Practices Benefit from Industry-Leading Care Management Services and OCM Designation
FORT MYERS, FL (MARCH 19, 2019) – Through the American Oncology Network (AON), LLC, community oncology practices across the nation are now able to leverage the expertise and scale developed by the nation’s largest independent community oncology practice to actualize value-based care without managing the growing complexities of a changing healthcare landscape. AON’s care management services are delivering positive results for its partner practices that have reported reduced costs, improved outcomes and enhanced patient satisfaction directly related to AON’s proven infrastructure.
New AON practices are immediately eligible to participate in the Oncology Care Model (OCM) and implement the AON Care Management program. In 2018, AON adopted OCM and implemented the model through Care Management, its existing value-based approach. This growing team-based methodology ensures clear communication, coordination and cohesion of patient care. It also optimizes treatment outcomes and quality of life through a three-phase program that includes care navigation, active care management and survivorship.
“Our proven value-based care model has allowed us to continually grow our network and increase patient satisfaction while reducing unnecessary hospital admissions and emergency room visits,” said Sarah Cevallos, AON Chief Revenue Cycle Officer. “At AON, we’re leveraging the same value-based model that has driven results for the nation’s largest independent community oncology practice for several years. Offering this expertise and scale will help practices across the nation thrive in an increasingly complex healthcare ecosystem.”
AON’s model alleviates challenges for its partner practices by disengaging them from a linear process. This strategic approach allows practices to focus on patients while AON’s experts handle the cumbersome administrative and financial complexities involved with the transition to value-based care.
“We handle the complexities of having to manage their practice day in and day out so they can focus on patient care,” said Brad Prechtl, AON Chief Executive Officer.
Because the OCM incentivizes high-quality, coordinated care, AON reinvests the savings into enhanced patient care across its network for services that may not be available elsewhere, while controlling costs.
“You have to adapt to the market forces going on outside,” said Dr. Rangappa Rajendra, founder of Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston in Virginia. “But ultimately the most important thing when you are in a patient’s room you have to make sure you do it right.”
AON’s collaborative approach and physician-led model allows community practices to thrive while maintaining local leadership and autonomy. This ultimately allows physicians to focus on what matters most – providing the highest quality care for patients.
About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
Founded in 2017, American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. The executive management team of AON brings more than three decades of oncology practice management experience, enabling physicians to focus on what matters most — providing the highest quality care for patients.
The organization provides unique and comprehensive protocols for managing administrative procedures and enhancing ancillary services for its affiliates. AON is able to aggregate volume and attain economies of scale, as it guides its member physicians and practices through the transition to value-based reimbursement models that improve the patient experience and help to reduce the per-capita cost of cancer care.
AON also provides a unique model of physician-led, community-based oncology management. With services such as a centralized specialty pharmacy, diagnostics, pathology, fully integrated electronic medical records, a Care Management Team and a variety of financial assistance programs, an alliance with AON ensures that patients’ experiences will be at the very pinnacle of cancer care today.
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