Dr Jeff Patton Reflects on OCM Performance Period 4 Results, Taking on 2-Sided Risk

October 3, 2019

Jeff Patton, MD, chief executive officer of Tennessee Oncology, weighs in on Oncology Care Model (OCM) performance period 4 results and taking on 2-sided risk.

Jeff Patton, MD, chief executive officer of Tennessee Oncology, weighs in on Oncology Care Model (OCM) performance period 4 results and taking on 2-sided risk.

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With OCM performance period 4 results now out, how did the results compare with the last 2 performance periods?

So, very similar. Every period we’ve generated savings against the target but every period we’ve not gotten a performance payment. The good news is as it applies to 2-sided risk, that means we would not have had any recruitment, so I think most likely we’re going to go and do 2-sided risk.

What are your thoughts on taking on 2-sided risk?

Risk is risk, so it makes everybody nervous, but with 4 consecutive performance periods where we’re in what we call the safe zone, we have a comfort level. We are investigating stop loss or reinsurance and I’ll have a lot more confidence if I have an insured downside.