The following editorial appeared in The Cancer Letter on February 27, 2015
The recent announcement by the Innovation Center at the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding the launch of an Oncology Care Model is an important step toward patient-centered cancer care.
In 2013, the Institute of Medicine released its report, “Delivering High-Quality Cancer Care: Charting a New Course for a System in Crisis.” According to the IOM, the American cancer care system is in crisis due to three failings: it is often not patient-centered, does not provide well-coordinated care, and does not always encourage evidence-based treatment decisions. One of the IOM’s recommendations is that CMS and other payers should design and evaluate innovative payment models to improve care delivery.
Although only a step in the payment and delivery reform process, the OCM holds significant promise of boosting patient satisfaction and improving the overall quality of care.