The work that the Community Oncology Alliance has done to create an oncology medical home (OMH) model is getting its real-world test.
Ten practices are participating in a pilot of an accreditation program developed by cancer care organizations, advocacy organizations, insurers, and the Commission on Cancer. The practices are:
- Austin Cancer Center, Austin, Texas;
- Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders, Ft. Worth, Texas;
- Dayton Physicians Network, Dayton, Ohio;
- Hematology Oncology Associates of Central New York, East Syracuse, N.Y.;
- Maine Center for Cancer Medicine, Portland, Maine;
- New Mexico Oncology Hematology, Albuquerque, New Mexico;
- Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers, Marietta, Georgia;
- Oncology Hematology Associates of Springfield, Springfield, Missouri;
- Oncology Hematology Care, Cincinnati, Ohio; and
- Space Coast Cancer Center, Titusville, Florida.
“The OMH model provides enhanced patient communications, greater coordination amongst care providers, and increased responsiveness to patient needs,” Daniel P. McKellar, MD, CoC Chair and Executive Committee Chair, said in a news release.
“The five summary categories of care—patient engagement, expanded access, evidence-based medicine, comprehensive team-based care, and quality improvement—are the basis for practice accreditation.”
The pilot is important because it includes several oncology practices that have been at the forefront of searching for better ways to deliver and pay for cancer care.
Seven of those practices are participating in the three-year COME HOME oncology medical home pilot under contract with the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Barbara McEneny, MD, CEO of New Mexico Cancer Center and founder of Innovative Oncology Business Solutions Inc., received a $19.8 million CNMI grant to conduct the seven-practice test of that medical home model.
The list also includes two practices in United Healthcare's payment innovation pilot that reduced cancer care costs by more than 34 percent.