American Oncology Network Expands Participation in Oncology Care Model

Fort Myers, Fla., November 25, 2019 — Since its inception in 2017, the American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) has participated in the Oncology Care Model (OCM), a national innovative payment program of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Through its participation in OCM, AON’s affiliated practices are providing high-quality enhanced services to Medicare beneficiaries, such as care coordination, navigation, and national treatment guidelines, while reducing the cost of cancer care through payment arrangements that include financial and performance accountability.

Based on its record of success in community oncology practices across the nation, AON is expanding its participation in the program by choosing to adopt an alternative “two-sided risk” model that would create additional savings for patients and, potentially, for its affiliated practices. In the new two-sided risk model, providers still share in savings, if spending is below the benchmark, as they do in the previous one-sided risk model; however, under the two-sided model, providers also are responsible for some of the loss if spending is above the benchmark.

AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA said, “AON’s affiliated practices are community oncology practices that provide extremely high-quality care. Being part of the American Oncology Network allows these practices to provide enhanced services to their patients, such as an in-house specialty pharmacy, world-class pathology lab and national clinical research, as well as the ability to participate in the Oncology Care Model, which, in turn, provides added benefits to patients in their local community.”

Sarah Cevallos, AON Chief Revenue Cycle Officer, added, Models such as the OCM have allowed practices joining AON to quickly adopt enhanced services that will ultimately provide a win for our patients, payer partners, and reinvestment into the organization. While this is the first major value-based model AON has adopted, we are looking to use this as a platform to expand our learnings to other commercial payers and patients.”

AON Advisory Board Member Stephen “Fred” Divers, MD, who practices at Genesis Cancer Center in Hot Springs, Ark., has championed the OCM as a model that proactively addresses the rising costs of cancer care. “Our practice has experienced the difference that OCM has made in reducing the cost of care for our patients and boosting the overall sustainability of community oncology. As a practice of AON, we have access to the advantages of the OCM, such as 24/7 care management for our patients, that have been proven to benefit both our patients and the practice in general.”

AON Board Member & Chairman Stephen Orman, MD, is optimistic about AON’s participation in the new two-sided model, saying, “We expect to achieve future successes because we have high physician engagement and alignment with our strategic priorities. This is an unsurpassed opportunity for physicians and practices that join AON to participate in an advanced organization that is leading the initiative toward value-based care, which provides the highest quality of cancer care while reducing the overall cost of that care for our patients.”

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 54 physicians and 15 nurse practitioners practicing across nine states. 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.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt, Director of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224-8736

American Oncology Network, LLC & Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun & Reston Welcome Leandro Moraes, MD

Loudoun, Va., November 14, 2019 — The physicians of Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston (OHLR) Dr. Rangappa Rajendra, Dr. John Khuu, Dr. Manoel A. Moraes and Dr. Jeffery D. White welcome Medical Oncologist Dr. Leandro Moraes to the practice. OHLR, an American Oncology Network (AON) partner, has office locations in Lansdowne, at 44055 Riverside Parkway, Suite 224 and in Reston, at 1860 Town Center Drive, Suite 120 and in Dulles, at 24430 Stone Springs Boulevard, Suite 515. Dr. Moraes is seeing patients at all practice locations.

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After receiving his medical degree from the University of Alabama School of Medicine, Dr. Moraes completed his internship and residency in internal medicine and a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. He is Board-certified in medical oncology, hematology, and internal medicine.

“Dr. Moraes comes to us with outstanding credentials,” said Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston Senior Physician Dr. Rangappa Rajendra. “Most importantly, he shares our dedication to providing quality cancer care.”

AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA added, “As a community oncology practice, we remain committed to providing patients with the most advanced and personalized treatments in settings that are convenient and close to home.  I’m confident that Dr. Moraes’ training and experience make him an ideal fit for AON and OHLR.”

Dr. Stephen Orman, AON Board Chairman, stated, “We are delighted to welcome Dr. Moraes. He is an impressive addition to our growing physician network in Virginia.”

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 54 physicians and 15 nurse practitioners practicing across nine states. 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.

About Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston: (www.loudounoncology.com)
Oncology/Hematology of Loudoun and Reston, founded in 1997, specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of adults with cancer or hematological abnormalities. State-of-the-art treatment is administered by knowledgeable and professional staff in a warm, compassionate atmosphere. Patients, family members and caregivers are treated with dignity and respect towards the common goals of health and healing.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt
Director of Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224-8736

American Oncology Network, LLC Leadership Gathers to Drive Operational Excellence

The American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) leadership team gathered recently at Raymond James Stadium for the 2019 Operations Meeting.  Presentations focused on cutting-edge advancements and best practice initiatives that will continue to enhance the cancer care AON partner practices provide to patients and their families. The Survivor theme was a nod to special guest, Ethan Zohn, winner of the reality TV series, Survivor: Africa, who shared his inspiring story of his battle with Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

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Oncology Hematology Associates Has Joined the American Oncology Network, LLC

Fort Myers, Fla., November 5, 2019 — American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is pleased to announce that Oncology Hematology Associates (OHA), a leading community oncology/hematology practice serving the Springfield, MO region, has joined AON, effective Nov. 1, 2019. AON is an alliance of physicians and veteran healthcare leaders uniting to ensure the long-term success of community oncology.

Established in 1979, OHA has offices in Springfield and Monett. The OHA team includes six medical oncologists and four nurse practitioners who provide a comprehensive range of treatment for patients diagnosed with cancer and blood disorders. Through the affiliation with AON, the practice will expand the services it offers to patients, adding enhanced technology, an oral oncolytic outpatient pharmacy providing home delivery of medications and centralized pathology services for diagnostic testing.

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AON CEO Brad Prechtl, MBA stated, “Drs. William Cunningham, Jiantao Ding, Brooke Gillett, Robert Ellis, Dushyant Verma, Roger Holden and the entire OHA team have been providing exceptional medical treatment throughout the Springfield region for over 39 years, with genuine compassion. We are delighted to welcome the entire OHA family to AON.”

AON Board Member & Chairman Dr. Stephen Orman, added, “Oncology Hematology Associates is a highly respected practice and has consistently demonstrated how providing comprehensive oncology care in a community-based setting yields enormous benefits for patients and the entire community.”

“Our partnership with AON will assist us in keeping pace with the rapid advances and changes in the healthcare industry,” said Dr. Robert Ellis of OHA.  “Most importantly, it will enable us to continuously enhance the services we provide so that our patients have the best possible experience and treatment outcomes.”

With a drive to ensure that everyone has access to exceptional cancer care, AON was founded by well-respected leaders in community oncology with decades of experience helping oncology practices to thrive by providing proven solutions.

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About American Oncology Network, LLC: (AONcology.com)
American Oncology Network, LLC (AON) is an alliance of physicians and seasoned healthcare leaders partnering to ensure the long-term success of community oncology. Launched in 2018, the rapidly growing AON network represents 54 physicians and 15 nurse practitioners practicing across nine states. 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.

For More Information, Contact:
American Oncology Network, LLC
Caroline Hewitt
Director of  Marketing
Caroline.Hewitt@AONcology.com
(941) 224.8736

About Oncology Hematology Associates: (ohaclinic.com)
Oncology Hematology Associates (OHA) of Springfield is staffed by an experienced multidisciplinary team of professionals dedicated to patient care. We provide expert care to our patients while respecting their dignity and life choices. We provide state-of-the-art oncology and hematology care throughout the region to all patients. We understand the difficult journey that our patients and their families face while battling cancer and blood disorders. Our patients take comfort in knowing that we have been serving the region since 1979, providing exceptional medical expertise, genuine compassion, and unwavering emotional support. We encourage family members being present during visits and welcome any questions you may have regarding treatment options or specific service.