COA Expresses Concern With Mandatory Radiation Oncology Model

July 11, 2019

In response to CMS’ announcement outlining the Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model, the Community Oncology Alliance (COA) has expressed concerns over the model being mandatory or “required” by the agency.

In response to CMS’ announcement outlining the Radiation Oncology Alternative Payment Model, the Community Oncology Alliance has expressed concerns over the model being mandatory or “required” by the agency. While they note that the model does include a much-needed policy proposal to implement site-neutral payment, they do not support mandatory models.

They add that if models are reasonable and advance value-based care, then voluntary provider participation will be robust and that mandatory models can subject patients with cancer and other serious diseases to disruptions in care that they need and are guaranteed and entitled to under Medicare.