A Cancer Coalition Goes Courting

THEY COULD BE THE DINOsaurs of health care. Big academic medical centers, with their hefty research budgets and spendthrift ways, seem like candidates for extinction in an era of cost-conscious managed care. Hence the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a consortium announced on Jan. 31 by 13 cancer-treatment centers. The NCCN will pitch itself to large employers and insurers as a coordinated cancer-care system with national coverage. So far, Tenneco, General Electric, and AT&T show interest.

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