Multidisciplinary care teams are an important aspect of patient-centered care and are slowly become more common place at community cancer centers. For those working at smaller hospitals or centers, it is important to use every type of resource available and in a lot of cases those resources include the nonclinical care force including family members, clergy, and volunteers.
At the ACCC annual meeting, Jessica Turgon, MBA, from ECG Management Consultants discusses how and why providers and payers are beginning to work together to explore alternate payment models in oncology.
By the year 2020 it is estimated that about 18% of the US population will be Medicare eligible and growing advances in the treatment of cancer have significantly increased the number of cancer survivors. These two growing populations have large implications on the demand for cancer services.
In 2011, the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer announced several new patient-centered standards that were designed to ensure that key elements of quality cancer care are provided to every person with cancer treated at an accredited facility.
In a session at the ACCC 40th Annual National Meeting, panel members offered advice for smaller practices who want to create multidisciplinary teams but who might not have financial or C-suite support.