By The CCM Team
Cancer is one of the most prevalent diseases in the United States, with more than 1.6 million new cases each year, and Medicare is shouldering the lion’s share of the costs because the majority of cancer patients are 65 or older. For these reasons, Medicare hopes to promote cost-effective solutions without compromising care.
Facing escalating Medicare costs, the federal Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation launched a five-year trial program in 2016 aimed at improving health care for cancer patients while reining in unnecessary expenses. The new program, known as the Oncology Care Model (OCM), isdesigned to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of oncology care and provide higher quality, more highly coordinated care at the same or lower cost to Medicare.The program is drawing praise, especially among patients of Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute (FCS), one of a select number of oncology practices throughout the country chosen to participate in the OCM, and one of the largest.
This feature story from FCS Cancer 360 Plus magazine was co-written by Elaine Ganick and Mark Zaloudek. Click through to see how a program described as providing “white glove service” for the patients is actually saving money for Medicare.