Ensuring that each cancer patient receives the right care at the right time and at the right place.
What Is an Oncology Medical Home?
An Oncology Medical Home (OMH) focuses on delivering, ensuring, and measuring quality cancer care and relies on a physician-led, team-based health care model that provides comprehensive and continuous care to cancer patients with a goal of obtaining maximized health outcomes. This patient-focused system delivers coordinated and efficient cancer care and is designed to meet the needs of patients, payers, and providers.
The primary goal of the OMH model is to provide better access to care and to treat patients outside of the acute care hospital setting resulting in improved oncology patient care and outcomes and decreased costs for OMH patients, providers, and practices.
The OMH Standards focus on oncology and assess care in the following areas:
- Basic Eligibility—Physician commitment to the OMH model, electronic health records (EHR), and using data to measure performance.
- Patient Engagement—Empower and educate patients to understand their treatments and the side effects, where to go for medical care, and financial counseling.
- Expanded Access—Provide patients with same day (24/7) urgent care on weekdays, weekends, holidays, and evenings to avoid emergency department visits.
- Evidence-Based Medicine—Follow standardized evidence-based guidelines consistent with National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) or American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO), demonstrate safe medication usage, and appropriate utilization of laboratory and imaging study resources and encourage clinical trial enrollment.
- Comprehensive Team-Based Care—Focus on addressing the full scope of patient needs (medical, economic, and psychosocial) and developing relationships with external providers and hospitals providing care to the OMH’s patients.
- Quality Improvement—Continually review and measure the care within the practice and compare performance to other practices. Demonstrate the provision of high-quality care through performance summaries and data submission.
Current OMH-Accredited Programs
In 2015 the CoC conducted a beta-test of the OMH Standards and the Survey process. Ten OMH practices were surveyed and received accreditation. These programs are:
- Austin Cancer Center (Austin, TX)
- Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders (Ft Worth, TX)
- Dayton Physicians Network (Dayton, OH)
- Health-First Cancer Institute (Titusville, FL)
- Hematology Oncology Associates of Central New York (Syracuse, NY)
- Northwest Georgia Oncology Centers (Marietta, GA)
- New England Cancer Specialists (Scarborough, ME)
- New Mexico Oncology Hematology Center (Albuquerque, NM)
- Oncology Hematology Associates of Springfield (Springfield, MO)
- Oncology Hematology Care (Cincinnati, OH)
Benefits of Being an OMH-Accredited Program
Applying for and maintaining CoC OMH accreditation is a voluntary commitment by an Oncology Medial home to ensure that all its cancer patients will have the right treatment at the right time in the right place. The commitment to meeting the standards and reviewing performance data ensures patients will have access to the full scope of services required to diagnose, treat, rehabilitate, and support patients with cancer and their families.
On April 22, 2015, H.R. 1934 was introduced and referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Ways and Means Committee. H.R. 1934, cited as the “Cancer Care Payment Reform Act of 2015, is a bill to amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act and establish a national Oncology Medical Home Demonstration Project. This demonstration project would be under the Medicare program for the purpose of changing the Medicare payment for cancer care in order to enhance the quality of care and to improve cost efficiency, among other purposes. As currently proposed; practices that participate in the demonstration project will need (within 12-months after participation) to be accredited as an Oncology Medical Home by the Commission on Cancer, the National Committee for Quality Assurance, or such other entity as the Secretary determines appropriate.
Seeking CoC OMH Accreditation
During 2016, the CoC will conduct additional pilot surveys as part of the OMH accreditation process. To be considered for the pilot program, please complete the following:
- Download or purchase a copy of the Oncology Medical Home Standards Manual.
- Verify your practice’s basic eligibility based on the Eligibility Requirements located in the OMH Standards Manual.
- Provide the information requested in the OMH information survey.
Once the information is received your name and practice will be added to our mailing list to receive additional information.
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