Entries by AON Website Manager

Why Care Management Is Crucial to Oncology

Cancer is a complicated disease that takes a significant toll on patients’ physical and psychological well-being, which is why effective treatment encompasses the whole person—body, spirit and mind. Consequently, comprehensive care management services are fundamental to any oncology practice.

Cancer Care Cost

Cancer is one of the leading causes of death and disease in the U.S. Not only does cancer take an enormous toll on the health of patients and survivors—it also has a tremendous financial impact. Cost differences associated with oncology care in the community setting versus a hospital setting are significant with community oncology practices providing high quality, state-of-the-art care at lower costs to patients.

The Future of Oncology: Value-Based Care

July 2016 marked the start of oncologists looking at a new way to manage cancer care with a shift from fee-for-service to value-based care, prompted by the launch of the Oncology Care Model (OCM) by the Center for Medicaid & Medicare Innovation (CMS Innovation Center). Today, CMS Innovation Center is expanding on this foundation with Oncology Care First (OCF)—a next-generation model that will phase out OCM and further emphasize the benefits of adopting value-based care models that favor care quality and outcomes over quantity of services provided.