a specific online activity evaluation. 

Faculty Relevant Financial Relationships Disclosure: AMCP asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of a continuing pharmacy education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests. If AMCP determines that a conflict of interest exists as a result of a financial relationship you have (or that your spouse/partner has), we will need to take appropriate steps to resolve the conflict of interest.

  • Jennifer T. Chang, PharmD, MPH reports having no financial relationships with any commercial interests during the past 12 months.
  • AMCP staff report no relevant financial relationships pertinent to this activity: Puneet Singh, PharmD and Ruby Singh, PharmD, BCPS. 

Method and CPE Requirements:   

Participants should claim continuing pharmacy education (CPE) credit for this online activity, only if they have not claimed credit for the live activity presented at the AMCP Annual Meeting 2016. 

CPE credit will be processed through the AMCP Learn portal and reported directly to CPE Monitor.  Please allow 24-72 hours for processing and posting in your NABP account.

To receive CPE credit for an AMCP Learn online activity you must:

  • View the entire pre-recorded audio/slide presentation.
  • Successfully complete the post-test with a score of 70% or higher (The post-test will provide feedback.)
  • Complete a specific online activity evaluation.

System Technical Requirements/Viewing Requirements: System Requirements Courses and learning activities are delivered via your Web browser and Acrobat PDF. For all activities you should have a basic comfort level using a computer and navigating the web site.  View the minimum technical and system requirements for online educational activities.

Credit Information

Activity Number Credit Amount Accreditation Period
ACPE UAN #0233-0000-16-014-H04-P 1.25 Contact Hours April 20, 2016 - April 20, 2019