Oncology Practice Management seeks to offer process solutions for all members of the cancer care team—medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists, as well as executives, administrators, and coders/billers. It is our hope that the information contained within these pages will assist our readers with the skills needed to master the ever-changing business of oncology in order to continue to provide the high-quality care cancer patients deserve. It is my hope that this series will instill a feeling of hope in our readers, as we highlight the positive changes oncology professionals are making to position themselves for success in the current oncology healthcare marketplace.
Each issue will concentrate on one area of oncology practice, showing you ways to manage your business as efficiently as possible. With this inaugural issue, we focus on the collaborations and affiliations that can move us forward. Collaboration requires us to work with others for mutual benefit, be it another practice, a hospital, or your payers. In each situation, you will need to understand your options and properly prepare for the negotiations. As our case study illustrates, successful collaboration can bring challenges but offers many rewards. Future issues will delve into implementing technology, such as electronic health records, and regulatory processes, such as risk evaluation and mitigation strategies. Along with the editorial board and staff, I am excited to bring you Oncology Practice Management. We look forward to your feedback.