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NCCN and Health Information Technology Spotlight

Christine MacCracken, MSHEd, BSN, Senior Director, Business Insights, Editor-in-Chief

The NCCN eBulletin editorial staff is pleased to continue our HIT Spotlight series to provide an overview of current official NCCN Licensees for use of NCCN Content in Health Information Technology (HIT), such as the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®), the NCCN Drugs & Biologics Compendium (NCCN Compendium®), the NCCN Biomarkers Compendium™, the NCCN Chemotherapy Order Templates (NCCN Templates®), and the NCCN Guidelines for Patients®. NCCN works with organizations through permissions and licensing arrangements to permit the use of NCCN Content in commercial products.

This week, we are highlighting NCCN Licensees that utilize the NCCN Guidelines® and the NCCN Compendium® as references.

CareCore National, LLC ( provides evidence-based healthcare solutions that improve quality of care. With solutions that address a wide array of healthcare services including radiology, cardiology, medical oncology, radiation oncology, sleep apnea, musculoskeletal care and lab services, CareCore National touches the lives of over 45 million individually insured lives across commercial, Medicare Advantage and Managed Medicaid health plans, accountable care organizations and self-insured employers. All solutions utilize the most advanced and innovative technologies in healthcare supported by partnerships with Cisco, VMWare, EMC2 and GemFire combined with clinical expertise from academic and community physicians from across the country.

Hines and Associates, an independent URAC accredited organization, has been providing best in class medical management for over 25 years. Services include utilization management, disease management, and specialty case management for employer groups, TPAs, Welfare Funds, brokers, consultants, MGUs and carriers. Our oncology team consists of actively practicing oncologists, radiation oncologists, interventional radiologists, medical social workers, certified dietitians, and nurses with clinical expertise in adult or pediatric oncology for solid organ or hematologic malignancies. Being independent of providers, networks, or payers assures that Hines has no conflict of interest when supporting quality, best practice oncology care.

INTERLINK owns and operates Centers of Excellence networks used by health plans all across the nation. Our CancerCARE program promotes National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) Member Institutions in our CancerCOE Network and provides clients with model benefit language which ties benefit reimbursement to NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) compliance. INTERLINK Care Management is an official NCCN® licensee which enables our clients to incorporate our CancerCARE benefit language into the plan Summary of Benefits. Few plan documents have cancer specific instructions for members, so CancerCARE provides benefit language, monitors NCCN Guidelines® compliance, and promotes access to CancerCOE Centers for complicated care. CancerCARE monitors all plan cancer care through its Triage Center, which provides early detection and distribution of evidence-based treatment guidelines. CancerCARE benefit language is required to access this program. This program uses our CancerCOE, TransplantCOE and Pathology/DiagnositicCOE networks.

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