Daily Message

June 30, 2016: Oncology Care Model Announced During Cancer Moonshot Summit

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that it has selected nearly 200 physician group practices, along with 17 health insurance companies, to participate in the Oncology Care Model to promote better coordinated cancer care and improved quality.

The Oncology Care Model begins July 1, 2016, and runs through June 30, 2021. It encourages practices to improve care and lower costs through episodic and performance-based payments that reward high-quality patient care. A fact sheet from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides program details.

New Jersey has seven participants in the new model:

  • AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center Cancer Care Institute, Egg Harbor
  • Comprehensive Cancer and Hematology Specialists, Voorhees
  • Cancer Institute of New Jersey at Robert Wood Johnson University Medical Center, New Brunswick
  • Atlantic Medical Group, Morristown
  • New Jersey Urology, Bloomfield
  • Essex Oncology of North Jersey, Belleville
  • Regional Cancer Care Associates, Hackensack.

Participating practices will provide treatment following nationally recognized clinical guidelines for beneficiaries undergoing chemotherapy, with an emphasis on person-centered care. These services may include:

  • Coordinating appointments with providers within and outside the oncology practice to ensure timely delivery of diagnostic and treatment services
  • Providing 24/7 access to care when needed
  • Arranging for diagnostic scans and follow up with other members of the medical team such as surgeons, radiation oncologists and other specialists
  • Making sure that data from scans, blood test results and other tests are received in advance of patient appointments so that patients do not need to schedule additional visits
  • Providing access to additional patient resources, such as emotional support groups, pain management services and clinical trials.

The model was announced today as Vice President Joe Biden held a national summit on his cancer moonshot program. The summit was streamed to sites across the country, including the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

More than 1.6 million new cases of cancer will be diagnosed this year. The National Institutes of Health projects that U.S. medical expenditures for cancer in the year 2020 will reach at least $158 billion, an increase of 27 percent over 2010.