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Want to succeed in OCM? Invest in patient education.

Reducing avoidable emergency department visits and hospitalizations There is general agreement among cancer care providers, payers and health IT companies that the Oncology Care Model’s best hope of success is reducing emergency department visits and avoiding unneeded hospitalizations. Since drug prices are mostly fixed, it’s the these costly hospital visits that are a promising area…

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Relaxed Requirements for Chronic Care Management (CCM)

CMS recently came out with new updates to Chronic Care Management (CCM), making it easier to qualify and receive payment for these services. CCM, a program that allows physicians to bill for services furnished for Medicare patients with 2+ chronic conditions, is often overlooked due to the administrative burden it places on clinics. This is one…

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Three Ways to Position Your Practice for OCM and MIPS Success

Oncology Care Model? Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS)? Value-based care is upon us and whichever program you’re participating in, you need to have an effective patient engagement plan in place. The premise of value-based care is that more coordinated and connected patient care will improve outcomes and lower costs. For cancer patients, the high price…

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Improve survival with remote monitoring

The recent annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology brings together more than 30,000 oncology professionals from around the world to discuss new innovations and treatments. ASCO’s Plenary Session highlighted four abstracts “deemed to have the greatest potential to impact patient care.” Among those abstracts was a study led by Dr. Ethan Basch…

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Innovative practices become first in the country to earn NCQA Oncology Medical Home Recognition

The National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), a non-profit organization dedicated to improving healthcare quality by developing quality standards and performance measures. NCQA’s Oncology Medical Home Recognition program is built around putting the patient first, emphasizing team-based care, coordinated delivery and creating a close relationship between the patient and their care team. As a company…

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Are you ready for the coming wave of consumerism in healthcare?

A video recently released by Advisory Board titled, “Consumerism – what it means for you” highlighted the coming wave of consumerism in healthcare, indicating that those without strategies in place to meet consumer demands may be in trouble. The video outlined three things that are going to really matter to patients: Price – as patients…

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The Power of Patient Education for Cancer Patients

We’ve always advocated that when patients understand their diagnosis and are knowledgeable on what to expect it yields better outcomes and gives patients a better experience during and after treatment. That’s why we built a robust education engine to deliver targeted, treatment-specific content directly to patients to help them, their caregivers, family and friends understand what they are…

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The Importance of Community-based Cancer Care

At the recent Community Oncology Alliance Conference, one session explored the question “Why does the site of cancer care matter?” Community oncology clinics are closing or being acquired by hospitals at a swift pace and they are looking hard at the reasons why that’s the case, what makes sense financially and how it impacts the…

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