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Jul 22, 2019
It was challenging to counsel a patient who responded to his cancer diagnosis by having affairs.
Jul 19, 2019
Dr. Zuhir Bodalal wanted to be able to offer chances to patients who would otherwise be out of options, so he needed to find a way to bridge different worlds.
Jul 11, 2019
Consensus among a multidisciplinary team may not be easy, but it is, ultimately, the goal. That, in and of itself, is the definition of quality care.
Jul 08, 2019
How does a group of talented, busy surgeons find the time to change their surgical paradigm? Dr. Nabil P. Rizk and I had an enlightening conversation about cost, value, quality of care, and process improvement.
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John Vernon Cox, DO, FASCO

John V. Cox, DO, FACP, FASCO, MBA, recently joined the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center/Parkland Health System. He is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Oncology Practice, Immediate Past Chair of ASCO's Cancer Education Committee, and serves on the Leadership Development Working Group and Ethics Committee. Dr. Cox is interested in new models/structures of care delivery.

Jan 15, 2013
The Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) is in its eighth year of publication and has remained focused on presenting data-oriented articles highlighting issues related to the mechanisms of oncology care delivery.
Jul 28, 2011
You just received your July issue of JOP. This is the Journal's first thematic issue addressing electronic health records (EHRs). It is long overdue. Three manuscripts in the issue set up the legislative and regulatory underpinning related to the topic....
Apr 06, 2011
What is old, is new again. Off-label use of oncology drugs is common; and has long been the focus of controversy. Payers are often confused by the broad use of a therapeutic across seemingly unrelated diagnoses. They look to the FDA label for guidance on the specific use of a drug. Yet the FDA-...
Sep 11, 2010
Modern business principles have convinced jillions of us that the road to quality improvement lies in managing processes within our practice/business. Certainly medicine and policy makers have taken this to heart, developing multiple ‘measures’ that focus on the processes of care. CMS’s PQRI...
Jun 30, 2010
As I highlighted in the May editor’s desk column -- a colleague noted that in traveling the country, she had found oncologists often voiced feelings of being victimized by the ‘system’. They were tired, overburdened by the moment, and struggling with market forces in their locales, whether...
Apr 16, 2010
I ran across a post on a healthcare blog that I would encourage folk to read. Jann Sidorov writes about the predicted death of small practices. I love his analogy to an...

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