Early Findings of the Oncology Patient-Centered Medical Home

One of the early findings from various oncology medical homes throughout the country was that they work, claimed Ted Okon, BS, MBA, executive director of the Coalition Oncology Alliance.
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One of the early findings from various oncology medical homes throughout the country was that they work, claimed Ted Okon, BS, MBA, executive director of the Coalition Oncology Alliance.

The importance of oncology medical homes is that they ensure quality and affordable care for patients.

“It’s about patients; it’s not about anything else,” he said. “It’s about patient care.”

Successful oncology medical homes have been putting in the work to lower emergency room and hospital utilization and improving adherence with advanced care planning and directives. Timely feedback that allows practices to benchmark themselves against one another is incredibly important, Mr Okon said.

“If providers and payers don’t come together for one reason—patients—then the bottom line is we will fail and fail miserably and cost will increase,” he said.

However, despite these accomplishments, Mr Okon emphasized that payers and providers all agree: becoming a successful oncology medical home requires a lot of work.

 
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