Oncology Care Included in Medicare Disease Management Demonstrations
June 01, 2002
Oncology care will be the focus of one of the new Medicare disease management demonstration programs soon to be initiated. Medicare remains convinced that disease management services can provide substantial savings. There is, however, a problem: Fee-for-service Medicare, which includes most recipients, does not allow for disease management, except in one or two instances, such as diabetes self-education. The Medicare+Choice program-comprised mostly of health maintenance organizations-offers disease management, but seniors have, for the most part, avoided this plan. Therefore, Medicare has selected 15 sites for case management and disease management services, which will be offered to Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries with complex chronic conditions. Quality Oncology, Inc, of McLean, Va, will implement an urban disease management program targeting beneficiaries in Broward County, Fla.