publication date: Feb. 27, 2015

NCCS CEO Applauds Oncology Care Model


The recent announcement by the Innovation Center at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the launch of an Oncology Care Model is an important step toward patient-centered cancer care.

In 2013, the Institute of Medicine released its report, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis.” According to the IOM, the American cancer care system is in crisis due to three failings: it is often not patient-centered, does not provide well-coordinated care, and does not always encourage evidence-based treatment decisions. One of the IOM’s recommendations is that CMS and other payers should design and evaluate innovative payment models to improve care delivery.

Although only a step in the payment and delivery reform process, the OCM holds significant promise of boosting patient satisfaction and improving the overall quality of care. Participation in the Oncology Care Model, or OCM, is voluntary for oncology practices. Those volunteering practices will be required to refine their care processes to focus on the needs of patients who are undergoing chemotherapy.

On Feb. 12, the CMS Innovation Center announced a “new multi-payer payment and care delivery model to support better care coordination for cancer care.” The OCM is the second specialty care model the Innovation Center has developed and launched. The Innovation Center was established by the Affordable Care Act and given the charge of testing innovative health care payment and delivery models that will improve care quality and reduce CMS spending.

The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship immediately applauded the Innovation Center announcement of the OCM, which detailed the Medicare payment streams that physicians participating … Continue reading 41-08 NCCS CEO Applauds Oncology Care Model

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