ACCC Buzz Blog Posts

  • Last week – on Thursday, May 3, 2018 – Oncology Care Model (OCM) -participating practices from across the country traveled to the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) offices in Baltimore, Md., for the annual OCM Stakeholder Meeting. The public forum was hosted by a panel of representatives from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), including Lara Strawbridge, OCM Model Lead; Dr. Ron Kline, Clinical Lead for OCM...
  • The oncology community has experienced dramatic marketplace consolidation over the last several years. For some physician practices this consolidation has given rise to new partnerships with hospitals and health systems; while for others it has meant outright purchase by a hospital or health system. Still, many physician practices have embraced the transition from fee-for-service to value-based care, experiencing great success under alternative payment models, such as the Center for Medicare...
  • We are now 10 months into the groundbreaking Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) Oncology Care Model (OCM) . Just a few weeks ago during the ACCC 43rd Annual Meeting , a number of OCM practices came together to share updates, pain points and successes, and to collaborate on innovative approaches to meeting...
  • Last June, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that nearly 200 physician group practices and 17 health insurance companies had been selected to participate in the Oncology Care Model (OCM), the first oncology-specific alternative payment model (APM) pilot. (According to the latest information on the OCM website, participant numbers now stand at 190 practices and 16 payers.) At about 7 months into this brave new...
  • As the clock ticks down to the May 7 deadline for CMMI Oncology Care Model (OCM) provider Letters of Intent (LOIs), some ACCC members may still be on the fence about submitting an LOI. CMS introduced the Oncology Care Model—the agency’s first specialty-specific alternative payment model—back in February. Those physician practices selected for OCM participation will begin receiving reimbursement for chemotherapy treatment episodes of care under...