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Dr. James Gajewski L. MD

Professor and Hematologist

Oregon Health & Science University

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Oregon Health & Science University

3181 S.W. Sam Jackson Park Rd

Portland, Oregon 97239

United States

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Employment History

Principal Investigator, PhD Statistician

Oregon Health & Science University

PhD Statistician

Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research


Board Member
Fox Chase Temple BMT Program

American Organ Transplant Association

Chair of the Committee
American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation



Notre Dame

University of Notre Dame


medical degree

Temple University

Web References (83 Total References)

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However, application of bundled payments is not without risk, according to James L. Gajewski, MD, professor and hematologist at Oregon Health & Science University.

"We have to have outlier clauses [with bundled payments], because our worst patients can use 10 to 100 times as many resources as the average patient," Dr. Gajewski explained. "I may have a bone marrow transplant patient with congestive heart failure, liver dysfunction, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Caring for these comorbidities alone can cause as much resource use as the pathway for the transplant."
Because of these unknowns, institutions using bundled payments often have to negotiate the existence of outlier or stop-loss clauses in order to minimize risk.
Even for patients without higher comorbidity burdens, Dr. Gajewski said that stem cell and bone marrow transplants are becoming much more complex.
"The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) would love to treat all hematologic malignancies the same and establish one fixed rate for transplant, but that's simply not possible," Dr. Gajewski said. "If a patient is undergoing an autologous transplant, immunosuppression is not required and there is less risk for infection. Resource use in this setting, then, is different than for matched sibling allogeneic transplant, which is different from resource use for a patient undergoing an unrelated donor transplant. The list goes on."
Dr. Gajewski gained experience with bundled payments at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he was involved in writing contracts for bundled payments with a now-defunct payer. At the time, they established that management of any comorbidities a patient presented to transplant with would be excluded from the bundled payment.
"We thought this was a great idea, but the practical application was much different," he said. "For example, some of the drugs used in transplant patients can cause hypertension, like cyclosporine. Well, if the patient already had hypertension, was it made worse because of cyclosporine or should it be considered a primary disease? If the patient's serum creatinine goes up because I am giving cyclosporine, but the patient also already had hypertension, how do we bill that? How do we pull out individual labs to identify as not being part of the bundled payment when there have been 20 to 30 labs performed each day for four straight days?"
Widespread use of these bundled payment models could also create access issues for patients who are sicker or less compliant with preventive health care, or the "tail end" of the bell curve, Dr. Gajewski noted. Not every provider takes care of patients representing the full bell-shaped curve, he added.
"When this model was introduced, we brought up the issue of patients who might require adjuvant chemotherapy," Dr. Gajewski said.

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James L. Gajewski (Oregon Health and Science University) Principal Investigator(s):

Lymphoma Working Committee Study: LY08-01

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James Gajewski (Oregon Health and Science University) Principal Investigator:

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Stem Cell Treatment for Leukemia Improved Transplant Technique Speeds Immune System Recovery

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Hematopoietic stem cell transplanter James Gajewski, MD, of Oregon Health Sciences University, told WebMD that the new research addresses one of two major issues surrounding umbilical cord blood transplants.

"Every other attempt to expand (cord blood) stem cells has basically failed," he says.

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* James L. Gajewski, M.D. The University of Texas

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