The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center and UnitedHealthcare have launched a pilot to explore a new bundled payment model for head and neck cancers that focuses on quality patient care and outcomes.

MD Anderson officials said the collaboration is among the first using bundled payments in a large, comprehensive cancer center. The three-year pilot will be conducted in MD Anderson’s Head and Neck Center for up to 150 patients newly diagnosed with cancers of the salivary glands, oral cavity (including the mouth, lips, tongue, soft palate), throat and larynx, and who are enrolled in certain employer-sponsored benefit plans insured or administered by UnitedHealthcare.

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