3 Trends That Can Change Cancer Care Forever: A 2-Part Podcast with Dr. Michael Kolodziej
Dr. Michael Kolodziej is Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer at ADVI Health, a Washington, D.C.-based healthcare consulting and strategy firm, and a pioneer in developing value-based reimbursement models for cancer care. Having seen him present his talk, “The Healthcare Landscape of 2025: 3 Trends That Can Change Cancer Care Forever,” at a Florida Association of Clinical Oncology (FLASCO) event, we were anxious to revisit his thinking on the subject.
Listen to the full episode above and download the full PDF transcript here.
In this podcast, we start with the first of the three trends Dr. Kolodziej mentions in his talk: Biosimilars. We asked Dr. Kolodziej to explain what biosimilars are and how they are impacting the cost of cancer care today.
Dr. Kolodziej likens biosimilars to generic drugs, which he notes had a profound influence on the cost of drugs in America. Just as generics were able to lower the price of drugs by opening up competition after a period of exclusivity, he sees the opportunity for biologics to do the same.
Though many are skeptical because biologics are so complex and the pathway to a “generic” form is more difficult, Dr. Kolodziej reminds us that it took a while for generics drugs to build enough competition to drive down prices. He believes that eventually the same will happen with biosimilars.
Listen to the full podcast to hear more about Dr. Kolodziej’s views on how allowing payers to manage multiple drugs in a class can drive down costs.
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About Our Guest
Dr. Michael Kolodziej
Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, ADVI Health
Dr. Kolodziej attended college and medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, where he was Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha. He completed internal medicine and hematology-oncology training at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and, after completing training, joined the faculty at the University of Oklahoma School of Medicine where he was an associate professor.
1998, Dr. Kolodziej joined New York Oncology and was a partner in the practice until December 2012. He was an active member and executive on the of the U.S. Oncology Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee from 2002-2011 and chairman from 2004-2011. He served as Medical Director for Oncology Services for U.S. Oncology from 2007-2011. In this role, he helped direct the implementation of the USON clinical pathways initiative, the integration of the USON EMR into this program, and the development of the USON disease management and advanced care planning programs, now known as Innovent Oncology.
Dr. Kolodziej became National Medical Director of Oncology Solutions at Aetna in 2013. While there, he directed Aetna’s oncology delivery reform pilots and was the architect of the Aetna Oncology Medical Home program. He was also active in Aetna’s pharmacy policy, condition analysis, and genetics subcommittees.
In 2016, Dr. Kolodziej accepted a position as National Medical Director of Managed Care Strategy at Flatiron Health, where he applied the core tech and data capabilities of Flatiron to facilitate practice transformation and success in alternative payment models. He joined ADVI in 2017.
Dr. Kolodziej is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, and he has published and spoken extensively on payment reform, personalized medicine, and practice care delivery transformation in oncology.