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House Bill to Provide Cancer Patients With Solution for Quality Cancer Care Within an Equitable Medicare Model
Date:6/18/2009

jective is to collect data to refine quality metrics and the reimbursement structure into a system that enhances quality cancer care while controlling costs.

COA has constructed a program that CMS can implement through the current coding and data collection systems. COA will augment the collected data from practices that have deployed advanced electronic medical record systems. Additionally, COA will propose the QCCD to private payers in an attempt to launch a national initiative designed to enhance the delivery of quality, affordable, and accessible cancer care to all Americans.

About Community Oncology Alliance (COA)

COA is a non-profit organization dedicated solely to community oncology. COA was founded by community oncology to advocate for patients and providers in the community oncology setting, where 84 percent of Americans with cancer are treated. In only six years of existence, COA has mobilized community oncology to become more politically active, and increased awareness on Capitol Hill about the community cancer care delivery system. Additionally, COA has brought together community oncology practices from across the country to share information in order to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of the cancer care they provide to their patients. Currently, COA is working with the Congress in providing proactive solutions designed to protect the viability of the nation's cancer care delivery system and patients' access to quality, affordable cancer care.

The cancer death rate in the U.S. has declined due to earlier detection, the quality of treatment, and the accessibility of cancer care. However, according to the American Cancer Society, men still have an approximately one in two lifetime risk of developing cancer, with a risk of one in three for women. For more information, please visit www.communityoncology.org.

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